Ken Krall

News Director

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Ken has been  News Director at WXPR since 2000. This is his second stint with the station, having served as Operations Manager and Morning Edition host from 1987-1995.

A 1976 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, he has served in a variety of roles in radio including sports play-by-play, sales, Program Director along with an extensive background in news. Ken has also worked as an assignment editor in a TV newsroom and as a city reporter for a local newspaper.

A passion of his is the WXPR Saturday morning polka show which he brought back to the air in 1989. He loves many styles of music, especially those that DON'T include a guitar.

A native of Antigo, he likes to birdwatch, fish and read and hopes to someday publish a book he's had in his computer for 15 years.

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Nicolet College will soon make it possible for more students to attend school there

The Nicolet College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications beginning February 1 for the next academic year.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock...

"...anyone who is a current Nicolet College student or who is a future Nicolet College student for the 2018-19 year would be a candidate for scholarships through the Nicolet College Foundation...."

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A group of Northwoods volunteers will conduct their semi-annual count of homeless people in this area Wednesday and Thursday.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness Coalition, known as N*WISH, will take to the streets to count those without adequate shelter, called "Point In Time".

Lori Hallas in Rhinelander talks about how the group does the count...

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Glaucoma is one of these age-related eye diseases that has no early symptoms, which is why it is called " the silent thief of sight."

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Three million Americans have the disease. 

Next, WXPR News Director Ken Krall talks with Dr. Chris Marquardt, a Wausau optometrist who has been elected as President of the Wisconsin Optometric Association. Dr. Marquardt was asked to describe the disease.....

Your eye care professional can answer more questions.

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Governor Scott Walker stopped by the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River Friday and spoke to reporters.

Walker was asked why he has decided to speed up the process to convert the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake Juvenile Corrections facility at Irma to an adult prison.... 

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After reviewing evidence provided by outside investigators, a special prosecutor has cleared an Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy in the death of a teen last November.

14 year old Jason Pero was shot and killed after allegedly wielding a knife toward Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich.

Investigators said the deputy saw Pero walking toward him with a knife near his house on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation.

Mrdjenovich said Pero allegedly lunged at him with the knife and he fired.

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Snowmobilers will see more state wardens on the northern Wisconsin trails following a rash of serious injury and fatal snowmobile accidents. They are beginning "Operation Safe Snow" says a Northwoods DNR law enforcement leader.

Three recent fatalities in Iron county and two in Price county were widely reported, but Lt. Dave Walz of Woodruff says one death is too many in any snowmobile season - and so far Wisconsin has had five fatalities and as many injuries.

Friday morning(1-19-2018)  he said there are many injuries including one reported in Vilas county...

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Seniors and others can save money at tax time with the help of trained local tax preparers. The service is free.

Volunteers trained through the AARP Tax Aide Program will provide free federal and state income tax and Wisconsin Homestead Credit preparation and electronic filing.

Local spokesperson Bill Vancos says the volunteers are certified to do the work but there are some areas where they are not trained to help...

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One person died late Wednesday night near Milwaukee, and five others have been killed in the Northwoods, as the snowmobile season is fully underway.

The latest report finds a 29 year old Port Washington man died on the Milwaukee River near Fredonia. A crash Saturday evening in Price county killed two people and three crashes in Iron county have claimed lives.

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A bill spurred by a nationwide push to get more people with disabilities employed recently received a public hearing in both houses of the Wisconsin  legislature.

Called "Employment First", the legislation requires the several agencies that work with people with disabilities to collaborate better and develop a joint plan to assist people with disabilities to find employment in the community.

The Senate sponsor of the bill is Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst. He outlines how the bill works... 

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Michael Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. He is a vegan and the creator of the website NutritionFacts.org.

He had a New York Times best-selling book in "How Not To Die" and has followed up with "How Not To Die Cookbook", with recipes built around a plant-based diet.

Ken Krall talked to Dr. Greger about his work and new book...

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Wisconsin's winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for this coming this Saturday and Sunday.

Similar to the weekend the DNR sets aside in summer, this weekend focuses on getting people out of the house and onto the ice to see what hard water fishing is all about. Fishing is free for Wisconsin residents and visitors this weekend. No fishing license or stamprs are needed to fish all inland waters the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters.

Spring trout ponds are not open, however. All other fishing rules apply.

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Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed January “Cervical Cancer Awareness Month” in Wisconsin. A recent survey found many of Wisconsin’s teens are not fully protected against the human papilloma virus because they have not completed the HPV vaccine series. The virus can lead to reproductive cancer for young women and men.

Surveys found 62 percent of 13-17 year olds in Wisconsin have started the HPV vaccine series, but only 46 percent have completed it. Stephanie Schauer is Immunization Program Manager for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health...

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Landowners in Vilas and Price counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management, and have some fun doing it, are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more. The goal is to provide information to a wildlife database. The project is led by the DNR in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.

The DNR's Susan Frett is project coordinator....

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