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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Americans are signing up in record numbers for the Affordable Care Act, even though Congress is likely to repeal it soon.

Health and Human Services Regional Director Kathleen Falk was in Appleton this week to get the word out that regardless of what Congress does now, you can still get coverage...

".....that's exactly right, Ken. The insurance companies have committed to honoring the contracts people are entering into. So those who sign up before January 31 can be assured coverage exists through the entire calendar year...."

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The Rhinelander City Council is exploring the idea of hiring a part-time City Administrator.

During a discussion Monday night on the process of hiring a new administrator, a member of the audience came forward to propose the city not hire another full-time administrator, but rather look at a part-timer, and he suggested he would be available if called on.

Retired attorney Keith Kost approached the council, offering his services as an administrator...

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030. Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40 percent of vision can be lost without a person noticing a problem.

Dr. Kelsey Koerner is an optometrist at the Eye Care Center of Wausau. She says glaucoma can affect any age, but is most commonly found in people in their 40's...

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Saturday night, WXPR welcomes a Michigan-based artist to the Nicolet College stage in Rhinelander. Joshua Davis has been in Rhinelander before, as a member of Stepping In for one example, but his name became nationally known as a finalist on the NBC singer competion show, "The Voice".

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Davis about his singer-songwriter roots to today...

Tickets are still available for the performace Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated LRC Theater at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

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A prominent Midwest wolf biologist thinks a possible delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act will not drive the population to dangerous levels.

L. David Mech is a Senior Scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has studied wolves and their prey since 1958.

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Last month, the Oneida County Humane Society announced an ambitious plan to expand the county shelter on north Stevens Street in Rhinelander. Estimated costs were in the $500,000 range. Two anonymous donations are moving the project closer to reality.

Treasurer Sue Otis details what has come in since the announcement December 13....

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A DNR official explains the new proposal to raise some recreational fees after the agency reported a deep deficit in the Fish and Wildlife Account.

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A Rhinelander man has been identified as as the person killed in the town of Stella east of Rhinelander Saturday evening.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Mark Mohr died in the crash.

The Sheriff's Department says Mohr's vehicle was traveling northbound, crossed the road and and rolled over in the south bound ditch, coming to rest in some trees. A sheriff's deputy on patrol came upon the crash scene on Highway 45 near East Stella Lake Road.

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A Northwoods psychologist says an upcoming special session of the legislature to deal with Wisconsin's opioid addiction problem is a positive step. Ken Krall talks with Marshfield Clinic-Minocqua's  Dr. Michael Larson...

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Eagle River Police Department and Community Addiction Recovery and Empowerment are teaming up with a new program to battle addiction problems.

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen says the goal is to provide a compassionate, no excuses, long term recovery program for those seeking addiction treatment....

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A Tripoli man was sentenced to prison Friday in Oneida County Circuit Court for his role in a shooting incident last April at his residence.

60 year old Kenneth Welsh entered no contest pleas in September to a count of endangering safety and operating a firearm while intoxicated.

Judge Michael Bloom sentenced Welsh to three years in state prison, giving him credit for 262 days he's been jailed.

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The very cold temperatures of late gives those who ice fish or snowmobile a desire to head out, but Wisconsin Public Service is reminding the public there's still danger near dams.

Spokesperson Leah VanZile says ice near dams can be treacherous...

"..around the dam the ice can be thin, even around normal weather conditions, the ice near dams and reservoirs is often thin and inconsistent and unsafe. So if you are going to be doing any fishing or snowmobiling across those waterways, please avoid getting too close to the dams..."

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The Grandmother Flowage fishery is again open for fishing following completion of dam repairs and the restoration of water levels. Ken Krall reports....

The Grandmother Flowage is a 758 acre reservoir on the Wisconsin River in central Lincoln County that runs for about 7 miles downstream from the Pride Dam ..which forms Lake Mohawksin... to the Grandmother Dam. In early September, the flowage was drawn down 14 feet for the repair work, leaving fish in the concentrated pool vulnerable to overharvest.

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Two persons were injured Friday morning(1/6/17) after an explosion at a foundry in Phelps.

Officials say the explosion was at Phelps Cast, operated by Berntsen Brass and Aluminum Foundry based in Madison. Reports at the scene say a furnace exploded. A worker near the furnace was injured in the blast.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says that worker...a 31 year old man from Eagle River... was taken by helicopter to the burn unit of a Madison hospital.

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Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek recently fined a committee chair and also mandated open meetings training for the full Oneida County Board.

The Lakeland Times filed an open meetings complaint against the Labor Relations and Employee Services committee for allegedly talking about items that were not posted on the meeting agenda.

The Lakeland Times reported Committee Chair Ted Cushing had to pay a $25 fine and every county board member was mandated to attend seminar on open meeting.

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