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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a growing topic of interest. UW-Superior is offering classes soon for local residents to earn credits in Rhinelander.

College Admission Specialist Dan Kuzlik says there has been a call locally to learn more...

".....(the classes will be delivered) through ITV technology. We've had a lot of questions from teachers and paraprofessionals that are looking for courses like this that will help them do better work in the classroom..."

The classes start in June.

Wi. Dept.of Tourism

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett recently  presented a $30,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce for its new market research campaign.

Tomahawk Chamber's new Executive Director Jessica Witte outlines where the money will go...

"....the majority of the grant will be used to do some research, again, do some very pointed tourism research to see what is bringing people to the area. The second phase of the grant will be used to set up a marketing and branding initiative...."

Workers will be out this weekend at Northwoods boat landings to try to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the first major weekend of the summer season is a good time to check boats and get out the word about stopping aquatic hitchhikers...

People camping this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer can do their part to protect Wisconsin's trees by buying and burning firewood locally, and not moving it from location to location.

For people camping at state parks and forests, state law requires that any firewood brought to a property be from within 10 miles of the campground. DNR Forest health specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says campers to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and other state facilities should remember to not bring in firewood from other parts of the state...

In some Wisconsin counties, unemployment is below pre-Great Recession levels, but in much of the Northwoods, the rate remains double the lower averages.

The April unemployment rate in Oneida county was 6.2 percent, Forest and Vilas counties have the state's fourth highest rate at 8.2 percent, Langlade is at 6 percent, Lincoln county at 5.2 percent, Price county at 5.1 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 10.8 percent.


A ribbon cutting is set for Sunday in Conover to mark the opening of a portion of a long sought after bike trail between Conover and Phelps.

Great Headwaters Trail spokesperson Jeff Currie says the town board suggested a formal ribbon cutting for the 3.2 mile portion...

"....this three miles is done, it's paid for. It's the most expensive part, it's the most difficult part because of wetlands and three water crossings which included two bridges, which cost alot of money. We plan to do the next five miles this summer...."

Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy has indicated he is not seeking another term.

Documents filed with the Government Accountability Board indicate he is not running.

No one else has filed for the position, with a closing dte of June 1.

Vilas County District Attorney Al Moustakis also indicated he is not seeking reelection.

NRB Approves Deer Seasons: Northwoods Mostly Bucks Only

May 25, 2016

More deer will be open to hunters in northern Wisconsin this fall, under a plan approved unanimously Wednesday by the state Natural Resources Board, but the majority of bucks only counties are in the Northwoods. Ten counties will be off limits to female antlerless deer, down from 19 last fall. The so-called "buck only" zones were established in places where there were not enough females to maintain adequate deer herds.

The D-N-R's Bob Nack says the herd in the north is now growing after rough winters reduced their numbers in recent years.

Homes are selling and prices are rising.

That summary from the April Wisconsin Realtors Association report of home sales and prices from April. Statewide, home sales rose 8.8 percent in April 2016 compared to that same month a year ago., making this April the strongest April sales volume since 2005. This sales pace helped push statewide median prices to $161,000, which is 4.9 percent higher than April 2015.

Economist David Clark of the Realtors Association says the growth continues after a tough period during the Great Recession...

Incumbent 34th Assembly District Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander has announced he will seek a third, two-year term.

Swearingen was first elected in 2012. He says supporters encouraged him to run again....

".....I've had a lot of encouragement from family, friends, people across the Northwoods that want me to run again. I think we've done some good work in the last 4 years. I'm looking forward to continue the path we've started down..."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor announced salaried workers earning about $47,000 per year will be eligible for overtime pay beginning December 1. The prior level was roughly have that figure. Reaction was quick and negative from business groups and some politicians. But Dr. Robert Kraig is Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and says contrary to what business and politicians are saying, these are productive workers not being paid for work they're doing...

A state workforce official says bridging the gap between student training and employer needs will play an increasingly large role in future job training.

The Oneida County Board last week approved a $63,000 land purchase that will block in a mile-long stretch of land in the Oneida county forest in the town of Lynne.

Forest Director John Bilogan says a private landowner wished to sell the property and the parcel nicely fit into surrounding county forest. The parcel is bi-sected by West Road. Bilogan estimated the county could set up a timber sale after the purchase which would recoup some of the cost...

City of Rhinelander

The reconstruction of downtown Rhinelander streets is well underway and the public can find out more at a meeting on Wednesday.

Officially titled the Rhinelander Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project, the city is replacing underground infrastucture on most of the main downtown streets this year, and will update the above ground portion next year. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the meeting is to update the public as the project moves forward...

The country could save more than $100 billion dollars by negotiating with drug companies concerning prescription drug costs through Medicare. That assessment from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold. Feingold says the issue needs attention..