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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Economists often say an unemployment rate of four percent is statistically full employment. Only six of the state's 72 counties are at four percent or higher, with the majority well below it.

The Department of Workforce Development recently released the local employment and unemployment rates for November. Iron county had the state's highest rate of 5.3 percent. Forest county had the state's seventh-highest rate at 3.9 percent, Vilas was ninth at 3.8 percent, Langlade county is at 3.2 percent, Price and Oneida county at 3.1 percent and Lincoln at 2.5 percent.

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Every three years, all states are required under the federal Clean Water Act to review their water quality standards.

Topics evaluated in the review include policies, rules and guidance related to designated uses, water quality criteria, anti-degradation and variance. The DNR is taking public input as part of this review.

DNR Water Quality Specialist Marcia Willhite says they are asking for public input on surface water quality....

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More than 100 Rhinelander High School freshmen students went through a program designed to provide information about making smart health choices.

Called "Street Smarts", the program is a venture of the Oneida County Health Department and Kids Impacting our Neighborhood, or KIN.

Jenny Chiamulera is a Community Health Specialist with the Oneida County Health Department.

She says "Street Smarts" is evidence based programming  to high school age students....

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A bowl of hot soup sounds good on a cold day, and an opportunity for that warmth will help feed and house others in 2018.

The annual Lakeland Soup For Shelter benefit is set for January 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church on Highway "J" in Woodruff.

Frederick Place Homeless Shelter Executive Director Tammy Modic says area restaurants donate soup to enjoy....

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The cold weather is a reminder that warm clothes are needed and a promotion started by the state Department of Tourism with local collections has proven a success.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce reports "The Big Bundle Up" exceeded the goal they set for collecting warm winter clothing. Chamber officials say they had a goal of 200 items and ended with 263, including coats, mittens, hats and more.

The collected items will be donated to the Warm for Winter pantry, held the last Saturday of the month at Friendly Village in Rhinelander.

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Green Bay police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman, but they don't consider it suspicious.

The woman had taken a taxi cab to her home. After she was dropped off, police say it appears she fell while trying to retrieve a key she'd dropped, then hit her head. Her body was found by a relative. Bitter cold temperatures have blanketed Wisconsin for several weeks.

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A man said to be wanted on felony warrants from Texas was shot and killed Thursday morning near Crandon.

WJFW TV is reporting state Department of Justice officials report the suspect allegedly pointed a shotgun at the deputy after the deputy ran a record check after the deputy found the suspect's disabled vehicle. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the man pulled out a shotgun. The deputy responded by shooting and killing the man. The shooting happened just south of Crandon in the town of Nashville.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department updated the information on 25 year old Wayne Vallilere's death, saying his body was found Jan. 1, 2018 in Iron county.

Five suspects were taken into custody concerning the death.

The Iron County District Attorney is handling the prosecution along with an Assistant Attorney General. Several agencies were involved in the investigation including the Sheriff's Departments in Vilas, Ashland, Forest, Iron, Lincoln and Oneida, the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police, Milwaukee Police and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The original story is below.

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Governor Scott Walker Thursday announced  Thursday (1-4-2018)a transition from Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake juvenile facility in Lincoln county to an adult medium security facility over the next few years.

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Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives by empowering them to get jobs and become independent.

Blackwell opened as a Job Corps center in 1965 near Laona in Forest county. Since then, over 15,000 students have benefited from the federal scholarships offered through Blackwell Job Corps.

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Fire has extensively damaged a home north of Three Lakes.

Three Lakes Fire Chief Dave Kirby says the home is  on Highway 45 north of Three Lakes. They were called about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews from Sugar Camp, Eagle River, Pine Lake and Stella were also called in. The crews were on the scene for about three hours.

Kirby says they quickly knocked down the fire and contained it. All the occupants and a pet got out safely and no firefighters were injured putting the fire out. No cause was immediately determined and firefighters will be doing more investigation.

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The state Department of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation into the death of a Lac du Flambeau man missing since late December.

Lac du Flambeau Tribal President Joseph Wildcat, Sr. confirmed the death of 25 year old Wayne Valliere who was last seen December 22. Wildcat said in a prepared statement that they were heartbroken at the loss of one of their tribal members. He asked the public to give the family the space and time they need to grieve.

State investigators would not confirm to WJFW TV the nature of their investigation.

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