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 movie about vaccines and the industry and research around them is being shown tonight at the Demmer Library in Three Lakes.

Dakota She' haman says the documentary is called "Vaxxed: From Cover-up To Catastrophe"...

"....it talks about the aspects of politics behind the scenes. It has a lot of different perspectives, it has a lot of different angles, but basically helps people in the process of deciding whether vaccines are something they want to do for their families...."

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Oneida County Lakes and River Association hopes the public comments on proposed changes in the county's shoreland zoning ordinance this week.

During the last budget cycle, the legislature stripped the counties of being able to regulate shoreland zoning beyond weaker state rules.

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The sixth annual Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is set for April 1 and the state is helping to promote the event.

Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan says the money is used to get people to come to experience Phelps...

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Marshfield Clinic has opened its new Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center in Minocqua. Family Health Center of Marshfield, a member of the Marshfield Clinic Health System held the grand opening Thursday.

Leaders are saying they have a new approach they hope will be a model in treating addictions. Dr. Mike Larson says in treating opioid use disorder if having severe thirst is like a softball, and severe hunger is about the size of a basketball. But the cravings of an addicted person are much larger....

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A former union head, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Green Bay Packers' C-E-O Mark Murphy are among those praising Ed Garvey, the progressive activist who died Wednesday.

The 76-year-old Burlington native ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for governor and U-S Senate, and fought Parkinson's disease when he died at a nursing home this week in Verona.

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An effort in Oneida county to give young people exposure to the world of government has gotten a renewal.

The program "Teens Active In Government", or TAG, has a new group of high schoolers sitting in on Oneida County board meetings. Oneida County UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator Lynn Feldman says besides students from Oneida county high schools sitting in on the county board meetings, students also sit in on Rhinelander city council committee meetings.

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Two building projects are coming more into focus in Three Lakes after meetings this week. The Three Lakes town board picked DeLeers Construction to be the contractor for the town offices, police department and food pantry. The board narrowed the choice to two firms, and picked the DePere firm Tuesday. DeLeers is the firm also working on the updated Olson Library in Eagle River.

Town chair Stella Westfall says they hope to have some initial plans soon...

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Many have had thoughts of spring for the last week, as record warmth filled the Midwest and melted much of the snow. But the early spring will be a thing of the past by this weekend as a strong snowstorm is preparing to hit the Northwoods.

WJFW TV meteorologist Chad Roethlisberger details what the storm predictions will be...

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Reports indicate a truck went through the ice on the Willow Flowage this week. No injuries were reported, but a DNR recreational safety warden says the recent warming spell has changed the dynamic out on the hard water.

Northeast Wisconsin Warden Jeremy Cords says the melt water caused by warmer temperatures causes runoff from melting snow. Even though that water is cold, it is warmer than the ice.

He says you can see how this rotting of the ice happen when you pour a cold drink....

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Someone in Vilas county has a nice check coming from the Wisconsin Lottery.

Lottery officials say a ticket purchased at Nobbes North at 2901 Highway 70 East in Eagle River won a $50,000 prize as part of a recent Powerball drawing. A second $50,000 prize was won in Vernon County.

Winners have 180 days to claim their prize at the state lottery offices. The Powerball drawing February 22 is  worth more than $400 million dollars.

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After Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek late last year ordered the Oneida County Board to undergo training in the state's Open Meetings law, that happened Tuesday at the monthly meeting.

Lori Lubinsky is an attorney with a Madison law firm that has represented Oneida county in other cases, some of them open meetings cases, and gave supervisors a primer on conducting open meetings.

She says transparency should be the standard...

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January usually isn't a stellar sales month for Wisconsin's realtors, but overall, a spokesperson says the trend upward continues.

David Clark is an economist for the state's realtors. He says January only accounts for about 5 percent of the year's sales. Clark says home sales were strong in January...

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A decision is likely to be made next month whether a well-known lake west of Rhinelander will have its own lake district.

Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension committee chair Bob Mott discusses the Squash Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, saying a petition was received last November and a public hearing was held on December 3....

".....I think 60 attended the meeting all together. Of the 32 who spoke, 20 something were in favor and 7 against the petition...."

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Antigo area residents will have an opportunity next week to help out during a critical time in blood donations.

American Red Cross blood representative Marc Sutton says people need blood every day, but they can't always get the blood that is needed....

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Oneida county's rate of sale of tobacco to minors is just over 11 percent and a health department spokesperson says enforcement will be increased this year.

As part of the Wisconsin WINS, a statewide tobacco control effort, the Oneida County Health Department and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition conduct compliance checks with retailers to see if there are illegal sales to minors.

Spokesperson Maria Otterholt outlines the new enforcement effort...

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