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.

Seven area emergency responder teams have picked up money from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation to help supply their needs.

The Foundation's  grants enabled qualifying responders up to $2,000 says WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....this is the second year the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has awarded 50 thousand dollars to area responders as part of our "Safety--It's Worth The Energy" grant opportunity..."

State Senator Tom Tiffany  met opposition to changes in state shoreland zoning regulations while attending the Oneida county board meeting.

He faced sharp questions from board members, then about a dozen members of the public about taking local control away from counties and weakening water protections. Many in the audience questioned Tiffany putting in a motion late in the budget process that takes away the ability of counties to regulate beyond less stringent DNR rules.

Tiffany said it was balancing property rights versus government regulations...

American Cancer Society Northwoods

A great day of exercise for you and your canine companion will help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Called "Bark For Life Northwoods", dog owners are encouraged to walk a course at the Rhinelander- Oneida County Airport on August 29.

Local Cancer Society representative Diane Geis Hapka says Bark for Life is a canine component to the 'Relay For Life' fundraiser..

While many think the two principal political parties are about as far apart as they have been in decades, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson says he has sought common ground in a committee he chairs.

The U.S. Senator recently stopped in Minocqua. He says as chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee, he says he first sought points where both sides could agree on issues. He says they've moved 49 bills for consideration. He says it's a philosophy he learned in private business....


Following a five-year decline, the current market value of all taxable property in Wisconsin rose for the second consecutive year, rising 2.4 percent  in 2015. However, at $490 billion, values remain almost $25 bil­lion below the 2008 market peak, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

While southern Wisconsin appears to be recovering, Alliance spokesperson Dale Knapp says northern Wisconsin values are lagging. He thinks the demographics in the Northwoods are playing a part in the lower property values..

A well-known Eagle River area business was severely damaged by fire early Monday.

Eagle River Fire Chief Pat Weber reports they were called at 3:30 a.m. to Horant's Garden Center on West Pine Street. Weber says there were reports of a small explosion then  a fire. He says when the department arrived, the building was fully engulfed.

The DNR is hosting a deer management assistance program Saturday at the Conover town hall.

Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack says the meeting is for individuals who are already managing private land for wildlife or those who might be interested...

"...landowners participating in the Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP. It's a benefit to them and attend and get some information on managing their property for deer and other wildlife from a variety of professionals giving presentations...."

Carol Lofquist

A Lincoln county man will likely try again next summer to paddle the length of the Wisconsin River as a fundraiser.

Vince Lofquist from Harrison Hills began a kayak journey down the state's largest river last month. He hoped to make it to Prairie du Chien, but Mother Nature intervened. But he tells WXPR's Ken Krall, 'if at first you don't succeed....'

Kayaker Vince Lofquist talking with Ken Krall.

Tammy Baldwin's office

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is hoping a bill she introduced late last month will have a lasting impact on veteran's programs.

Speaking in Rhinelander last week, Baldwin talked about the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act. The veteran died after allegedly being prescribed too many opiates at the VA Hospital in Tomah....

"....frankly, this case is not unique. There's an over reliance across the country and the VA so I introduced the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act in consultation with Jason's family..."

Pete Rondello WXPR

The Vilas County Fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Eagle River. Pete Rondello snapped some pictures.