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.

AV Trail Foundation

A recent donation by Marshfield Clinic is the latest step, or pedal, toward a new stretch of bike path in the Northwoods.

Barb Freudigmann is Arbor Vitae town treasurer and a member of the Arbor Vitae Bicycle Trail Foundation. She says they've formed the foundation to add on a segment of trail already in Vilas county. She says they're trying to connect Arbor Vitae with the "Heart of Vilas County" bike trail, a distance of 9 miles, most of it going through state forest land..

She says they would like to connect to other bike trails at county roads "M" and "N"...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has launched an interactive map to help gather comments on campgrounds, boat landings, picnic areas and beaches as it works to develop a sustainable recreation program.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says funding cutbacks requires Forest leaders to make hard decisions on what they can maintain, and they want the public to identify their most popular places and activities...

Kim Swisher-Salvation Army

Friday morning, Dunkin' Donuts in Rhinelander presented a $500 check to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign. The money is part of a statewide donation of $2,500 by Dunkin' Donuts to the campaign. The Rhinelander area goal is $40,000 and bell ringers are active at Trigs, Walmart and Shopko.

Local Newscast 11-24-17

Nov 24, 2017

School Report Cards Might Have Statistical Change

Nov 24, 2017
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The second annual Wisconsin school report cards are out -- and for the second time, state officials urge caution in the way we interpret them.

The Department of Public Instruction says a "value added calculation" required by state law caused major fluctuations from last year in the scores for 162 schools and 24 districts. If there's a change of more than ten points either way, the D-P-I says statistical issues might be to blame, more than a school's actual performance.

DPI spokesperson Tom McCarthy...

Local Newscast 11-22-17

Nov 22, 2017

Roads, Airports Busy As Holiday Weekend Begins

Nov 22, 2017
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AAA is estimating nearly 51 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving this year making it the busiest holiday travel weekend in over a decade.

Airports are going to be busy as well, including the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport says Director Joe Brauer. He says the two flights are full in both directions to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rhinelander.

Brauer says if you are flying, be even more prepared....

Local Newscast 11-21-17

Nov 21, 2017

Great Headwaters Trails

The 11-mile biking and hiking trail is about 80 percent complete, and the folks who are working to have a connecting biking and hiking path between Conover and Phelps are hoping to get the needed funds to finish the trail, conceived 7 years ago.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says this past summer another 5.5 miles was added. .

Food safety experts says Thanksgiving is by far the busiest meal of the year to prepare and it's also a time where you could make family and friends sick with a food borne illness.

Amy Springer of  the Vilas County Health Department says there are some simple things to help keep anyone from illness..

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November is National Caregivers Awareness Month Health and state officials have released an online guide for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other demenitas.

The guide is called "Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers."

Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. Department of Health Services spokesperson Kristen Felten says the guide helps family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy themselves....

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer claims 1.6 million people each year.

Two leaders at the James Beck Cancer Center at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander discuss with Ken Krall how quitting smoking can lower your risk of lung cancer and how smoking can lead to other cancers. We heard from Dr. Harsha Poola, an oncologist, and Tammery Perry, Nurse Practitioner...

State Farm Insurance

One of the happiest days of the year can turn to tragedy says a state spokesperson....

"......The U.S.Fire Administration says Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters. That is when the most responses to home fires caused by kitchen stoves or fires...."

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Across the nation, the familiar sounds of bells ringing are beginning as the Salvation Army launches the Red Kettle campaigns. The campaigns raise money for local relief efforts.

In the Rhinelander area, Kim Swisher is coordinating the campaign. WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Swisher about Rhinelander-area efforts...

Even though Governor Walker has signed a new two-year budget, Democrats are hoping to keep upping the amount of help small rural schools receive from the state in what is known as sparcity aid.

This fund is an extra pool of money beyond usual state coffers to help small rural districts who have small enrollments.

State Senator Janet Bewley of the Ashland area, whose district includes parts of Vilas and Price counties says proposals for more money for lower spending school districts and just a higher sparcity aid package failed to get into the budget...