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.

NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The state's waters are open again for another boating year, but the DNR's top aquatic invasive species person says staying vigilant will slow the spread of unwanted plants and critters.

The DNR's Bob Wakeman says boaters are required to inspect their boats and equipment before they launch to see what plants might be attached to the boat. He says be sure to drain water from vehicles, boats and equipment...

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Anniversaries are always a good time to remember...and today is WXPR's 34th anniversary.

A group of dedicated volunteers answered the call by Peter Nordgren to establish a public radio station in northern Wisconsin. After more than 3 years of planning and fundraising, WXPR signed on at noon on Sunday, April 24, 1983.

On the anniversary day, Ken Krall talked with founder Peter Nordgren about the station...

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

86 veterans have departed on the next Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

The flight took off this morning from Central Wisconsin Airport to take veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts to see the memorials to those wars and other related sights.

Flight Co-Founder Jim Campbell says this is the 27th Never Forgotten Honor Flight to leave central Wisconsin....

Oneida county landlords and property managers are invited to a luncheon meeting May 3 to discuss people who are homeless in the region.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness...or N*WISH  is hosting the meeting.

Spokesperson Lori Hallas says agencies like Forward Service Corporation offer assistance to people who are struggling to find shelter. She says there are other agencies that also provide rent assistance....

Outrider Foundation

With Earth Day upon us, next we'll hear from Tia Nelson, daughter of the founder of Earth Day, former Wisconsin U.S. Senator and Governor, Gaylord Nelson. Tia is recognized for her work on climate change. She served 17 years with The Nature Conservancy, including serving as the first director of its global Climate Change Initiative. For her work, she received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Award in 2000.

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Nationwide, 200 cities will see a March For Science on Earth Day, as marchers gather to protect funding for environmental agencies threatened by proposed budget cuts both on the federal and state levels.

One of the communities with a March For Science is Minocqua. A group called 'March For Science Northwoods' will gather Saturday morning.

Organizer Tara Woolpy says the March for Science is designed to draw attention to a withdrawl by government from the environment...

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A group of former natural resource professionals are debuting a new statewide organization that they say presents a science-based place for the public to get information.

Retired DNR water professional Bob Martini of Rhinelander is involved with the group that is making a preliminary announcement about the group called "Green Fire-Voices For Science"...

April is National Poetry Month and Nicolet College is holding its 7th Annual Poetry Project.

Ocie Kilgus is a Nicolet instructor and coordinator of the project. The best original writing from both a student and community member will be judged after the project ends on April 30. The winning student will be awarded the $300 Ron Parkinson Poetry Matters Student Scholarship. The community member will receive dinner for two at Church Street Inn in Hazelhurst.

Kilgus says aspiring poets will also have a chance to read their works at ArtStart in Rhinelander...

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Veterans from  seven  Northwoods counties are coming to Rhinelander Friday(4/21/17) for a Veterans Benefits Expo, designed to help veterans find out more information about the services they are entitled to.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says veterans only need to stop by Friday....

"....this is a seven-county event, including Forest, Iron, Price, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties. Of course all veterans, family members, survivors are welcome to join us..."

Wisconsin DNR

A walk in the woods this time of the year will reveal Northwoods wildlife beginning the annual cycle of a new growing year. DNR wildlife researchers are out doing a survey and a spokesperson says be careful as your drive by.

DNR wildlife specialist Brian Dhuey says the surveyors collect data from roadsides, so that's why they are there and there's no need to be concerned...

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The public is invited to a candlelight vigil Friday evening in Rhinelander that will remember the victims of child abuse and to remember a child who died recently here.

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An Arbor Vitae man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Madison on natural resources-related charges.

An indictment charging 33 year old Matt Raley alleges a hunt he guided took place on November 23, 2012.

The hunts took place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Raley is owner and operator of Hideaway Hollow Outfitters, in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Forest County Sheriff's Department

A 52 year old rural Crandon woman has been charged with 156 counts... 6 felonies and the rest misdemeanors... after a raid recently on her property where authorities allege was mistreatment of animals.

Patricia Kirker has been charged after a raid last month involving ASPCA investigators along with law enforcement. They removed 40 wolf-dog hybrids and sickly horses from her property. Kirker has also been charged in another case with drug-related crimes.

Libertarian Party

A state political convention is coming this weekend to the Northwoods.

The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is hosting a convention and liberty retreat this weekend at Treehaven near Tomahawk. Founded in 1971, Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions.

Phillip Anderson ran in last year's U.S. Senate race and is the interim Wisconsin party Director.

He says among the speakers is the party's national leader...