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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A new study shows most home prices in the Northwoods have not returned to pre-recession levels.

Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance spokesperson Dale Knapp said researchers looked at figures from the Department of Revenue about equalized home values throughout the state.

He says they looked at where home values were as of last January in each county versus just before the recession...

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High water on state rivers has prompted the DNR law enforcement section to ask boaters to be very careful when heading out.

DNR Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says recent storms packing torrential downpours have fueled floods and strong fast currents. He says the public should think safety when planning water trips by first checking local conditions and to always wear a life jacket on the water.

Conservation Warden Michael Sealander in Vilas county agrees, saying a life jacket is necessary...

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A new study shows birth weights for Oneida county newborns are going up, a good sign and that education is working says an Oneida County public health nurse.

A state report shows the percent of babies born here with a low birth weight is just over 6 percent.

Oneida's figure is about one point lower than the state average. Low birth weight is defined as being under 2,500 grams or just over five pounds.

Dawn Klink says babies born early cause problems for parents...

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Oneida county is looking for its next generation of leaders and residents or people who work in the county are asked to think about enrolling.

Leadership Oneida County creates an awareness of services and organizations within the County, and reinforces an individuals call to civic responsibility and citizen involvement.

One of the graduates is WJFW- TV's Ben Meyer who is also on the steering committee for this year's program...

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The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is hosting its 28th annual Energy Fair this weekend in Custer, east of Stevens Point.

Promoters say it's the longest running event of it's kind in the nation. More than 13,000 persons come to learn about clean energy and sustainability, and take action towards a sustainable future. There are 200 workshops, more than 200 exhibitors. Among the many speakers is JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla.

Spokesperson Allison Lindquist outlines the purpose of the Fair...

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association is hosting public meetings soon to talk about the brain, brain health, Alzheimers and other dementias.

Rhinelander-based outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the month is set aside to look at the impact Alzheimer's has on families and the challenges those families face supporting their loves ones. She says the meetings give family members help and also raise awareness to help keep your brain healthy.

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A meeting next Monday in Rhinelander could have an impact on future recreation in the Northwoods.

The DNR is hosting the meeting to get feedback about outdoor recreation for a Recreation Opportunities Analysis they are doing.

DNR recreation specialist Cameron Bump says the analysis is examining existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities. Bump says they held an initial set of meetings in March and have put together a draft document for the public to provide input...

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Gun charges have been added to two Northwoods residents already facing federal charges of distributing Oxycodone.

Federal prosecutors allege  31 year old Lee Hueckstaedt of Rhinelander and 34 year old Lance Bruette of Minocqua had the additional firearm charges brought by a grand jury. The charges are in addition to early charges brought by federal authorities against several other Northwoods residents.

Prosecutors allege a Milwaukee man brought the Oxycodone to the Northwoods where it was distributed by people in Vilas and Oneida counties

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Flooding and construction are affecting Northwoods roads. U.S. Highway 8 in Forest county is having traffic rerouted because of a culvert failure.

Flood waters damaged the road Monday night, prompting officials to close a portion of the road between Laona and Armstrong Creek.

Traffic is being sent through Cavour.

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A traveling exhibition honoring Vietnam War veterans from Wisconsin will be in the Northwoods in July.

The exhibition "Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name" honors the 1,161 Wisconsin veterans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

An exhibit host is the GFWC- Rhinelander Women's Club. Spokesperson Sue Bessert says much research went into the making of this exhibit...

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Mother Nature isn't helping as Wisconsin Public Service and other crews are working around the clock to restore power. WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says the outages are extensive....

"...we've been able to restore service to more than 97,000 customers since the storms began at noon on Sunday. Our crews are continuing to work as they face extensive damage that includes numerous broken power poles several downed trees and downed wires...."

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Donald Trump made his second visit to Wisconsin as president Tuesday afternoon -- and discussed the importance of jobs and education during a speech at Waukesha County Technical College.

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All spring gas prices were nudging upward but that has changed.

A spokesperson for the gas price watchdog website Gasbuddy.com says we have a shot at reaching historic gas prices this summer.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan refreshes our gas pump memories...

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