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.

A free car seat inspection sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department is set for Monday at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink is also a nationally-certified car seat technician. While adults can click into properly installed seat belts, she says many children are not....

".....three out of four car seats are not used correctly. We often find safety things that are not quite up to what they're supposed to be doing. It's more than just making sure the car seat is in tightly...."

A child with apparent development disabilities was saved from possible drowning last week by Tomahawk Police.

It will look like a disaster, but it's only a drill as several emergency groups will practice at the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport.

The MOCK Full-Scale Disaster Exercise allows airport staff and emergency responders to respond to a realistic exercise says Airport Director Joe Brauer. He says they are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct this type of training...

The Wisconsin Counties Association is out with a proposed resolution to the state's 72 county boards designed to pressure legislative budget writers to put more money into fixing Wisconsin's highways.

Director of Government Affairs for the Association, Kyle Christianson, says local governments have struggled to find a solution to the transportation funding dilemma across the state....

We're into the early part of the summer construction season, but a word of caution has been sent out from officials: careful where you dig or it could cost you big bucks.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says before you dig, call 8-1-1 to make sure you're not going to accidentally cut utility service...

"....there are many utilities buried underground, from electric and gas to water cable and fiber optics. It's really important(to call) as there are some dangerous cables under the ground...."

A 57 year old Mosinee man has died in a Lincoln county ATV crash.

The Sheriff's Department reports Thomas E. Radenz was pronounced dead at a Tomahawk hospital late Saturday afternoon.

Deputies report Radenz was westbound on Newwood Road west of county "O" in the town of Tomahawk. The ATV went out of control and struck a culvert. Radenz was thrown from the ATV. Radenz was wearing a helmet. No passengers were on the ATV. The 9-1-1 call came in at 4:43 p.m.

Several emergency responders were on the scene.

Kelly Kearns-DNR

Garlic mustard is a land-based invasive species and once established can be tough to get rid of.

DNR plant conservationist Kelly Kearns says Garlic mustard can significantly alter the composition of entire forests. ..

" grows as a biennial. The first year it germanates and creates this rosette that stays green over the winter. It's still growing well into fall and early in the spring before anything else can grow, it's alreay growing...."

Wi. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

It's Memorial Day across the United States.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and began to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the Civil War.

By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

John Scocos is the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary. He says Memorial Day is the most solumn of the nation's holidays...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

State of Wisconsin prison inmates are returning to Oneida county's jail to be housed.

Overflow state Department of Corrections inmates were housed beginning in 1999 in Oneida county. F

or several Northwoods counties, these prisoners provided a solid revenue stream to county budgets.

Sheriff Grady  Hartman says the state again agreed to pick up the program...

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a growing topic of interest. UW-Superior is offering classes soon for local residents to earn credits in Rhinelander.

College Admission Specialist Dan Kuzlik says there has been a call locally to learn more...

".....(the classes will be delivered) through ITV technology. We've had a lot of questions from teachers and paraprofessionals that are looking for courses like this that will help them do better work in the classroom..."

The classes start in June.

Wi. Dept.of Tourism

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett recently  presented a $30,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce for its new market research campaign.

Tomahawk Chamber's new Executive Director Jessica Witte outlines where the money will go...

"....the majority of the grant will be used to do some research, again, do some very pointed tourism research to see what is bringing people to the area. The second phase of the grant will be used to set up a marketing and branding initiative...."

Workers will be out this weekend at Northwoods boat landings to try to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the first major weekend of the summer season is a good time to check boats and get out the word about stopping aquatic hitchhikers...

People camping this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer can do their part to protect Wisconsin's trees by buying and burning firewood locally, and not moving it from location to location.

For people camping at state parks and forests, state law requires that any firewood brought to a property be from within 10 miles of the campground. DNR Forest health specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says campers to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and other state facilities should remember to not bring in firewood from other parts of the state...

In some Wisconsin counties, unemployment is below pre-Great Recession levels, but in much of the Northwoods, the rate remains double the lower averages.

The April unemployment rate in Oneida county was 6.2 percent, Forest and Vilas counties have the state's fourth highest rate at 8.2 percent, Langlade is at 6 percent, Lincoln county at 5.2 percent, Price county at 5.1 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 10.8 percent.


A ribbon cutting is set for Sunday in Conover to mark the opening of a portion of a long sought after bike trail between Conover and Phelps.

Great Headwaters Trail spokesperson Jeff Currie says the town board suggested a formal ribbon cutting for the 3.2 mile portion...

"....this three miles is done, it's paid for. It's the most expensive part, it's the most difficult part because of wetlands and three water crossings which included two bridges, which cost alot of money. We plan to do the next five miles this summer...."