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.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

Amendments proposed to a bill that would allow easier filling of wetlands in Wisconsin has drawn the support of construction and business interests and the ire of outdoors groups.

The bill would exempt nonfederal and artificial wetlands from wetland permitting requirements administered by the DNR.

Former DNR Secretary and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation George Meyer says a group of sports and conservation organizations are against it. He says the bill originally was designed to allow wetland filling in areas such as an established subdivision.

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A Langlade county man has picked up a nice check from the Wisconsin Lottery.

Ronald Bohrmueller, a retired factory worker who lives in White Lake, has come forward as the lucky winner of the $100,000 top prize from the December 7 Holly Jolly Raffle drawing.

Bohrmueller is a weekly Lottery player. He typically plays Badger 5 and only plays Wisconsin games.

The winning ticket was purchased at Lakeside Pharmacy on 5th Avenue in Antigo.

There were also fifty winners of $1,000 in the drawing, and one thousand winners of $100.

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A great community response means more clothing for the needy.

The Rhinelander High School chapter of FBLA/DECA launched the fourth annual "Jeans For Teens" effort in December, asking the public to donate unneeded blue jeans for donation.

Club spokesperson Abigail Krueger, said they had 11 drop off locations for the drive which ended on January 5.... 

"....it was awesome, we had a total of 609 pairs of jeans donated throughout the course of the project. It was an immense success and we're very pleased...."

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A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate thinks the court has skewed too far to aiding large and wealthy interests at the expense of average citizens. Madison attorney Tim Burns campaigned in the Northwoods last week.

He says the state Supreme Court has a real impact..

"....the Supreme Court takes 40, 50, 60 cases a year. Only a third of them are criminal cases. The rest are cases in which they shape our economy, and our political system. They've been shading it in favor of concentrated corporate wealth instead of small farms, small businesses and workers...."

Forest County Sheriff's Department

Two people have been arrested by Forest County authorities after the overdose death of a male Saturday, January 20.

Emergency crews were called shortly before one p.m. that day to an unidentified location in Crandon. Rescuers were unable to revive the person, whose identity has been withheld. Investigators found the person had ingested heroin.

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Jan 30, 2018
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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of 23-year-old Camron Jay Lane of Merrill.

Lane has failed to appear in both Lincoln County and Marathon County Courts in five separate cases involving felony, misdemeanor and criminal traffic charges which resulted in multiple warrants being issues for his arrest

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More than 12,000 calls game into a problem gambling hotline last year and a spokesperson says this time of the year is particularly bad for people with gambling addiction.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and other sources report  15 percent of Americans gamble at least once per week. About 2.5 million adults suffer from compulsive gambling, about 3 million are considered problem gamblers, around 15 million adults are under the risk of becoming problem gamblers.

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The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on proposals that would provide access for motorized recreational vehicles at two properties in this region.

The DNR has received direction from the governing Natural Resources Board to provide all-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicles across the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area. The DNR also received requests to construct a multi-use parking area at the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area to serve snowmobilers, ATV/UTV's and boaters.

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Wisconsin’s public school choice program called Open Enrollment begins next week.

Online applications for public school open enrollment for the next school year, will be available on the Department of Public Instruction(DPI) website beginning Feb. 5.

Open enrollment is when parents elect to send their students to a school district other than the one they reside in. Any student attending a public school is eligible to take part in Open Enrollment.

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A 43-year-old Illinois man has died in a Vilas county snowmobile crash.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports Shawn C. Sarver of Metamora, Illinois died after his snowmobile crashed in the area of Forest Road and Big Portage Lake Road in Land 0' Lakes Saturday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Department reports Sarver was off a marked trail when his snowmobile struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is being investigated by the Department of Natural Resources and the Vilas County Coroner's Office.

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Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin stopped in Rhinelander Saturday and touched on several topics in an interview with WXPR.

Baldwin says she has her sights on the pharmaceutical companies, especially in light of recent sharp price spikes for needed medications like insulin for diabetics...

"....insulin costs doubled. This is not a new invention in the pharmaceutical industry for which they're charging double the amount of a year ago. This is th same insulin we had last year, a decade ago, forty years ago. That is outrageous..."

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January is Stalking Awareness Month and a local spokesperson says it is a serious crime.

Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...Shellie Holmes...says the legal system does not view stalking lightly....

"...stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can be charged as a crime or an element of other crimes, especially if domestic abuse or sexual assaults are involved....."

Holmes says it frequently happens at the end of relationships...

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A major fundraiser to help Northwoods homeless people is coming this Saturday.

The Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing is hosting their annual Anniversary Gala and Dance at the Hodag Banquet Center. NATH operates Frederick Place homeless shelter in Rhinelander. Shelter Executive Director Tammy Modic says the public has given them the opportunity to be here...

"....it is our seventh anniversary of operation of Frederick Place. NATH opened the doors of Frederick Place on Jan. 31, 2011. We're coming up on the seven-year anniversary and ready to celebrate...."

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One person died in an early Sunday morning traffic crash in Iron county.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports the crash on U.S. 51 at county highway "CC" near Hurley shortly before 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

A Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 51 near county Highway CC, when it crossed the centerline and was struck by a Pontiac Vibe.

The 45 year old female operator of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. The 32 year old male driver of the Pontiac was transported to Aspirus Ironwood Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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