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 Rhinelander City Council has approved a Memorandum of Understanding which will permit visitors to the Mole Lake Casino Lodge to get a break on prices to use the Northwood Golf Course.

Council member Tom Kelly outlined the agreement...

"....this is very similar to the hotel packages we put together with the local hotels in the area. It gives a reduced rate for the guests staying at the Mole Lake Casino Lodge...."

Golf course Superintendent Joe Anderson told council member Tom Gleason this could be new visitors...

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The person selected to be Rhinelander's next Police Chief has withdrawn his interest in the job.

In a letter sent to Mayor Dick Johns dated April 11, David Funkhouser said he was no longer interested in the position.. In the letter, Funkhouser said it wouldn't be in his personal or professional interest to take the Rhinelander job.

March 16, Funkhouser was named the top candidate by Rhinelander's Police and Fire Commission.

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After last Friday's large response by local emergency responders to a house in Rhinelander, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to make preparations should a person with a medical emergency need help.

Captain Terri Hook says one way is to contract with any one of a number of private companies that provide a type of "one touch" alert service for people who can't speak or get help any other way...


A new owner of the former Taylor Park property on Rhinelander's southside is willing to work with the city on a new entrance to a nature reserve behind the building, but to make sure the city council approved keeping the parking area open for now.

Eagle River Police have released the name of a 6-year-old girl who died after sinking to the bottom of a pool in Eagle River. The accident happened Sunday.

Police report the victim's name as Grace K. Canada of Three Lakes.

Police were called to the Days Inn hotel around 2 p.m. Sunday. The girl was seen at the bottom of the pool. Emergency responders tried to revive her, but Canada was pronounced dead at Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

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A company that operates a nursing home in Rhinelander and three other facilities in Wisconsin has been fined $1 million for its role in alleged false billing of genetic testing.

Prestige Administrative Services, doing business as Prestige Healthcare, was fined in federal court in a role to allegedly scheme to falsely bill Medicare for unnecessary genetic testing.

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UPDATE 2:15 p.m. The Wisconsin Public Service website says the number of customers affected is 2,124, with 653 in the Tomahawk area and 514 in the Minocqua area, 213 in Arbor Vitae and 153 in Hazelshurst.

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The public has two more opportunities for input on how they would like to see in Rhinelander's parks.

A city committee has been meeting as part of putting together a master use plan for the parks.

Oneida County UW-Extension's Miles Alexander says after a dispute arose last year over use of the parks, the city put together the Task Force to see how the public wanted future park use....

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Public health agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties and tribal departments are collaborating on a comprehensive,long-term health plan for the Northwoods.

The plan addresses a number of issues, but as Oneida County Community Health Specialist Christie Oestreich three areas of concern stand out..

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A dispute over taking care of the roads in Lac du Flambeau between the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the town of Lac du Flambeau has led to a meeting next week.

George Thompson is the tribe's Program Manager for the Lac du Flambeau tribal roads department. Thompson says the town filed paperwork with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1919 concerning roads in place at the time.

He says the tribe then lacked the means to maintain the roads until 1935...

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Sunday and Monday morning's heavy thunderstorms that moved through the Northwoods have put thousands of people without power.

Next we hear from Dan Barth of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, Marathon County Chapter.

Barth is the guest speaker Wednesday at noon at the Tomahawk Public Library, speaking at the invitation of the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods.

The Citizen's Climate lobby has a non-partisan proposal, authored by a former President Ronald Reagan Secretary of State, to work on climate change based on a market place solution.

Dan Barth spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall...

Barth says they are hoping to start a chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby in the Northwoods.

The time after the snow leaves is one of the peak times for wildfires to break out in Wisconsin and a fire suppression expert says the public is instrumental in preventing them. The DNR has suspended burning in many parts of Wisconsin.

Wildfire Prevention Specialist, Catherine Koele, says the fire danger rose to high as the warmer weather moved in....

Hearings that offer the public the opportunity to help guide natural resource management in Wisconsin get underway in all 72 Wisconsin counties tonight.

The annual spring fish and wildlife hearings are held in conjunction with county Conservation Congress meetings and feature nonbinding votes and testimony on proposed rule changes as well as advisory topics relating to fish and wildlife management.

Kari-Lee Zimmerman is a DNR and Conservation Congress liaison. She says there are a number of rule proposals that are being moved forward by the DNR.