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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The difficult but rewarding career as a social worker was honored this week at the Oneida County Board meeting.

Governor Walker proclaimed March as Social Work month.

Social Services Director Mary Rideout acknowledged the difficult work her staff and other social workers do...

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One out of every three American adults has pre-diabetes, and most do not know it.

Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center health educators are offering classes to help people improve their health and to help avoid a growing wave of pre-diabetes.

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The Oneida County Board has approved mandatory active training shooting for all staff and county board members. 

"...before the meeting, one of the supervisors said it's too bad we have to do this, but we feel it's necessary for the safety of the county employees, as well as us as well as the public...."

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Local governments have complained about state moves in budget actions and elsewhere that have stripped local governments of control.

Another change was approved by the Oneida county board Tuesday after they were given little choice.

In 2015, Governor Walker signed the state budget bill enabling a provision called Time of Sale requirements.

As Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich explains, the law previously allowed counties and municipalities to require upgrades when a property was sold by an owner...

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The Rhinelander Police Department is in the process of "hiring" the fourth canine in its history and they need public support.

Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says the department's first dog started in 1987 that was funded by the Hodag Lions Club. That dog was active for five years. In 1997 the department received a canine officer from Marathon county.

Drago, the most recent dog, retired from the department in December.

Gauthier says he's interviewing two current officers to become the next canine handler ..

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If you're concerned about invasive species, a meeting in Woodruff Wednesday(3/21) will provide you with much information.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership is holding it's annual meeting at the Woodruff town hall with a series of free public information sessions in the morning. The morning session provide the public with updates on number of invasive and non-invasive topics says Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas...

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This time of the year when many people travel to warmer places and young people go on spring break is a prime time for an on-going telephone scam called the "Grandparent Scam".

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection(DATCP) spokesperson Jerad Albracht outlines the scam...

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When you pour it on your pancakes, you know it's good. This is the time of the year when there's a lot of hard work put in by maple syrup producers to sweeten your life. When nights are cold, but days are above freezing is prime maple sap collecting time.

Theresa Baroun is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association. She says the weather recently has been good for production, the tree-tapping began a bit later.

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Artist have a chance to get their artwork viewed in many different places as the state has opened up competition for the 2019 Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp designs.

Jaqi Christopher is a DNR upland wildlife assistant....

"....they're paintings, they're drawings, there's specifications on size and the species. We obviously want the artwork to reflect turkeys and turkey habitat, pheasants and waterfowl found in the state of Wisconsin...."

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As the election draws closer, the race for Wisconsin's Supreme Court seat is getting heated

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Voters approved the funding of a FAB LAB in Wabeno and school leaders are opening the facility to the public this Thursday. FAB LAB Director Tim Stolar says while approving an operating referendum about a year ago, voters also were asked whether they would like to fund the FAB LAB...

"....the difference was on that referendum which was a year ago, would the voters be willing to spend about $300,000 to start a FAB LAB. It actually garnered more support than the regular referendum did...."

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The season is nearing when homeowners like to do some sprucing up and an event this coming weekend is designed  to meet that desire.

The Hodag Home and Lifestyle Show is the first home show of the year in the Northwoods, sponsored by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

Event and Program Coordinator Lauren Sackett says the show is designed to provide ideas...

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WJFW TV is reporting Crandon schools superintendent Dr. Douglas Kryder has been suspended pending the results of an investigation by the school board.

The board made the decision Thursday night after a lengthy closed session. A local citizen's group has been putting pressure on the school board asking for Kryder's removal.

The controversy arose after former principal Andy Space resigned February 2 after getting a notice of non-renewal for next school year. More than 200 people attended a recent board meeting asking for Kryder's removal relating to Space's departure.

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