Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.

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Whitetail deer decision
3:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tribes Waiting On Judge's Decision Regarding Night Hunting

Hunting at night?
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin's six Chippewa tribes met last week in Mole Lake with state officials to talk about natural resource issues within the ceded territory.

Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribes and the state meet to keep communication open.

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Legal size fish in three years
3:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

On Short Notice, DNR Leaders Pleased With Walleye Initiative

DNR officials say the new walleye stocking initiative is getting good results.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

While the next several days outdoors are all about things white tail, the DNR recently said the first year of the Walleye Initiative has been a success.

After the legislature came up with more funding to improve state fish hatcheries and programs earlier this year, the DNR announced the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, aimed at stocking larger fingerlings in state waters.

The DNR's fisheries director Mike Staggs talks with Ken Krall:

The larger fingerlings are in the 6 to 8 inch range, which biologists say gives  the young walleyes a better chance to grow to maturity.

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"chicken or egg" dilemma
5:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Expert: Talking Will Lead To More Local Rail Service

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

An Upper Peninsula college professor says communication breakdowns between business and the railroads is hurting commerce in northern Wisconsin and the U.P.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission met last week in Rhinelander. The group is composed of 11 Wisconsin counties and two from the U.P., trying to increase rail use in the region.

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Blueprint For Deer Management
4:55 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Stepp: Deer Trustee Report To NRB In January

Credit Wisconsin DNR

After much public input and meetings, Wisconsin's DNR Secretary says the Deer Trustee recommendations will go before the Natural Resources Board in January.

Governor Walker hired a Texas-based whitetail deer researcher, Dr. James Kroll, who made a number of recommendations concerning Wisconsin's deer management. The DNR had a series of public sessions and social media input to put together an action plan based on Kroll's findings which will come before the board in January.

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Clothing for the needy
1:35 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

More Than Mittens: Tourism Business Collect Warm Clothes

Credit en.wikipedia.org

What started as a contest between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin's Tourism Departments continues as an effort to help those without warm winter clothing.

"The Big Bundle Up" finds local Chambers of Commerce and other tourism organization beginning a collection.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed says this is the third year of the program. It all began with a public debate between the tourism department about 'which state looks more like a mitten, Wisconsin or Michigan?...."

 

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Arts & Life
4:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Click On Picture For Alzheimer's Program

The audio from the WXPR forum on Alzheimer's is available by scrolling over the picture in the White Pine Room.

Wants more young people, women to hunt
4:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Stepp Says Deer Hunt Is Like 'Christmas' For DNR

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says she's a new deer hunter.
Credit wisconsin.gov

On the eve of the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunt, WXPR's Ken Krall talked with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, a new deer hunter herself, about the upcoming hunt.

Stepp says they are working to have a app ready for smartphones that relates to the hunt. More information is on the DNR website.

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Funding restored
3:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed

Lara Reed
Credit With permission starjournalnow.com

As the Oneida County Board recently wrestled to balance its 2014 budget, a proposed cut would have struck $10,000 from the county tourism council's budget.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...

 

"....travelers in Oneida county spent $185 million dollars(this year)...that's $5,193 dollars for every man, woman and child in the county. Traveler spending supports 2,070 full-time equivalent jobs..."

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Former Rhinelander teacher
3:11 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Juergens To Be Sentenced Next Month

Joshua Jueregens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The former Rhinelander high school English teacher will enter a plea next month to several charges related to an alleged theft, drug possession and growing marijuana.

Joshua Juergens' attorney Maggie Hogan and District Attorney Michael Schiek said at a hearing in Rhinelander Thursday that Juergens will enter a plea December 5 and be available for sentencing.

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Under $3.00 gallon in Milwaukee
12:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Gas Prices Likely Stable For the Holidays, Rise In 2014

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

Holiday gas prices are expected to be stable but longer term they are likely to rise again, according to a petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com

Prices have been declining since summer, with some stations in Milwaukee below $3.00 a gallon.

Patrick DeHaan says as the weather gets colder people don't drive as much...

 

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