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.

The Natural Resources Board Wednesday approved a change in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest master plan requested  by Camp American Legion.

The change allows use of an additional 225 acres to provide accessible trails and hunting opportunities at Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.

Forest Superintendent Steve Peterson says the American Legion has operated the camp on Big Carr Lake and Little Lake Tomahawk since 1925 with a number of leases. He says there was an agreement that if they needed more land again, the state would work with  them...

The possibility exists of  a bike trail along the Wisconsin and Pelican rivers inside the city limits of Rhinelander, but a bike advocate thinks it's time to consider a trail from Rhinelander out to the Nicolet College campus.

Alex Young is a member of the Rhinelander city council and Oneida county board. The city has already approved seeking funding to possibly get a grant for the rivers portion of the trail...

A Northwoods Republican has found support for an effort to make sure cuts in the state transportation budget aren't made on the backs of rural Wisconsin residents.

Mary Czaja of Irma wrote Governor Walker saying a plan to keep projects in southeastern Wisconsin from budget cuts won't fly in the Assembly.

Wisconsin DNR

Growing numbers of citizens appear to be taking an  interest in returning wood  to public waters as a place for fish to live.

Sometimes referred to as "fish sticks", the effort is gaining steam says DNR fisheries biologist Scott Toshner based in Brule. He says a tree can live a century, then be put underwater and stay there at least another 100 years providing habitat for fish and other critters.

He says of 29 projects so far, 25 have been in the northern part of the state. He says returning wood to the water enlivens fish populations...

In 2013, Governor  Walker signed into law the Wisconsin Fast Forward program.  Wisconsin Fast Forward is designed to address  the  need for skilled workers. The program created worker training grants and makes other investments to prepare workers for  jobs.

Former Hazelhurst resident Dave Anderson is the Assistant Deputy Secretary in the Department of Workforce Development. He says in the past two years the program has grown quickly. He says the program has succeeded enough that it will likely be funded for the next two-year budget....

The state Department of Revenue Secretary says not building a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks will have  long term negative affects on the state economy.

If a new arena is not built by 2017, the NBA says it will buy the team from the current owners and move the team to another city. The arena will cost about $500 million as part of a larger economic development project in downtown Milwaukee. $250 million has already been committed in private funds.   The state's plan is to invest $80 million dollars over 20 years.

Listeners in the Ironwood, Michigan area again should be hearing WXPR via our signal at 100.9 FM.

Station Manager Pete Rondello said the signal returned to air Friday evening.

We apologize for the technical problems.

The next MASH-style blood donation is coming to Rhinelander in early July.

Each year the Community Blood Center hosts  summertime blood drives featuring a theme of a mobile army hospital.

Jerry Shidell helps coordinate the Rhinelander event....

"...there's a big irony going on's vacation time and people are out doing things and unfortunately, they get hurt. But because, ironically, they are out doing things, they don't donate blood, so supply is down. Double-whammy. Demand is up, supply is down...."

History and entertainment merge this weekend with the launch of the second annual Boom Lake Log Jam in Rhinelander.

The event is held at Hodag Park, on the shore of Boom Lake.

Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet says the idea is to show how logging was done in the past, how it's done now, along  with music, food and family entertainment...

"'s a three-day festival that features professional lumberjack shows, hands on lumberjack trainings and competitions as well as live music and fun for the entire family throughout the weekend...."

Wisconsin law orders drivers to move over to protect emergency responders at crash scenes or if law enforcement is talking to a driver. Now the law has been expanded to protect law enforcement on our waters.

DNR boating administrator, Warden Roy Zellmer,  outlines what the change enacted this year means for Wisconsin boaters...

"....they will be required to either give way 100 feet or slow to a slow-no wake-speed for emergency vessels that are on the water and have their emergency lights or siren activated...."