Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.

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Part of Walleye Initiative
7:31 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Anglers Still Can Determine Where Walleyes Will Go

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Anglers are asked to go to the DNR website and fill out a form on what waters they should consider for stocking under the new "Wisconsin Walleye Initiative".

 

The state has spent $8.2 million for infrastructure improvements and $1.3 million each year for annual operating costs to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production is projected to increase 60,000 to 120,000 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016. The young walleye will be larger than previously in the hope of having more survivability to adulthood.

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Misconduct charges
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

England Agrees To Plea Bargain With State

Traci England booking photo 2012
Credit Oneida County Sheriff

Two years ago, Oneida County's Medical Examiner was arrested for allegedly keeping human tissue from autopsies to train a cadaver dog. Friday, 46 year old Traci England entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors.

England was found guilty by Judge Leon Stenz of two counts of felony Misconduct in Public Office.

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Residents and non-residents
11:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

No License Needed This Weekend To Fish In Wisconsin Waters

Ice fishing
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The state is adding another weekend of free fishing and it happens this Saturday and Sunday.

The state waives fees and allows anyone...residents and non-residents to hit the frozen water.

DNR Northern Regional Director John Gozdzialski says a free fishing weekend happens in June each year, but instead of boats, you have ice augers...

 

"...this is an opportunity to enjoy fishing but with with frozen conditions not the open water....

Gozdzialski says it's a great way to get kids involved with the outdoors.

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Authored mining bill
5:51 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Tiffany Says Mining Bill Does Not Allow Lakebed Mining

State Sen. Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

The author of Senate Bill 1, or what's known as the "mining bill" disagrees with one legislator's interpretation that mining is allowed on lakebeds and waterways.

Democrat Dana Wach's bill would make it clear that certain types of mining would not be allowed on lakebeds. He says the revised mining bill has loophole language to that effect.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst disagrees with Wach's assessment....

 

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Lakebed mining?
5:43 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bill To Close Reported Loopholes In Mining Law Authored

Rep. Dana Wachs(D-Eau Claire)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

State Democrats are introducing legislation that would close what the author says is a loophole in the new mining law that would allow mining on navigable bodies of water, like lakes.

 

Representative Dana Wachs of Eau Claire said in reading the new law, he became concerned that it would allow lakes, flowages, and reservoirs to be drained, or filled in by mining activities. His bill, called "Save Our Lakes" would explicitly prohibit this activity..

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No injuries
5:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Fire Destroys Lincoln County Home

A fire Thursday morning in the town of Harrison, Lincoln county destroyed a home. Traffic had to be detoured for seven hours.

The Lincoln County Sheriff reports a garage along State Highway 17 Rhinelander was on fire about 4:15 this morning. The attached home had caught fire when authorities arrived to put out the blaze. The family escaped the burning structure with no injuries. Fire units from the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican, Russell and the city of Rhinelander fought the blaze.

Highway 17 returned to normal traffic about noon.

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D.A.--Evidence didn't fit charges
5:28 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

No Charges In New Year's Day Death At Rhinelander Bar

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek
Credit WXPR

No charges will be filed concerning the New Year's day death of a Rhinelander man at a downtown Rhinelander bar.

Thursday afternoon, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced after gathering more than 23 interviews and autopsy evidence he would not charge 59 year old Gregory Dryden for the death of James Tanner.

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"Big Bundle Up" concludes
3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wis.-Mich. Mitten Battle Helps The Needy Again

The "mittens" from space
Credit en.wikipedia.org

More than 11,000 items were donated during the Department of Tourism's recent "Big Bundle Up" campaign. including items from the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Minocqua and St. Germain Chambers of Commerce.

Tourism spokesperson Danielle Johnson says the campaign came about after a Wisconsin Tourism promotion made the state look like a mitten. Michigan's Tourism Department was annoyed, saying Michigan looks more like a mitten than Wisconsin. Both states agreed to resolve the dispute by gathering warm clothes for the needy.

Johnson says this year's effort was a success...

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Concern about runways
3:49 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

No Decision On Eagle River Airport Property Purchase

No decision was made Tuesday by the Eagle River city council on the possiblity of purchasing some property near the Eagle River airport.

Mayor Jeff Hyslop says officials would like to buy the Tsevas property using a Federal Aviation Administration grant near the airport as the property is in line with the runways...

 

"....and if that property were to develop and a building go up....it could create a dangerous situation. The Bureau of Aeronautics has some interest in purchasing the property and it's just a matter if we would want to participate or not.

Residents Moving To Friendly Village
3:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Taylor Park Rehabilitation In Rhinelander To Close

Taylor Park in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

One of Rhinelander's long time nursing home facilities will close in 2014.

Taylor Park Rehabilitation Administrator John Ley confirmed in an email that the facility will be closing later this year. He says a comprehensive resident relocation plan has been approved by the state. Both Taylor Park and adjacent Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation are owned by Prestige Health Care.

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