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.

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.

Daniel Guild

A marathon 2 hour 45 minute closed session Thursday afternoon resulted in the Rhinelander Common Council extending administrative leave for City Administrator Daniel Guild.

A meeting Monday ended early when a livestream of the proceedings ended, denying public access.

City Hall has been closed in reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak.  Public access has been made through livestreaming. The council decided to reconvene Thursday afternoon to finish the agenda, which included a closed session discuss of the status of Guild and other topics.

U.S. Government

During the COVID-19 outbreak, veterans have options to take care of their health care needs without going to a VA facility.

To address veterans’ most-urgent needs first, the Iron Mountain- based Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center asks that veterans use online tools for routine or non-urgent questions, if they have access to them.

Associate Medical Center Director Rebecca Strini says they're following the recommendations from the State of Michigan regarding social distancing so they've looked at other options for providing care....

YMCA of the Northwoods

The YMCA of the Northwoods, like many organizations, has closed its doors and had to temporarily lay off staff, including its childcare offerings.

Ken Krall spoke with "Y" Chief Executive Officer Ryan Zietlow(zeet-low) about the closure of the facility due to the COVID-19 breakout. Zietlow spoke of his hopes that the public places a value on the YMCA and it's services, how it's important to continue to support non-profits during these challenging times, a free service online to keep active, and a possible future need for child care...

Nicolet Area Technical College

Rhinelander--The Nicolet College Foundation has created an emergency fund to respond to the growing needs of Nicolet students caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Executive Director Heather Schallock says they're asking prospective donors and alumni to make a gift to the student emergency assistance fund. They also have a short application for students to apply for emergency assistance....

"Our goal is to help the students outside the classroom with their most urgent need in an emergency like this. and help them successfully complete this semester..."

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Documents obtained by WXPR show possible problems if Rhinelander tries to administer loan money to local businesses from the city. 

The Common Council this week authorized the forming of a task force to look at the Downtown Works Revolving Loan Fund and providing $188,000 in the fund to help local businesses. The council paused on going ahead with it until a task force of city employees and Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.  representatives could find bylaws and other documents associated with the fund.

Vilas Co. Economic Development Corp.

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation held a teleconference roundtable Tuesday for businesses to call in and get help following the signing of the federal stimulus package.

The panel included state and county officials, both sponsoring entities, UW-Stevens Point, Lac du Flambeau economic development and a local lender. Many of the questions were technical, including how business owners could get funds, help their employees and several other topics.

Park City Credit Union

Merrill- based Park City Credit Union has donated money to four area food pantries. $500 each was given to the Lakeland Pantry, Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Tomahawk United Methodist Church Food Pantry, and the Community Food Pantry of Merrill.

Park City CEO Val Mindak says there are many people in the community who are uncertain about their food. Mindak says the hope is the money will help keep the the pantry shelves stocked.

Park City Credit Union has offices in Merrill, Tomahawk, Minocqua and Rhinelander and in Dave's County Market in Merrill.

Wild Instincts

Rhinelander--A Northwoods wildlife rehabilitation facility is still open, doing what they can, though the available supply of help has fallen off sharply.

Wild Instincts on Apperson Drive near Rhinelander continues to be open, rescuing injured wildlife as owner Mark Naniot explains..

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Spring in Wisconsin means a much higher risk of wildfires. People cause 98 percent of all wildfires in the state.

The DNR has stopped issuing burning permits until further notice due to the COVID-19 Safer at Home order.

DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Catherine Koele says the time just after the snow leaves and prior to green up is one of the most dangerous times for wildfires....

City of Rhinelander-Daniel Guild

Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson said Monday City Administrator Daniel Guild's status remains unchanged.

Guild is on paid administrative leave after being charged with misconduct in public office. When the common council meeting ended early on Monday after a livestream issue, the board didn't go into closed session to discuss Guild's status.

Guild was placed on administrative leave until March 30. He was arrested following a months-long investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

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The Rhinelander Common Council has approved investigating whether the city should provide loans to businesses hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

Alderperson Steve Sauer offered a resolution using $188,000 from the Downtown Works Revolving Loan Fund to be loaned to businesses. The measure asked for the creation of a task force to facilitate the grants. But the matter raised several red flags from City Attorney Steve Sorenson who said the ambiguity of the process, including not having a clear set of rules and bylaws for the process, is a problem. ..

WJFW

The Rhinelander Common Council held its first meeting in the new era of COVID-19 and the public attended via livestream from WJFW TV for most of the planned open session.

The council room had a maximum of 10 people in all, including the mayor, city attorney, clerk, and council members sitting six feet apart. Others were out in the hall.

Council member Lee Emmer asked City Attorney Steve Sorenson whether this type of meeting was legal. Sorenson thought it was as the agenda had been posted in public and the public allowed to give input....

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Vilas county now has three positive cases of coronavirus.

The Vilas County Public Health Department confirmed that Monday.

Officials say the person is a close contact to one of the other two positive cases in the county. The person is in isolation. The Health Department is contacting individuals with whom the patient had close contact.

Oneida County Public Health over the weekend confirmed a persons in their 60s and another in their 80s were diagnosed with COVID-19. That brings the number of positive cases in both counties to three.

Wisconsin Public Service

If you are looking for a distraction while at home, you can live stream the activities as peregrine falcon families nest at state utility towers.

Peregrine falcons are again nesting at WE Energies and Wisconsin Public Service's high towers. The birds in the wild are cliff dwellers who need high nesting places. They seem to be able to nest successfully at the utility towers.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says the birds returned to start a family...

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Oneida County has confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19.

Oneida County Health Director Linda Conlon confirmed the positive test...

"So we have our first case and the person is being very compliant with isolation. We are in the midst of doing contact investigation at this time."

The person is in their 20s with a history of travel. Conlon says health officials had been expecting cases to occur....

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