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.

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The Forest County Board Tuesday approved giving or selling a portion of land at the fairgrounds in Crandon to Hometown Trolley to make way for the company to expand.

WJFW TV reports the company has a plan to expand, but needed the space to make it happen. After considerable discussion, the Forest County Board approved the land deal. A question arose that if the county sells part of the fairgrounds the deed states that comparable facilities needs to be found if the transaction lasts more than 20 years. A committee was formed to work on fair options.

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Earlier this week another candidate entered the race for Governor, a political outsider who will run as a Democrat.

Mike McCabe spent 15 years working for campaign and political reform with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. He later founded "Blue Jean Nation", a grassroots political organization designed to reform government. He announced his intention this week at the family farm in Clark county that he was running for Governor.

He says the public has to rise up and change what he calls a corrupt political system.

No injuries were reported after a gun was discharged Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Pelican.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports shortly after 3:00 p.m. they were called to a residence after a man allegedly shot a firearm into a truck that was parked at a residence. The man then left the scene on an all terrain vehicle. Deputies later found the four-wheeler at a neighbors house. The suspect came out of the house and was taken into custody without incident.

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A Town of Newbold employee began a relief drive to get needed items for hurricane victims and take the supplies there.

T.J. Belunes said he would take his personal vehicle there with supplies to Texas or Florida.

Town Clerk Kim Gauthier says they've been in contact with relief agencies and details the type of donations they hope the public provides...

People heading out on Northwoods lakes and streams are likely not finding wild rice in abundance this season.

DNR wetland habitat specialist Jason Fleener says for the second year in a row, the wild rice crop is well below average...

"....last year was notably a poor season and this year is no different. In the Northwest(part of the state) in the Polk-Burnett-Washburn counties region wild rice is fairing a little bit better, but generally in the Northeast(part of the state) we're seeing some pretty poor crops this year...."

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Weather conditions still feel summer-like, but the calendar says the annual influenza season is arriving and agencies and businesses are offering flu shots.

Community Health Specialist Maria Otterholt at Oneida County's Health Department says you can get the flu anytime, but is most prominent in the fall and winter. She says there are several groups of people who benefit the most from a flu shot....

Wisconsin Transportation officials note August was one of the lowest months for traffic fatalities since World War II.

52 people died last month, equaling a low fatality mark also set in 2009. But a D.O.T. safety official says motorcycles are taking to the roads this fall and pose a challenge for drivers to keep everyone safe. The Tomahawk Fall Ride is this weekend, and thousands of Harley-Davidsons will be in the Northwoods.

The DOT's David Pabst says drivers should remember that motorcycles don't have a large profile so be extra cautious with more of them around...

Statistics show one in four adults over age 65 experience falls each year about half of them don't tell their doctors. The direct medical cost for falls each year is $31 billion.

Oneida County UW-Extension Family Living Educator Sara Richie says falls can be fatal and also very costly. She says it's important to know risk factors and take action to prevent injury..

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As temperatures turn cooler and colored leaves begin to replace the green ones, the state Department of Tourism begins to promote its fall color report.

Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula are among the nation's premier fall color areas.

Next, Ken Krall talks with state Tourism Deputy Secretary Sarah Klavas about the departments fall color website and the many things in the north that brings tourists back one more time....

The website is to find the color report.

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Best practices for businesses to recruit and retain military veterans will be the focus of a free Hire Up event at Nicolet College.

Nicolet Dean of Workforce and Economic Development Sandy Bishop talks about the focus of the session...

"....this program is the next in a series of programs the college is doing that focuses on local businesses recruit, work with and hire veterans, the unemployed and the underemployed. How best to provide services and work with them...."

Presentations by three experts highlight the half-day event.


The Minocqua Chamber of Commerce is surveying its members and has joined a lobbying effort to oppose a rumored Trump Administration move to cancel student exchange visas.

The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Plan enables youth from foreign nations to come to America to experience the culture. Northwoods tourism industries have employed students from many nations to fill a labor shortage.

Chamber Executive Krystal Westfahl says they are joining a larger effort....

One of the best art exhibits in Wisconsin will open Saturday when the 30th Annual Northern National Art Competition holds an opening reception at 5 p.m. in the Nicolet College Art Gallery.

Gallery Director Katy Ralph says it's a juried contemporary art competition that showcases high-quality work from around the country, with a few artists from the Northwoods....

" usual, our judge has selected a wonderful and very diverse exhibit. Photography and fiber art and all kinds of different paintings and I think it's going to be a wonderful show...."

A public comment period opens today as the DNR is seeking input on county deer population objectives. In September, County Deer Advisory Councils are providing preliminary recommendations on how many deer they would like to see in each county for the next three years.

DNR Section Chief Bob Nack says the CDAC process is key to setting deer population goals....