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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Gas prices are stable....for now...but an industry spokesperson says it's likely we're likely to see more price hikes until Memorial Day.

Patrick DeHaan of the website gasbuddy.com says refinery maintenance shutdowns and lower outputs have put the pressure on prices.... 

"....Don't be fooled. There may be more price increases coming in the weeks ahead as refineries finish seasonal maintenance and we continue transitioning to summer gasoline...."

Phelps Chamber of Commerce

For one Vilas county community it's an opportunity to put a spark into the economy during what is traditionally a slow time for visitors.

The 7th annual Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is set for Saturday.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Celeste Hendrickson says the event helps the community..... 

Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community

The chair of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial on charges related to a incident at the tribal offices last summer.

53 year old Chris McGeshick is charged with two felonies, false imprisonment and intimidating a witness, and two misdemeanors.

At a court hearing Thursday, an offer by District Attorney Charles Simino for a plea deal was rejected and McGeshick requested a jury trial. Trial was set for July 30.

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The write-in candidate who won Rhinelander's mayor's job says he's ready to hit the ground running.

Chris Frederickson out-polled city council member Alex Young 781-526 to succeed Dick Johns as mayor.

Frederickson was asked what he was feeling the day after the election...

"....I got two hours of sleep and I got up and I started getting to work with lists and ideas of things I need to do. I've got to get to work, there's a lot to do...."

Frederickson thanked his supporters....

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A session is being held in Rhinelander next week for contractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services interested in competing for Foxconn contracts in the upcoming construction of the huge plant being built in southeastern Wisconsin.

The first phase of  Foxconn building will begin this spring, involving 1,000 acres of site work, with the vertical building phase to begin late this year or early next year.

President of Grow North Economic Development Corporation, Vicky Oldham, talks about what will be going on...

OCEDC

The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation has named a new Executive Director.

O.C.E.D.C President Mike Gibbons announced Stacey Johnson of Arbor Vitae has been named to the position.

Johnson began her career in the early 2000's in Florida, with a background in banking, residential and commercial lending, compliance and domestic and international business development. She moved to Wausau for a job that worked in community and economic development.

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The January-like conditions probably don't have you thinking spring, but the state has posted it's annual campaign to remind boaters to stay safe around dams.

It's Dam Safety Awareness Week.

There are a number of dams along the Wisconsin River and tributaries, most generating power for paper companies or utilities. Water levels rise on the rivers during the spring melt.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says it's a time to bring awareness to folks on the water than high water can spell trouble to those in a boat...

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A write-in won Rhinelander's mayoral race, a new state Supreme Court Justice was elected and an effort to remove the Treasurer from Wisconsin government was defeated.

Two Wisconsin Circuit Court judges were vying for an open seat on the state Supreme Court. Milwaukee judge Rebecca Dallet won, with 56% of the vote to Michael Screnock's 44%.

A second statewide question asked voters whether they would like to amend the state Constitution to eliminate the position of state Treasurer. By a 62-38 margin, voters rejected the idea of eliminating the Treasurers position.

With just about half of the votes counted in Wisconsin, state observers have called the state Supreme Court race involving Milwaukee Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock. Dallet was leading 56% to 44.

By a 62-38% margin, voters are rejecting the elimination of the state Treasurer's position.

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U.S. Navy

The weather has postponed a series of meetings planned by the Veterans Administration concerning the upcoming construction of a new rural national cemetery for veterans in the town of Cassian.

The meetings were set for Wednesday in Merrill, Rhinelander and Eagle River but were postponed due to bad weather.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters talks about the change...

National Park Service

County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary antlerless deer quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2018 deer hunting season this week.

Antlerless quota recommendations and hunter success rates from previous hunts help determine the number of antlerless tags available for this year's deer hunting season, and help the DNR and councils work to reach deer population objectives within their county.

DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says the recommendations are designed to get feedback...

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It's spring election day in Wisconsin.

A bevy of state and local races are on the ballot. Statewide, voters will decide on Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, where Circuit Judges Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock are running.

There's also a vote to amend the state Constitution to eliminate the Office of State Treasurer and various Circuit Court Judge races.

Rhinelander will elect a new mayor and there will be at least one new city council member.

Endangered Species Coalition

When President Trump signed the Omnibus spending bill recently he kept the government running.

One little publicized development was a move by members of Congress to remove the gray wolf from federal endangered species protection. That was eliminated from the bill Trump signed. The move stops states from managing gray wolf populations and leaves it in federal control through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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