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. Bobby Mikul

Lakes groups and governments in Vilas county are again hoping a reconsideration of a position taken in January to adopt shoreland zoning changes mandated in the last state budget.

The state has mandated counties not have shoreland regulations stronger than DNR rules, which are considered less stringent than former county rules. The Vilas County Board in January unanimously approved its version of state-mandated changes.

U.S. Senate

The budget cut hasn't formally been announced, but already Congressional members from both sides of the aisle are opposed to a rumored 97 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. 

Baldwin outlines what she is hearing...

".....what we are hearing right now is President Trump's budget will include a 97 percent cut in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and that is in my opinion, just plain wrong...."

Northwoods United Way

The Northwoods United Way is asking for proposals for 2018 funding in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

The Northwoods United Way helps fund agencies that provide programming in providing basic needs and self sufficiency, promoting health, healing and crisis intervention and strengthening children, youth and families.

Director Nancy Sattler says currently funded agencies and potential new recipients go through the process the same way...

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Those bigger stocked walleyes are nearing 'keep' stage.

The DNR stocked a record number of extended growth walleye fingerlings in key Wisconsin waters in 2016. Fish from the initial year of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are expected to begin reaching harvest size this year. The legislature allocated extra money beginning in 2013 to stock larger walleye fingerlings with an eye toward higher survivability in waters where walleye populations had dropped.

DNR fisheries culture section chief, Dave Giehtbrock says large numbers of fish are being stocked...

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This strange winter is coming to a close, and even with the recent cold snap, it's time to get the fishing shacks off the ice.

DNR Conservation Warden Supervisor Dave Walz of Woodruff says Wednesday , March 15 for Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters is the removal date, and Sunday, March 19 for waters north of Highway 64 and inland waters.

"....they need to remove their permanent shacks by then, but say an angler wants to take their shacks out during the day and then remove it, they can do that, but the more permanent shacks need to be removed...."

People who help those with problems related to gambling are gathering later this month for their annual meeting and a state leader says there are warning signs your gambling has become harmful.

Rose Gruber is Director of the Green Bay-based Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. They educate and promote understanding of problem gambling and the disorder of compulsive gambling. Gruber says it's estimated more than 330,000 people in Wisconsin have a gambling problem.

She says there is a signal that a person's gambling habits have changed....


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers campaigned in Rhinelander Friday and stopped by the WXPR studios.

Evers is seeking a third term as the state's school leader and is challenged Whitnall Administrator Lowell Holtz. Evers says a teacher shortage arose out of the demonization of public employees resulting from the ACT 10 public bargaining changes, and will have long time negative results in rural Wisconsin.

Robert Kinney

A former Oneida County Circuit Judge who resigned last year from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission is the guest speaker Tuesday at the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods meeting.

Reserve Judge Robert Kinney was appointed to the newly-formed Commission, which majority Republicans formed to replace what had been the Government Accountability Board.

The Commission's mission is to enforce governmental ethics laws in Wisconsin. Kinney resigned in December after saying the Commission was not upholding Wisconsin's long tradition of transparent government.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles this summer to support the Forest's recreational program.

Lakewood-Laona Assistant Recreational Ranger Greyling Brandt says volunteer campground hosts are especially needed. He says having a person hosting the campsite is invaluable...

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It's the weekend when the clocks "spring forward", or you lose one hour of sleep Saturday into Sunday morning as we begin Daylight Savings Time.

Officials also say it's a good time to update the devices in your home that could save your life.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management says update your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors...

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

Many people donate to food pantries around the holidays, but the time after that finds a bit of a lull.

Each spring the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry invited the public to have financial donations matched. Previously the effort was known as the Feinstein Challenge, but as pantry spokesperson Bill Vancos reports a new donor has stepped forward...

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The results of a three-year investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement into the large scale trafficking of methamphetamine in central Wisconsin have been released .

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Thursday(3/9/17) was the first day for Drug Court in Forest County, a joint effort from the state court system at the Forest County Courthouse and Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Court to get persons convicted of drug offenses into treatment.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Chief Judge of Tribal Court Eugene Whitefish and Wellness Court Coordinator Valerie Loduha about the program, designed to get people with addictions to change course. We hear first from Judge Whitefish...

High speed internet has arrived for some Northwoods residents and more is on the way.

Rhinelander-based Northwoods Connect Founder and CEO Paul Osterman says a new tower has gone live north of Rhinelander...

"....just completed and just launched the Newbold tower. The tower itself is located by Newbold Fire Station #2. That was built in cooperation with the town of Newbold. The service is active and live and we are currently putting on subscribers in the Newbold area....."

Osterman says other towers are being set up...

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Winter recreation in the Northwoods includes a large number of snowmobiles driving along groomed trails. It's vital for the tourist economy. A competition held at Michigan Tech University in Houghton this week is designed to lessen environmental impacts.