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.

Crews are cleaning up a fuel spill in Minocqua that could have been much worse.

Thursday a fuel tanker became disengaged from it's tractor and spilled about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel into a wetland on county Highway "J".

A Haz-Mat team contained the fuel to the wetland. Emergency responders quickly worked to contain the spill. Reports indicate responders think they will get almost all of the fuel out of the wetland by this weekend. They report weather has been favorable to keep the fuel from spreading out of the wetland, as it likely would in a heavy rain event.

Phelps Chamber of Commerce

10 free bands will be on the shore of North Twin Lakes in Phelps Friday and Saturday. Proceeds will benefit youth activities and bring music fans to downtown Phelps.

Chamber of Commerce Director Celeste Hendrickson.....

"....two days of live music on North Twin Lake, can't ask for a better setting. The funds will help the youth recreation in Phelps. They have great programs for the youth, from T-Ball, softball, soccer...just a great program...."

A study by the website found in some areas of the country, driving just a few miles could mean a wide variance in gas prices. In Wisconsin, not so much.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says they found some of the widest gaps between cheaper and more expensive gas in California. He says there, motorists could save by just driving a few miles to a cheaper station. But in Wisconsin, DeHaan says prices tend to be closer...

Housing numbers released by Wisconsin Realtors Association show the state's market has returned to pre-Great Recession levels.

Economist David Clark says the May 2016 numbers show a significant milestone as the median price reached $165,000...

"....the recession, given that it was primarily linked to the housing market had caused those median prices to drop to $136,000 by the time they got to May of 2011. Looking at those May median price figures, we have gotten back to those pre-recession levels....."

Suspects are being sought for a scam involving counterfeit PlayStation 4 video games.

The scam involves several north-central Wisconsin Wal-Mart stores. In total, the loss is more than $3,700 dollars to Wisconsin Wal-Mart stores, including several in this region.

Law enforcement says a man and a woman approach the stores with a receipt and what appears to be PlayStation 4 video games. In Wausau, $250 were returned, along with what appeared to be a legitimate receipt from a store in Kansas. After the returns were sold again, they were found to be counterfeit.

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the purchase of 120 acres from the Johnson Heritage Trust Company of Rhinelander for about a quarter-million dollars for the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area east of Elcho in Langlade county.

The Upper Wolf River in Langlade County has been classified as an Outstanding Resource Water.

The DNR's Doug Haag outlines the parcel...

It's vacation time, but a state consumer affairs spokesperson says it's not time to relax as identity thieves can strike quickly if you let your guard down. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Jerad Albracht says a few suggestions include using a credit card instead of a debit card as the credit card offers more protection if lost or stolen. says be careful not to take along identity cards like Social Security, Medicare and banking cards. He says be very careful of ATM machines. A growing concern are skimmers.

Van Stippen campaign

The Democratic challenger to State Senator Tom Tiffany(12th-Hazelhurst)  says Tiffany's recent portrayal of a portion of the  proposed "Homeowner's Bill of Rights" is off the mark.

Aircraft from the 115th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard along with the Civil Air Patrol took part in a training mission over the skies of Rhinelander Tuesday noon hour. Airport Director Joe Brauer says the units have trained over Rhinelander for a few years after an incident with a plane stolen from Thunder Bay, Ontario.....

"....there was an incident where a student stole and aircraft from one of the Fixed Based Operator trainers and was testing the system on how far he could get (into) the United States..."

Ken Krall

A long-rumored downtown tunnel has been exposed as crews continue the underground utility work as part of downtown Rhinelander Streetscape above and below ground updating.

A tunnel was exposed below Stevens Street running from the Associated Bank building to the bank drive-up across the street. Town and Country Engineering project manager Mark Barden says the tunnel was no surprise...

Wisconsin DNR

Wild rice is common across the Northwoods, and the DNR is seeking public comment as the agency begins a strategic analysis for its management.

DNR environmental review coordinator Jon Simonson says the input is being sought...

"....Essentially what this is is a 'think before you act' fact-finding process. Before we draft a more formal wildlife management plan, first we need to lay out all the information and alternatives that will be important for the public and decision makers when it comes to wild rice management...."

The tax watchdog group Wisconsin Taypayers Alliance is out with a new report with what they say appears to be a decline in state lottery and tribal gaming revenues.

In 1987, voters amended the state Constitution to allow a state lottery, and court decisions after the vote allowed tribal gaming operations. The lottery is intended to provide property tax relief for residential properties. A WTA analysis found during the 1990's, credits to homeowners averaged about 3.5 percent. Last year that number held at 2.1 percent.

Drew Kurth

Next, WXPR's Ken Krall talks with Katherine Garrison, the Coordinator of Nicolet College's Jump Start program. Recently 16 persons from the region with intellectual disabilities graduated from the program, looking for a career. The program is the first of it's type in northern Wisconsin. Lets hear from Katherine Garrison...

Jump Start Coordinator Katherine Garrison with Ken Krall.

Northwoods Land Trust

The public is invited Saturday to a dedication that continues public access to Interstate Falls near Hurley.

The Northwoods Land Trust of Eagle River will dedicate the preservation of the land and falls at the town of Kimball Community Center. The Northwoods Land Trust will have their annual meeting at 11 a.m., and after lunch, will dedicate the spot at 1:00 p.m.

Update: Sunday afternoon, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department identified the traffic crash victim as 75 year old Antoine E. Durocher of Three Lakes. 7:00 p.m.-- -- One person has died in a traffic crash in Vilas County over the weekend.