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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The relatively low gas prices we've enjoyed for many months are likely to be ending soon says a gas expert.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website , Dan McTeague,  says a seasonal shift to more expensive gasoline is underway as refineries shift to more environmentally friendly gas blends...

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A settlement has been reached between the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and several parties after years of litigation between the tribe, business firms and lawyers involved in a 2008 bond issue.

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Six people have been arrested as part of an on-going crackdown on drugs.

Forest County Sheriff John Dennee reports a search warrant earlier this month at   the Leach residence at 501 North Prospect Avenue in Crandon resulted in the arrests.

Arrested were 22 year old Christopher Leach, 19 year old Caleb Leach, 25 year old Larry Swanson, 21 year old Skyler Hennes, and 25 year old Charli Brownell. A 17 year old female was also referred to the District Attorney for possible charges.

Ascension Health Care

Major renovation plans were announced Tuesday by Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. This is the second announcement within weeks of healthcare expansion or renovation plans in Minocqua and Woodruff.

Marshfield Clinic is in the process getting approval for a hospital to be built on its nearby property.

Ascension and Ministry Health Care officials announced the multi-million dollar multi-phased renovation and replacement is expected to begin June 1 and last two years.

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The City of Rhinelander has approved its portion of a 10-year agreement to operate the Rhinelander District Library.

The joint library district includes the city and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake.

Council member Alex Young noted the major change in the new agreement finds the city getting reimbursed for doing administrative duties, but in kind will pledge more to the library....

"....the administrative services the city provides, but it doesn't have a cash impact on the library district or any of the municipalities...."

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The Alzheimer's Association along with Wisconsin Public Television are bringing a local screening of an acclaimed documentary to Rhinelander later this month.

Titled "Alzheimer's Every Minute Counts" it's  a one-hour documentary which highlights the national threat posed by the disease.

Local Alzheimer's Association community outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the documentary shows how an aging population will strain our health care resources...

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Birders in the Northwoods are invited to join in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 17 through the 20th.

The count began in 1998 to have a centralized database of citizen's observations of their winged friends who stop by.

Local birding enthusiast Bob Dall says everyone is invited to join in...


A proposed dog park at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander has been stopped by the Rhinelander city council, for now.

A dog park has been in discussion for 10 years. Proponent Tina Werres had proposed upgrading the current dog path at Pioneer Park to a full dog park, but opposition to the location had surfaced from neighbors and also from people who thought allowing the park now would go around upgrading the city's parks master plan.

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Most animal experts agree that spay and neutering is something pet owners should consider for the health of their pets and to prevent unwanted litters.

An upcoming fundraiser will help raise money for people who can't afford spay and neutering services.

Karla Ortman is the founder of "The Fix Is In"...

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If the legislature agrees, personnel in the DNR's Division of Forestry could be moving to locations out of Madison and north of Highway 29.

In an interview with WXPR news Friday, Governor Scott Walker highlighted some of his proposals from last week's budget speech.

He described the changes he would like to see for state foresters...

Last week the Solar Foundation released the national and state-by-state results of its annual “Solar Jobs Census" with Wisconsin showing solid growth in the industry.

Wisconsin’s solar industry employs 2,813 workers according to the Census, across installation, manufacturing, sales and distribution, project development, and related sector employment.

The Census reported 45% growth in Wisconsin solar over 2015 numbers (1,941 jobs), after showing little growth the past two years.

Several Midwestern college ski teams will be gathering this weekend near Rhinelander at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, or CAVOC, to compete in a Nordic ski championship. The event's director is Ron Teclaw.

He tells us the schools that are competing...

"....there's probably six colleges from the Midwest showing up. We're co-hosting this with UW-Green Bay, Michigan Tech University, Northern Michigan University, St. Cloud State, and maybe a couple other colleges from Minnesota...."

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Rhinelander High School's Mock Trial team will be hoping to continue it's long-standing dominance at regional competition this weekend.

Last year, Rhinelander broke it's own state record by winning its 30th consecutive regional title. Mock Trial is a simulated courtroom setting where school teams argue the various sides of an agreed to issue.

Rhinelander coach Kathy Vick-Martini outlines this year's issue, where a young person with cystic fibrosis and a young woman are involved in a party that goes seriously wrong and who is responsible for the resulting mayhem.

For more than four decades they've been raising money on the ice to help people.

The 41st Annual Rhinelander Lions Fisheree will take place Saturday and Sunday on Boom and Bass Lakes and the Wisconsin River.

Rhinelander Lion Harry Helwig says it's a family event that supports people local and globally...

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Reaction from some Northwoods legislators followed party lines after Governor Scott Walker's budget message Wednesday.

Republican Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says he education component of the speech was better news for rural schools...