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.

National Park Service

The DNR has confirmed that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Oneida County, in the town of Crescent.

As required by law, this finding renews Oneida County's existing baiting and feeding ban for another three years. Additionally, this positive will renew the two-year baiting and feeding ban in Langlade County

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The Minocqua man arrested after the "Cold Justice" TV show team joined local investigators concerning a death 36 years ago has entered a not guilty plea.

69 year old Robin Mendez entered the plea Thursday in Oneida County Court. The investigative team from the  Oxygen Channel program was instrumental in the arrest. 

"Cold Justice" investigates cold cases across the U.S. and the program shows their methods of looking at evidence again to try to find the person responsible. Many of their cases are decades old, like the Minocqua homicide.

Northwoods Transit Connections

The Northwoods Transit Connections will be debuting three new buses after getting approval for a loan and substantial contributions from local groups. Oneida and Vilas Counties Transit Commission chairperson Erv Teichmiller says they were approved for a short-term loan from People's Bank in Rhinelander...

"....all of the buses we have are old, have high mileage. For the most part over the course of their lifetime, from five to ten years have sat outside so they've suffered from the elements. They've also cost us a lot of expense in terms of repairs, breakdowns...."

Joint Base San Antonio

Earth Day is Sunday and so is the 8th Annual Sustainability Fair at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Coordinator Ann Munninghoff-Eshleman....

"..So what Earth Day is, is we're treating it like your annual check up for the Earth. You review the health of the Earth and try to see whether the treatment needs a little tweaking and what you can personally do as a Northwoods resident to change things and your personal treatment of the environment...."

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Folks who use the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will likely have to wait a little longer this year thanks to the heaping helpings of snow we still have.

The Forest office announced this week the opening of recreation trails and campgrounds will be delayed. Forest spokesperson Tim Vetter says the lingering winter is to blame...

Heck Capital Advisors

Last week  the Rhinelander City Council approved it, and Tuesday the Oneida County Board put its stamp of approval on it. The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is jointly owned by both the city and the county.

The terminal building has been named for a man who brought the modern airport to Rhinelander: Robert Heck.

43 years ago, Heck began working with federal state and local officials to upgrade the service at the airport.

Oneida County Board chair David Hintz said it was Bob Heck's efforts that kept air service in Rhinelander...

BSA Samoset Council

Last weekend's blizzard dealt a blow to the charitable food collection by local boy scouts and they're hoping the public can still help out. Officials at The Boy Scouts of America Samoset Council in Weston say look for Trig's grocery bags or provide a box with items for the drive.

Spokesperson Leanna Holzem says the weather played havoc with the bad distribution last weekend. Scouts tried to drop off the bright yellow bags in neighborhoods in central and north central Wisconsin, but couldn't.

Ken Krall WXPR

The state is requiring counties to have a new set of mining rules in effect by July 1.

As Oneida county is working on getting it's ordinances into alignment, the county board voted to open the process a bit more. A significant deposit of minerals exist under county forest land in the town of Lynne. With the end of the state's mining moratorium law, it's commonly thought mining companies again will be looking to extract minerals there.

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A 100-thousand dollar grant from the state will help expand broadband internet access to more parts of Oneida County.

The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation was notified by the Public Service Commission they will receive $100,000 of $218 thousand dollars requested to flesh out more fast internet to underserved areas. Development Corporation Executive Director Roger Luce says there was lots of competition for the money... Simon

Mother Nature's snow wrath felt by northern Wisconsin residents might be difficult on animals not yet adapted to our changeable weather. While amounts varied, the general consensus was the Northwoods picked up at least 20 inches of snow this past weekend, with some points in eastern Wisconsin getting 30 inches of snow.

DNR wildlife biologist for Vilas county, Michele Woodford says the birds coming north are the ones feeling the brunt of the snow...

A new database technology has led state and local law enforcement to bust a meth lab in Eagle River.

The state Department of Justice and Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath announced the arrests of two people. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a home on US Hwy 45 after review of the National Precursor Log Exchange database revealed individuals residing at the residence had purchased unusual amounts of pseudoephedrine. The database is a real-time electronic log that tracks sales of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine.