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.

Two children missing from Langlade County with their mother have been found safe and the mother was arrested.

Antigo Police report they were notified yesterday by the Pennington County, South Dakota, Sheriff's office that Cathy Brown and her children, Averie and Dalton, were located in Hill City, South Dakota. Brown was taken into custody on her warrant and is in the Pennington county jail pending extradition back to Wisconsin to face charges.

In many counties in the north, feeding deer is illegal due to the suspected presence of Chronic Wasting Disease. A DNR wildlife health specialist says long term habitat improvements would curtail the need to do more artificial deer feeding even in the CWD affected areas.

Tim Marien says you need to improve habitat in the summer to help deer survive the winter....

"...planting trees and oak stands, aspen in the summer months and maintaining it can have a bigger impact on deer survival during these late winter months of January, February and March...."

Many people this time of year are looking for weight loss after gaining weight over the holidays.

Marshfield Clinic uses a fast weight loss program that has been ratedas the best medically-supervised fast weight loss program. U.S. News and World report decided the HMR program was top in it's rankings.

Renee Trapp, health educator at Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center, says Health Management Resources, or HMR, has been around for more than 30 years. She says there are two programs, both of which are supervised, which helps people take the weight off.


Large retailers are using a legal tax loophole to challenge their property tax assessments, the latest one affecting the city of Rhinelander.

The city was notified January 11, that Menards has filed a claim of excessive assessment and is seeking a $51,000 refund for its Rhinelander store. The loophole being used successfully in other states is called the Dark Store loophole.

Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

He describes the loophole...

State Senator Janet Bewley(D-Mason) says Governor Walker said little in his recent State of the State address about the major changes in one well-known agency.

Democrat Bewley noted little was said about the DNR. A massive reorganization is planned within the agency....

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

More campsites have been added for people who enjoy spending time in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says many of the sites are close by....

" the Eagle River-Florence District has added some campsites to the reservation system. Some of them are already reservable, they've added additional sites. Others are brand new campgrounds to the reservation system...."

She says the additional campsites are in some already popular sites...

Each year, mid-to-late January weather is some of the coldest weather of the season.

The past several days makes you think it's closer to April than February. What is the reason for the warm spell? National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last in Green Bay says it's the jet stream...

Wisconsin Public Service says they, too, have been hit by the recent outbreak of scam calls to businesses.

WPS Spokesperson Matt Cullen says the target this time are businesses..

"....the person has told people that they have to make a payment or face disconnection or loss of power, sometimes within half an hour. We want to remind customers that is not how our company operates...."

Nicolet Area Technical College

Sue Perry of Lake Tomahawk is a Nurse Educator at Nicolet College. She's also a long-time registered nurse at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She's also an author of the book "From Beneath The Tarp", which details the tragic abuse she suffered as a young adult in her first marriage and her efforts now to reach out to help others.

In October, she received the Courage Award from the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse and recently was named to a panel on the topic. Perry stopped by the WXPR studios and spoke with Ken Krall....

A recent study concerning shoreline disturbances in Minnesota lakes has shown the more disturbances of the natural shoreline, the more it affects fish populations and water quality.

Oneida County conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the study involved four researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources looking at a lakes situation like Wisconsin's Northwoods.

She talks about the findings...

The Aspirus Health Foundation has announced the first class of future doctors and physician assistants have received scholarships totaling more than $200,000. The goal is to help alleviate a shortage of physicians in the region.

The Foundation's Executive Director Kalynn Pempek.....

A Rhinelander High School social studies school teacher says the program for which she recently won a state award helps broaden the perspective of her students.

Linda Goldsworthy will be given the Global Educator of the Year Friday by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

Goldsworthy says she and her colleagues at the school work on a globally-focused program and she coordinates the travel abroad program...

Oneida County has extended a moratorium on large-scale livestock feeding operations.

Large livestock feeding operations have arisen in many parts of the state and with it the possibility of polluting groundwater from manure runoff.

In February, 2016, the Oneida County board approved a moratorium so county staff could continue to study the ramifications if a large livestock business wanted to establish an operation here. The moratorium prohibits new livestock facilities that have more than 500 animals.

A 77 year old man from Colby, Wisconsin has been identified as the person killed Tuesday afternoon near Boulder Junction.

The State Patrol reports Richard Brandl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Beverly Brandl.

Richard Brandl died at the accident scene at U.S. 51 and county road "H" in Boulder Junction.

Beverly Brandl was transported to a Marshfield hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the Brandl vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer driven by a South Range man. He was not injured.

A 48 year old Green Bay man has died in a Minocqua snowmobile crash.

Minocqua Police report the crash Tuesday evening at the intersection of Camp Nine Road and Cedar Falls Drive.

Police report Jeffrey Lee Royle was was traveling on Lower Kaubashine Road Road when he lost control and crashed in a wooded area.

Royle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DNR reports its the four fatal snowmobile crash in Wisconsin this winter and the second since the start of 2017.