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.

Wisconsin Gambling Opponents Don't Want More Advertising

Mar 2, 2017

Governor Walker this week proposed spending more money to advertise the Wisconsin Lottery. This action has drawn a sharp reaction from a group opposed to more gambling.

The state lottery's proceeds go to property tax relief. Walker has proposed a 40 percent jump in advertising to $10.5 million dollars to encourage more play.

Lorri Pickens from the group Citizens Against Expanded Gambling says the spending more for people to gamble more is a questionable action....

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Wisconsin hospitals are lowering some infection rates by nearly 60 percent and reducing hospital readmission rates according to a new report released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Wisconsin DNR

Warming temperatures, snow melt, residual frozen ground and rain can create conditions that may affect private wells and drinking water and a DNR specialist says be vigilant.

DNR private water supply field supervisor Marty Nessman says runoff this time of year can lead to well contamination...

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Seven people, most from the Northwoods, have been indicted on eight federal charges for distributing Oxycodone.

The U.S. Attorney in Green Bay filed the felony charges against 34 year old Lance Bruette of Minocqua; 38 year old Frank Lawrence of St. Germain; 29 year old Mitchell Plantikow of Woodruff; 52 year old Troy Plantikow of Woodruff; 31 year old Lacey Stanick of Woodruff and 57 year old Orvin Kay of Milwaukee.

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In a report to the state Natural Resources Board, a DNR spokeperson says they're shifting more toward paid inspection help at boat landings rather than volunteers.

Meeting in Madison Tuesday,(3-1-17) the board heard from DNR Section Chief Carroll Schaal about the efforts to get rid of invasive species Eurasian Water Milfoil in Wisconsin waters.

Once introduced, the plant spreads rapidly, choking out native species and clogging the water.

Schaal says in the last decade, volunteers have been the main thrust stopping the spread...

Vilas county will also be working this year to cut the amount of tobacco sold illegally to minors.

Recently, Oneida County reported an 11 percent level of non-compliance. Vilas county's level is twice that.

Tammi Boers from Vilas County Public Health says the Wisconsin Wins program, administered by the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition, does compliance checks each year.... martin grube-FEMA

The Walker administration has worked to get technical colleges to provide training that more quickly puts students into the workforce.

Locally, Nicolet College has announced a program to help budding entrepreneurs get moving on their ideas.

Nicolet College Dean Sandy Bishop describes the program...

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is getting almost $600,000 do fix a building at the facility on Rhinelander's west side.

The DOT announced the grant to renovate the snow removal equipment building, bringing it up to code and replacing needed equipment and building materials due to age and corrosion. The building was originally built in 1978 and expanded in 1988. The project is scheduled to be done this fall. Arnold

The winner of a Powerball lottery prize from Vilas county has come forward.

Robert Lienke of Eagle River is one of two lucky players who matched four numbers plus the Powerball in the Saturday, February 18 Powerball drawing to win $50,000.

Lienke purchased his ticket at Nobbes North at 2901 Highway 70 East in Eagle River.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Day National Committee

Veterans of all generations are invited to a free multi-county veterans benefits expo in late April in Rhinelander.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says veterans offices from Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Vilas counties will be there, along with the VA regional office, Nicolet College, Workforce Development, VA Medical Center and private vendors will be there to assist veterans...

....we encourage any veteran, any family member, any survivor, any caregiver of a veteran to see what we have to offer them. .."

A bill to repeal the mandatory school start date of September 1 has been introduced in the Wisconsin legislature with 24 Assembly co-sponsors and 11 Senate co-sponsors.

One of the co-sponsors is Representative Mary Felzkowski of Lincoln county.

Northland Pines Administrator Michael Richie said he received 16 letters of support from chambers of commerce across Wisconsin and two chambers opposed. The two chambers opposed were Tomahawk and Land O' Lakes, even though, Richie says, the Tomahawk school district supports the repeal.

One person is dead and a Lincoln County Sheriff's Department deputy is on paid administrative leave after a shooting incident Monday night west of Merrill.

The Sheriff's Department reports a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch along county road "FF" in the town of Corning. The unidentified deputy reported that shortly after arriving on the scene, the driver allegedly   began shooting at the deputy who returned fire, killing the driver.

Next month, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit levels within their counties.

DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says Council meetings will also determine if any additional deer hunting opportunities beyond the normal seasons may be offered this year.... Arnold

A Northwoods-based addiction treatment facility is trying a new approach to treatment that they hope becomes a model for others to follow.

Executive Director of Family Health Center, Greg Nycz spoke last week after the opening of the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center in Minocqua.

He says they've worked with physicians to reduce opioid prescriptions, and have come up with testing and treatment in the hope of ending a troubling cycle....

One person has died in a town of Newbold snowmobile crash.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 11 a.m. by Vilas County after a report of a snowmobile crash near the Rustic Manor in St. Germain, on the Oneida-Vilas border.