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.

In 2018, Ken was chosen to receive the Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2018 Excellence in Public Health Media Award for his work covering public health in northern Wisconsin.

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.

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A new report is out detailing how creativity will be the key element in a new Wisconsin economy and how government and the arts community can make that happen.

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Proceeds will benefit the Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team as more than 100 swimmers are expected in Minocqua on June 23.

The Minocqua Island Swim Challenge involves a one mile or 400 meter open water swim beginning at Torpy Park.

Race Director Laura Fuhrman(fur-man) says competitors begin on the beach and swim to the island and back and is a timed race....

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

One of the main events in Rhinelander is Saturday as art, cars, motorcycles and burgers all combine under the umbrella of "Art Fair On the Courthouse Lawn".

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce leads the 32nd Art Fair on the Oneida County Courthouse lawn. Chamber spokesperson Lauren Sackett talks about the Art Fair...

  •   Vilas County is looking for foster homes,
  •    Turtles are crossing roads and a conservationist  is hoping the public will help,
  •    Infrastructure concerns are hindering farmers and truckers,
  •   A large dairy operation in Wood county has cleared a major hurdle,
  •   A Sunday car crash in Woodruff leads to felony charges.

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The need for foster parents is large and a meeting coming up can help people in Vilas county find out more information about becoming foster parents. The need is heightened by the recent opioid crisis.

Kelly Pyne works with Vilas County Social Service and works with foster care recruitment and licensing. She says there is a need...

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The Northwoods is home to a couple of rare turtle species and a state conservationist hopes you report sightings and give the slow moving creatures a little help across the road if they need it.

From May through July, female turtles cross roads to find suitable nesting areas in sunny uplands with sand, gravel, and loose soil. Turtles getting run over by cars is considered a leading cause of decline in turtle numbers in Wisconsin. The DNR's Andrew Badje says the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program is a citizen-science project to locate turtle crossing hotspots.

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A Sunday afternoon traffic crash in Woodruff that resulted in injuries leads to charges against a Lake Tomahawk man.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports a vehicle driven by 51 year old Bruce Winston allegedly crossed the center line and struck a south bound vehicle on Highway 47 north at Mid Lake Road. That driver remains unidentified.

Winston was in Oneida County Court Tuesday, charged with three felonies including reckless driving causing great bodily harm along with two misdemeanors. A cash bond of $15,000 was set by Judge Patrick O'Melia.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

MADISON, Wis. - Cover crops have been around about as long as farming. Among other benefits, cover crops are good for the soil and create a natural barrier against pests. But they could also have another surprising benefit: carbon credits.

Cover crops eliminate a surprising amount of carbon dioxide.

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Many visitors come to the Northwoods to breath the clean air. But an air quality expert says not that long ago clean air was not as plentiful.

May is Clean Air Month, held annually to recognize air quality trends in Wisconsin Amanda Jutrvonka with the DNR's Air Management Program says Wisconsin's air quality has improved much since the federal Clean Air Act...

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The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes is celebrating World Migratory Bird Day this Friday night and Saturday and the public is invited.

Birdfest's goal is to foster bird conservation and education and to introduce the public to migrating birds. Friday night is a meet and greet at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts. Here's club president Bill Lamon...

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In some parts of the state, the unemployment level has not been this low in history.

While levels have remained stable here, the Northwoods continues to have above average joblessness.

Wisconsin's statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to a new all time low of 2.8 percent in April, led largely by historic employment levels in mostly southern Wisconsin communities.

State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau gives the jobless rates in part of the Northwoods...

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It's Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff to the summer season, but a state Secretary hopes it's a day you take a moment to remember the ultimate sacrifices of the men and women in military service.

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Daniel Zimmerman says his focus is on the veterans that served, those who didn't make it back, and also on the families of those who served.

He is spending the Memorial Day weekend traveling Wisconsin and talking to veterans, families and the public about the meaning of Memorial Day... 

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Two state agencies are asking motorists to be aware of more ATV-UTV's on the roadways this summer.

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Home sales are a key indicator of the economy. Wisconsin's realtors are seeing fewer homes to sell, interest rates are inching up and prices are increasing.

Wisconsin Realtors Association economist David Clark says a tightening inventory in urban areas has caused a problem...

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After announcing his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District in February, Kyle Frenette announced Friday that he is withdrawing his candidacy for personal reasons. Frenette said it 'wasn't my time'.

Frenette is the manager of the band Bon Iver.

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