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.

In 2018, Ken was chosen to receive the Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2018 Excellence in Public Health Media Award for his work covering public health in northern Wisconsin.

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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A blood drive is set for Wednesday(6-13) in Elcho and a Red Cross spokesperson says the need is critical. Blood representative Marc Sutton....

"...we're going to be doing a blood drive at the Elcho Fire and Rescue building, which will be on Wednesday, June 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If anyone can come out and donate, we can definitely use it.. We have an urgent need for blood which typically happens in the summer. Every donation is needed and every donation helps...."

Sutton says the need is on-going, but donations drop in the summer......

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has revealed it's latest maps and details about locations of invasive plants within the forest.

Forest botanist Marjory Brzeskiewicz says the report is sent out every year, giving information on new sites where invasive plants are located.

She says part of the new information is a webmap with geographic information system technology pinpointing where people have found new plant infestations along with locations for all the invasive plant sites in the Forest.

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There are a lot  of boats are on Northwoods lakes and rivers, and a Northwoods law enforcement officials says safe boating is no accident.

DNR Recreational Safety Warden Justin Bender in Woodruff says this time of the year is a good time to reaquaint yourself with the rules about being on the open water. He says the rules books are available at bait shops and other outlets.

But he says many people are a bit casual about a key safety device, the personal floatation device or lifejacket when on the boat..

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The second annual Northwoods Pride Festival is being held June 23 in Arbor Vitae.

The festival is sponsored by Northwoods Progressives and Northern Highland LGBTQ. Spokesperson Don Schindhelm chairs the festival. He says about 60 people turned out for last year's initial festival.

He says the Northwoods Progressives came to the Rainbow Hodags at Nicolet College to hold a PRIDE event...

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The driver of a vehicle that crashed in Three Lakes early Sunday is likely facing a homicide charge.

Three Lakes Police Chief Scott Lea  says charges of operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drug and homicide by Intoxicated use of a motor vehicle have been forwarded to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office on driver Eric C. Labahn. His address has been listed as Illinois.

A passenger in the Labahn vehicle, 23-year-old Austin L. Lockwood died in the crash along   Military Road.

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Because the Rhinelander School District has a high number of free and reduced school meals offered due to overall lower income in the district, students under age 18 can take part in a summer food service program offered by the district. But it's not just for summer school students.

Food Service Director Pat Karaba says the meal program runs at James Williams Middle School, Crescent Elementary and Pelican Elementary. She says a free breakfast and lunch is offered...

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Prior to a meeting with property owners this month, an attorney for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa offered the tribe's perspective to clarify their position on easements over Tribal trust land. They also are starting the process of reaching a mutally acceptable solution to renewing property owner's rights of way to land owned within the reservation.

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Two people were killed over the weekend in separate crashes in Oneida county.

Three Lakes Police report one person died early Sunday on Military Road north of Allyn Road in Three Lakes.

The initial investigation shows the vehicle was southbound on Military Road and left the roadway.

A 23 year old Illinois man was a passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene. The 21 year old male driver, also from Illinois, was taken to the hospital with injuries. Names of those involved in the Three Lakes crash will be released when relatives are notified.

  •   Are cell towers and other electronics hurting people and wildlife?
  •  Governor Walker wants a full effort to revive the dairy industry,
  •  Timber bids opened in Vilas county are double last year's total,
  •  A dispute at Central Wisconsin Airport cancels a flight.

  •   A Northwoods resident becomes a top leader in the Wisconsin National Guard,
  •  Minocqua is working on it's own town mining ordinance,
  •  Artists are sought for the Northern National Art Competition,
  •  An event on Monday could save your young child's life.

Wisconsin Army National Guard

The Wisconsin Army National Guard celebrated the first woman — as well as first Native American — to serve as Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army during a formal change of authority ceremony last week at Volk Field. Major General Mark Anderson relinquished the post to Brigadier General Joane Mathews, who most recently served as the assistant adjutant general for readiness and training. Mathews was born in Lac du Flambeau.

In an interview with WXPR, General Mathews says along with all the attention given during the ceremony, she had a special visitor...

Nicolet College

One of the Midwest's top art exhibitions is looking for submissions before the deadline later this month.

The Northern National Art Competition is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and the Nicolet College Art Gallery.

Nicolet College Art Gallery Director Katy Ralph says they would like to have more artists to submit entries...

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An event Monday could save your young child from serious injury in a vehicle crash.

The Oneida County Health Department is offering car seat inspections Monday, June 11,  from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Rhinelander Fire Department located on West Frederick Street in Rhinelander.

Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink says the car checks are free....

"...we have nationally-certified car seat technicians available to check and make sure the seats are properly installed. The kids can also come and look at the fire trucks as well...."

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The Oneida County committee working to get it's mining ordinance in compliance with state laws gave the public a chance to hear on the revisions. They heard from people who wanted changes in the proposal, but also a lot of comment, mostly against, but some in favor of mining.

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. including President Joseph Wildcat, Sr., and council member Brooks Big John said mining is unwanted. Their attorney Andrew Adams told the committee they have the resources now to litigate any mine in Oneida county...

  •   A fatal traffic crash in Minocqua
  •  After a jury trial, a man is sentenced for domestic battery in Vilas county
  •  Nothing suspicious after alarm bells raised in Birnamwood
  •   An approaching swim competition in Minocqua helps people during water emergencies
  • Thousands  are expected in downtown Rhinelander this Saturday...

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