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.

Science on Tap to Tackle Aquatic Invasives

May 30, 2013
Robin Draheim / USFWS

Invasive species have continued to be a problem here in the Northwoods.  Nonnatives like the Eurasian water milfoil can threaten the ecology of lakes and disrupt summer recreation. 

Next week the Minocqua Brewing Company will host a public discussion of aquatic invasives.  It’s part of a monthly series at the brewpub called Science on Tap.  We sat down with the two scientists, Ben Beardmore and Alex Latzka, who will be talking about their research next week.  

Rhinelander school district officials have developed a web page so residents concerned about school funding can keep up to date.  Rural school districts are feeling a financial squeeze as many districts have fewer students and are getting less financial aid, but still required to follow mandates.

The legislature's budget-writing group, the Joint Finance Committee, is looking at school funding at this time.

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

One of six young men arrested for a February, 2012 incident where a Wausau man was stabbed  at a Mole Lake residence has been sentenced to prison.

21-year-old Trevor Lenz of Milwaukee accepted a plea bargain in Forest County court. Lenz had been charged with six counts, including party to the crime of attempted first-degree homicide. District Attorney Charles Siminio  said Lenz was less involved in the incident than the other members of the Latin Kings gang.

The next group of leaders is being recruited in Vilas County.

Vilas Vision was born in 2003 to find and train new leaders. More than 100 people have gone through the program.The program is in cooperation with the Lac du Flambeau tribe.

UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent Chris Stark says the program is an investment in people to improve their leadership skills. He says business people and volunteers are two key groups who could be involved.

Another deadline is Friday for the state’s no-call list.  Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection officials maintain a list of phone numbers that they distribute quarterly to registered telemarketing firms, so that marketers do not call you.

Jerad Albrecht is with DATCP.  He says you need to re-register your phone number if you haven’t done so in a while.

"Numbers fall off the list every two years, so if it has been more than two years since you registered your number you're going to want to get it refreshed."

A recently-formed group has set up an educational forum next week on how county forest land will be involved in a proposed mine project.

Iron County has a portion of the proposed Penokee Hills mine.

Terry Daulton of Mercer is part of the Iron County Citizen's Forum which is sponsoring the event next Wednesday. Daulton says these forums are aimed at educating the public on issues...

The Vilas County board of supervisors has turned back another attempt to establish an ATV route on a county highway.

Earlier this year, supervisors rejected a proposal for an ATV route in the town of Phelps.

Tuesday night, supervisors said no to an All-Terrain Vehicle ordinance that would have permitted an ATV route, on county highway D in Lac du Flambeau.

Ministry Health Care

An Oneida county committee has approved a conditional use permit for Ministry Health Care to construct an enlarged helicopter pad at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. The vote was 4-0.

The application was for a 24-7 operation of a helicopter pad and hanger and 12 thousand gallon fuel tank. At a recent public hearing, neighbors complained of having several flights per day. Ministry officials said they wanted to centralize the emergency medical transportation from Rhinelander to Woodruff.

The Marathon-Oneida County Bomb Squad was called to a town of Piehl residence Tuesday after someone suspected there was an improvised explosive device.

Oneida County Sheriff's deputies report they went to a residence on East Stella Lake Road. An investigation found the device to not be dangerous. A small amount of fireworks was discovered.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Marathon County Sheriff's Office, Three Lakes Police Department, Three Lakes Fire Department, and Oneida County EMS.

UW-Madison School Of The Arts

It's the golden anniversary year for School of the Arts at Rhinelander and special events are planned. The school runs this year from Saturday, July 20 through Wednesday, July 24 at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says the 50th anniversary has a number of events..

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What a difference a year makes. Last year, Wisconsin River reservoirs were very low due to the effects of an extended drought in the Northwoods. This year, with one exception, all the reservoirs feeding the river are full.

That word from Peter Hansen...the operations manager for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company in Wausau...given the responsiblity for maintaining water flow on the state's largest river.

Last year several Northwoods reservoirs were well below full. But this year...

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State Representative Mandy Wright is questioning the tactics of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee as the committee proposes selling off state land and property.

The Wausau Democrat says she was left in the dark prior to last Tuesday's committee vote...

"....how come I as a legislator have heard little or nothing about it. Suddenly its passed through the budget and I haven't had any chance to talk to my consituents, get their feedback and have a vote in this decision..."

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Rhinelander police are notifying the public of the release of a convicted sex offender to the community next month.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says 51 year old Dennis Williams will be released from custody this Saturday. He was convicted in July of 1998 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Williams was sentenced to 15 years for a sexual assault in the Town of Minocqua within 90 days of release from prison by threatening a 14 year old female with a screwdriver.

The Oneida County Sheriff's office reports one person has died from a town of Pelican traffic accident last evening.

Deputies report a 55 year old Rhinelander man, James Hagen, was killed in the one vehicle crash on County Road "G" about 6:30 Monday evening. Hagen died at the scene.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Oneida County EMS, Pelican Fire Department and the Pelican First Responders responded to the scene.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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State ATV officials hope to curb a quick climb in the number of ATV deaths in Wisconsin. Four people have died so far this year. One death was a Rhinelander man in an ATV crash near Merrill.

DNR Warden and ATV Administrator Gary Eddy says with summer here, more people will be on the trails. He says in some cases some people with limited experience will be driving....

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