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.

It's a week to show thanks for the people leading our young people.

Rhinelander Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says they are noting National Teacher Appreciation Week...

"...we have so many wonderful teachers in our district, almost 200,including certified staff, and teachers make our schools great..."

She says teachers do so much more than teach the basics...

"...but they are really working to help kids learn how to learn. How to gather the knowledge. How to dream big and set goals for themselves and the steps needed to attain those goals..."

President Obama's  Broadband Opportunity Council  is seeking public comment on how federal agencies can promote broadband deployment, adoption and competition. The council is made up of 25  agencies. They're asking to identify regulations and other barriers hampering deployment of broadband. They're also seeking recommendations on ways to promote public and private investment in broadband along with understanding the challenges facing areas that don't have highest speed Internet.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The man apprehended in Indiana with a Rhinelander-area teen wanted for murder and false imprisonment has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with Oneida county after pleading no contest to sex with an underage person.

22 year old Ryan Sisco was arrested Thursday. Sisco entered a deferred prosecution agreement after entering the no contest plea Tuesday. Court records indicate Sisco now lives in Bethpage, Tennessee after living in Tomahawk.

Leaders of the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff are  meeting to begin the process of restoring services after a fire destroyed the building early Wednesday.

Fire Chief Michael Timmons said the call came in shortly after one p.m. Wednesday and he realized Woodruff needed help...

".....Minocqua and us were simulcast paged, as well as Medic 5(ambulance) and knowing the building, I called Arbor Vitae for mutual aid as well as St. Germain's ladder trucks...."

Hazelhurst and Little Rice also were called, he said.

Wednesday(5/6) is National Bike To School Day and the weather should cooperate.

Maria Skubal from the Oneida County Health Department says the idea is to find an easy way for young people to get more exercise...

"....the reason we have them(ride to school)  is to get outside, get some exercise in the morning before school and then right after school. They can enjoy the beautiful weather we are having...."

The  speaker Wednesday(5/6) for  'Science On Tap' in Minocqua will discuss the overuse of antibiotics and what possible options might be around the corner.

Dr. Warren Rose is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. He says there has been news stories about recent lack of  development of antibiotic agents....

"...we're reaching a point where you have the emergence of antibiotic resistance at a time when there is limited new products coming out. It leaves patients at a crux of a problem that there is no treatment for them..."

Don't Get Ticked!

May 5, 2015

The time of year for peak exposure to disease-bearing ticks is here and a state epidemiologist Diep Hoang Johnson has a few tips to keep from getting sick.

Ticks carry Lyme disease and other ailments. Dr. Hoang Johnson says the peak time is from now until fall, with the peak in June and July. To lower your chance of infection, she recommends...

"....when you go outside you should use some kind of insect repellent(DEET). You can spray that on clothing..."

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center in Lac du Flambeau has announced a multi-tribal, multi-state effort to combat chronic disease and health disparities in American Indian communities.

Epidemiologist Isaiah Brokenleg says four Indian communities in Michigan got funded, including the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The effort began out of Minnesota and also affects Wisconsin tribes. The grant to fund the program comes from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

Wisconsin Public Service

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is again offering area fire departments and emergency responders up to a $2,000 grant for needed equipment and training. Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says The Foundation is encouraging all emergency responder agencies to apply for the grants...

".....we introduced the grant last year in recognition of our Foundation  50th anniversary. We've  decided with such a great response from last year we have continued it to this year.."

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has brought together individuals and groups to help facilitate building more school Fab Labs.A Fab Lab works around a curriculum developed my M.I.T. and is computer based, using highest-speed internet to develop a type of locally based manufacturing facility.

Don Sidlowski from Three Lakes....