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.

An expert is asking everyone using legal fireworks this weekend to remember the cost that can occur during what should be a fun time.

Tod Pritchard from Wisconsin Emergency Management says the safest way to celebrate the holiday is leave it to  professional displays. He says a sparkler tip burns at 1200 degrees...

"....if you put that into perspective, water boils at about 200 degrees...wood burns at about 600 melts at 900, so 1200 is extremely hot...."

Expect to see volunteers and staff at Northwoods boat landings this holiday weekend.

The DNR is hosting the Fourth of July Landing Blitz. The annual effort checks boats coming in and out of waters to monitor for invasive species.

Oneida County Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas talks about their efforts..

"....and that is why all our groups are out at the landings with AIS message golf towels and handing those out to boaters. Typically we have about 18-20 lake associations, DNR wardens, and staff from Oneida county...."

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A plea agreement has apparently been reached for a Tomahawk woman charged with party to 1st-degree intentional homicide in Oneida county.

33 year old Latoya Wolf is charged along with her ex-husband Shannon Wolf in the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells. Wells' body was found in the Wisconsin River and initially was ruled as a drowning. After Rhinelander Police reopened the investigation last year, homicide charges were filed against both persons.

In court Thursday, District Attorney Michael Schiek(sheek) told Judge Michael Bloom both sides had an agreement...

A sweep by federal and state law enforcement officials found only one registered sex offender in Oneida county to be out of compliance.

U.S. Marshals along with the state Department of Corrections officers and Oneida County Sheriff's deputies checked on whether sex offenders were living where they're supposed to be.

The sweep was conducted June 16 and 17. 69 registered sex offenders in Oneida county were checked and only one was found to be non-compliant. The state will investigate and determine if a recommendation on charges is necessary.

Emily Bright

A Rhinelander  street with a large amount of traffic will be seeing an improvement beginning later this month and officials are working to minimize the impact during construction.

Lincoln Street is among the busiest streets in the Northwoods. That street is the main passage to the large big box stores on the city's east side.

Public Works Director Tim Kingman says crews have been repairing curb and gutters  to prepare for work beginning later this month...

Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust just celebrated 14 years of partnering with private landowners to preserve valuable natural resources in the Northwoods.

The Trust is a not-for-profit conservation organization serving a six-county region, working with private property owners through easements to preserve woods and waters.

Several Northwoods school districts have picked up state funds to help offset what can be high costs for special education. The Department of Public Instruction says special education costs can range to $30,000 per student.

Director of Special Education for CESA 9 in Tomahawk, Matt Collins, says federal and state law requires school districts to provide access....

Law enforcement gets many complaints this time of the year about loud, and often illegal, fireworks going off. An Oneida County Sheriff's Department spokesperson says a visit by law enforcement could cost you big dollars.

Captain Lloyd Gauthier from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department....

"....(Wisconsin law) has some things people should be aware of. A common rule of thumb is a permit is required if the device explodes or leaves the ground...."

A spokesperson for a state recycling group is refuting claims made in several news stories about the future of recycling.

Meleesa Johnson is President of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin and is Director of Marathon County Solid Waste Department. Three articles in different publications outlined questions about contamination. She says the tenor of the articles was recycling was is a catastrophic state. Johnson says Wisconsin's recycling is far from that...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander teenager has entered a plea to two first-degree homicide charges and three charges of false imprisonment.

17 year old Ashlee Martinson is charged with the March 7 death of her parents in their home east of Rhinelander.  Young children were also allegedly trapped in a room in the house but were later freed.

Martinson was arrested in Indiana shortly after the bodies of her parents were found.

Monday in Oneida County Circuit Court, Martinson pled not guilty to the charges by reason of mental disease or defect.