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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One Oneida County board supervisor is asking  supervisors on the Planning and Development committee to defy a state mandate concerning shoreland zoning.

In 2015, the legislature's Joint Finance Committee included in the budget a provision rolling back local county protections on shoreland zoning to a standard size that applies across all counties, be they with few lakes or more than a thousand like Oneida county. State Senator Tom Tiffany at the time said it was a move to make it easier to regulate shoreland zoning by the state.

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Several groups last week held a conference call to report on a recent survey that says Wisconsin's proposed transportation budget is out of step with state residents preferences.

The Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group's Director Peter Skopec says the statewide survey asked what respondents wanted out of the transportation budget now being debated in Madison...

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This is National Women's Health Week, a time for women to take a check on their health and make it a priority.

Oneida County public health nurse Nichole Peplinski, who also works with the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, says there are things woman can do today to help them improve their health....

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A lead sponsor of a Wisconsin health care measure says it is necessary should the federal government get rid of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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Wisconsin's Tourism Secretary says officials should never ignore the impact tourism has on Wisconsin's economy, especially here in the Northwoods.

During an interview with WXPR, Stephanie Klett said tourism had a record-breaking $20 billion impact in 2016, up about 3 percent from 2015...

"....a lot of times the tendency is to think of tourism as fun and maybe a little bit frivolous. Yes, it is fun, but frivolous it is not. There are 193,500 people working in Wisconsin because of tourism. It really is a win-win for Wisconsin...."

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They look cute but DNR officials say leave baby raccoons alone as they're probably ok. DNR officials report getting flooded with calls this time of year of abandoned baby raccoons, known as 'kits'.

Wildlife biologist Dianne Robinson is chair of the "Keep Wildlife Wild" campaign...

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The nesting boxes for Peregrine falcons are full at two Wisconsin Public Service power plants.

WPS spokesperson  Matt Cullun reports the last of three Peregrine falcon eggs has hatched...

"....in total we now have eight chicks that have hatched inside our nesting boxes. We're pleased to offer our customers plus people around the world a glimpse of those nesting boxes. They can go to wisconsinpublicservice.com/falcons and they can click on a live stream to see exactly what's going on inside the nesting boxes in real time..."

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We waited for the warm sunny days to return and they have, but a DNR spokesperson says that also means the chance of wildfire has also risen sharply. Governor Walker has declared a state of emergency in response to elevated wildfire conditions.

Catherine Koele is DNR wildfire prevention specialist in Woodruff. She says Northwoods is at the peak of wildfire season...

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Students at Nicolet College's AODA and Criminal Justice programs held a joint training session this week learning about how to work with a person having a personal crisis.

Tekia Longstreet is Nicolet College Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinator and AODA instructor.

She says the two programs held the mock drills as students in both programs at some point in their careers may have to deal with a person in crisis...

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More than half of American workers left vacation time unused last year.

This adds up to 658 million unused vacation days. It is the highest number a group called Project: Time Off has ever reported, far exceeding the previous record. Americans are working more and playing less according to the report. 

Wisconsin's Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says there are implications for the economy from workers who don't take off enough time....

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Students from Tomahawk won in two categories as Wisconsin Public Service held it's 21st annual Solar Olympics this week in Green Bay. High schools from across the WPS service area participated.

Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the schools showcase their solar knowledge and is administered by the non-profit WPS Community Foundation.

The Foundation works to expand knowledge about renewable energy...

"....it's a program WPS brings to our service area. Of those 63 high schools in the WPS service area, 56 are enrolled in the Solarwise For Schools program...."

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The state's technical college students are finding jobs according a report released this week. 

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board discussed a recent report of outcomes for 2016 graduates, showing a 93 percent employment rate within six months of graduation.

System spokesperson Conor Smyth says grads are in demand...

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is a concern in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and can cause a variety of flu-like symptoms.

Lyme disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with a bacteria, and is spread through the bite of ticks.

Oneida County Community Health Specialist, Corie Zelazoski says people who leave their symptoms go and not get treatment can get very ill...

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Thousands of runners and watchers are expected this weekend in Eagle River and Vilas county with the running of the 21st Journeys Marathon.

The event is a full marathon, half marathon and powerwalk and shorter runs along with a kids fun run before the races headquarterd at Riverview Park in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Natalie Spiess outlines the course for the full and half-marathons...

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