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.

Each year, mid-to-late January weather is some of the coldest weather of the season.

The past several days makes you think it's closer to April than February. What is the reason for the warm spell? National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last in Green Bay says it's the jet stream...

Wisconsin Public Service says they, too, have been hit by the recent outbreak of scam calls to businesses.

WPS Spokesperson Matt Cullen says the target this time are businesses..

"....the person has told people that they have to make a payment or face disconnection or loss of power, sometimes within half an hour. We want to remind customers that is not how our company operates...."

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Sue Perry of Lake Tomahawk is a Nurse Educator at Nicolet College. She's also a long-time registered nurse at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She's also an author of the book "From Beneath The Tarp", which details the tragic abuse she suffered as a young adult in her first marriage and her efforts now to reach out to help others.

In October, she received the Courage Award from the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse and recently was named to a panel on the topic. Perry stopped by the WXPR studios and spoke with Ken Krall....

A recent study concerning shoreline disturbances in Minnesota lakes has shown the more disturbances of the natural shoreline, the more it affects fish populations and water quality.

Oneida County conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the study involved four researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources looking at a lakes situation like Wisconsin's Northwoods.

She talks about the findings...

The Aspirus Health Foundation has announced the first class of future doctors and physician assistants have received scholarships totaling more than $200,000. The goal is to help alleviate a shortage of physicians in the region.

The Foundation's Executive Director Kalynn Pempek.....

A Rhinelander High School social studies school teacher says the program for which she recently won a state award helps broaden the perspective of her students.

Linda Goldsworthy will be given the Global Educator of the Year Friday by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

Goldsworthy says she and her colleagues at the school work on a globally-focused program and she coordinates the travel abroad program...

Oneida County has extended a moratorium on large-scale livestock feeding operations.

Large livestock feeding operations have arisen in many parts of the state and with it the possibility of polluting groundwater from manure runoff.

In February, 2016, the Oneida County board approved a moratorium so county staff could continue to study the ramifications if a large livestock business wanted to establish an operation here. The moratorium prohibits new livestock facilities that have more than 500 animals.

A 77 year old man from Colby, Wisconsin has been identified as the person killed Tuesday afternoon near Boulder Junction.

The State Patrol reports Richard Brandl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Beverly Brandl.

Richard Brandl died at the accident scene at U.S. 51 and county road "H" in Boulder Junction.

Beverly Brandl was transported to a Marshfield hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the Brandl vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer driven by a South Range man. He was not injured.

A 48 year old Green Bay man has died in a Minocqua snowmobile crash.

Minocqua Police report the crash Tuesday evening at the intersection of Camp Nine Road and Cedar Falls Drive.

Police report Jeffrey Lee Royle was was traveling on Lower Kaubashine Road Road when he lost control and crashed in a wooded area.

Royle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DNR reports its the four fatal snowmobile crash in Wisconsin this winter and the second since the start of 2017.

Northwoods Transit Connections

The Oneida County Board Tuesday heard the expanded bus service operating in the Northwoods is very popular and has grown quickly since being introduced last May.

The county board approved a $50,000 advance to the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission to cover a short-term cash flow crunch, as explained by Supervisor Bob Mott...

" typical with state and federal government, sometimes monies don't come in on time. At certain times during the year were running a shortage of money for operating expenses to pay for drivers, gas, those types of things...."

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor's Center is located at the intersection of U.S. 2 and county road "G" near Ashland. It's often a stop for visitors and Northwoods residents alike to learn about the Great Lakes and surrounding environment. The Center's operating partners are: The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin - Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance.

Later this month, volunteers will be combing the Northwoods looking for people who are homeless.

The semi-annual Wisconsin Statewide Point-In-Time Count is scheduled for January 27. the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness ..or N*WISH Continuum of Care... will be joining homeless coalitions around the state in completing a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Locally, Lori Hallas describes the effort...

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The Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday that a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities.

Wisconsin Lottery

A Rhinelander resident has won a six-figure prize from the Wisconsin Lottery.

Brandon Young of Rhinelander won the second top prize of $200,000 playing the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

Young purchased his Cosmic Crossword ticket at Kwik Trip at North Stevens Street in Rhinelander.

This was the second of two $200,000 top prizes in the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

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Governor Walker has called a special session of the legislature to deal with a growing opioid problem in the state, especially among young people.

While addiction experts praised Walker's call, others have said portions of the proposal are far underfunded. Last week Citizen Action of Wisconsin held a conference call on the session.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says one key component of Walker's proposal is underfunded...