Ken Krall

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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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The city of Rhinelander has officially approved it's portion of a land purchase west of Rhinelander called the Heal Creek property.

In May, the Oneida county board approved a compromise plan for two parties wanting the land to buy portions of it. The Hodag Sports Club will pay about $209,000 for two parcels totalling 209 acres. The city of Rhinelander will pay $60,000 for 62 acres.

At the Monday city council meeting, Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier said this approval completes Rhinelander's portion of the deal...

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Several Northwoods school districts will be getting some extra money for the upcoming school year.

The Department of Public Instruction announced the allocation of sparcity aid. That aid is given to smaller districts says DPI spokesperson Tom McCarthy...

"....sparcity aid is a special aid paid to students with a low number of students per square mile and a low overall enrollment. It's a reflection of a fact that school districts with a smaller number of students have unique fiscal challenges....."

Dental records were used to identify the victim of a Thursday night traffic accident in Langlade county.

The Sheriff's department reported 29 year old Shawn Wickersheim of White Lake did not return home Thursday evening. Friday a missing persons report was filed. On Saturday, deputies found a one-vehicle crash on Flak Road about a mile north of Muraski Road. The vehicle was registered to the victim and a body was discovered inside.

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A man wanted for outstanding warrants was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly fled a stop by county and city law enforcement.

The Sheriff's Department reports Oneida County deputies and Rhinelander Police attempted to stop Gabriel Bell for outstanding warrants. Bell was in Rhinelander and when the stop was attempted, allegedly fled. Bell traveled down a dirt road until his vehicle got stuck between Davenport and Kemp Streets. A short time later he was taken into custody at the AmericInn on Kemp Street.

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Foresters and loggers are harvesting timber in Wisconsin following procedures providing a high rate of water quality protection that  according to monitoring the DNR  conducted of timber harvest practices in 2013 and 2014.

DNR forest hydrologist Dave Kafura says in 2013, monitoring teams visited 75 state and county timber sales and found Forestry Best Management Practices were correctly applied on over 97 percent of state sales and 95 percent on county forests....

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Leaders of the Great Headwaters Trails are inviting the public to their annual meeting next week with the key topic being the construction of the Conover to Phelps bike trail.

GHT President Jeff Currie says crews have begun working on the first 3.2 miles segment of the 11 mile trail...

"....it includes asphalt trial right from Community Park in Conover through the town to Highway 45. It includes a hard surface compressed stone trail on the highway grade parallel to Highway 45 which is pretty much the business district of Conover...."

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Applications for the next class of Leadership Oneida County are being taken.

Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program that prepares the next generation of leaders in Oneida County.

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet is one of the members of the steering committee. He describes who can participate...

"....if you live here in Oneida county or if you work here in Oneida county. The nine-month program helps you identify what your leadership skills are as well as get you in contact with the current leaders in the county..."

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Next we have the latest "Field Notes" with Trout Lake aquatic biologist Susan Knight. She tells us she's a foremost expert on one particular plant...

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Rhinelander has hired a new city administrator.

Kristina Aschenbrenner comes to Rhinelander  after working as the court administrator for the 10 Judicial District of the State Supreme Court at Eau Claire. She also has been the Clerk of Circuit Court in Eau Claire county and for 10 years was in the Army National Guard, as a non-commissioned officer.

Mayor Dick Johns says they had informal and formal interviews this weekend....

"...very good candidates, all four, but we could only pick one. We worked both Friday night and Saturday in regards to it...."

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Lets hear from the League of Women Voters Northwoods chapter spokesperson Jane Trotter.

Wednesday evening in Minocqua is a presentation on Wisconsin's Photo ID law, which will kick in during next year's elections...

Jane Trotter from the League of Women Voters Northwoods. The presentation is at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 12 at the Minocqua Public Library.

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A former Wisconsin Congressman who is also an allergist says we've entered into the fall ragweed season on the earliest known date.

Dr. Steve Kagan in Appleton says this becomes the biological start of the fall season as ragweed plants have begun to pollinate....

".....when we get wind in northern Wisconsin it's going to have ragweed pollen in it right about now. We identified ragweed in the air several days ago. It's about 10 days before expected. Ordinarily we get ragweed pollination August 15...."

Kagan  describes some symptoms...

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A western Wisconsin state legislator is making another attempt at a bill he says will plug a gap in the mining bill that became law in 2013.

Representative Dana Wachs, a Democrat from Eau Claire last year saw his "Save Our Lakes" bill shot down, but says he's looking to bring it back again. The bill would  protect the lakebeds, flowages, and reservoirs from being destroyed, drained, or filled in by iron mining activities.

Wachs says there are minerals under many Wisconsin lakes which could become a target of iron mining interests...

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One person died in a Saturday traffic crash in Langlade county.

Sheriff William Greening reports Saturday afternoon a vehicle was reported to have left Flak Road in eastern Langlade county and ended up in a wooded area. Deputies located the vehicle about one mile north of Muraski Road. One person was found dead in the vehicle.

Reports indicated the driver was headed south on Flak Road and failed to negotiate a curve and ended in the woods.

The driver was said to be from Langlade county.

No other information was released.

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The DNR and the U.S. Forest Service have announced an agreement where the state and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will partner on forest management within the 1.5 million acres of the state's only national forest. It's under the 2014 Farm Bill called Good Neighbor authority.

Under the agreement, the amount of timber offered for harvest that's in an approved plan will increase 25 percent to more than 100 million board feet in 2016.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the extra revenue will be trusted to the state...

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Four student firefighters from the Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona are on their way to Oregon as part of a Wisconsin interagency firefighting crew.

The U.S. Forest Service oversees the Job Corps Center in Forest county. Forest Service spokesperson Hilary Markin says   the crew left Wisconsin  Monday traveling to Redmond, Oregon, where they will get their assignment....

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