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.

Wisconsin DNR

Every three years, the DNR reviews Wisconsin's surface water standards and asks for public input and topics of concern. The E.P.A. requires the review to keep waters drinkable, swimable and fishable.

Water Resources Manager Ashley Baranek says citizens told them the new areas of focus include eliminating bacteria in water such as E Coli and toxins like blue-green algae, and keeping water quality from being degraded. She says the DNR will be working to upgrade water quality in those areas and will seek further public input...

The state and other agencies are out with a new plan to address suicide in Wisconsin. On average each year 724 persons take their own lives. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state, and the second leading cause of death due to injury.

The state is conducting a public  meeting to discuss proposed improvements to US 45 between state Highway 70 and Chain O Lakes Road in Eagle River.

DOT officials want to discuss improving  and maintaining the deteriorating pavement. The project will also consider several safety issues identified between state Highway 70 and state Highway 17.
DOT Project Manager Jed Peters says improving the road way is one concern...

A 78 year old man reported missing over the weekend near Presque Isle has been found safe.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports two men were hiking and taking photographs in the Katherine Wolter Wilderness Area in Presque Isle Sunday afternoon. Donald Gaines of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin had become separated from his hiking partner. The Sheriff's Department was called mid-afternoon Sunday.

Last week there was an initial exchange of ideas as Oneida county's Forestry committee considers options concerning forest land now owned by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

The committee heard from BCPL Director Tia Nelson and also state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk who is on the BCPL Board...

County Forest Director John Bilogan says one option is to purchase BCPL woods holdings in Oneida county...

Prevent Child Abuse America announced last week that the Healthy Families America affiliate, Northwoods Home Visiting has been accredited as a provider of quality home visiting services.

The service is designed to improve a child's health, nutrition and developmental outcomes and answer questions for new parents.

Northwoods Home Visiting spokesperson Deb Blackstone  says they work with families from the Riverside Clinic in Rhinelander.

New life has been breathed into a program that enables rural and underserved schools to teach advanced technology courses.

The TEACH, or Technology for Educational Achievment program started in 1999 but has lost much of its funding. State Representative Mary Czaja of Irma asked for renewed funding as a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.

State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander outlines the proposal...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom has delayed a decision whether to allow a change of venue for a Rhinelander man charged with first-degree homicide.

40 year old Shannon Wolf is charged in the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells. Wells body was found floating in the Wisconsin River at Rhinelander. Initially ruled as undetermined, the death was later ruled to be homicide after an eyewitness came forward with more information. That led to charges against both Shannon Wolf, and his ex-wife Latoya. Latoya Wolf provided police with more information that led to Shannon Wolf's arrest.


The Joint Finance Committee late Thursday approved  the idea of Rhinelander getting a Premier Resort Area Tax into the state budget, but another local vote will be necessary. The committee is working to  put together an operating budget for the state. After an advisory vote last month was passed by Rhinelander voters, the matter was put into budget consideration by Northwoods legislators.

State Representative Rob Swearingen details what the committee did....

The value of the forests as a sustainable economic driver is the focus of the next Iron County Citizens Forum on Monday.

Spokesperson Terry Daulton  says northern Wisconsin and the U.P. are often said to be undeveloped and impoverished. But she says the forum will focus on how the woods are a sustainable economic driver.

She says they've been doing a series on regional economic development and she says  there are many aspects of the woods that are overlooked...