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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Decades ago, a nationwide effort began educating the public on the life-saving techniques of CPR.

A new effort is underway and Saturday has been set aside to bring awareness. Wisconsin Trauma Awareness Day is designed to bring into focus that a leading cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. Experts say 20 percent of all trauma-related deaths could have been prevented by earlier intervention to stop bleeding.

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While unemployment rates have hit historic lows in Wisconsin, the highest rates in the state belong to some Northwoods counties.

The recent Department of Workforce Development numbers find Wisconsin's statewide unemployment rate reached an all-time low of 2.9 percent in February.

Iron county has the state's highest rate at 7.1 percent. Forest county's rate is 5.4 percent, the state's seventh highest, with Vilas next at 5.3 percent. Oneida is at 4.9 percent, Langlade at 4.7 percent, Price at 4.2 and Lincoln at 3.7 percent.

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Record-setting sales levels propelled realtors to one of the best winters ever.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports from December 2017 through February, 2018 saw more than 13,000 homes sold, which is the highest winter season since 2005.

The Northwoods followed the trend. Economist David Clark says February housing statistics were also in record territory, with sales and prices hitting new peaks.

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A comment period is open through the end of this week on a proposed special pesticide registration that would allow the use of Stinger to control weeds in cranberry marshes.

Donna Gilson from the Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection(DATCP) says Stinger has been used on other commercial crops but cranberries are a unique request...

"....Stinger is an herbicide that controls broad leaf weeds and we have it registered for use on other crops in Wisconsin, but this is a special registration for use on cranberries...."

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Organizers of a comprehensive survey of birds that nest in Wisconsin have identified more than 300 locations where volunteers are needed to help gather information for the survey, many of them north of Highway 29.

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The adage 'if a little is great, then a lot must be better' has been the practice and a UW lakes scientist says that is having an impact on Northwoods water.

UW-Madison Limnologist Hilary Dugan is speaking next week at Nicolet College in Rhinelander about the use of road salt on winter roads. The talk is called "Salting Our Freshwater Lakes".

Dugan says the amount of sodium chloride...table salt...is steadily increasing in lakes.,,

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"Sheldon" and "Rosalee" have come home and you have a chance to see their digs up close and personal. Peregrine falcons have returned to the Weston Power Plant near Wausau to nest and raise their young.

The falcons enjoy nesting on high places, in the wild on a high cliff. But the tall power generation towers provide a suitable place for the rare falcons to live and breed.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says you can see how things are going with Sheldon and Rosalee and their brood...

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A Northwoods circuit court judge has pulled his endorsement from one candidate and has given it to her opponent for State Supreme Court.

Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock is opposed by Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet.

The Screnock campaign Friday said Florence/Forest County Circuit Court Judge Leon Stenz had rescinded his endorsement of Dallet and had shifted his endorsement to Screnrock. Last week, Dallet also lost the endorsement of fellow Milwaukee Judge Ellen Brostrom.

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A five-day jury trial is on the court calendar for October in the case of a Rhinelander-area woman accused in the death of her 20-month old stepson.

29-year-old Ellen Tran was in court Thursday with her attorney for a status conference. A jury trial was scheduled by Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia for October 22 through October 26. Jury selection was will begin on October 19. She is free on bail.

Tran was accused after her stepson died last April in their town of Newbold home from what officials allege was blunt force trauma to the head.

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The state has made a major change in its policy toward stopping the Emerald Ash Borer.

Previously, counties that were found to have the ash-killing bug were quarantined. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Donna Gilson outlines the new policy...

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A male inmate in the Forest county jail committed suicide Wednesday.

Jail staff found the inmate unresponsive shortly after 6:30 a.m.

Lifesaving efforts were performed by jail staff and EMT’s from the Crandon Area Rescue Squad.

The incident is now under investigation with assistance of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and the Forest County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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