Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.

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Year Two Walleye Initiative
3:46 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

DNR Names Lakes Selected For Walleye Stocking

A former walleye fingerling
Credit Oakley Originals-Flickr

The DNR is out with a list of lakes  to be stocked with walleyes from the upgraded walleye stocking program.

Last year, the state funded the Walleye Initiative, designed to breed larger walleye fingerlings. The larger fish are believed to have a higher survivability rate than smaller fish.

DNR northern fisheries supervisor Steve Avelallemant says the public provided input on what bodies of water needed more stocking. The state reviewed the input and now has a listing...

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Under DNR review
2:18 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Drill Hole Requests At Proposed Penokee Mine Site

Taconite pellets
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Gogebic Taconite has filed a request with the state to renew two exploratory drilling permits for the Penokee Hills mine site.

DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company has filed paperwork to renew their exploration licenses....

"....one of the renewal applications included provisions to drill six more exploration bore holes on the site. We also received a revised stormwater permit application and that application is to cover road improvement on the site....."

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Three Lakes
11:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Friday and Saturday

Credit Town of Three Lakes

Looking at the various nationalities and groups who make up Wisconsin is the focus of the the third annual " Northwoods Heritage Fest"  Friday and Saturday in Three Lakes.

Three Lakes Chamber Director Skip Brunswick....

".....bascially what it's about is celebrating the various heritage's here in the Northwoods. We started to do that with German, Polish, Irish , Italian and Wisconsin, U.S.A...."

Brunswick says the event is a good opportunity to explore one's heritage at a family event...

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Delta Connection popular
5:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Enplanements Up At Rhinelander-Oneida Co. Airport

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The number of passengers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is showing a sharp increase from one year ago.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says people are coming back after a low point during the Great Recession....

"....our passenger enplanements are up for the year. Our first six months was up 20 percent over the previous year. Kind of attribute that to stabilizing service here with Delta Airlines into its second year of service at our airport....."

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Other operations unchanged
5:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Marshfield Clinic Withdraws From Building Dental School

Marshfield Clinic
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Marshfield Clinic has scrapped a plan to build Wisconsin's second dental school and will return a ten-million dollar state grant for the project.

The clinic received the funding in 2010 to construct a new training facility in Marshfield for dentists who commit to working in rural areas.

Dr. Brian Ewert is Marshfield Clinic's Executive Director. He says the grant required the facility to be built in Marshfield....

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Vilas, Forest counties
6:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Homicide, Child Porn Cases In Northwoods

A Manitowoc man charged with 13 counts of Possession of Child Pornography has reached a plea bargain with the state in Forest County Circuit Court.

55 year old John Lang was charged nearly a year ago after a state Department of Justice investigation.

The criminal complaint says Lang allegedly kept images of children engaging in explicit sexual conduct. The charges stem from May, 2007 in the town of Wabeno.

The investigation began with an individual in Arkansas that led investigators to Lang by checking internet connections.

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Registrations still open
4:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

School of Arts Classes Filling Up

Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

While much of this week is dedicated to the Hodag Country Festival, in less than two weeks, another multi-day event begins in Rhinelander.

The 51st School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins July 19 through the 23rd at James Williams Middle School. It's sponsored by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Department.

The school is open to anyone with an interest in writing, music,  performing, cooking, spiritual enhancement, painting,  and other arts.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says they too have some headliners...

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Show begins Thursday
1:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Millions $$$$ From Country Festival Visitors

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Many of the 'FESTERS' are already in the Rhinelander area as the 37th Hodag County Festival begins Thursday. A local official says the economic impact is large.
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Dana DeMet says they have seen much increased traffic at the chamber. He says estimates are that the city's population quadruples in size for the week of the festival....

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Open-pit mine bill
10:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Conservation Group Gives Northwoods Legislator Low Grades

Open-pit iron ore mine
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

One Northwoods legislator has gotten low marks from a conservation group.

The League of Conservation Voters each year rates how the legislature votes on conservation-related issues. League Program Director Anne Sayers says overall it was a mixed session for conservation. She says half  of the pro-conservation bills supported by them were signed into law. Conservation interests were successful three-fourths of the time in halting what they saw as anti-conservation measures. Sayers says this shows public pressure can change things..

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Would be first public landing
3:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set

A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.
Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54  acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...

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