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.

The town of Newbold Recreation Committee Saturday is hosting a chance for the public to see a presentation on a proposed disc golf and trail expansion

Disc golf uses discs to simulate a small golf-like fairway. The town already has a nine-hole course that's been designed, and would like to buy an adjoining property owned by Oneida county to expand it to an 18 hole course.

Newbold Clerk Kim Gauthier says their designer will be on hand Saturday to talk about the plans...

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College has gotten  accredited by higher education evaluators who found  a solid curriculum and no shortcomings to fix.

The Reaffirmation of Accreditation means it will be 10 years again before Nicolet programs will be examined, the longest length of time between visits.

The Higher Learning Commission's report was well received by Nicolet's new President Dr. Richard Nelson....

"....these reaccreditations are important for quality improvement and assessment. We have to meet the same standards as every other college in the Commission's region...."

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Expansion plans for the Rhinelander District Library continue  as the board works toward the best way to to accomplish that goal.

Consultants have reported the library would need an extra 12,000 square feet to meet growing patron needs. An architectural firm has been retained that has worked with other Carnegie libraries like Rhinelander and has a preliminary proposal.

Library Director Virginia Roberts says they're close to showing the proposal...

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin stopped in Rhinelander Thursday afternoon to talk about the recent agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and the state concerning timber management in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Authorized in a recent Farm Bill, it allows the Forest Service to work with other agencies managing its assets, often called the "Good Neighbor" policy.

Baldwin says she supports the move, saying it will expand sales on U.S. Forest Service lands...

The Vilas County Fair begins Thursday(8/13) at the fairgrounds in Eagle River and a spokesperson says it's a closing treat to summer for local residents and visitors.

The fair runs through Sunday. The first Vilas County Fair began Sept. 7, 1916.  There were 190 entries of vegetables, grains and grasses  plus  50 livestock exhibits.

Gail Kukanich  says the long-running traditional fair highlights a successful summer...

The Eagle River Common Council is moving forward  toward upgrades at a small park on the city's northwest side.

Mayor Jeff Hyslop says they working toward upgrading Miller Park on Minnesota Street...

"....we decided to move to the next step installing bathrooms there which it currently does not have, so we basically have plans that are going out for bids to find out what the final costs will be...."

While small, the park is the only park with basketball and volleyball courts.

You knew it was too good to last. Gas prices are expected to rise sharply in the next few days after a Midwest refinery ran into problems.

Patrick DeHaan is a Senior Petroleum Analyst from the gas watchdog website He says a problem arose in Indiana...

"....the region's largest refinery, the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana went down unexpectedly on Saturday, one of its largest units shut down. That unit close to half the capacity of that refinery. It may be shut down for a week or two....."

One of the group of people who beat a man nearly to death in Forest county then left him on a frozen trail  in 2014 will spend nearly two decades in prison.

22 year old Justin Bey of Wabeno was sentenced Tuesday for his part in the crime. The victim was discovered by ATV'ers near Bug Lake. He was tortured in a house in Wabeno.

Bey faced nine charges included attempted homicide and kidnapping.

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The city of Rhinelander has officially approved it's portion of a land purchase west of Rhinelander called the Heal Creek property.

In May, the Oneida county board approved a compromise plan for two parties wanting the land to buy portions of it. The Hodag Sports Club will pay about $209,000 for two parcels totalling 209 acres. The city of Rhinelander will pay $60,000 for 62 acres.

At the Monday city council meeting, Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier said this approval completes Rhinelander's portion of the deal...

Several Northwoods school districts will be getting some extra money for the upcoming school year.

The Department of Public Instruction announced the allocation of sparcity aid. That aid is given to smaller districts says DPI spokesperson Tom McCarthy...

"....sparcity aid is a special aid paid to students with a low number of students per square mile and a low overall enrollment. It's a reflection of a fact that school districts with a smaller number of students have unique fiscal challenges....."