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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A policy for development and maintenance of recreation trails on Vilas County forest lands was adopted by the county Forestry, Recreation, and Land committee recently  to assure all trail proposals of any kind are treated in a similar fashion, comply with state statutes, the adopted 15 year comprehensive plan, and certification standards.

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A large emergency response on Rhinelander's west side Friday evening turned out to be a false alarm.

A call to a dispatch center for emergency medical help by a man in his 60's was received but information given indicated someone had been injured by a gunshot and a person being held hostage in the home. The man's house is off Davenport Street near Sanns Street.

Police officials reported after a large emergency response, including the Marathon/Oneida county bomb squad, that it was a false alarm.

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Three Lakes is asking the DNR for an upgrade of it's wastewater treatment facility.

DNR wastewater engineer Steve Smith says the facility is more than 30 years old and is in need of replacement...

"....it's really a case of the age of the facility at this point, it's 38 years old, It's beyond it's useful design life and a lot of equipment is wearing out..."

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Wisconsin law doesn't allow utilities to disconnect customers from gas and electric service during the cold winter months. But the official date to end the moratorium is coming up and a utility official says it's a good time to make arrangements.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says past due customers need to know about the end of the moratorium...

A former supervisor in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest has been named leader for North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department.

Melissa Baker currently leads the work of regional park managers within the 55-unit Montana State Parks System. Baker previously worked for the Wisconsin DNR as regional team supervisor of operations and visitor services at the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. She also was a professor of forest recreation at UW-Stevens Point and taught parks recreation and tourism at the University of Maine.

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A Northwoods wildlife rehabber says pet owners should make sure their animal has gotten its distemper shots, before it's too late.

Mark Naniot from Wild Instincts near Rhinelander says they're seeing a 5 to 7 year uptick of animals coming down with distemper. He says they've seen about 10 raccoons and foxes brought to their facility. Can it be treated?

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You might see a big green and gold bus around the Northwoods and the U.P. and inside are members of the Green Bay Packers doing their annual Tailgate tour.

Tickets are going fast for a Friday evening event in Rhinelander to benefit Frederick House homeless shelter. Frederick House Director Tammy Modic says the stops include raising money for one local non-profit, and in Rhinelander, it's Frederick House.

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The two utilities that serve the eastern half of Wisconsin say they want to freeze basic electric and natural gas rates through 2019.

We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service have asked state regulators to consider their request. Utility spokesperson Matt Cullen outlines the proposal...

"...so in total, all WPS customers, all families, all businesses will have had their rates frozen for four consecutive years...."

Cullen says they will continue upgrading the system...

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Wisconsin Democrats are raising alarm bells after a report showed growth in the state's voucher program payments,surpassing the average per student amount given to public school students.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau report finds payments to voucher schools under Governor Walker's budget would range from $7,700 to $8,400 by next year. Public school students would receive an average of $6,700.

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A Nicolet College class has partnered with the Rhinelander-based Frederick Place Homeless Shelter in an effort to collect donations needed on a daily basis at the shelter.

Tarah Rappley is a Business student and to complete her degree needs to take on a project for the Service Learning Class. The students decided helping out Frederick Place was their project...

"....what we decided to do was set up donation bins at Trig's here in Rhinelander and also the Dollar Tree in Rhinelander to collect donations, even monetary donations...."

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If you want to get outdoors on a what's forecast to be a beautiful spring morning, the International Crane Foundation could use some help with it's annual Midwest Crane Count. The count is this Saturday morning.

The Oneida county coordinators are Bob and Jan Dall of Rhinelander. He says volunteers go out from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.and look and listen for cranes.

He says it's a citizen-science project that has key impacts on populations of birds that Dall says are stressed.....

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers Tuesday easily won another term, his third. Evers outdistanced challenger Lowell Holtz by a 70-30 percent margin.

Vilas county:

Eagle River School District School Board race: Chris Petrekis 1110, Phillip Epping 732.

Boulder Junction Town Chairman: Dennis Ruess 227, Charlie Spencer 201. Top two town board: Denny McGann 253, Wesley Johnson 234.

Cloverland town referendum: Clerk appointed by board? No 71, Yes 66.

Conover Chair: George Champeny 168, Art Kunde  138.

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Job seekers have a golden opportunity to possibly find work at an event Wednesday in Rhinelander. Northern Advantage Job Center in Rhinelander is hosting the Job Fair at Rouman Cinema.

The Job Fair is a collaborative effort between the Job Center, Nicolet College and the the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

Nicole Rice from the Workforce Development Board says the Job Fair is an opportunity to people looking for work to get a one-on-one...

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The President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians told Wisconsin legislators they should not repeal the Mining Moratorium bill. The bill was signed in 1998 by Governor Tommy Thompson with bi-partisan support in the legislature. The law requires mining companies to prove a sulfide mine can run for 10 years and be closed for 10 years without polluting groundwater and surface waters from acid drainage.

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It's Wisconsin's Spring election day with only one major contested state race and an abundance of town, municipal and school board elections.

Incumbent State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers is challenged by Dr. Lowell Holtz. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler is unopposed for a 10 year term.

Locally, we asked Oneida County Clerk Tracy Hartman what the turnout might be....

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