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.

Some damage was reported in Wisconsin's cranberry marshes, but an industry spokesperson says overall this year's crop looks pretty good.

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says in northwestern Wisconsin some damage was reported but overall, good growing conditions are prevailing...

Wisconsin DOT

The Department of Transportation reports work crews will close US 51 at the Bearskin Trail Bridge for one night only, beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.

The highway is scheduled to reopen before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3. To ensure public safety, the trail over the new bridge will also be closed while crews are removing the old bridge. During the closure, through traffic will be detoured via US 8 and WIS 47.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. The closure is necessary for crews to remove the old Bearskin bridge.

The Gathering Waters Conservancy of Madison has named a northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula cooperative for a conservation award.

The Partners in Forestry Cooperative was awarded the Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands . The Conservancy says Partners In Forestry has been instrumental in protecting thousands of acres of forest land in and around Vilas County.

Partners in Forestry Director Joe Hovel of Conover says the benefits of land conservation are intertwined...

Volunteers were out looking until the wee hours of Thursday morning(7/28) for people without adequate shelter in the Northwoods. Twice each year the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, or N*WISH, Continuum of Care, go to places to see if people needed shelter.

Lori Hallas of Rhinelander gives us the results...

As Economy Grows, More Jobs, Fewer Unemployed

Jul 28, 2016

Wisconsin's local unemployment rates are generally higher than the previous month, but lower than one year ago.

According to newly released state figures, all 12 Wisconsin metro areas saw their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates go up from May to June -- but all 12 rates were lower than the previous June.

State Labor Economist Scott Hodek says more people are working here...

Improving access to mental health services for veterans and family members is the focus of a meeting next week in Iron Mountain.

Brad Nelson of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center says they're hosting their fourth annual mental health summit....

Wisconsin DNR

The legislature will decide in a few months whether it is viable to move the DNR's Division of Forestry out of Madison to a northern community closer to the state's large forests.

Rhinelander, Wausau and Hayward have been identified as finalists should the move be approved in the upcoming budget.

Executive Director of Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Roger Luce is asking Oneida county residents to support Rhinelander's application. Luce says the group supported both Minocqua and Rhinelander's initial application before Rhinelander was named a finalist.

An Eagle River man has been identified as the person killed Tuesday in Lincoln county after a high speed chase that began in Antigo.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department identified the person killed as 50 year old Scot A. Minard of Eagle River.

The Sheriff's office says Antigo Police made a traffic stop Tuesday morning. The officer was allegedly shot at by Minard, who left at a high rate of speed.

The Vilas County Health Department reports the presence of bacteria has closed a swimming area near Eagle River.

Eagle Lake Beach, located north of Eagle River off Chain O Lakes Road, is closed until further notice due to the presence of bacteria leading to unsafe swimming conditions.

No other information is available.

The picture coming from TV screens Monday night looked like a raucous Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. But a Wisconsin delegate at the convention thinks the view from the TV didn't reflect what is going on.

Melissa Schroeder of Merrill is the 7th Congressional District chair and a full delegate to the convention. Protests outside and boos inside when Hilary Clinton's name was mentioned were highlighted in media reports. But Schroeder says the tone of the convention changed after keynote speakers Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren asked for unity...

Two Northwoods organizations and a private citizen are part of 23 projects statewide sharing $100,000 in to do citizen-based natural resource projects.

Money to study lake level trends in northern Wisconsin was awarded to North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters.

Project W.O.W. or the War on Weeds will be tracking invasive plants across the Northwoods, sponsored by the Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership in Eagle River.

A Sugar Camp resident is presenting the results of a study he did in cooperation with Oneida County Land and Water Conservation and the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.

"The Economic Value of Lakes and Rivers in Oneida County" was authored by Sugar Camp resident Dave Noel. Noel gives us some highlights of his studies...

Noel will give the presentation next month to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. Here is a link to the study.

A two-county high speed chase has ended with the death of a man being pursued by law enforcement. Lincoln County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Lieutenant Timothy Fischer says the incident began in Antigo and ended this morning and went into Lincoln County and the suspect vehicle was eventually stopped on Hillview Rd in the Township of Pine River with the use of a tire deflation device..

No other information is being released at this time.

Officials say Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

Those figures are the backdrop as a local chapter is asking for teams to gather and participate in this fall's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rhinelander.

A major concern in any flooded area is to get things back to normal . A multi-agency approach to helping victims of the recent heavy rains in Iron and other counties is to help expedite permits needed to bring about repairs to the damage.

Martye Griffin, DNR statewide waterway science and policy leader, says the state has the responsibility to protect public waters and the legislature gives the DNR the job to issue permits to get that work done. He says typically that means a permit for a culvert over a private driveway as an example.