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.

They're at it again, and this time they're very sophisticated.

Wisconsin Public Service is reminding businesses and customers about a  sharp surge in fake phone calls. The callers demand money or power will be disconnected in an hour. Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen...

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A local spokesperson says there's still time to join in a two-day celebration of Rhinelander's historic past, focusing on civic groups and clubs that helped to build the city.

Rhinelander's Historic Preservation Commission has joined with the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge to have the event October 6 & 7.

Last year's Roots Celebration focused on the businesses that built the community.

Lodge spokesperson Tony Jones says this year's event at the Masonic lodge will highlight the civic clubs and groups in Rhinelander's past...

There's a fundraiser this weekend that benefits two non-profits based in Rhinelander that often help each other.

The annual Harvest Hoedown is Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. at Woodpecker Bar & Grill west of Rhinelander on county highway "K".

The harvest-themed event benefits the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and NATH/Frederick Place homeless shelter. There will be a pig roast, live music, line dancing,horse-drawn wagon rides, country store, pumpkin patches, face painting, and more, all geared toward a family event.

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Young hunters and those interested in mentoring young hunters are reminded this year's youth deer hunt is October 7 - 8. A DNR official says please remember to wear blaze orange.

The Youth Hunt is an opportunity for youth to hunt with a gun or other legal weapon prior to firearm seasons.

DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator Keith Warnke outlines the rules.. Maria Godfrida

A free Rhinelander-based clothing pantry for people needing winter clothing begins its first distribution this Saturday.

One of the coordinators is Jan Leschke who talks about the types of items that are distributed...

"....everything that basically touches your body, everything from socks and underwear to sweaters and sweatshirts and jackets, coats, hats and mittens, scarves and footwear. Anything you need to keep warm this winter, we've got it...."

State health officials say the flu season is getting an early start in Wisconsin.

State Health Officer Karen McKeown says they've already heard reports of flu cases and hospitalizations.

Locally, Oneida County Health Department spokesperson Maria Otterholt says they're holding a series of flu clinics around the county beginning this week, and for the next two months. merio

State realtors say despite low inventories of houses on the market in urban areas, both home sales and median prices finished the summer ahead of last year.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association releases a monthly update and economist David Clark says home sales in August set a record, running slightly ahead of sales last August , making it the strongest August for home sales since 2005. Year-to-date sales are also at their highest level, with more than 55,000 homes sold through August this year.

Clark says tightening inventories are bringing prices up....

Tuesday(9/26/17) is National Voter Registration Day. While this is a lull time for elections, the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hoping to get all potential voters registered.

League spokesperson Jane Trotter says some people forget when they move, they need to update voter registration...

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The First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander is hoping the public contributes to hurricane disaster relief efforts they've started.

Pastor Keith Wolf says they are collecting items for hurricane victims, be they in Texas, Florida or the Caribbean....

"....we work with an organization called Midwest Mission Distribution Center near Springfield, Illinois. They're a partner with the United Methodist Church. They take items in and distribute them to where they are needed most...."

Pastor Wolf outlines what items they would like to see donated....

Wounded Warriors In Action

They've done valiant service for our country, now they get a chance to enjoy Eagle River and some fishing.

The Wounded Warriors in Action will be holding their 3nd Annual Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge on the Eagle River, Chain of Lakes this weekend.

Ken Krall talked with event Director Scott Samuels of Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge about the veterans and the activities..

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Waiting for promised money is causing a strain on bus service in Vilas and Oneida counties.

Northwoods Transit Connections Manager Jim Altenburg says the feds have not sent promised money to the state who then distributes the money to the local commission. Altenburg says of their $685,000 budget, half comes from federal coffers.

He says the paperwork was filed in late July for the funds and since then they've been waiting...

The state's adjusted unemployment rate is holding at 3.4 percent for August, same as July. In the Northwoods, all counties are seeing lower rates than one year ago.

Iron county has the state's second highest rate at 6 percent, Forest county is at 5.2 percent, Langlade at 4.2, Lincoln 3.8, Vilas and Price at 3.6, Oneida county is at 3.3.

Wisconsin has more than 17 million acres of forested lands and changes in color mean the trees are starting to get ready for winter. Peak fall color varies each year, and 2017 is one of the wettest on record, which could have an impact on color this year.

DNR silvaculturalist Colleen Matula says the change of colors is begun by the sun...