Ken Krall

Poka Host

Ken Krall hosts the WXPR Saturday morning polka show. He loves many styles of music, especially those that DON'T include a guitar.

Ken served as WXPR Operations Manager and Morning Edition host from 1987-1995 and News Director from 2000 until his retirement in August 2020.

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.

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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Kim Eierman interview:

You've probably noticed more wasps or yellow jackets buzzing around. This time of the year they're getting themselves ready for the next few months. Those insects and others are known as pollinators, species that are a key to our food chain.

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Many natural areas and local recreation sites have been funded by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Dozens of environmental and hunting and fishing groups have asked Governor Evers to push for the fund's renewal. The fund is up for renewal next year.

The fund was created in 1989. The program  gives the state spending authority to purchase land and easement additions to state properties. Stewardship dollars also support campsite, restroom and trail improvements.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center

Every year since 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) have awarded the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center it's highest rating for patient experience. This year was no different.

The Centers use the five-star quality rating system to measure the experiences of those using the services at the Iron Mountain facility with a clinic in Rhinelander.

Spokesperson John Jamison says the ratings have been released 8 times and the facility received a top award each time.... 

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Like many governments have done recently, Oneida county is moving toward changing how you get into the courthouse building. The Administration committee recently discussed options for increasing security.

Supervisor Billy Fried felt going to a single point of entry would help security but also with the COVID precautions...

"Wouldn't it be nice to just funnel the public through the front door. We could have our sanitizing station there, we could have masks there..."

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Several Northwoods first responder groups have picked up grant money to help their agencies.

The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is providing a total of $50,000 through its Rewarding Responders Grant to 27 emergency response agencies in this region.

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In a quiet ceremony August 14, the new Northwoods National Cemetery was dedicated in Harshaw west of Rhinelander.

Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves sent out a release Monday saying the dedication was before a few veterans and families because of concerns over a large crowd and COVID-19. Reeves said he regretted not being able to invite the many veterans and families.

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The Rhinelander Common Council Monday heard an update on the planning process to modernize Hodag and Pioneer Parks.

Justin Frahm is project consultant for JSD Professional Services in Weston. After several public input sessions, they've been working on what the public had to say about Rhinelander's two largest parks.

Frahm told the council the Hodag Plan is further along, and with more public input the council could make a decision sooner than later....

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The Federal Aviation Administration continues to require local airports to test their fire figthing capabilities using firefighting foam that contains 'forever chemicals, or PFAS.

The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport(ROCA) has acquired a system that will contain the foam before it hits the environment as Airport Director Matthew Leitner explains...

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Four juveniles have allegedly admitted to the Phillips Police Department that they were involved in a fire that damaged some bleachers at the Phillips Athletic Field Complex Sunday.

The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. The Phillps Fire Department put out the blaze that damaged two rows of bleachers.

Police report no one was around the fire. Later four juveniles were interviewed, and one allegedly admitted to be responsible for setting the fire while others were said to have assisted.

The fire remains under investigation by Phillips Police.

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says progress is being made to clear up a backlog of sexual assault test kits.

In an interview last week with WXPR, Kaul says all sexual assault kits designated for testing have been tested. ...

"We're in the process of following up on cases where there's a DNA match or other foreign DNA identified in the kits. Those cases continue to move forward and it's vital that they do..."

Wisconsin DNR

The public has until September 9 to submits questions ore comments concerning a master plan variance to open additional ATV-UTV routes and trails and establish a permanent snowmobile trail within the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area.

Located in western Oneida County, the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area is a reservoir that includes 73 miles of shoreline, almost all undeveloped, 106 islands and seven boat landings.

Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area property manager for the DNR is Adam Wallace, who outlines the proposal which includes north and south segments.. 

Goodwill Industries of NCW

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin is providing vouchers to families who have back-to-school needs.

Goodwill serves 35 counties in north central Wisconsin with a store in Rhinelander.

Goodwill vice-president Jennie Moore tells us more about the program...

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Longer interview below.

Along with the political conventions in late August, women also have been marking the 100th anniversaries of the right to vote and organizing.

On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became one of the first states to vote in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states had ratified the amendment, recognizing women's suffrage rights.

The League of Women Voters formed about the same time.

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The Marshfield Clinic Health System and the Center for Community Advancement have come up with a Back To School Guide to help parents and students get back to school amid COVID-19.

The importance of wearing a face mask, proper hand washing techniques, emotional health, vaccination schedule, and tips for learning at home or school are just a few of the topics explored says Dr. Jeff Clark, Marshfield Clinic-Minocqua Center pediatrician...

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A Three Lakes woman has been charged in U.S. District Court with making false and and fraudulent statements concerning health care benefits.

The U.S. Attorney's office reports 58-year-old Peggy A. Faulkner is charged involving benefits from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.

The indictment alleges that from January 2014 through December 2015, she submitted multiple forms requesting reimbursement for mileage to appointments associated with her workers’ compensation injury, knowing that she did not actually incur such expense.

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