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

The possibility of the DNR's Division of Forestry moving it's headquarters from Madison to Rhinelander took a step forward last night as the Rhinelander city council approved a resolution accepting a request for information.

The legislature asked the DNR to put together a study about moving the agency to an area closer to the state's principal forest lands. City Administrator Kristina Ashenbrenner says the DNR asked for a request for information about Rhinelander as a possible site for the division.

The first National Day of Prayer began after a proclamation by President Harry Truman in 1952, and since 1988 the first Thursday in May is a day set aside to meditate about the role of people to things greater than themselves.

In Rhinelander, Pastor Rod Ankrom from Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander was among a group of speakers talking about the day in front of the Oneida County Courthouse...

The tall tales for 2016 begin Saturday as the traditional Wisconsin fishing opener greets anglers.

DNR Northern District Fisheries Supervisor in Woodruff, Mike Vogelsang, says walleyes are the traditional opening weekend fish to seek. He says their surveys find good populations...

".....we've been our actively doing surveys for the last couple of weeks, the dozen or so lakes we've been on right in the area look very well. We work on stocked lakes, naturally reproducing lakes.They all seem to be holding their own right now...."

Nearly 2,000 jobs in Vilas county are directly related to tourism and more visitors are coming over the past few years. Those were two key points of many, as tourism officials reported out at Eagle River City Hall Wednesday.

Department of Tourism Regional Specialist Jeff Anderson says the state has upped its marketing investments and it has paid off....

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The Rhinelander District Library has formed a group hoping to get more integrated into the community.

Library Director Virginia Roberts says they've formed the Friends of the Library group.

Roberts says it was first proposed to Leadership Oneida County and some leadership candidates took the idea on. She says the Friends group is designed to help with day-to-day things...

Dept. of Tourism

Better economic conditions and stepped up marketing has led to a nearly 5 percent increase in tourist spending in Wisconsin last year.

State Department of  Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says Northwoods counties saw more than a 4 percent increase in spending. In Oneida county alone, total tourism sales topped $215 million dollars. Klett says lower gas prices meant visitors had more money to spend...

A sure sign of spring finds facilities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opening for the warm-weather months. Most Trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and boat launches are open for the summer recreation season.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the weather this spring has enabled the ATV trails to also be open with just one exception...

The private fleet of boats hits the water this weekend with the opening of Wisconsin's inland fishing season. Also out will be volunteers who will help boaters make sure they don't spread aquatic invasive species to otherwise clean waters.

Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She says they work at boat landings to talk to boaters about not spreading the problem...

:....we're out talking to boaters trying to be pro-active. Once invasive species enter a lake it's virtually impossible to eradicate them...."

State of Wisconsin

An official says the recent development of Fab Labs in northern Wisconsin shows progress made under the state's Fast Forward program.

Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson was in Rhinelander last week and heard a presentation by students and administrators from the Three Lakes schools Fab Lab. The lab is a technology-based manufacturing process.  Three Lakes was the first K-12 school in the state to have a Fab Lab, but others are coming on line. Webster

The public is invited to a forum on broadband expansion in the Northwoods, presented by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Executive Director Angie Schreiber says the regional forum is designed to give the public the latest information....

"....we're going to have all our major(broadband)providers and it's going to be held in a panelist forum. Each provider is going to have a few minutes to talk about their individual companies and their build-out plans ...and then we're going to open it up to the floor...."

Five Northwoods school districts are among 25 statewide getting up to $25,0000 to fund Fab Labs in their schools. In the case of Three Lakes, they were the first K-12 District in the state to have a lab. The other districts getting funded are Rhinelander School District, Northland Pines Schools in Eagle River, Florence and Chequamegon in Park Falls. A Fab Lab is comprised of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs written by researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms.

Wednesday is Bike and Walk To School Day and students in the Northwoods will be participating. This year, Northwoods LEAN, or (Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) are encouraging young people to be more active. Here's Maria Otterholt from Northwoods LEAN....

" we really celebrate physical activity during the month of May. Northwoods LEAN is encouraging that on May 4 by asking all schools in Vilas or Oneida counties and have their students bike or walk to school that morning...."

Next we hear from Dr. Kurt Landauer, a physician in Urgent Care at Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua. Tick season is back and he talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about ticks, prevention of disease, treatments and other topics. Dr. Landauer was asked to describe just what is a tick-born illness...

Dr.Kurt Landauer of Marshfield Clinic's Minocqua Urgent Care department.

The head of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will be in the Northwoods Thursday to talk about how money is corrupting the political system.

Executive Director Matthew Rothschild is the guest speaker of the League of Women Voters Northwoods....

"...I'm going to be talking about why we need to get(dark) money out of politics. It's a big issue, especially this year. Presidential candidates from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump have been talking about it...."

Rothschild says the most recent election involving the Wisconsin Supreme Court race is an example...

A Tripoli area man has been bound over for trial on attempted homicide charges.

Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom found there was enough evidence to continue charges against 60 year old Kenneth Welsh of Clifford Road in Tripoli.