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.

United Way of Wisconsin

It's fundraising time again for the Northwoods United Way and its Executive Director says this year they are making an appeal to all Northwoods residents to contribute.

Northwoods United Way serves Oneida Vilas and Forest counties and helps fund several non-profit agencies in the three counties. Nancy Sattler says they are about one month into their campaign. She says they're budgeting to raise $165,000 along with a second goal...

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A state spokesperson says consumers should take an active role in their insurance choices as the open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins.

The Public Information Officer for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Elizabeth Hizmi says people looking for insurance shouldn't take the first thing they see...

Partners In Forestry

Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative is holding its annual meeting November 5 at Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction. Director Joe Hovel says among other topics,  the meeting will host a discussion on another aspect of property rights.

He says conservation is also a property right and owner property is not just a single item, but a bundle of rights...

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Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson was joined by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst Saturday in Rhinelander as part of a roundtable discussion. 

Johnson is locked in a tight reelection campaign, but with the news still fresh about Hillary Clinton's emails, he wasted no time talking about the FBI investigation...

"...if she didn't have the name Hillary Clinton, if she was applying for a low level job in the State Department, she couldn't get a security clearance based on how she has already handled sensitive national security information...."

YMCA of the Northwoods

An inside Farmer's Market is beginning its second year at the YMCA of the Northwoods in Rhinelander.

The YMCA's Marilyn Duschl says the idea is to provide the public with the same types of foods and goods over the winter they get during the warmer months...

"....we started it last year and it's in conjunction with Northwoods LEAN(Linking Education Activity and Nutrition) Coalition. We were able to do it all winter long last year..."

She describes some of the goods available last Saturday at the first market...

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The news has been busy this week about expected increases in premiums for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. But a spokesperson for a group supporting Obamacare says there is another side to the story.

Open enrollment begins November 1.

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the increases widely reported are only for plans that are the same as last year....

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A state labor economist says it's been 15 years since Wisconsin has seen unemployment levels as low as they were in September.

The overall unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is down from August and at its lowest rate since February 2001.

In the Northwoods, rates varied from 3.2 percent in Price county to the state's second highest rate of 5.8 percent in Iron county.

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Hunters in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties and others have a chance to communicate directly with DNR officials during a live online chat Monday. While all topics are open, a spokesperson for the DNR says CWD will be a key topic.

The DNR's Sawyer Briel says key staff will be available...

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A Mercer woman who had been listed as the Executive Director of the Mercer Chamber of Commerce has been charged with three counts of theft from a business setting.

According to online court records, 45 year old Tina M. Brunell will be in Iron County court November 8 for an initial appearance. 

The three felonies allege Brunell committed theft from a business setting of more than $10,000, a second charge of theft over $5,000 and identity theft.

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A 27-mile segment of roadway near Wabeno has joined the state's Rustic Road program.

The program preserves scenic, lightly-traveled country roads. Top speed limit is 45 miles per hour and is designed for all types of travelers.

DOT Rustic Roads coordinator Jane Carrola says Wabeno submitted the application that was accepted...

"....it covers portions of county highway "C" and loops on Bay Shore, Camp 1, Kuffner and Indian Market roads. Rustic Road designation comes from the state, the road remains in local jurisdiction and control...."

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A member of the Forest County Potowatomi Community and a Northwoods State Senator have been named to a newly called Task Force to combat opioid abuse.

Governor Walker issued the Executive Order Tuesday.

Walker spokesperson Tom Evenson says the task force will work to gather data on the growing epidemic...

"...Gov. Walker, along with Rep. John Nygren from Marinette, have done a number of things most recently with the Hope agenda which outlines a number of issues and reforms we've taken to address this opioid epidemic...."

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Governor Walker Wednesday presented awards honoring three individuals for their contributions in the fight against domestic violence during a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse hosted the event as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a statewide effort to raise awareness about the effects of domestic abuse.

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The public is invited Friday night to a vigil in downtown Rhinelander to remember people who lost their lives due to domestic violence. Shellie Holmes is Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...

"....every October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Wisconsin in 2015, 51 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicide. That's a pretty high number. Unfortunately in 2016, we have way more than that. We're up to 67....."

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Wisconsin's former Democratic Lt. Governor has added her voice condemning Donald Trump for calling America's elections as "rigged".

Barbara Lawton stopped in Rhinelander Saturday to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Lawton says Trump's statement has brought condemnation from both parties....

"....he has been undermining the confidence in the health of our nation and undermining our confidence in the integrity of our elections when there is no evidence that this ever happened, to me is an outrageous dirty trick...."

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A keynote speaker at a Rhinelander gathering says one goal is to help parents understand how babies develop and behave in order to improve the parent-caregiver interactions.

Jennifer Banuelos spoke before the 10th annual Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition Tuesday in Rhinelander. Banuelos is part of the Human Lactation Center at University of California at Davis.

She says she was there to present options for parents ...

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