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.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Folks who use the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will likely have to wait a little longer this year thanks to the heaping helpings of snow we still have.

The Forest office announced this week the opening of recreation trails and campgrounds will be delayed. Forest spokesperson Tim Vetter says the lingering winter is to blame...

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Last week  the Rhinelander City Council approved it, and Tuesday the Oneida County Board put its stamp of approval on it. The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is jointly owned by both the city and the county.

The terminal building has been named for a man who brought the modern airport to Rhinelander: Robert Heck.

43 years ago, Heck began working with federal state and local officials to upgrade the service at the airport.

Oneida County Board chair David Hintz said it was Bob Heck's efforts that kept air service in Rhinelander...

BSA Samoset Council

Last weekend's blizzard dealt a blow to the charitable food collection by local boy scouts and they're hoping the public can still help out. Officials at The Boy Scouts of America Samoset Council in Weston say look for Trig's grocery bags or provide a box with items for the drive.

Spokesperson Leanna Holzem says the weather played havoc with the bad distribution last weekend. Scouts tried to drop off the bright yellow bags in neighborhoods in central and north central Wisconsin, but couldn't.

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The state is requiring counties to have a new set of mining rules in effect by July 1.

As Oneida county is working on getting it's ordinances into alignment, the county board voted to open the process a bit more. A significant deposit of minerals exist under county forest land in the town of Lynne. With the end of the state's mining moratorium law, it's commonly thought mining companies again will be looking to extract minerals there.

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A 100-thousand dollar grant from the state will help expand broadband internet access to more parts of Oneida County.

The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation was notified by the Public Service Commission they will receive $100,000 of $218 thousand dollars requested to flesh out more fast internet to underserved areas. Development Corporation Executive Director Roger Luce says there was lots of competition for the money... 

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Mother Nature's snow wrath felt by northern Wisconsin residents might be difficult on animals not yet adapted to our changeable weather. While amounts varied, the general consensus was the Northwoods picked up at least 20 inches of snow this past weekend, with some points in eastern Wisconsin getting 30 inches of snow.

DNR wildlife biologist for Vilas county, Michele Woodford says the birds coming north are the ones feeling the brunt of the snow...

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A new database technology has led state and local law enforcement to bust a meth lab in Eagle River.

The state Department of Justice and Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath announced the arrests of two people. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a home on US Hwy 45 after review of the National Precursor Log Exchange database revealed individuals residing at the residence had purchased unusual amounts of pseudoephedrine. The database is a real-time electronic log that tracks sales of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Wisconsin DNR

A rare bird that ornithologists are trying to attract to Vilas county has been de-listed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced recently  its plans to remove Kirtland's Warbler from the list.

DNR conservation biologist Davin Lopez says the warbler is a success story. At one point there were just a couple hundred birds living in Michigan, now more than 2,000 are known to exist in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.

Lopez says Vilas county has the right habitat to attract a viable population...

Friends of the Kinni

Wisconsin News Connection is here.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. - The Kinnickinic River is at the heart of River Falls, Wisconsin, and offers visitors to the Twin Cities area opportunities for trout fishing, kayaking and more.

But advocates for the Kinnickinic say the two dams on the river put its health in jeopardy, and it's on a list of 10 "most endangered" rivers, compiled by the group American Rivers.

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Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.

April has been designated as Child Abuse and Neglect and Prevention Month.

The need for short-and-longer term foster care is also being emphasized.

Two staff members from Oneida County Social Services spoke recently about child abuse.

Social worker-foster care coordinator Rachel Nelson and Supervisor Beth Hoerchler talked about the need to report, the signs of abuse, the number of cases,  and how more foster parents are needed. We hear first from Rachel Nelson...

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The Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is hosting it's annual Memories and Melodies fundraiser this weekend and they are hoping for a large turnout to help fund local Alzheimer's efforts.

The event features music, dinner raffles and auctions to help those afflicted with the disease. The event is being held at Holiday Acres resort near Rhinelander.

One of the resort's owners, Kari Zambon, had family members affected by it and the event is always a special time for her...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

More snow and cold this weekend raises the concern that the continuing thick ice on many Northwoods lakes could lead to problems with fish kills.

DNR northern fisheries manager Mike Vogelsang in Woodruff says the added snow is not a bonus for the fish...

"....we're already starting with a couple of feet of snow on the ground and adding this snow along with very thick ice, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if we had some winterkill issues this spring...."

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