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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With the ultimate goal of saving $65,000 in energy costs annually over two decades, the Lakeland Union High School’s buildings and grounds committee Thursday paved the way for engineers to begin work on an intensive energy audit of the school facilities.

Committee members Thursday approved the proposed contract with Schneider Electric of Milwaukee, subject to review by the school attorney. Schneider representative Scott Mason said the “investment grade audit” would cost $28,000 and take three to four months to complete.

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No injuries were reported but fire extensively damaged portions of the Xcel Energy facility in Phillips early Friday.

Reports indicate a passerby saw the fire just before five this morning. The origin of the blaze is unknown but is said to not be suspicious. Seven Xcel Energy vehicles were inside the portion of the building that burned and are lost.

An Xcel spokesperson Chris Ouellette  says the 17 employees at the Phillips location went home Friday, but will return to work on Monday in the portion of the facility that was not seriously damaged.

A teenager was arrested Wednesday in Wausau after police got a tip he could be carrying a loaded gun in his backpack. Wausau Police report the arrest of the 17 year old male.

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ArtStart in Rhinelander begins their fifth anniversary year as a community arts center with a gala event February 12 and they would like the community to join them. Spokesperson Melinda Childs says the event is designed for a good time...

"....it's really a celebration. We're going to have the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble playing some danceable music,probably some Big Band, Swing and some standards. That's maybe the highlight is dinner and dancing, but it will be a fun party...."

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The public is invited to an upcoming open house to comment on four remaining issues in the proposed Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area Master Plan.

The area in western Oneida county is a popular recreation destination, offering a variety of activities. A first round of public comment helped prepare a draft master plan but has left four key areas the DNR would like to hear more input says Willow Flowage property manager Tom Shockley.

The first includes boundary modifications that would allow growth in the local community...says Shockley...

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Pending action by the Natural Resources Board later this month, it appears most of the Langlade county spring ponds that the DNR initally offered for sale will not be on the block.

The agency has released an updated list of lands that they would like put up for sale. State law directed the Natural Resources Board to offer 10,000 acres of land for sale by June 30, 2017.

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A panel of mental health professionals, advocates, law enforcement and a consumer met recently in the White Pine Room at WXPR to discuss the status of mental health services in the Northwoods.

Among other points, there's a growing number of people needing services and fewer professionals to help out. The panel discussed what is being done, where people can get help and the cost, in terms of effect on the person, society and costs to local governments.

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It might seem strange, but a tree expert says winter is the best time to prune trees to help prevent oak wilt.

Oak wilt is a tree fungal disease that chokes off an oak trees vascular system, like plugging up a person's veins and arteries. An infected tree will die from the top down. Beetles also spread the disease.

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A meeting is planned in April between senior representatives of Canadian National railroad and the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The Commission involves 13 counties in northeastern Wisconsin and seven counties in the U.P. They have been meeting regularly to see if freight rail service can continue in the region. Canadian National is the main freight rail server in the region. There have been rumblings from the rail company about service cutbacks.

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A Ministry Medical Group spokesperson hopes people remember their New Year's resolutions to get more physically active and join a group starting soon at the YMCA of the Northwoods.

Ministry Medical Group is teaming up with the YMCA of the Northwoods and the Northwoods LEAN Coalition to begin the Kick Start program.

Ministry Medical Group health coach Hope Williams says the program is designed to get people moving during a time when many people are sedentary...

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The 11th Annual Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships are set for this weekend on Dollar Lake in Eagle River.

The event brings hundreds of teams and thousands of spectators to watch amateur hockey the way it was played in its earliest days: sticks, a puck and teams playing on a lake. 2

80 teams consisting of seven players have signed up. Each team brings friends and family to the tourney. For Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Emerson, the weekend is a boost for the economy during a normally slower time of the year...

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It appears that southwest Wisconsin, the state's mid-section, and Lake Superior will get the brunt of the Groundhog Day snowstorm that's moving in.

The National Weather Service says the snow and strong winds will begin at mid-to-late morning in the western half of the state -- and some places could get freezing rain late Tuesday(2/2/16) before it snows again Wednesday.

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Enplanements at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport last year were nearly the same number as the year before. Airport Director Joe Brauer says the number of passengers were down about 25 from the year before. He says they are limited by the number of flights they have...

".....we have, basically, our 100 seats a day. There are only so many people we can get on and with no extension...at least we're glad it's staying pretty steady...."

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It's time to file taxes, and a state Department of Revenue spokesperson says filers need to be wary of someone trying to steal their money electronically.

Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says about 85 percent of all state tax filings are online. She says the Department of Revenue's system has never been compromised...

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Many people without warm winter clothing will be helped as the state Department of Tourism reports a record number of items donated to their annual "Big Bundle Up" campaign.

Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan says residents, travelers and businesses across the state were very generous...

"....we broke our collection record with more than 22,000 items donated across the state. The whole campaign over the last couple of years has collected more than 71,000 items in total..."

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