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.

The Three Lakes town board next month will consider whether to place advisory referendums on the November ballot to renovate the town hall building, and the nearby Demmer Library. At a special meeting Wednesday two advisory referendums were forwarded for consideration on August 2. One referendum would allow up to $ 900,000 for expansion to the Demmer Library and a second resolution would ask for up to $1.8 million for town office renovation. Should the town board approve asking for the advisory referendums, they would appear on the November 8 ballot.

Pete Rondello

Storms rumbled across the Northwoods Thursday morning causing yet another round of power outages, on a day projected to top 90 degrees in Wisconsin.

Here's Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service...

Photos of trees on power lines in the Winchester area courtesy of WXPR's Pete Rondello.

The DNR is out with an updated fish consumption guide. The advisory helps the public know about toxins that gather in the flesh of fish and what it might mean from a health standpoint says Candy Schrank, a DNR toxicologist.

Advice for some inland lakes and impoundments, where mercury is the primary fish contaminant, was also updated. Fish consumption advice varies by location and species of fish and ranges from unrestricted or one serving per week to "do not eat" says Schrank...

It won't start until November, as  a U.S. District judge ruled this week voters without standard ID will be able to cast ballots, but they have to swear at the polling place they are who they are.

Judge Lynn Adelman says Wisconsin's current Voter ID law doesn't allow voters with challenges getting ID's to cast a ballot, and dropped a portion of Wisconsin's law.

Jane Trotter from the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods says voters without ID's will be able to cast a ballot...

Officials are reminding the public to take it easy and find ways to get cool during our mid-summer hot spell.

Tuesday we talked about ways to stay cool and that information is on the WXPR website.

Wednesday, Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says people without air conditioning can go to places in the Minoqua, Rhinelander and Eagle River areas that are air conditioned and usually open...

American Red Cross

For the past week, the American Red Cross has joined with other relief agencies to offer support for people affected by the flooding on the Bad River Band Reservation.

Spokesperson Barbara Behling says the Red Cross relief team has been fully activated. She says Tuesday and Wednesday, the Red Cross is offering help for people severely affected by the flooding...

Hilary Markin-CNNF

Progress is being reported in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, also hit hard last week by flooding and subsequent damage.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin said they know what damage has occurred...

"...we are working through our assessments. We've completed our road assessments. We've identified nearly 100 obstructions have been identified. Places where a bridge has been washed out, a culvert has been washed out and other impacts that are a hazard to the public. We're making repairs as we go along...."

State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” as temperatures reach summertime highs this week. Heat can be dangerous to anyone, but especially so people with health conditions and pets.

A state Division of Consumer Affairs official says the recent flooding in northern Wisconsin likely will also bring out a group of con artists selling cheap repairs door-to-door.

Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection's Division head Frank Frassetto says look our for contractors whose offer doesn't seem right...

Some political experts are predicting a raucous Republican National Convention beginning today in Cleveland, but a regional Republican Party official doesn't believe the talk.

Jim Miller of Hayward is the 7th Congressional District Republican Party Chair and a delegate to the convention from Wisconsin. The 7th District covers much of central and northern Wisconsin.

Miller says the national convention brings about a feeling of the national scope of the party....

The Native American Drug and Gang Initiatived Task Force has been named a finalist by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

NADGI was created in 2007, bringing together tribal law enforcement agencies with the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. to fight illegal drug and gang activities on state reservations. DOJ Special Agent Brian Kastelic is the Task Force Commander.

He says the task force works to make arrests but also educate the community...

With the clock ticking, an advocacy group is asking insurance companies to come up with what are called 'low-out of pocket' insurance plans.

This week Citizen Action of Wisconsin reports on July 22, insurers need to submit 2017 plan designs to the state for the health marketplace, The group was asking the companies to offer what are known as Low Out-Of-Pocket health plans that provide health care access at costs that working families can afford by reducing deductibles.

Widespread Storm Damage In CNNF Reported

Jul 14, 2016

Update: 3:20 p.m. 7/14/2016 Wheeler News Service: Several roadways are under water and remain impassable in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota where flooding caused by storms earlier this week has yet to recede. In Wisconsin, Highway 2 between Ashland and Hurley remained closed as well as other roads in the region. In the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Beaver Lake Campground near Mellen is closed due to flood damage. In Minnesota, volunteers are filling and stacking sandbags in Moose Lake where residents are keeping an eye on rising lake water.

Lincoln county has noted the one year anniversary of one of its workers killed while working a road construction site.

Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Kelly Reith talks about Marcus Wydeven Work Zone Safety Awareness Day....

"....he was tragically killed in an accident one year ago on July 14, 2015 while working on a road construction project on Highway 17. Marcus was a flagger who moved traffic around the construction zone...."

Small schools in rural Wisconsin have been in a budget pinch but the Department of Public Instruction has released more than $7 million to help schools meet the high cost of bussing. Several of the schools getting transportation money are in the Northwoods.

128 schools qualified for the aid says DPI spokesperson Tom McCarthy says the aid is directed for districts with above-average school transportation costs....