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 next drug take back day is set for Saturday in four Oneida county places.

The take back allows residents with unwanted prescription drugs to turn them in at collection points for disposal, no questions asked and no charge.

Rhinelander Police Department is one collection spot. Police Chief Michael Steffes says the goal is get the drugs off the streets....

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has authored a bill that would allow local governments to ask for a local option sales tax to be used exclusively for transportation.

The bill was co-authored in the Assembly by Represenative Dean Knudson.

Tiffany says the tax would be similar to what counties already have the authority to do....

May is Mental Health Month. While it's easy to see when a child has an injury, sometimes it's less easy to read when the young person is having mental health issues.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says 13 percent of youth ages 8-15 live with mental illness severe enough to impair their daily lives. That figure jumps to 21 percent for kids ages 13-18. Zelazoski says there are signs if there is a problem and perhaps professional help is needed...

The slowdown in state revenue growth has prompted AARP Wisconsin to call for the Walker administration to ask for federal money to help fund Medicaid expansion money. The money was offered to states by the Obama administration as part of Obamacare. To date, Governor Walker has refused taking the money, saying there is no guarantee the money will continue to be there.

But Helen Marks Dicks from AARP Wisconsin says the recent fiscal report saying less tax money than projected will come to Wisconsin's coffers is a good time to take the federal money...

In the next installment of "Field Notes", UW- Madison's  Kemp Natural Resources  Station Director Tom Steele says a bird that now seems commonplace in the Northwoods wasn't so.... not all that long ago....

The town of Conover has approved constructing the first 3.2 miles of the Conover-Phelps biking and hiking trail. Pitlik and Wick submitted the only bid, and the town would like to see if ways could be found to get the project in on budget.

Great Headwaters Trails is proposing an 11 mile trail between Conover and Phelps. The most expensive portion is in Conover  where wetlands and terrain make for a more difficult build.


Students got a close up look at a possible career Thursday morning in Rhinelander. The annual "Careers On Wheels" was held in a city of Rhinelander downtown parking lot.There were logging trucks and logging equipment,  street sweepers, utility vehicles and other machines with children around them talking to workers who operate the machine.

 Rhinelander School District spokesperson Mike Cheslock says the day is designed to give young people a close up look at jobs involving transportation....

The state is asking the federal government to slow down implementation of tighter restrictions on phosphorus, the chemical element that can cause excessive plant growth in lakes.

The state D-N-R says it would cost $7 billion  for sewage plants to reduce phosphorus from their effluent over the next 20 years.  The agency said about 600 Wisconsin business-and-municipal sewage treatment plants would be affected.

DNR assistant deputy Secretary Michael Bruhn says they are requesting the variance for economic reasons....

Leaders were still assessing how to move forward after an early Wednesday morning fire destroyed the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the county operates the senior meals program out of the center. She says it's their primary goal to get that program running again...

"....we've been scrambling on Wednesday and it looks like Friday of this week we will be able to start home delivered meals again. And our goal is to restart the sit-down diners on Monday...."

Most hunters will have an easier time registering deer and bear they harvest this year.

The DNR says after a successful pilot program, hunters will be able to electronically register their game online instead of having to haul the animal to a registration station.

Big game ecologist David MacFarland in Rhinelander says convenience and cost led to the change...