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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The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved the purchase of nearly a thousand acres of primarily woodland in the town of Minocqua from American Timberland LLC. The purchase price was just over $1.1 million. The vote was 2-1 to make the purchase. The land is on the Oneida-Price county line.

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Sales and prices of homes in the Northwoods continues to grow according to the latest report from Wisconsin Realtors Association.

In June, the 18-county region including Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and Iron counties saw sales grow by 10 percent over June, 2016 sales and the median price rose from $147,000 to $155,000.

Realtors Association economist David Clark says sales set a record for June, topping the record set last June. He says June usually finds the highest numbers of purchaes for the year.

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One of the longest running fairs in northern Wisconsin is beginning its five-day run.

The Langlade County Youth Fair in Antigo begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. This is the fair's 131st year.

Fair Coordinator Rhonda Klement says among the highlights is the return of sprint-car racing Friday night, along with a demolition derby and a tractor pull. The fair is also packed with agriculture and 4-H events, including animal exhibits. She says they've brought back many of the musical favorites...

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The YMCA of the Northwoods has a new leader.

The Board of Directors announced Ryan Zietlow is the new CEO. He succeeds Laurie Schlitt, who left to take a position with the Mukwanago YMCA in April.

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A critical access hospital is defined as a rural acute care facility providing 24-hour emergency services, acute inpatient and swing-bed care and offers inpatient stay up to 96 hours on average.

A recent report sites the state's critical access hospitals as the best in the nation. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration reported Wisconsin's rural hospitals achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in the country over the past year.

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A deadline is approaching to join a program designed to build the next generation of leaders in the Northwoods.

Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program for professionals the cultivates an awareness of what Oneida county offers and how participants can be in the forefront of leadership. Deadline to apply for the next program is Aug. 1.

Erica Brewster is a spokesperson for the steering committee. She says this year's offerings have been updated ...

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Chronic Wasting Disease is a major threat to Wisconsin's deer herd. Within the last two years it was discovered for the first time in this area. It has confounded researchers looking for a way to deal with it.

Prions are abnormal, pathogenic agents that are transmissible and are able to induce abnormal folding of specific normal cellular proteins called prion proteins that are found most abundantly in the brain. Unlike bacteria, for example, prions don't have the stuff that medicine can attack to cure.

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Earlier this month, a Milwaukee-area businessman launched a campaign as a Democrat for Governor.

60 year old Andy Gronik of Fox Point says he's interested in returning Wisconsin to the values the state had prior to the Governorship of Scott Walker.

He spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall about his candidacy....

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The bi-annual count of the Northwoods homeless population takes place this week.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative To Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care will be out in the Northwoods looking to count the number of people without proper shelter.

N*WISH spokesperson Lori Hallas says similiar counts are happening across the state...

"....locally, we will have teams in Oneida, Vilas, Forest and Langlade(counties). Going into to know locations and seeing if there's anybody homeless on the streets for those overnight hours...."

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A woman reported missing Thursday evening in Vilas county was found safe, though she had received minor injuries. Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a 70 year old woman was reported missing just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

The woman and her husband had been kayaking along the Deerskin River earlier in the day. Her husband reported the woman had taken a walk from a remote campsite. The woman was located shortly before 2:00 a.m. near Pitman Road in the town of Washington.

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Oneida county authorities have released the name of a man taken into custody after an incident Thursday evening near the Oneida-Langlade county line.

51 year old Richard D. Hitchcock of Waukesha was arrested Thursday evening along Highway 45 north of Elcho. Information from the department says they were called about 6:30 p.m.

A person reported a friend of his drove what is presumed to be the caller's car into the woods and started the vehicle on fire. Three gunshots were also heard.

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New small-scale dredging projects guidelines for the state's lakes, rivers and streams has been finalized.

The DNR went to public comment about the general permit changes with more than 700 comments given by the public.

DNR Section Chief Martin Griffin says traditionally they had a permit to allow 25 cubic yards from streams but did not have a comparable dredging permit for lakes. So the decision was made to expand the idea of allowing small dredging to inland and the Great Lakes...

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is the background of an action this week by the Rhinelander School Board to accelerate renovations at Mike Webster Stadium.

The board voted to spend money now from the district's maintenance budget to correct problems at the stadium that could threaten the highly-praised track at the site. The cost is $486,000.

Athletic Director Brian Paulson says private foundation funding got the track built two years ago which greatly upgraded that portion of the field.

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A strongly worded statement from the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Council defends Chair Chris McGeshick after state charges were filed Monday in Forest County Circuit Court.

Internet court records find McGeshick was charged Monday with false imprisonment, a lower felony, and two misdemeanors of battery and disorderly conduct. In a statement from the tribal council, they say the charges against McGeshick involve a former employee who is allegedly under investigation by tribal authorities.

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