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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An audio delight each spring is the chorus of spring peepers and other frog species as they emerge from a long winter. The DNR is asking for volunteers to do some citizen science monitoring to see how many of the amphibians are out there.

The survey began in 1981 after studies found a decline in the numbers of frogs and toads.

DNR conservation biologist Andrew Badje says the survey tracks trends...

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The Lincoln county board Tuesday is considering a resolution to change how Wisconsin establishes its legislative districts and the person leading to change the process is likely to be in attendance.

The board resolution insists upon the creattion of a nonpartisan procedure in redistricting, with an eye toward more accountability and transparency.

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Friday's snow will give way to thoughts of spring which usually means fixing up around the house.

The season's first home and lifestyle show in the Northwoods is Saturday at Rhinelander high school sponsored by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber spokesperson Lauren Sackett says local vendors will provide options for home owners...

Kiel Police Department

Rhinelander has a new police chief. The process ended today as the Police and Fire Commission named current Kiel, Wisconsin Police Chief David Funkhouser as its next law enforcement leader.

Funkhouser was asked what he envisions for the department...

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St. Patricks Day could cost you plenty of green if you're caught drunk driving, says a state safety official. He also recommends a new smartphone app to help out.

With St.Patrick's Day landing on a Friday this year, officials anticipate plenty of revelers. Randy Romanski of  the Bureau of Transportation Safety has some advice...

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The number of people continuing to be out of work in the Northwoods is lower than one year ago.

Numbers released this week by the Department of Workforce Development shows Iron county with the state's second highest rate at 7.8 percent, but that is down just under one point from a year ago.

Other Northwoods counties all showed at least a half-point lower than one year ago, and in Oneida county's case, 1 percent lower at 5.6 percent and Vilas down 1.2 percent from 7.4 last year. Dane county has the state's lowest rate at 2.9 percent, Bayfield the highest at 8 percent.

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Adults remember their adolescence, and young people going through that period of their lives often struggle with it. The Oneida County Health Department has a series of programs coming up that might give families some help.

Community Health Specialist Meagan Neis says the weekly program gives families greater insight...

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The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes has joined forces with the DNR staff to manage the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area through the Adopt A Wildlife Area Program.

Nicolet Bird Club President Bill Lamon of Three Lakes says the club had thought about projects at the area that would enhance birdwatching and other public activities...

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Property owners in Oneida and Marinette counties are being recruited by the DNR to voluntarily join Snapshot Wisconsin, a citizen-science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife.

Spokesperson Susan Frett says a statewide wildlife monitoring project that's being rolled out on a county-by-county basis. The program began in 2016....

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

The Never Forgotten Honor Flight hub based in Wausau has flown nearly 2,400 veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials to their conflicts. Due to achieving a safety mark, Wisconsin Public Service has donated $2,500 to keep the flights going.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says two Honor Flight organizations benefited...

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The Town of Pelican just east of Rhinelander has picked up a $200,000 state loan to construct a new town shop.

The town received approval from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Executive Secretary Jonathan Barry explains....

"....the town of Pelican is using the state's trust fund loan program, which dates back to 1871, It's a loan coming from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands at very competitive interest rates with very flexible terms, meaning the town, if they wish to, can pay this back at any time with no penalty..."

A member of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission takes exception with comments about the commission presented by a former member.

In an interview with WXPR, Judge Robert Kinney said he would be addressing at a League of Women Voters of the Northwoods meeting  what he felt was a reversal of Wisconsin's tradition of open and transparent government. Kinney resigned from the Commission late last year.

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Lakes groups and governments in Vilas county are again hoping a reconsideration of a position taken in January to adopt shoreland zoning changes mandated in the last state budget.

The state has mandated counties not have shoreland regulations stronger than DNR rules, which are considered less stringent than former county rules. The Vilas County Board in January unanimously approved its version of state-mandated changes.

U.S. Senate

The budget cut hasn't formally been announced, but already Congressional members from both sides of the aisle are opposed to a rumored 97 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. 

Baldwin outlines what she is hearing...

".....what we are hearing right now is President Trump's budget will include a 97 percent cut in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and that is in my opinion, just plain wrong...."

Northwoods United Way

The Northwoods United Way is asking for proposals for 2018 funding in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

The Northwoods United Way helps fund agencies that provide programming in providing basic needs and self sufficiency, promoting health, healing and crisis intervention and strengthening children, youth and families.

Director Nancy Sattler says currently funded agencies and potential new recipients go through the process the same way...

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