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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The unsolved murder of a Minocqua woman from 1982 has led to the arrest Monday of her husband.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of 69 year old Robin Mendez for the death of his wife Barbara. Barbara Mendez was murdered on April 28, 1982 at the Park City Credit Union building that had previously been located on Highway 51 at County Highway J in Minocqua. Authorities report new information led to the arrest.

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An annual event is coming up in several days across the country called the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

WXPR's Ken Krall turned to our own bird expert, Laura Erickson of "For The Birds", who has studied at the Cornell Lab, to talk about the bird count and how Northwoods residents can join in on a little bit of science and a little bit of fun...

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Conservative groups have so far spent more than $3.1 million against incumbent Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, which is more than what all the other Democratic Senate incumbents on the ballot this year have faced combined, that figure according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

While in Rhinelander recently, Baldwin discussed early campaign spending and what her opponents say is a race that is open...

Department of Corrections

Governor Scott Walker says he thinks there's a possibility that the jobs currently at Lincoln Hills correctional facility in Lincoln county will stay there during the upcoming transition of facilities, and possibly increase.

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The hours and long, the work is hard, but Wisconsin utility crews, including some from north central Wisconsin, have been thanked generously by residents in Puerto Rico.

Nearly three weeks after their arrival in Puerto Rico, more than 60 field employees from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies continue to work diligently to restore power in in areas that remain damaged by Hurricane Maria.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says while substantial portions of the island remain without power, crews have been making progress... 

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One of Oneida county's larger and more populous towns is having a public hearing this spring to gauge public opinion on opening up a portion of it's roads to ATV's.

The Town of Newbold has been asked to open nine roads for use. Town Chair Dave Kroll says amendments to the town's ordinance have been proposed...

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The next speaker at the monthly "Science on Tap" program in Minocqua has Northwoods ties and will discuss Wisconsin's land ethic.

Dr. Tim Van Deelen is a professor in the department of forest and wildlife ecology at UW-Madison. He says the core topic is what he calls the "long shadow" of Aldo Leopold's 'Sand County Almanac'. Van Deeland says he was contacted to discuss Leopold's legacy and he will filter that through his own research. He says he did an online course on Leopold's view on hunting and those recordings brought him to this event.

Van Deelen has ties here...

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The recent death of two dogs at a Rhinelander home..one from exposure.. has prompted caution from an animal rights group.

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals spokesperson Andrea Adelman  says pets should be protected from the cold...

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The days of falling  gas prices appear to be over. If you've noticed pump prices rising of late, a gas industry analyst says blame OPEC, and it's not going to change any time soon.

Patrick DeHaan of the website gasbuddy. com says this price rise is because of the price of oil...

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Several Northwoods counties have joined an effort to ask the legislature to have a non-partisan board draft the voting districts in Wisconsin as opposed to the long-time practice of having the majority party do it. The districts are redrawn every 10 years.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case brought from Wisconsin whether the current districts were drawn to favor Republican candidates, a practice known as gerrymandering. Other states are asking the highest court to hear their cases where Democrats were said to have done the same thing.

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The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is out with the top consumer complaints filed with that agency last year. Topping the list is....you guessed it...telemarketing.

Michelle Reinen is Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.... 

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and other Senate Democrats have asked the the Government Accountability Office to review actions taken by the Trump Administration to address the opioid epidemic since it was declared a public health emergency.

Last October, President Trump directed agencies to declare the opioid crisis an emergency and open up services. Baldwin and the other Senators wrote they have become concerned that little has been done by the White House since the announcement.

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