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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Memorial Day remembers the people who died serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originally was known as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established the day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

WXPR spoke with Wisconsin's Secretary of Veterans Affairs Daniel Zimmerman about the meaning of Memorial Day....

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Four Northwoods fire departments have some very modern equipment designed to save pets in emergency situations.

The Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae and Hazelhurst fire departments have accepted donations of Invisible Fence Project Breathe program. The donation came from Invisible Fence of Northern Wisconsin. The mask allows firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fire and often save pets' lives.

Eric Carlson is a Lieutenant and Inspector with Minocqua Fire.

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If it is approved, passes both chambers of the legislature, and is signed, it looks like there will be more money coming in the next budget for higher speed internet service in rural Wisconsin.

During a Q & A session at a recent Grow North meeting, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, said the budget panel is funding more broadband...

NWS Lists Oneida Co. As Having Tornado Damage May 16

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The tornado that traveled through northern Wisconsin May 16 turned out to be the longest tracked tornado in Wisconsin since tornado records began in 1950. Part of the damage listed was in Oneida county.

The tornado's path was 83 miles long. The hardest hit areas were just north of Chetek where EF2 damage was found, and in the Conrath area where EF3 damage occurred.

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A civil case brought by a Sugar Camp animal rescue hoping to have 39 dogs returned to them has been resolved but it appears the animals will not be going anywhere.

In February, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, along with the Oneida County Humane Society, seized the dogs from It Matters To One.

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The case against a Rhinelander area woman following the death of a child in April will continue in Oneida County Court.

28 year old Ellen Tran is charged with Second Degree Reckless Homicide in the death of 20 month old Avery Edwards, her stepson.

Tran's attorney, Amy Scholz, had filed a motion to dismiss charges on insufficiency of evidence.

Judge Patrick O'Melia found probable cause to continue proceedings and dismissed the motion. According to the criminal complaint, a forensic pathologist listed the child's cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

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Wisconsin's unemployment rate is nearing record lows, but three of the state's highest rates continue in the Northwoods.

The Department of Workforce Development's April report shows all 72 counties saw lower jobless numbers than one year ago in April. Labor Economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau details the area numbers...

"....Forest is at 5.5, Langlade is at 4.3, Lincoln is at 3.6, Oneida is at 4.0, and Vilas is at 5.4......"

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The season for the prize fish of Wisconsin waters...the muskellunge...opens Saturday and a DNR fisheries spokesman says prospects look good for some large fish.

Northern Fisheries Supervisor Mike Vogelsang says the weather this spring has put a twist on things...

"....the unseasonably cool weather might be a challenge to anglers out there. My recommendation is to seek out the warmest water you can find, the shallow bays, newly emerging weeds and scale down your baits a bit. I'd be throwing smaller baits, definitely...."

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The Nicolet College Foundation recently presented its 2017 Friends and Partners Award to the U.S. Forest Service Blackwell Job Corps.

The career-training organization received the honor for its work with the college to build a first-of-its-kind partnership to teach firefighting skills to Blackwell students.

The Blackwell facility is located near Laona.

The pilot program last year resulted in 17 individuals with  structural firefighter and hazardous materials training, each earning official Firefighter 1 status.

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Two Northwoods legislators have differing opinions on the repeal of the state's Forestry Mill tax.

The tax is the state's only property tax. Governor Walker has proposed eliminating the Mill Tax and replacing it with money from the state spending.

Authorized in 1924, this revenue source has supported forestry programs that facilitated the successful recovery from the 'cut over time' when there was no Northwoods as we have today.

In 2014, the tax was estimated to be about $25 dollars for a $150,000 home.

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A Woodruff-based conservation warden has been presented an award for his work in the Northwoods.

The state Natural Resources Board presented Warden Supervisor Dave Walz with the Shikar Safari Club Internatinal Wildlife Officer of the Year. The annual award honors the officer whose efforts during the previous year helped preserve and protect wildlife, particularly in the enforcement of conservation laws.

Walz supervises the wardens in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties, including the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Walz told the state board he was honored...

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Rhinelander is close to having its first dog park.

The city Parks, Buildings and Grounds  committee unanimously approved the use of Shepard Park on the city's southside as an off-leash, fenced in dog park.

Tina Werres has long sought a facility. Earlier this year, the request to locate the park at Pioneer Park was rejected after other groups objected. But the little used Shepard Park along Boyce Drive was suggested and Werres told the committee she had complied with the committee's requests...

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A report on how area residents want Rhinelander parks to be used was presented to a committee Monday.

The detailed report was assembled by a Task Force under the direction of Oneida County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development agent Myles Alexander.

In the 36-page report, Alexander says it's  designed to turn Rhinelander's parks decisions from confrontation to collaboration, ad hoc to planned development and deferred maintenance to reinvestment.

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