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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State ATV officials hope to curb a quick climb in the number of ATV deaths in Wisconsin. Four people have died so far this year. One death was a Rhinelander man in an ATV crash near Merrill.

DNR Warden and ATV Administrator Gary Eddy says with summer here, more people will be on the trails. He says in some cases some people with limited experience will be driving....

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State Representative Rob Swearingen joined several legislators last week to get additional money for Forest county law enforcement and for domestic violence victims.

Swearingen joined with fellow Republican Jeff Mursau of Crivitz to restore funding for additional law enforcement near tribal casinos. He says the county has two Native American casinos at the eastern and western most points...

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In the past 10 days, 7 county boards have written the Joint Finance Committee preparing the budget to accept federal Medicaid dollars to help fund Wisconsin's BadgerCare program.

Three of the boards included Oneida, Lincoln and Marathon counties.

Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the counties know they are likely to see first hand what will happen if those dollars don't come in....

As part of an effort to stock more walleyes into Wisconsin lakes, the state last week announced a $13 million dollar plan to boost larger walleye fingerlings.

One part of the overall initiative was $250,000 to expand the summer Tribal Youth program, a state-tribal partnership giving high school aged tribal members the opportunity to work on natural resources related projects.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the state has wanted to expand the program and now have the dollars to do so...

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A deputy with the Vilas County Sheriff's Department will be receiving the nation's third-highest military combat decoration on Memorial Day.

Deputy Greg Fulton, also a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, will get the Silver Star from the Army Monday at Volk Field during a ceremony. The Silver Star is being awarded to First Sergeant Fulton for his leadership and participation in combat operations in Afghanistan.

He's worked for Vilas county for 13 years. He is also certified as a law enforcement trainer.

A Rhinelander man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for an attack on a his wife in Rhinelander in February, 2012.

38 year old Shannon Wolf had reached a plea agreement, accepting charges of aggravated battery and mayhem instead of attempted homicide.

Prosecutor Scott Moeller said Wolf had an extensive prior criminal record including two stints in prison. He said the incident that day included Wolf hitting with his vehicle the car his wife was riding in, approaching the vehicle and breaking the glass...

No serious injuries early Friday but a four-unit dwelling is a total loss after a fire at the 200 block of West Hill drive on Rhinelander's west side.

Fire Chief Terry Williams said they got called out about 2 a.m....

"....once we got on the scene, the structure was fully involved. There were five occupants in the structure at the time. All the occupants got out prior to our arrival. Three had to jump from second story windows. There are some minor injuries, some people were transported to the hospital..."

 

Someone who bought a Wisconsin Lottery Badger 5 ticket in Rhinelander is wealthier today.

The state lottery office reports a Badger 5 ticket sold at Trig's Food and Drug won $293,000 dollars in Wednesday night's drawing.

The ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize. Badger 5 is a one dollar daily lotto game with jackpots starting at $10,000 and grow a minimum of one-thousand dollars a day. Players win the rolling jackpot by matching their five numbers to the five winning numbers drawn each night.

The Badger 5 jackpot returns to $10,000.

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The Oneida County Board has seen the future, if it already isn't the present.

UW-Extension Community Resource Development Agent Tim Brown and businessman Don Sidlowski from Three Lakes presented board with what high-speed internet, or broadband will mean when fully implemented.

Rural residents have been lobbying for access to fast internet to help business and public agencies compete in an interconnected world.

At a special meeting Wednesday, Sidlowski and Brown showed the board why broadband should be a priority. Don Sidlowski...

A Minocqua seventh-grader fell short Wednesday of winning one of the top two spots in the National Geographic Bee.

13-year-old Asha Jain was among 10 finalists competing in Washington. The winner was 12-year-old Sathwik Karnik of Plainville Massachusetts.

Jobless numbers remain at or near 10 percent for much of the Northwoods but a state economist says one trend could be improving news.

The Department of Workforce Development jobless numbers include April unemployment numbers of 14.1 percent in Iron county, second highest in the state. Vilas was third at 12.3 percent, Forest was sixth highest at 10.9 percent, Oneida county was ninth highest at 10.3 percent, Lincoln and Langlade counties had rates of 9.7 and 9.6 percent respectively.

The Oneida County Board has asked the Wisconsin legislature to accept federal Medicaid funds to continue BadgerCare. Governor Walker and Republican leaders have indicated they don't want the money.

Several speakers told the board accepting the money would hurt more than help.

A Board of Health Member...Jackie Cody...says 88,000 parents would be without health coverage from BadgerCare if the money is not accepted. The program does require a payment to be in it...

A Wausau firm ended 114 years of paper-making in Wisconsin Monday. The Wausau Paper Corporation signed a final agreement to sell its mills in Rhinelander and Mosinee to a new company sponsored by K-P-S Capital Partners of New York. The private equity firm is also acquiring Thilmany Paper mills in Kaukauna and De Pere, and it has a new name for the group – Expera Speciality Solutions. It will employ a total of 18-hundred people at the four Wisconsin mills. Raquel Palmer of K-P-S says it will be the largest specialty paper company in North America.

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The late return of boats to the Northwoods waters brings about a reminder this week with National Safe Boating Week.

DNR Boating Law Administrator Roy Zellmer says the most common mistake boaters make this time of year has to do with temperature: the air is warm but the water can be deadly cold to someone who falls in....

"....air temperatures may be comfortable, you're in shirts and t-shirts...when you hit that water, anything that's below your normal body temperature will move you into that hypothermic stage...."

 

After three years of sometimes bumpy negotiations, Oneida county's Comprehensive Planning Oversight committee Friday finished work.

State government requires each county to have an updated plan in place. The plan looks at population, the economy, the land and waters and several other factors that work toward helping a community make sense.

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