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.

Each county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council to provide input and recommendations to the DNR on deer management within their county.

The Councils..known as C-DACs.... are accepting applications to fill vacant seats for a term beginning next year. DNR big game section chief, Bob Nack says several councils currently have at least one seat available for qualified applicants...

"....the CDAC's were implemented in 2014...the idea is to increase public involvement in local deer management decisions...."

Northwoods residents want more high-speed internet service, but most aren't likely to move to get it.

Executive Director for the Regional Econcomic Development Corporation Grow North is Angi Schreiber. Earlier this year, they surveyed the town of Hiles in Forest county, Three Lakes in Oneida county, Florence, and the towns of Presque Isle, Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction in Vilas county. Schreiber says they had a very high return rate of 20 percent. She says a majority of residents will pay more to get better service...

Lincoln Co. Sheriff

The man wanted by Lincoln County authorities after he failed to return to jail under Huber Law  has been captured far from Wisconsin.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says 32 year old Jason Albers was apprehended by New Mexico State Police Wednesday. Authorities there say they attempted to make a traffic stop and Albers allegedly tried to flee but was later arrested. Albers will be extradicted to Wisconsin to face a charge of allegedly fleeing custody. He likely will also face charges in New Mexico.

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Rhinelander has closed on its portion of the Heal Creek property on the city's far west side.

The city and Hodag Sports Club are buying the 272 acre property and dividing it. About 60 acres of land next to the city-owned Northwood Golf Course was bought for $60,000. The sports club is purchasing the rest of the land at about a $1,000 an acre and is expected to close the sale next month.

Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the purchase will allow some use this winter on the new property....

Next we begin a semi-regular chat with folks from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection about consumer issues.

The first installment has WXPR's Ken Krall talking with Frank Frasetto, the Administrator for the Division of Consumer Protection talking about holiday scams, including the popular gift card scam...

One man has died in a Price county traffic crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports the three vehicle crash happened near Park Falls Monday along state Highway 13 north of Holy Cross Road.

A vehicle driven by 76 year old Lawrence Setterman was northbound about 12:30 p.m.

That vehicle went out of control, sideswiped one southbound vehicle and then hit another southbound vehicle head on.

Setterman was killed in the crash and the other drivers only had minor injuries.

Rhinelander's city council Monday delayed action on a proposal to abandon plowing snow on a private alley way behind several downtown businesses.

The city has plowed the alley from West King Street to South Stevens St. only to find out it was private property. The public works committee split on a decision to abandon duties in the alley, fearing liability issues. But several business owners said with the city moving ahead with the Streetscape project, some of those businesses could lose all access if the alley isn't plowed.

Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law is a landowner incentive program that encourages sustainable forestry on private woodlands in Wisconsin.

Two legislative committees are taking input on proposed changes to the law that one sponsor says makes it friendlier for the landowner to participate.

Last week State Senator Tom Tiffany held a hearing in Antigo on the changes. In the Assembly, Represenative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz says the proposed changes alleviate concerns from local timber production facilities that more wood is available...

The extended fall weather is providing builders and others with a longer construction season and the results are showing up at Oneida County Planning and Zoning.

While the weather is turning colder this week, Director Karl Jenrich says they've seen work continue past Thanksgiving due to warmer than normal conditions...

The possibility of naming a Lake Superior National Marine Sanctuary in western Lake Superior is the topic of this month's Iron County Citizen's Forum.

Ellen Brody, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the National Oceanographic and Atmosheric Administration, or NOAA, will be featured speaker.

Forum spokesperson Terry Daulton says the designation is eyed mainly for Chequamegon Bay near Ashland but the designation could extend east to Iron county. She says this potentially would be the first sanctuary in Lake Superior...

A Florence county woman listed as missing earlier this week has been found safe.

The state Department of Justice reports 30 year old Kimberly Beck was found safe. No other details were released.

The renowned trails at Minocqua Winter Park will be open to another kind of outdoor enthusiast until Mother Nature decides to bring the white stuff.

Executive Director Tim Collins says they will be opening some trails to fat tire bikes and hikers...

"....normally at this time we have at least a foot of snow on the ground. Without that, we can't see our cross country ski friends. We hope to see them on bikes or new guests at Winter Park. We're opening Saturday morning 25 kilometers of cross country ski trails to fat bikes...."

Boone County Sheriff's Dept.

A second examination has been ordered for the Rhinelander area teenager accused of killing her parents last March and locking siblings in a room.

17 year old Ashlee Martinson was arrested last March in Indiana and brought back to Oneida county to face two counts of first degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment. Martinson has entered pleas of Not Guilty By Reason of Mental Disease or Defect to the charges.

A court appointed mental health expert has done an examination with Martinson.

Next month the state Assembly will consider a bill to create an Off-Road Motorcycle Program.

Authored by Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz, the bill creates requirements for the off-highway motorcycle trails that are similar to ATV rules.

Mursau says there are more of the off-road motorcycles and a limited number of designated trails for them in the state. He says enthusiasts are going to other states to follow the trails. He says they aren't like an ATV trail...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The man accused of the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells in Rhinelander was in Oneida County Court Tuesday as attorneys argued what evidence can be presented at a jury trial coming up next month.

41 year old Shannon Wolf is charged with first degree homicide. Wells body was found in the Wisconsin River and cause of death initially was listed as undetermined. It stayed that way until Wolf's ex-wife LaToya told Rhinelander Police about Shannon Wolf's alleged involvement in the murder.