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.

It's tax time,and a top state official says be hyper vigilant about making sure your tax return is safe.

Department of Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says 85 percent of state tax filing were done on line last year. He says the department is putting a lot of effort into stopping cyber crimes.

He says criminals find a variety of means to get personal information then try to file fake tax returns...

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Last week Governor Walker previewed his biennial budget address to the state during a trip to Crandon to highlight education funding. He also hinted more money is going to be released to fix Wisconsin's rural roads.

During a question and answer session with reporters, Walker said the state revenues have exceeded expectations and more money is going to education and hinted there might be more for roads...

Nicolet College Included In New UW Tuition Plan

Feb 6, 2017
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A new plan unveiled last week would give one free year of tuition at U-W Madison to some of the first students in their families to seek college degrees.

The students would have to transfer to Madison after two years of schooling at the U-W Colleges around the state and certain technical schools -- and it would only take effect if the state provides funding. The only technical college north of Madison and Milwaukee involved in the proposal is Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

College President Dr. Richard Nelson....

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Displeasure with the Trump Administration policies became open protest in Rhinelander Saturday afternoon

About 50 members of the public gathered at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to let their opinions be known that they don't think much of the ban leveled against Muslims and members of other nations and a wall proposed for the U.S. Mexico border by President Donald Trump.

Jerry Woolpy of Minocqua was one of the organizers...

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Three Lakes had the first K-12 Fab Lab in Wisconsin.

Since then, the idea has spread to a number of Northwoods school districts and has drawn the interest of school administrators across Wisconsin. Legislators, staff, school district administrators all boarded a yellow school bus at the Representative Rob Swearingen's business in Rhinelander Wednesday to begin a day-long trip to Northwoods Fab Labs.

Dr. Darienne Driver is the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools who says they're interested in bringing Fab Labs to that school system....

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A state advisory group has recommended about 60 ideas for renewing Wisconsin's fight against chronic wasting disease in the deer herd.

The panel completed four months of work by making its final proposals Wednesday.

DNR Big Game leader Bob Nack says the goals of the group are lofty...

"....the goal of the plan is to reduce the spread of CWD and to reduce the number of deer testing positive for CWD. That's a lofty goal I think the action items proposed here are the best effort we have to achieve that...."

Northwoods United Way

The Northwoods United Way is close to it's annual giving goal and they're hoping a few more contributors come forward to help. Director Nancy Sattler...

"....we just completed our drive for 2016 and we came very close to meeting our goal. We're at 95 percent of what we had hoped to raise. There's still opportunity to give to the campaign. This year we are supporting 28 different agencies throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties. We can always use your help in meeting our goal.."

The original drive goal was $165, 000.

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Governor Walker stopped in Crandon Wednesday afternoon to highlight a portion of his budget address next week: more money for rural schools.

Walker said the improving economy will enable his administration to give rural schools a jump in sparcity aid, by nearly $20 million dollars. That money goes to small districts like Wabeno.

He also is providing more money to bus students....

Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing

Tuesday(1/31/2017) was the sixth anniversary of Rhinelander's homeless shelter Frederick Place. This Saturday is a key fundraiser to help keep them operating .

The Fifth Anniversary Benefit is set for the Quality Inn on West Kemp Street in Rhinelander beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Executive Director Tammy Modic says Frederick Place has been busy....

Minocqua residents are among those being targeted for a telephone scam called "can you hear me".

Minocqua Police Chief David Jaeger describes the latest ripoff...

"'ll receive a phone call and either someone identifes themselves as 'my name is so-and-so, I'm with customer service, I have a really bad connection, can you hear me?'. At that time if you answer yes, or even if you answer no, they're going to record your voice and use that to say you are agreeing to use their service..."

Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center

Another legal setback for a family hoping to build a Bible camp and center on family owned land on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.

The Lakeland Times reports two judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court decision that Oneida county's denial of permits for the camp was legal.

The Jaros family has been seeking needed permits for 12 years, and has been through the federal court appeals process once, and the case was not heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Two classes are being offered in the Northwoods soon to educate the public on lowering their chances of getting cancer.

Oneida County UW-Extension and the UW-Carbone Cancer Center are offering the programs.

Family Living Educator Sara Richie says a large federal grant enabled them to put the programs together...

Wisconsin is among the leaders for citizens reporting bird sightings to an international bird observation website.

Birding has become an increasingly popular pastime in the Northwoods and elsewhere, and a DNR biologist says this is eveident in the recent report on citizen participation on the 'eBird' website.

The DNR's Nich Anich says observations from Wisconsinites are many....

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State Senator Tom Tiffany and State Representative Rob Swearingen held a listening session in Rhinelander on January 23.

Tiffany also held sessions with Representative Jeff Mursau, and Representative Mary Felzkowski.

All three Assembly districts are within the 12th State Senate district.

About 60 citizens attended the session with Tiffany and Swearingen in Rhinelander.

The session began with the voice of Representative Rob Swearingen....

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A northern Wisconsin legislator says the debate over the state Transportation budget puts a focus on some recent decisions and getting wood products to market from the Northwoods.

State Senator Janet Bewley, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, attended the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission meeting in Rhinelander Friday. The Commission has been working to find ways to get the forest products industry, and other businesses, to use more rail with a fear that freight rail service in northern Wisconsin and the U.P. could be gone.