Ken Krall

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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.

In 2018, Ken was chosen to receive the Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2018 Excellence in Public Health Media Award for his work covering public health in northern Wisconsin.

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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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault based in Rhinelander is noting the monthly observance with two events.

Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Executive Director Shellie Holmes about domestic violence and scheduled October events...

The toll-free number is 800-236-1222 or 715-362-6841.

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Incumbent president Joseph Wildcat, Sr. was returned to office Tuesay during elections by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held elections.

Wildcat, Sr. defeated John Johnson, Sr. 417-373.

For vice-president, George Thompson defeated Brooks Big John 475-302.

For the tribal council, the top four were elected. They include Eric Chapman, Sr., Jamie Ann Allen, Charles 'Gus' Theobald, and William "Bill" Stone, Sr.

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The next Science on Tap in Minocqua is set for Wednesday(10/3/18) in Minocqua.

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May 2, Governor Walker announced a series of emergency rules to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin. Some said the rules were a campaign ploy, others in his own political party felt the rules went too far.

Monday, the legislature's Rules committee, led by Republicans, held a hearing to see what could be done to modify those rules. The Natural Resources Board had approved the changes. The Rules committee can modify the board's actions. Deer farm owners don't like the cost of the mandated additional fencing.

  • Anti-gambling forces hope you save your money instead of gambling it,
  • An Antigo teen gets bagged by DNR wardens for allegedly poaching a deer near Green Bay, 
  • Cranberry Fest this weekend is expected to draw 40,000 to Eagle River,
  • Test scores are mixed for Wisconsin students. 

Eagle River Chamber and Visitors Bureau

One of the largest events all year in the Northwoods happens this weekend in Eagle River.

Cranberryfest is Saturday and Sunday at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

Natalie Spiess is Events Coordinator at the Eagle River Chamber and Visitors Center. She says attendance could approach 40 thousand. The event started in 1980. Spiess says they celebrate Wisconsin's number one fruit.

She says besides all things cranberry, it is also more than 300 arts and crafts vendors...

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Several groups last Saturday began a drive to get people to think about saving the dollars they spend on gambling and put it in the bank.

Citzens Against Expanded Gambling spokesperson Lorrie Pickens says the groups asked businesses with lottery terminals to shut them off for the day.

They are also asking the public to take that money and open up a saving account...

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is planning for 2019 and they've opened up a number of temporary, full-time positions for next summer.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says they types of openings vary....

Northwoods United Way

Next we hear from two members of the Northwoods United Way.

First, your will hear from Executive Director Nancy Sattler and a member of the Northwoods United Way board, Amy Vanney...

...that was Nancy Sattler and before her Amny Vanney of the Northwoods United Way. Again, their goal is $170,000.

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The strong economy means a lower unemployment rate, and that trend is continuing in Wisconsin according to the latest state unemployment numbers for August.

State Labor Economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau gives the numbers for the Northwoods...

"....The August unemployment rate for the five counties are Forest, 4.5, Langlade 4.0, Lincoln, 3.3, Oneida 2.8, Vilas 3.0...."

Price county's rate was up slightly to 3.7 percent, while Iron county has the second highest rate in the state at 5.7.

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The City of Rhinelander is hoping to get the funds to upgrade Stevens Street, or business Highway 17, next year from north of the downtown to the beltway. The city has applied for a Safe Drinking Water Loan from the state.

Environmental Review Specialist for the DNR, Kevin Olson, is reviewing the process. The city has asked for the money to upgrade watermains on Wabash St. between Bruner and Arbutus streets, along with replacement of mains between Frederick St. and Highway 17 on the city's north side.

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A Northland Pines student was taken into custody after the discovery of a facsimile gun in a bathroom at the school.

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department reports Friday morning, the school’s Resource Deputy received information that a gun was hidden in a bathroom at the middle and high school. The facsimile pistol was found to be a look alike to a handgun. This type of gun is constructed of plastic and metal pieces. It is commonly referred to as an airsoft gun and does not meet the definition of a firearm.

There was a soft lockdown at the school.

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa a $3 million grant to support construction of a Workforce Development and Business Training Center in Lac du Flambeau.

The Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation was a key player in getting the significant grant.

In making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the grant will enable the access to opportunities to achieve greater success.

  •   Rep. Duffy's bill to de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act moves forward,
  •   The Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland notes an anniversary Saturday,
  •    They're chuckin' apples at a Three Lakes school and it has science behind it,
  •    A new city hall in a central Wisconsin community.

U.S. Forest Service

Saturday(9/29) marks a anniversary for a popular stop in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland is a popular spots for local residents and visitors alike. The center is celebrating 20 years along with activities surrounding National Public Lands Day.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin describes some activities going on during the celebration...

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