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.

Minocqua Police Department

Minocqua residents have a chance to experience what it's like to be a police officer on the town department.

The 2nd Annual Citizens Academy is enrolling town residents for an eight-week course beginning in late March. Minocqua Police Officer Daniel Littleton says students are taught basic firearms use, tactics used for defense and arrest, crime sence investigation and other daily work protocols...

National Eye Institute

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with one of the nation's top glaucoma researchers, Dr. James Tsai, M.D., M.B.A. from the National Eye Institute....

Eight persons have been arrested and more arrests are likely in a Forest county drug bust.


Remember the claims that the digital revolution was going to be the end of printed books? Commentator Catherine Marshall says not so fast...

E.U. Demmer Library

A large challenge grant in Three Lakes to support the E.U.Demmer Memorial Library's building fund resulted in all the money being matched and they went over goal, but they're not done yet.

The library is in the process of fundraising as part of a general building renovation with the next door town offices. Library Director Erica Brewster says an anonymous donor late last year announced a $10,000 challenge if they could raise matching money by the end of January...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Staffing issues at the state's correctional facilities have come under public scrutiny after a series of incidents at the Lincoln Hills juvenile correctional facility in Irma led to a federal and state investigation.

Oneida county has imposed a one-year moratorium on the siting of a large scale livestock operation within its borders.

Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich says no such facility has been proposed here, but the Planning and Development committee wanted to take a pro-active approach to study the ramifications a large operation could have.

The proposed Bayfield county pig farm would shelter about 7,500 sows, 18,750 pigs and 100 boars.

Jenrich says the moratorium gives the county time to see if it has the resources to enforce ordinances....

The Oneida County Tourism Council has a contest going to see if they can get more visitors here during our shortened winter season. Called the "Winter Wish List Sweepstakes", the contest is sponsored by the nine communities of Oneida county says Council spokesperson Kari Zambon...

A sponsor of a bill to cut regulations for people involved in the aquaculture industry passed a state Senate committee last week says the bill, if approved, will cut red tape for people in the aquaculture industry.

Others said it endangers public waters. Senate bill 493 passed 3-2 to go the full Senate for debate.

Republican Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst said the bill was inspired in part by problems reported to him by a Langlade county business owner...

Job Corps

A spokesperson for the Blackwell Jobs Corps Center near Laona says they have immediate openings for young people interested in a technical career, and the education is free of charge.

Guidance counselor Lorie Almazan says they can take up to 160 students...

"....we would like to provide an opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 to come out to the center, have a tour. The program allows them to earn their diploma or GED. Job training skills will help them when they graduate and go out into the work world..."

The state Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry advanced to the full Senate changes in Wisconsin's Managed Forest Law that author Tom Tiffany says were needed.

The Managed Forest Law is a landowner incentive program encouraging sustainable forestry on private woodland. In exchange for following sound forest management, the landowner pays reduced property taxes. Tiffany says most of the changes approved in committee were technical, but he says one provision could help local governments...

Two people have died in separate snowmobile crashes over the weekend.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a single crash on South Crystal Lake Road in Land O' Lakes Saturday morning.

Investigators report the driver failed to negotiate a curve along a marked snowmobile route. The snowmobile left the trail, striking several trees. The driver was thrown off the sled. The name of the driver was not released.

Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for appointment as Langlade County District Attorney.

The new appointee will replace outgoing District Attorney Ralph Uttke,who will be leaving office on March 13.

The new appointee will serve out the remainder of the unexpired term and will be up for election in November 2016.

The application is found on Governor Walker’s website:

Resumes, cover letters, and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016.

The following release was sent out by the City of Rhinelander on Friday, January 15:

Start Date – January 20, 2016

City of Rhinelander Utility Customers who experienced problems in the past with water and sewer lines freezing should start running water when approval is provided in advance by the City.

Twice each year, the DNR offers a weekend of fishing where licenses are NOT required, called the Free Fishing Weekend.

Saturday and Sunday are the designated days for 2016 winter season.

Among the many events, families of school-age youth are invited to Lake Julia boat landing, just south of Rhinelander, to learn about ice fishing from a DNR biologist. Equipment will be provided says Lynn Feldman, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator....