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.

The candidates for the 35th Assembly district addressed a variety of issues Wednesday during a one-hour session on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Route 51" in Wausau.

One question centered on funding public education. Incumbent Republican Mary Czaja of Tomahawk says the school funding formula is hard to change to help rural districts as some districts are doing well. She says rural districts with busing are at a disadvantage...

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have a new administration leading the tribe.

Following the Tribal General Election on Tuesday, Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr. was elected President. John "Goober" Johnson, Sr. was named vice-president. Henry "Butch" St. Germaine had been the previous President.

Elected to the tribal council were Steve Beson, Betty Jo Graveen, Frank Mitchell, Sr. and William "Bill" Stone, Sr. The President, Vice-President and council members will be sworn in on October 10.

The DNR says the time for education is ending, and wardens will be issuing fines for baiting and feeding deer in the Northwoods CWD zone.

After discovering Chronic Wasting Disease in two deer in Oneida county, the DNR issued its familiar quarantine in an effort to keep the disease from spreading within the healthy deer population.

The law, which took effect on January 11, only bans baiting and feeding of deer. Feeding birds and small mammals still is allowed provided the feeders are not accessible by deer.

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More than 500 Northwoods eighth-graders arrived at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Wednesday to see what heavy metal is all about. This wasn't a tour of musical acts, but rather exposure to manufacturing jobs. The annual "Heavy Metal Tour" brings the early teens to talk to educators about getting schooled in manufacturing and seeing first hand what's being built , says Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erica Warning...

A Vilas county man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Madison with allegedly producing child pornography and one count of possessing child porn.

The indictment alleges that in July, 2015, 35 year old Benjamin J.McHugh of St. Germain had a minor engage in a sex act so he could record it on his cellphone.

The indictment also alleges McHugh was also found with child porn in September, 2016.

Actions from a state meeting this week provided a major boost to a company hoping to use the former Printpak building in Rhinelander.

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved a $15 million dollar State Trust Fund Loan to finance the eventual move of Rhinelander Coated Products...a division of Expera Specialty Solutions ..into the former Printpak building on Kemp Street.

The complicated deal uses Northeast Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to purchase and renovate of the vacant Printpack building and purchase needed capital equipment.

An open meetings complaint filed by former Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner has been dismissed.

In a three-page response to Aschenbrenner's complaint, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek said no charges would be filed against Rhinelander city council members who dismissed her in late August.

Aschenbrenner alleged improper notice was given for actions taken surrounding a closed session the night she was notified of her termination. She filed an open meetings law complaint last month.

Community health professionals and the public are gathering Friday morning at Nicolet College in Rhinelander for the second-annual Community Health Symposium, presented by the Collage and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Community Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says the symposium offers the public a chance to learn from other professionals..

"....we also wanted to collaborate with other sectors of the community such as mental health, AODA, health and sexual assault to bring some presentations to our community...."

Two well-known Northwoods residents who are officials at the Department of Workforce Development say tougher enforcement has cut the amount of unemployment fraud.

Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson says the emphasis has shifted unemployment payments from a benefits program to a short term assistance program. Administrator of the Unemployment Insurance Division, Joe Handrick, says they wanted to have a greater accuracy in what was being paid out...

Oneida and Lincoln recently became the next two counties signing off on a resolution to fix the broken state transportation funding system. Called 'Just Fix It' the resolution is meant to urge Governor Walker and the legislature to figure out a way to get adequate funding to rural road systems, among others roads.

Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek said road builders and the Wisconsin Counties Association began passing the resolution to counties in hopes of impressing Madison with local government frustration.

The Milwaukee man who began his journey at the  headwaters of the Wisconsin River in Vilas county two weeks ago is making his way to the mouth of the state's largest river on a paddle board. It's just not going as quickly as anticipated.

30 year old Jesse Hieb is a filmmaker and avid paddleboarder. He once tried to paddleboard across Lake Michigan before weather stopped the trip.

A study by the DNR shows the spread of aquatic invasive species remains stable, which a leader says means prevention efforts are working.

DNR Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Bob Wakeman said they sampled 200 lakes over five years, the largest effort of its type in the nation...

"....we're happy to say the rate is not increasing. I wish I could say the rate was decreasing, meaning were beginning to stop the spread. The good news is it's not going up any faster...."

He says the longest term invaders continue to be the most difficult to deal with...

A program which gives qualified students within the Nicolet College district money to attend classes is again offering the program.

Under the Nicolet Promise program, the college Foundation will pay the balance of tuition and fees for eligible students after federal and state grants have been applied. The Foundation will cover this cost for up to 15 credits per semester over four fall and spring semesters.

Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning says students need to begin the process to be considered...


Helping a frantic mother help her infant son start breathing not just on one occasion but twice has netted an Oneida County 9-1-1 telecommunicator a national award.

A New Jersey- based software company, NICE, has named Nicole Lea as National Telecommunicator of the Year.

Miranda VanderLeest

The Friends of the T-Bird Bridge Committee will kick-off a fund raiser this weekend with the goal of relocating the front panel of the “T-Bird Country Bridge” to the front entrance of the Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The historic bridge was recently removed and replaced by a modern 4 lane bridge spanning State Hwy 51. The bridge is a connection for the snowmobile and hiking / biking enthusiasts using the “Bearskin Trail” which was formerly a railroad route running from Tomahawk to Minocqua.