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.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Lincoln county authorities are looking for an inmate who failed to return to jail after a furlough.

24 year old Chastity Lerae Ritchie was furloughed by order of Lincoln county court but did not return as scheduled on Friday.

. Ritchie is described as 5’2, weighs 120 pounds has brown hair, green eyes and tattoos.

She had been in jail on failure to pay child support. Lincoln County officials ask if you have any information to call

Nicolet Area Technical College

An innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for adult learners with intellectual disabilities had their graduation ceremonies Friday.

The program is based at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and is designed for students who require more than the traditional level of support in order to be successful in a college environment.

Katherine Garrison is Jump!Start liaison.

She says the program is just one of six of its type in Wisconsin and the only program in northern Wisconsin.

Marshfield Clinic Health System is making it easier for patients and community members to safely dispose of medication by adding collection kiosks at 14 Marshfield Clinic pharmacy locations across Wisconsin.

The kiosks are part of a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to help curb prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin.

Sue Wilhelm is Director of Pharmacy at Security Health Plan, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. She outlines how the kiosks work...

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corp.

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation is hosting its 1st annual Legislative Update in Three Lakes Monday morning.(May 22)

Grow North focuses on creating economic development opportunities in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and three other counties.

President Collette Sorgel says because they have four key initiatives they're working on, they decided to invite Northwoods legislators to the meeting to share what is happening with those issues in Madison.

She says the first topic is broadband expansion..

Pete Rondello

A picture from the 2017 White Deer Triathlon being held Sat. May 20 in Boulder Junction, Wi. Hundreds of participants paddle kayaks on Boulder Lake, bike from Camp Manitowish and run to the finish line in downtown Boulder Junction. WXPR is a cosponsor.

Here are Pete Rondello's updates...

The Oneida County Board last February had a training session on Wisconsin's open meetings law but the board chair says more work needs to be done.

During a meeting this week, Board Chair David Hintz said the board must be careful with the open meetings law and they are working toward clearer agendas...

AG Schimel Says Redistricting Opponents Use "Hodge Podge" Arguments

May 19, 2017

The state Justice Department says opponents of Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting plan are using a "hodgepodge" of social science measures to make their case.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has filed a new legal brief with the U-S Supreme Court, which is considering the state's appeal of a ruling by three federal judges which found last year that the G-O-P's Assembly and Senate district maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered in the Republicans' favor.

The report below is an update from WPS Thursday afternoon.



Wisconsin Public Service crews continue working to repair power outages caused by Wednesday’s severe storms.

As of 3:15 p.m., our crews have restored power to more than 39,000 customers since 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. About 1,200 customers are currently without power.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Saturday begins a new era for the graduates of Nicolet Area Technical College.

Nicolet College holds its 48th annual spring graduation on Saturday, May 20.In all, 540 individuals are expected to graduate with an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate during the 2016-17 academic year.

College President Dr. Richard Nelson says they're pleased with the number of graduates, especially in one area...

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More strong thunderstorms are forecast through Thursday and a local emergency government spokesperson says the theme is 'be prepared'.

Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says you need to think about what you're going to do in a storm emergency long before the storm is at your doorstep...

Graduation parties can turn into a major problem as adults are caught serving alcohol to minors, says a Northwoods health official.

Vilas County Health Department's Tammi Boers says the thing to remember is no one can serve alcohol to anyone under 21 except within one's family...

"....parents who supply alcohol can face a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail or up to a $500 dollar fine depending on law enforcement. Others can sue you if you give alcohol to their child and they get hurt or hurt somebody else or if they damage someone else's property...."

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For a short time the streets will be more open in downtown Rhinelander as the steady rain has caused paving to halt.

The downtown is in the second summer of street renewal, this year the final paving is being down.

City Public Works Director Tim Kingman says crews will resume work as soon as the rain ends...

National Park Service

White-nose Syndrome has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada , killing more than 7 million bats and is following the same pattern in Wisconsin.

DNR mammal ecologist Paul White says the fungus that causes the problem were found in 24 of 28 winter nesting areas in Wisconsin, mostly in southern Wisconsin....

".....populations have declines from 100 percent to 40 percent depending on the infection year and when they found the disease itself...."

One Oneida County board supervisor is asking  supervisors on the Planning and Development committee to defy a state mandate concerning shoreland zoning.

In 2015, the legislature's Joint Finance Committee included in the budget a provision rolling back local county protections on shoreland zoning to a standard size that applies across all counties, be they with few lakes or more than a thousand like Oneida county. State Senator Tom Tiffany at the time said it was a move to make it easier to regulate shoreland zoning by the state.