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.


The season for the prize fish of Wisconsin waters...the muskellunge...opens Saturday and a DNR fisheries spokesman says prospects look good for some large fish.

Northern Fisheries Supervisor Mike Vogelsang says the weather this spring has put a twist on things...

"....the unseasonably cool weather might be a challenge to anglers out there. My recommendation is to seek out the warmest water you can find, the shallow bays, newly emerging weeds and scale down your baits a bit. I'd be throwing smaller baits, definitely...."

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The Nicolet College Foundation recently presented its 2017 Friends and Partners Award to the U.S. Forest Service Blackwell Job Corps.

The career-training organization received the honor for its work with the college to build a first-of-its-kind partnership to teach firefighting skills to Blackwell students.

The Blackwell facility is located near Laona.

The pilot program last year resulted in 17 individuals with  structural firefighter and hazardous materials training, each earning official Firefighter 1 status.

Two Northwoods legislators have differing opinions on the repeal of the state's Forestry Mill tax.

The tax is the state's only property tax. Governor Walker has proposed eliminating the Mill Tax and replacing it with money from the state spending.

Authorized in 1924, this revenue source has supported forestry programs that facilitated the successful recovery from the 'cut over time' when there was no Northwoods as we have today.

In 2014, the tax was estimated to be about $25 dollars for a $150,000 home.

Wisconsin DNR

A Woodruff-based conservation warden has been presented an award for his work in the Northwoods.

The state Natural Resources Board presented Warden Supervisor Dave Walz with the Shikar Safari Club Internatinal Wildlife Officer of the Year. The annual award honors the officer whose efforts during the previous year helped preserve and protect wildlife, particularly in the enforcement of conservation laws.

Walz supervises the wardens in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties, including the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Walz told the state board he was honored...


Rhinelander is close to having its first dog park.

The city Parks, Buildings and Grounds  committee unanimously approved the use of Shepard Park on the city's southside as an off-leash, fenced in dog park.

Tina Werres has long sought a facility. Earlier this year, the request to locate the park at Pioneer Park was rejected after other groups objected. But the little used Shepard Park along Boyce Drive was suggested and Werres told the committee she had complied with the committee's requests...


A report on how area residents want Rhinelander parks to be used was presented to a committee Monday.

The detailed report was assembled by a Task Force under the direction of Oneida County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development agent Myles Alexander.

In the 36-page report, Alexander says it's  designed to turn Rhinelander's parks decisions from confrontation to collaboration, ad hoc to planned development and deferred maintenance to reinvestment.

Wi. Dept. of Tourism

Fresh off a successful White Deer Triathlon in Boulder Junction Saturday, organizers are announcing a first-of-its-kind event in Boulder Junction and Wisconsin following the same theme as the White Deer.

The Department of Tourism announced the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce has been awarded $5,000 to promote the Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon in February.

Chamber Director Theresa Smith describes the winter version...

" consists of a 9.5k cross country ski route for both classic and skate skiing, a 6K snowshoe, and a 9.5K fat tire route..."

Wisconsin DNR

With the spring breeding season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, DNR biologists are again asking citizens to submit their observations of where turtles and other wildlife are found crossing roads.

Conservation biologist Andrew Badje says females are coming out of the wetlands, lakes and rivers and they're looking for places to nest upland in open sandy or gravel areas. Badje coordinates the turtle conservation program...

More than a year ago, UW-Extension began a statewide reorganization that will likely change how services are offered in all of the state's 72 counties.

Last week, County U-W Extension leader Lynn Feldman detailed to the Oneida county board the many areas the local staff is involved with throughout the county...

"...for 2016, unduplicated people served, 5,548....teaching lessons, 338. Our volunteer network is huge, so we have 107 active volunteers...."

Trees For Tomorrow

Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River is offering a chance for the public to help re-seed the Northwoods.

Operations Manager Cheryl Todea says the 'two-for-one' seedling program goes back a long ways, saying it started 72 years ago..

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Lincoln county authorities are looking for an inmate who failed to return to jail after a furlough.

24 year old Chastity Lerae Ritchie was furloughed by order of Lincoln county court but did not return as scheduled on Friday.

. Ritchie is described as 5’2, weighs 120 pounds has brown hair, green eyes and tattoos.

She had been in jail on failure to pay child support. Lincoln County officials ask if you have any information to call

Nicolet Area Technical College

An innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for adult learners with intellectual disabilities had their graduation ceremonies Friday.

The program is based at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and is designed for students who require more than the traditional level of support in order to be successful in a college environment.

Katherine Garrison is Jump!Start liaison.

She says the program is just one of six of its type in Wisconsin and the only program in northern Wisconsin.

Marshfield Clinic Health System is making it easier for patients and community members to safely dispose of medication by adding collection kiosks at 14 Marshfield Clinic pharmacy locations across Wisconsin.

The kiosks are part of a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to help curb prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin.

Sue Wilhelm is Director of Pharmacy at Security Health Plan, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. She outlines how the kiosks work...

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corp.

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation is hosting its 1st annual Legislative Update in Three Lakes Monday morning.(May 22)

Grow North focuses on creating economic development opportunities in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and three other counties.

President Collette Sorgel says because they have four key initiatives they're working on, they decided to invite Northwoods legislators to the meeting to share what is happening with those issues in Madison.

She says the first topic is broadband expansion..