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.

A study by the DNR shows the spread of aquatic invasive species remains stable, which a leader says means prevention efforts are working.

DNR Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Bob Wakeman said they sampled 200 lakes over five years, the largest effort of its type in the nation...

"....we're happy to say the rate is not increasing. I wish I could say the rate was decreasing, meaning were beginning to stop the spread. The good news is it's not going up any faster...."

He says the longest term invaders continue to be the most difficult to deal with...

A program which gives qualified students within the Nicolet College district money to attend classes is again offering the program.

Under the Nicolet Promise program, the college Foundation will pay the balance of tuition and fees for eligible students after federal and state grants have been applied. The Foundation will cover this cost for up to 15 credits per semester over four fall and spring semesters.

Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning says students need to begin the process to be considered...


Helping a frantic mother help her infant son start breathing not just on one occasion but twice has netted an Oneida County 9-1-1 telecommunicator a national award.

A New Jersey- based software company, NICE, has named Nicole Lea as National Telecommunicator of the Year.

Miranda VanderLeest

The Friends of the T-Bird Bridge Committee will kick-off a fund raiser this weekend with the goal of relocating the front panel of the “T-Bird Country Bridge” to the front entrance of the Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The historic bridge was recently removed and replaced by a modern 4 lane bridge spanning State Hwy 51. The bridge is a connection for the snowmobile and hiking / biking enthusiasts using the “Bearskin Trail” which was formerly a railroad route running from Tomahawk to Minocqua.

Saturday is National Public Lands Day.

The National Environmental Education Foundation sponsors the event to promote both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands.

In Wisconsin, DNR spokesperson Tim Lizotte says the day is a coordinated display of appreciation for lands that belong to all citizens...

"....bring awareness that public lands are important for all citizens and talk about all the positive values they bring to society and also to bring together people around doing some volunteer activities...."

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An event designed to raise money for silent sport trails in the Northwoods is set for this weekend.

The Lakeland Area Mountain Bike Organization is sponsoring LAMBO-Rama, previously known as Bike-Oh-Rama. This will be the second year for the event held on the Raven trails in Woodruff this Saturday September 24 at the Northwoods Zip Line trails in Minocqua, Sunday September 25.

Continuing a tradition lasting for more than a half-century, Minocqua is hosting Beef-A- Rama Friday and Saturday.

The two day event celebrates everything beef and is expected to bring tens of thousands of beef lovers and the curious to the community. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl says the event began 52 years ago as Fish-A-Rama...

The heavy rains the past few days have prompted Wisconsin Public Service to issue a warning about recreating near Wisconsin River dams.

WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says The Wisconsin River will collect the runoff from much of northern and central Wisconsin, which will increase river flows as it moves southward. She says this will increase water flow around the dams...

Northwoods jobless numbers continue to drop, and are nearing pre-Great Recession levels.

The August unemployment numbers found Iron county with the second highest rate in the state at 7 percent, Forest at 6.1 percent, Langlade 5.4, Vilas 4.5 percent, Lincoln and Oneida 4.3, and Price at 3.9 percent.

State Labor Market Economist Scott Hodek says while jobless numbers in the Northwoods remained stubbornly high as other portions of the state came out of the deep recession, this area is starting to catch up...

Last week, The Nature Conservancy and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest signed a Stewardship Agreement that officials say will improve the health and long-term sustainability of the forest while expanding the ability to provide timber to Wisconsin’s forest products industry.

The Nature Conservancy's Matt Dallman says money generated from harvesting timber will go to conservation projects here in the Northwoods...

The person who lost in the primary election last month for Oneida County Clerk has announced a write-in campaign for the November general election.

During the August 9 primary, Tracy Hartman defeated Kerri Ison by 301votes. Both candidates ran as Republicans.

Last week, Ison became a registered write-in candidate for the job...

Two emus have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Oneida county.

State agencies reported the two positive tests recently to the Oneida County Health Department.

Public Health Nurse Rob Deede says the virus is transmitted to humans, horses, birds and other animals from infected mosquitoes.

Deede says if animals are infected it means humans can be infected ...

Updating a story we had recently, due to a large response, the location for the “Final Affairs” seminar in Rhinelander  is being moved to Rouman Cinema.

At this free event local professionals will be speaking on Trusts vs. Wills, Funeral Arrangements, Financial Planning, Advanced Care Planning and Elder Benefit Specialist. All attendees will also receive a ” free workbook to organize the information for their loved ones.

The seminar in Rhinelander is on Wednesday, September 28th from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Rouman Cinema off Lincoln Street.

Natalie Jablonski

A new place, a new time for the 29th Annual Northern National Art Competition.

The juried art exhibition had been a part of the summer time School of the Arts at Rhinelander,but with the School's demise, the event is set to open this Saturday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Not only has the time of year changed, but the Art Gallery at Nicolet has moved to the Northwoods Center.

Gallery Director Katy Ralph describes the competition...

The Oneida County Board has approved a $15 million dollar state loan help buy and renovate the former Printpak building on Kemp Street in Rhinelander.

The complex deal includes Oneida County getting the money from the Board of Commissioners Of Public Lands, sending to the Northeast Wisconsin Development Corporation who in turn will get the former manufacturing plant ready for Rhinelander Coated Products. a business unit of Expera Specialty Solutions, that will make silicone-coated paper release liners.