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.

AT&T

Kinship of Tomahawk Thursday received the AT&T Innovation Award to Support Mentoring Program for Teens.

AT&T spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the $4,000 donation will help the KinsKlub program...

"....it's an afterschool leadership and mentoring development program for teens. The goal of KinsKlub is to engage young people in community service projects and leadership development opportunities. It also helps partner them with academic mentoring to keep them on the right patch in school..."

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An issue with a boiler at Rhinelander City Hall caused the evacuation of the building after carbon monoxide was detected.

Rhinelander Fire Department personnel report going to city hall Friday morning.

A spokesperson says one person was transported to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance.

A large fan was being used to vent the carbon monoxide from the basement. Most employees returned to work by 11 a.m.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Volunteers and nature enthusiasts are invited to help find and document the School District of Rhinelander’s biological diversity at the first-ever BioBlitz through Saturday.

The two-day event is sponsored by the School District of Rhinelander, the University of Wisconsin Extension and Stevens Point Learning, Experiences and Activities in Forestry (LEAF) program, the Forest County Potawatomi and the U.S. Forest Service. It's being held at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom known as CAVOC.

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If you want to  get your hands dirty next week you can get some food for yourself and benefit local food pantries.

The UW-Madison Agricultural Research Station east of Rhinelander, along with the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association and area food pantries host a 'A Night On The Farm'.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson says the community is welcome to stop out on September 16 and get their hands dirty...

Rick Latoff / American Battle Monuments Commission.

The next Never Forgotten Honor Flight leaves Central Wisconsin Airport next Monday morning for a day-long journey to Washington, D.C.

13 World War II veterans, 54 Korean War veterans and 28 Vietnam veterans will be joined by 55 guardians.

The Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization flies veterans from Oneida, Vilas, Iron Langlade, Lincoln, Price and six other counties to the nation's capitol to see the memorials for each of the wars and other sites at no charge to veterans.

WXPR

The City of Rhinelander began the process of gathering public input on the future of Rhinelander's parks Thursday. Community members sat at tables providing input that facilitator Myles Alexander of Oneida County UW-Extension organized to help the city Parks, Buildings and Grounds committee begin the process of updating it's Master Plan...

"....four particular questions that we're going to be asking about...funding, your priorities, how you think the process should happen for deciding priorities, and what you think needs to happen...."

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A verified complaint has been filed at the Oneida County District Attorney's office against two members of the Rhinelander City Council alleging they violated a gag order put in place by the council and against Wisconsin statutes.

An emergency meeting was called by the council Tuesday where a resolution was passed ordering everyone in city government to not talk publically about the firing last month of City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner. Aschenbrenner had indicated in media reports she was considering a lawsuit against the city.

School District of Rhinelander

A recent effort to get school supplies to kids in need has proven to be such a success promoters would like to double it next year.

The Northwoods United Way 'Stuff the Bus' was held at the Rhinelander WalMart.

United Way Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the idea was for shoppers to buy an extra school item and donate it...

"....we parked the bus outside and had a banner on it We were encouraging people through the banner and other advertising....when they buy school supplies, they buy two and give one to the bus...."

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A shooting early Wednesday has led to charges against an Oneida county man.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of Timothy Evenson from the Town of Nokomis.

Officials report shortly before 1 a.m. they were called that Evenson had a hand wound from a gunshot.

Another person at the residence also sustained injuries. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds. Evenson was arrested for intoxicated use of a firearm, 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm.

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Two Rhinelander City Council members who voted against the termination of former City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner have come out saying Aschenbrenner was not given a fair chance and appear to be defying a council gag order passed Tuesday.  The city council passed a resolution putting a gag order on all city employees about the matter. A joint statement signed by council members Steve Sauer and Tom Gleason was distributed to the media after an city council meeting Tuesday.

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After primary election voting yesterday in Lac du Flambeau, the current tribal President will not be on the ballot for the tribe's upcoming general election.

Joseph Wildcat, Sr. was the top vote getter for the President's post, followed by Greg "Biskakone" Johnson. Those two candidates defeated four other candidates, including current President Henry "Butch" St. Germaine and former chair Tom Maulson.

For Vice-President, John "Goober" Johnson, Sr. and Charles "Gus" Theobald won the primary.

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An Eagle River man involved in an armed standoff last month in the Vilas County town of Washington will enter pleas to 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and going armed while intoxicated on September 26 after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College’s most recent Nursing graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses. That means all of the nursing students trained at Nicolet College will be able to work right away without having to take the exam again.

Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke says the 100 percent pass rate is special...

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New speakers have been added to a one-day summit on wolves called by State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake.

Tiffany says the summit was called to try to get momentum to return management of Gray Wolves to individual states...

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A flood watch remains in effect through late Wednesday as yet another round of heavy rain travels across Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of rain, or more, could fall in the area until the weather system begins to move away on Thursday. Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company is chartered to maintain a regulated water flow along the Wisconsin River and is based in Wausau. The Northwoods saw heavy rains beginning Tuesday morning.

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