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 group of Northwoods and Upper Peninsula counties have been working for years to keep or upgrade critical freight rail service in the region. A key grant program from which the group sought funding are among the cuts proposed by President Trump in his budget request to Congress

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission is composed of 22 counties. Twice they've tried for what are known as TIGER grants, or Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants to fund infrastructure.

Wendy Gehlhoff from Florece county chairs the Commission...

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Last fall, Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow organized a summit to lobby for the delisting of wolves from protections under the Endangered Species Act.

April 8, a supporting group is promoting a second wolf summit at the Sugar Camp town hall north of Rhinelander from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wolf Summit II is sponsored by Wisconsin Wolf Facts.

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So far, so good after the first full hunting seasons in the Northwoods after the DNR discovered Chronic Wasting Disease at a deer farm in Three Lakes in 2015.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz gives results after the testing....

"....the good news is of all the samples we've analyzed for the last deer season, we've had zero positive tests in the wild. Every single test we've submitted has been negative for the 2016 deer season...."

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The second year of downtown Rhinelander's street work begins in a few weeks and is scheduled to be wrapped up by mid-summer. City Director of Public Works Tim Kingman gives us an update on this year's plans...

The Streetscape  website is here.

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Even though Congress failed to act on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an advocate says a threat remains for key programs that are popular in Wisconsin.

Monday, the public is invited to Rhinelander to hear two speakers talk about the funding threats to Medicaid that they say will impact people with disabilities, their families and the local economy.

Lynn Breedlove is co-chair of Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition.

He says the Trump budget includes cuts for Medicaid programs...

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Oneida County authorities are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery.

The Sheriff's Department reports getting a 9-1-1 call Monday morning of an armed home invasion to a residence in the Town of Pelican. The caller said in the early morning hours, a white male wearing all-black clothing broke into the unidentified residence. While in the residence, the man armed himself. The man was described as being tall and muscular. Officials say it appears that specific residence was targeted.

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The YMCA of the Northwoods is looking for a new leader.

CEO Laurie Schlitt will leave April 30 to take a similar job with the Mukwonago YMCA.

Schlitt served as interim CEO twice since 2011 before being named full-time CEO in March 2015.

Rep. Felzkowski Authors Bill To Lessen Concealed Carry Rules

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A new bill would end the requirement that people get state permits before they can carry concealed weapons. Republican Representative Mary Felzkowski of Irma and Republican State Senator Dave Craig of Big Bend are asking colleagues to sign onto the measure, which would also keep the permit system for those who want to carry hidden weapons in other states where it's allowed..

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A $2 million dollar endowment has been set up to preserve bike trails in the Manitowish Waters area.

Liz and Dick Uihlein notified town chair John Hanson they've established the endowment trust fund that will provide maintenance funds form bike trails in Manitowish Waters.

Hanson details the gift...

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High school students considering a health occupation will be about as close as you can get Wednesday morning to watching heart surgery without physically being in the room.

An estimated 180 students from five area high schools will view a live open heart surgery broadcast to the Nicolet College Theater. The surgery is part of the Live From the Heart program run by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet College, Lenore Blemke says the program is broadcast live as an open heart surgery is taking place....

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Tomahawk School District voters April 4 will decide a school referendum question.

District Administrator Terry Reynolds outlines the question...

"....what we're asking for a non-recurring referendum. We're asking $3 million each year for the next four years, sunsetting in 20121...."

Reynolds says the money, if approved, would be used to continue operations in the school district. He says Tomahawk schools have not gone to operation referendum before....

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High school students are encouraged to check out the DNR's inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for next year.

DNR trout coordinator Joanna Griffin says this is the second year where high school students were asked to submit artwork to be considered for the stamp.

Artwork for the contest must be received or postmarked by July 3. . Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or the equivalent, attending public, homeschool, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin during this year are eligible.

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Two public meetings, set for April 4 and 6, are being held in Vilas County to get public input on a multi-agency plan to address declining walleye numbers in Lac Vieux Desert. on the Michigan-Wisconsin border near Land O' Lakes.

The 4,300 acre flowage has experienced a dramatic decline in walleye abundance and recruitment over the past decade.

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Wabeno School District voters will consider two referendum questions next month.

District Administrator Jennifer Vogler outlines the questions....

"....one of our questions is for a $1 million, 600 thousand dollars a year. The second question on the referendum ballot will be for a Fab Lab for the first year on the referendum ballot for $300,000...."

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The Wisconsin legislature  last year convened a study committee on the shortage of volunteers for emergency responder services.

Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhoff recently updated the Three Lakes town board about upcoming changes for ambulance services.

Kortenhoff says detailed the proposed change....

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