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.

In 1960, Congress designated the third week of October as National Forest Products Week as a time to recognize the many products that come from our forests, the people who work in and care for our forests, the businesses that make forest products and the ways in which forest products contribute to our lives.

While those of us who live among the trees often don't think about it, the DNR's Kirsten Held says the week is designed to help people remember what trees mean to Wisconsin...

The heavy rain this week caused some problems on Oneida county roads.

Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonik says a main artery west of Rhinelander was shut down for several hours...

".....the worst we had was on county "K". We knew we had a culvert that was not in the best condition but with all the rain we ended up losing that culvert. We had to shut county 'K' down and replace it...."

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A program offered by the Human Service Center located in Rhinelander has shown significant reductions in people arrested for repeat drunk driving.

Heavy drinkers leave biological marks in places like fingernails and blood. Drivers repeatedly arrested for drunk driving have had samples taken where their alcohol use is monitored in an effort to work with clients and adjust their treatment options.

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

Rhinelander's Northwoods Nordic Club was awarded a $1,000 grant this week by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation based in Hayward.

The Foundation runs one of the largest silent sports events in the U.S., the American Birkebeiner ski race, each February.

Foundation Executive Director Ben Popp sat down with Ken Krall to talk about the donation to the local Nordic Club and the long history of great cross country skiing in the Northwoods...

The race is set for February 23-26 in Hayward.

Wisconsin Family Ties is a statewide nonprofit organization run by families for families with children and adolescents impacted by social, emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.

Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Waters in Minocqua, that group and Iron County Human Services are presenting a day for families to learn share and for children to enjoy the day. A parent-peer specialist is Jackie Baldwin.

She says the event is designed for any family with children with disabilities....

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The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain is hosting a series of town halls next month to hear about veterans health concerns.

Ken Krall spoke with Iron Mountain VA spokesperson Brad Nelson....

Listen here to a forum involving the candidates for the 34th District Assembly seat: Republican Rob Swearingen and Democrat Matt Michalsen. This forum is moderated by WXPR's Ken Krall. The media panel consists of WPR's Glen Moberg, Stephanie Haines of WJFW-TV, Eileen Persike of Star Journal Now, and Brian Jopek of the Lakeland Times.

Listen here  to a forum involving the candidates for the 12th State Senate seat: Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Bryan Van Stippen. This forum is moderated by WXPR's Ken Krall. The media panel consists of WPR's Glen Moberg, Stephanie Haines of WJFW-TV, Eileen Persike of Star Journal Now, and Brian Jopek of the Lakeland Times.

Listen for two candidate forums coming to WXPR Wednesday afternoon10/19.

At 3:00 p.m. will be a forum involving the candidates for the 12th State Senate seat, Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Bryan Van Stippen.

At 4:00 p.m. will be the candidates for the 34th Assembly seat, Republican Rob Swearingen and Democrat Matt Michalsen.

The forums were recorded at the WXPR studios on Tuesday. The programs will appear on the WXPR website and will be rebroadcast at other times before the election.

Rhinelander and the Northwoods in general were the centerpoint of unusually heavy rains that rumbled through the area Monday night. National Weather Service Green Bay meteorologist Mike Cellitti gives us the rain totals....

"....Rhinelander airport had 4.26 inches. Three miles west-northwest of Rhinelander had the highest amount, 4.54 inches. Tomahawk had 1.63 inches and by the Spirit Dam they had 2.42 inches...."

Cellitti says Rhinelander was at the core of the heaviest totals of rainfall....


Too much rain during the summer dimmed an otherwise bright cranberry crop forecast, but Wisconsin should still lead the nation in cranberry production. Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says the harvest is at it's midpoint, a bit later than usual, as growers waited until cooler weather for the berries to turn color...

"....overall a pretty good crop for Wisconsin. It's coming in at or above what is expected, maybe a little above that. We're seeing an increase in field rot because of the warm and wet weather....."

Wisconsin continues to have a strong bear hunting seasons following the conclusion of the most recent season last week.. Preliminary registration numbers indicate 4,643 bears registered.

DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland in Rhinelander gives the numbers...

"....our preliminary harvest numbers are 4, 643...which is close to our quota of 4,750. Those are preliminary numbers. We expect them to change a little bit, but another strong hunt in Wisconsin this year...."

600 volunteers are needed this Saturday at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua for the 9th annual Food For Kidz food packaging event to benefit the hungry.

Food For Kidz is a non-profit organization that packages dried foods to be sent to third-world countries. John Breiten is co-chair of the Food For Kidz Minocqua committee....

"....and the goal is to again package 175,000 meals in four hours. To do that, we need 600 volunteers show up at Lakeland Union High School on Saturday, October 22...."

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The DNR relies on citizen monitors to help gather data for research. Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program relies upon volunteers from around the state to track the animals each winter, and those interested in volunteering are encouraged to sign up for one of a number of clinics offered statewide.

DNR wildlife biologist Nate Libal in Rhinelander says the volunteer carnivore tracking program has been around since 1995. He says they've been monitoring wolves since 1979....

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As elections head toward a decision next month, the airwaves and mailboxes are filling wih advertising from sometimes mysterious groups running 'issue ads' which are thinly masked advocacy for a particular candidate. This is often called 'dark money'.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 allowed these groups to exist with limits.  A recent Wisconsin court decision removed another legal barrier in the process.