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.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department/WJFW

A Rhinelander man  was captured early Thursday afternoon after being sought by at least two county sheriff's departments for  allegedly pepper spraying a Lincoln county sheriff's deputy.

27 year old Steven Morris of Rhinelander was driving a car early Thursday morning on Lincoln county "A" and Highway 51 near Tomahawk. A deputy pulled Morris over to  question him. During the stop, Morris  took off on foot and the deputy and him fought. Morris is reported to have allegedly pepper sprayed the deputy then fled again.

Four people were hospitalized this week with the fungal infection blastomycosis after a tubing trip down the Wolf River towards New London. Northern Wisconsin is one of the nation's hotspots for the problem.

Most of the cases each year occur in animals, mainly dogs. Retired Rhinelander-area veterinarian says Dr. Ron Reupert says 'blasto' spores are  inhaled in a dry form into the lung from the soil. He says the lungs of humans or dogs are a perfect spot for the spores to grow....

Suzanne Flory

Firefighters from Wisconsin have joined the battle against wildfires in northern California. One  detail is  near Willow Creek, California involves Suzanne Flory  from the U.S. Forest Service office based in Rhinelander.

Flory is a veteran Public Information Officer at these kinds of events and says this fire was caused by extremely dry conditions and lots of lightning last Thursday...

DNR  biologists have confirmed cougar sightings last month southwest of Elcho in Langlade County .
 DNR large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland in Rhinelander says the cat was caught on trail cameras last month...

" the past week the DNR has received two different pictures from different land owners of pictures of cougars in Langlade county. Both of those pictures were taken on separate properties, both on the ninth of July..."

He says the public should not be alarmed...

The latest research on preventing the spread of White Nose Syndrome among Wisconsin's bat populations will be presented this weekend.  You can also find out how you can help preserve the populations.

Nicolet Area Technical College

The new president of Nicolet Area Technical College says he's been getting out and meeting with some of the area's economic development groups but he's spending most of his time right now getting to know the campus.

Dr. Richard Nelson began his new job  July 1. He says things are what was said they would be when he went through the interview process.

He says the education world is rapidly changing to keep pace with a rapidly changing economic world....


A wildlife rehabilitation expert says anglers could go a long way to help two key members of the Northwoods bird family.

Mark Naniot from Wild Instincts Rehab near Rhinelander says many eagle and loons have been hit by lead poisoning...

"....lead fishing tackle, we're trying really hard to get the lead out of fishing equipment. Between Loons and (bald) Eagles we see a tremendous amount of lead poisoning these days. A lot of it is due to the fishing equipment we use...."

Bicycle enthusiasts will have a chance to traverse portions of two states as part of the "Ride With Leinie" fundraiser coming up this Saturday.

Mark Gostisha owns the Forest Lake Country Store on county Highway "B"  and coordinates the event for the Wilderness Lake Trails in the Land O' Lakes area. He says the event began to help expand bicycle trails...

"....the "Ride With Leine" started out as a fundraiser, a brainchild when the bicycle trail was expanding from seven miles to a 38 mile loop around the Sylvania Wilderness Area..."

Federal and state officials are out with income guidelines for the coming school year for free and reduced meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs.

Department of Public Instruction spokesperson Tom McCarthy says the basic income to get free student meals is just over $31,000 for a family of four. To get a reduced meal price would be an income for a family of four up to $44,863.

McCarthy says students who are hungry don't do as well in school....


Questions about private water wells and well monitoring has prompted the Vilas County Health Department to host a well monitoring program this Saturday at various locations within the county.

Health Department Director Gina Egan says clean water is essential..

"....we're trying to take a look at the quality of water here in Vilas county. Healthy drinking water is fundamental to a healthy life. We want to make sure everyone's water is safe...."

More than 1,000 Vilas county homes are getting surveys this week from the county to get feedback about some key issues.

Vilas County Community Resource Development Educator Christopher Stark says as the population changes in the county, they would like to find out more about resident's opinions. He says it's called the Community Connections Survey. One question concerns fastest speed Internet service...

"....we'll be interested to know the answers to that because we're not aware of any comprehensive countywide survey has been done on just that subject...."

A near perfect growing season has made gardeners happy, but it also means a large growth of aquatic invasive species in our lakes.

Oneida County AIS coordinator Michele Sadauskas  says they've noticed abundant weed growth this summer  and more vegetation being hauled up onto landings...

" the same time we're getting some feedback from the wardens that people aren't paying a lot of attention what is coming off their boats and they're leaving some of that vegetation on the boats..."

The state is holding an initial meeting soon to develop a plan to restore pollinators to areas hard hit by the loss of this critical link in the food chain.

A meeting is set for the Arlington Ag Research Station on Wednesday, August 12.

Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Donna Gilson says it's no secret pollinators, mainly honey bees, have been declining for a number of reasons....

Two loons within the space of a month were snared by fishing tackle on Two Sisters Lake in the town of Newbold. Both birds survived, but needed outside help.

Mark Naniot from Wild Instincts animal rehab near Rhinelander was called to help each loon...

"....the male ended up getting hooked in the upper bill. We worked with the Loon Research Team. We were able to capture the Loon and remove the hook out it's mouth. One thing we were concerned about is the chicks had just hatched that day..."

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Tomahawk woman will get a break from prosecutors IF she testifies against her ex-husband on a first-degree murder charge.

33 year old Latoya Wolf had been charged with party to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Kenneth Wells under the Davenport Street bridge in Rhinelander. Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced the terms of the plea agreement...

"....the state's recommendation is for a 25 year sentence, bifurcated into 12 years of initial confinement, followed by 13 years of extended supervision..."