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.

Getting to youthful behavior problems before a child has to be sent away to Lincoln Hills has proven to be a success. That assessment from Mary Rideout, Director of Oneida County Social Services. In a report to the county board Tuesday, Rideout says it costs Oneida county about $250 dollars a day to place a youth at the Lincoln Hills School near Irma.

She says a year ago, Social Services began Coordinated Service Teams to work more intensively with at-risk youth. She says family and counselors and others sit together to work up a plan for the child...

The Oneida County Board has spelled out what county roads and a bridge where ATV/UTV use will be allowed.

 Last year Three Lakes allowed ATV/UTV use on town roads. But the number of lakes halted the recreational vehicles from going across the town because they couldn't cross the U.S. 45 bridge at Crystal Lake. Town chair Stella Westfall said giving permission for the vehicles to cross the bridge would tie all the trails together...

The Oneida County Board Tuesday told the legislature's Joint Finance Committee they don't approve of inserting a non-budget change in shoreland zoning rules into the on-going state budget process.

Earlier this month, a  motion was added to the budget bill by Senator Tom Tiffany to place all shoreland zoning at the state minimum standards, which often are less restrictive than local ordinances. That move has drawn the ire of the Wisconsin Counties Association, and other groups, saying it shouldn't be put in the last minute without public debate.

Hodag Schools Foundation

A foundation established to do capital upgrades within the Rhinelander school district is beginning a drive to continue work at Mike Webster stadium.

Sue Makris is the vice-president of the Hodag Schools Foundation. The foundation pays for projects in the district. . When the first round of fundraising began, the public responded by buying pavers at the stadium. Makris says they're looking for the next generation of donors...

Loon lovers: here's a  chance to help your favorite Northwoods bird. Project LoonWatch at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland is looking for volunteers to help them with a bird count next month.

Project Loonwatch Coordinator Erica LaMoine...

"....the Wisconsin Loon Population survey is going to be on July 18 and we need volunteers to check pre-selected lakes between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. They can go to our website to see a map of those lakes and sign up to volunteer...."

The camping season is in full swing, and a Forest Service spokesperson says don't bring in firewood unless it's certified.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. It has slowly infiltrated into Wisconsin, including Oneida county.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says firewood restrictions are  in place on all of the forest. Firewood cannot be brought in from more than 25 miles from where a person is camping...

Two sessions are set for later today in Three Lakes to address concerns about sexual predators.

Braden Bayne-Allison from Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault ...

"....we're hosting an open community forum for the community in Three Lakes and any one else who would like to attend. It's going to be at the Demmer Memorial Library to discuss concerns that community members have brought to our attention...."

JFC Trims Stewardship Fund, But Funding Remains

May 29, 2015

The  legislature's Joint Finance Committee said today it would not go along with Governor Walker's  proposal to stop land purchases in the Stewardship Program at least until 2028.  Republicans have long been concerned about the debt that's been building up from Stewardship land purchases.  However, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he was against a total moratorium.  The current state budget limits bonding to 50-million dollars a year.  The new budget measure would reduce that limit to 33-million a year through 2020.  

UW Urban Canid Project-Facebook

A researcher has found plenty of red fox and coyotes to study in urban settings, namely Madison.

David Drake is associate professor and wildlife specialist at UW-Madison. He says they're catching and radio collaring  fox and coyotes inside Madison then releasing them. He says they're also checking to see what diseases or parasites they have been exposed to. He says they're also checking what risk coyotes and red fox pose to their cousins, domesticated dogs...

The 19th home built by the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate will be open for public view this Saturday in Rhinelander.

This home was built by the Rhinelander High School Trades Class. Habitat for Humanity Northwoods serves Vilas and Oneida counties.

Jim Hohman from Habitat for Humanity Northwoods says this home has some unique features...

"....a certified energy-efficient home. There will be some photovoltaics installed on the roof. It's a family of four, it's a beautiful little home...."