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.

Rhinelander Community Foundation

They're closing in on their goal, and a few more donations will hopefully get them there. That's the word from Northwoods United Way Executive Director Nancy Sattler....

"...you can send it donations for the 2017 fundraising campaign all the way through January. We would appreciate that if you would do that because we are do close to meeting our goal. We want to be able to announce to everybody that we did meet our goal. We want to be able to fund those 27 agencies with the amount that would like to be able to...."

Northwoods Transit Connections

The Oneida County Department on Aging has agreed short-term to help the Oneida County Transit Commission help keep the books balanced.

The Commision Thursday approved the contract. The bus service known as Northwoods Transit Connections has had some fiscal shortfalls in it's first year, many caused by lack of payment by federal and state governments and also some unexpected costs associated with growth.

Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller said the problem is akin to a person good in one area of a business, but not in another....

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This week was a hearing in Madison on a bill to strip the DNR of funding to manage wolves, with the exception of paying out for wolf predation.

The developers of the legislation, including State Senator Tom Tiffany,(R-Hazelhurst) feel it's a way to prod the federal government into taking action to de-list the wolves from federal endangered species protections, returned to those protections by federal courts.

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The state is offering a program for hunters and others to help improve wildlife populations on private and public land.

Called the  Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP, program coordinator Bob Nack says while many hunters focus on deer, the program is good for all kinds of wildlife....

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

It's a busy few weeks coming for Eagle River as a series of events will bring tens of thousands of visitors to the community and Northwoods.

The Eagle River Fire Department and volunteers have built the Ice Castle in the downtown area, starting this weekend is the first of two weekends of championship snowmobile racing at the Derby Track and in early February is the Pond Hockey Championships.

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Director Kim Emerson says the activity means much to the economy....

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Northwoods high school students got a taste of what a challenge navigating the world of money can be Wednesday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Rhinelander School District  Business Education Teacher Patrick Kubeny describes how the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl competition works...

Forest County Potawatomi Community

A new leader will be selected next month by the Forest County Potawatomi Community.

Harold “Gus” Frank announced his retirement from the Forest County Potawatomi Community Executive Council after 20 years of elected service for the Tribe. He says he was grateful he was able to serve the tribe through elected office. The Tribe will conduct a special election for Chairman on February 10.

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Very small school districts get additional state financial help in what's called sparcity aid. Those districts say they must provide the classes larger districts do but can't get the same kind of money to do so.

Governor Walker this week proposed allowing smaller districts to raise property taxes without a referendum vote, something he vetoed in the latest budget. It raises the amount of money smaller districts spend on students by $300 next year and $100 more each year until 2022.

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An invisible, orderless and tasteless gas is a leading cause of lung cancer, even among non-smokers. It also can be here in the Northwoods.

January is Radon Action Month. 1 in 10 Wisconsin homes have high radon levels, a cancer-causing naturally occurring radioactive gas. But a local health spokesperson says you can fix the problem in your homes.

Kyla Waksmonski of the Oneida County Health Department says it has been found in Oneida county and appears at random....

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There appears to be fewer problems involving air quality in the basement offices at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Air quality became an issue a few years back when UW-Extension staff reported they were made uncomfortable by the exhaust from airplanes arriving and going at the airport. The diesel exhaust from the jets was getting sucked into the ventilation system. In March, work was completed on an upgraded ventilation system that was said to cut the amount of fumes in the basement offices.

Iron Co. Sheriff

A $1 million bond has been set for one of five men suspected in the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau. Last Friday, a judge set the high bond for 27-year-old Richard F. A. Allen, charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Four other suspects are likely to be charged this week according to reports.Officials say the others are being transported to Iron county to face charges.

Valliere was last seen December 22. He was reported missing on Christmas day. His body was found January 1 in the town of Mercer.

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A long-time Northwoods naturalist and author is hoping people who enjoy old growth forests will help him out with his next project.

John Bates of Mercer has penned Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them). The book will be self-published and is about 340 pages, full color, with over 200 maps, photos, and graphics. The first chapter provides a history of old-growth and why almost all of the forests were cut.

Ken Krall talked with John Bates about the project...

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