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.

Dept. of Tourism

Better economic conditions and stepped up marketing has led to a nearly 5 percent increase in tourist spending in Wisconsin last year.

State Department of  Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says Northwoods counties saw more than a 4 percent increase in spending. In Oneida county alone, total tourism sales topped $215 million dollars. Klett says lower gas prices meant visitors had more money to spend...

A sure sign of spring finds facilities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opening for the warm-weather months. Most Trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and boat launches are open for the summer recreation season.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the weather this spring has enabled the ATV trails to also be open with just one exception...

The private fleet of boats hits the water this weekend with the opening of Wisconsin's inland fishing season. Also out will be volunteers who will help boaters make sure they don't spread aquatic invasive species to otherwise clean waters.

Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She says they work at boat landings to talk to boaters about not spreading the problem...

:....we're out talking to boaters trying to be pro-active. Once invasive species enter a lake it's virtually impossible to eradicate them...."

State of Wisconsin

An official says the recent development of Fab Labs in northern Wisconsin shows progress made under the state's Fast Forward program.

Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson was in Rhinelander last week and heard a presentation by students and administrators from the Three Lakes schools Fab Lab. The lab is a technology-based manufacturing process.  Three Lakes was the first K-12 school in the state to have a Fab Lab, but others are coming on line. Webster

The public is invited to a forum on broadband expansion in the Northwoods, presented by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Executive Director Angie Schreiber says the regional forum is designed to give the public the latest information....

"....we're going to have all our major(broadband)providers and it's going to be held in a panelist forum. Each provider is going to have a few minutes to talk about their individual companies and their build-out plans ...and then we're going to open it up to the floor...."

Five Northwoods school districts are among 25 statewide getting up to $25,0000 to fund Fab Labs in their schools. In the case of Three Lakes, they were the first K-12 District in the state to have a lab. The other districts getting funded are Rhinelander School District, Northland Pines Schools in Eagle River, Florence and Chequamegon in Park Falls. A Fab Lab is comprised of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, wrapped in open source software and programs written by researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms.

Wednesday is Bike and Walk To School Day and students in the Northwoods will be participating. This year, Northwoods LEAN, or (Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) are encouraging young people to be more active. Here's Maria Otterholt from Northwoods LEAN....

" we really celebrate physical activity during the month of May. Northwoods LEAN is encouraging that on May 4 by asking all schools in Vilas or Oneida counties and have their students bike or walk to school that morning...."

Next we hear from Dr. Kurt Landauer, a physician in Urgent Care at Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua. Tick season is back and he talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about ticks, prevention of disease, treatments and other topics. Dr. Landauer was asked to describe just what is a tick-born illness...

Dr.Kurt Landauer of Marshfield Clinic's Minocqua Urgent Care department.

The head of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will be in the Northwoods Thursday to talk about how money is corrupting the political system.

Executive Director Matthew Rothschild is the guest speaker of the League of Women Voters Northwoods....

"...I'm going to be talking about why we need to get(dark) money out of politics. It's a big issue, especially this year. Presidential candidates from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump have been talking about it...."

Rothschild says the most recent election involving the Wisconsin Supreme Court race is an example...

A Tripoli area man has been bound over for trial on attempted homicide charges.

Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom found there was enough evidence to continue charges against 60 year old Kenneth Welsh of Clifford Road in Tripoli.

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The St. Germain Radar Racers donated $4,000 each to the St. Germain Fire and Rescue and to the Plum Lake Ambulance Service during a hand-off of checks Wednesday, April 27 at the St. Germain Fire Department facilities.

Funds came from the Feb. 13  St. Germain Radar Run fundraiser, 

raising $42,600.


Vilas County's long time District Attorney will not be seeking reelection.

According to files at the state Government Accountability Office, D.A. Al Moustakis will not be seeking reelection this fall.

The G.A.B. files show Moustakis filed his declaration of non-candidacy with the state on April 21.

Moustakis has been Vilas County District Attorney since January, 1995.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation earlier this month honored four Northland Pines School District students and teachers who picked up money for achievement.

The Kohl grants are competitive across Wisconsin, so it was unique that two teachers from St. Germain Elementary and the Montessori Learning Center within St. Germain Elementary each picked up awards.

Next we hear from Sheila Weix, Director of Substance Abuse Services For Family Health Center of Marshfield Clinic.

12 organizations in north central Wisconsin have formed what is called the Hope Consortium, designed to help battle the growing opioid addiction problem in this region. The Hope Consortium has a new website and toll-free telephone number designed to get people to help with opioid addiction problems.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Weix about the effort...

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Ascension and Ministry Health Care last fall partnered with the Veteran's Administration to provide the Veteran's Choice healthcare program her in the Northwoods. The program allows veterans to use local health care facilities instead of VA services. You' re eligible if you've been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility and have excessive travel burdens.

Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni says St. Mary's in Rhinelander  is the first facility within Ascension with Veteran's Choice...