Ken Krall

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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.

Wisconsin DOT

Traffic will be rerouted May 31 as the DOT continues to replace the iconic Bearskin Trail Bridge which crosses U.S. 51 in the town of Hazelhurst.

Michael Wendt is the DOT Project Supervisor and says they will be doing work that night where traffic will be detoured....

".....as of 9 p.m. that evening we'll be closing down that section of Highway 51. It will reopen on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m. So we're talking about a 9 hour closure during the night time period. Traffic will be detoured...."

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A second Democrat has announced for the 34th Assembly seat.

27 year old Matthew Michalsen is a teacher and coach at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and serves on the Lake Tomahawk town board. He's a graduate of UW-Stevens Point.

Michaelsen says he will focus on rural economic development, shoreland zoning issues, local control, tourism, opportunities for young people, and education. He says the issue of local control for rural Wisconsin is a key issue...

Names Of Crash Victims Released

May 20, 2016
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The names of three persons injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Eagle River have been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened about 5:45 p.m.on Highway 70 in front of Parson's Chevrolet. A pickup truck collided head on with a Volkswagen. The driver of the truck and a man riding in the Volkswagen were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The Volkswagen driver was treated at Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Van Stippen campaign

A Democrat who previously announced he was running for the 35th Assembly has suspended his campaign for that seat, and now says he will run in for the 12th State Senate seat currently held by Republican Tom Tiffany.

Bryan Van Stippen of Deerbrook, in Langlade county, announced the change. He says after talking with those close to him and others, he wants the Senate seat instead.

Van Stippen says the issues in both the 35th Assembly seat and the Senate seat are the same, citing jobs, local control and what he sees as an attack on our educational systems.

City of Rhinelander

In August, 1935 the Green Bay Packers held their first off-site training camp practice at Sarocka Field in Rhinelander.

81 years later, the city of Rhinelander is moving forward to attempt to build a series of markers to note the historic event. Jenny Bonardelli is on the Rhinelander Historical Commission. The Commission requested a design for a memorial through Leadership Oneida County. Sarocka Park is not far from the Oneida County Courthouse.

Lakeland Union High School

A Lac du Flambeau tribal member and senior at Lakeland Union High School has been awarded a unique scholarship opportunity and plans to work toward a chemical engineering degree at UW-Madison this fall.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Final preparations are underway for the second annual White Deer Triathlon being held Saturday in Boulder Junction. Instead of the typical swim, bike, and run format, the event features a paddle, bike, run format.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith about the event...

The White Deer Triathlon is part of the Northwoods of Wisconsin Tri-Master series, a group of triathlons held in Vilas, Oneida and Langlade counties in the warm weather months.

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You can take part in an online chat about the growing black bear population in Wisconsin on the DNR website Thursday(5/19/2016) at noon. DNR big game ecologist Mary Annala says the online chat gives the public a wide area to explore the many aspects of bears...

".....so this chat is basically for the public to interact with the DNR staff and basically ask questions related to bears, bear management or bear hunting. Anything related to bears we're open to...."

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A Phelps woman has been found dead on a trail in Phelps and the Vilas County Sheriff's Department is calling the death 'suspicious'.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports a 9-1-1 caller reported finding the body on a trail behind apartments in Phelps. The body was identified at 47 year old Luann Beckman. She was last seen riding her bicycle Sunday afternoon about 4;30 p.m. Fath says state experts were called in to examine the scene and report a suspicious death.

Fath says the Sheriff's office, Coroner, District Attorney and Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating.

Reaction continues to come in to comments made by U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold during a stop Saturday in Rhinelander.

During a Q & A time with reporters, Feingold said he was out of office when the allegations of alleged prescription drug abuse were  made by a whistleblower at the Veterans Administration office in Tomah were made. His campaign office later clarified his statement. A dark money group made allegations in broadcast ads that Feingold had been notified by 2009 of a problem.

Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

The Department of Tourism is helping Minocqua to promote a fall running event that is growing.

Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan describes the event...

"......the "No Frills Marathon" is put on by the Minocqua area Chamber of Commerce and they're expanding their marathon to include a half-marathon component this year, in the hope of attracting even a larger group of runners to the event.."

The "No Frills Marathon" is set for September 10 and is one of the last qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

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Add Oneida County to the list of suitors should the state of Wisconsin decide to move the Division of Forestry to the Northwoods.

The Oneida County Board approved a resolution authorizing a return of information to the state describing county assets for an eventual landing spot.

Forest Director John Bilogan told the Oneida County Board that any landing site in Oneida county would bring 50 higher-paying jobs to the area and have a noticeable economic impact. He says Oneida county has come built in advantages...

The explosion at a home last week is likely caused by gas.

The preliminary results from the Division of Criminal Investigation-Office of the State Fire Marshall’s investigation are that the incident at 5078 Sand Lake Road last Friday morning in the town of Sugar Camp was a gas vapor explosion. The home has a propane gas tank.

Emergency crews were called after that home exploded. Two other buildings in the area were damaged. No injuries were reported.

Democrat Russ Feingold's campaign Monday clarified statements made Saturday in Rhinelander about the Tomah VA and the over-prescribing of presciption medicine and the on-going investigation.

Feingold was quoted as saying, "".....it's shameful that the Koch Brothers and Ron Johnson hiding behind them are trying to make this a political issue. This is about the death of a veteran in 2014.(By then) of course, I'd been out of office four years. I was told his office had information from Ryan Honl, the guy in the ad, as early as 2011...."

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Memorial Day is approaching and that is the traditional time for Farmers Markets to begin their seasons across Wisconsin.

The Hodag Farmers Market begins May 28 at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Spokesperson Steve Richardson says the market continues to grow...

"....well over 20 years ago we started the Farmers Market with just a handful of growers. It's grown exponentially to a point now that up to two dozen growers(attend) in the middle of the season. There's much to choose from. To get the best selection, show up early..."

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