Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.

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Lake regulations on cellphone
4:10 am
Sat September 7, 2013

DNR Mobile Phone Link For Anglers

Cellphones and fishing
Credit gizmodo.com

Anglers with mobile phones can grab information on inland fishing lake regulations.


The DNR is out with a new mobile-friendly website.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the DNR completed an inland lake regulation database. With a little tweeking, the database was setup for portable phone use...


 

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Looks like lily pads
4:08 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Another Aquatic Invasive Pulled From Forest County Lake

Yellow Floating Heart
Credit Oregon.gov

Add Yellow Floating Heart to the growing list of aquatic invasive species in the Northwoods.


Recently a group pulled the lily-pad-like invasive from Gordon Lake in Forest county.


Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator Michele Sadauskas


says like many invasives, the plant is a fast-grower....

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Began in 2006
4:06 am
Sat September 7, 2013

No Rhinelander Deer Hunt This Fall

Lunch time!
Credit westernviews.us

No deer hunt in the city of Rhinelander this year. Last week a city committee recommended that the hunt not take place this year.


The deer find Rhinelander to be hospitable with plenty of cover, gardens and flowers to eat, and few predators. They also proved to be a traffic hazard with several car-deer accidents reported. The city council approved the first antlerless, in-city, bow-and-arrow hunt in 2006, and it has been held most years since then.

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Manufacturing and Agriculture are key
4:05 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Revenue Sec. Says As Economy Grows, More Tax Revenue

Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler
Credit revenue.wi.gov

Governor Walker's Revenue Secretary says more tax incentives will provide for a growing economy.


Secretary Rick Chandler spoke Friday to the quarterly meeting of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation at Treehaven near Tomahawk.


Chandler says the tax credits are designed to promote more jobs...


 

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Speaker at UU Church Sept. 15
4:00 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Group Says Solitary Confinement in Prisons Akin To Torture

Linda Gustitus, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Credit uuworld.org

A group hoping to end the prison system's use of prolonged solitary confinement says the practice amounts to a form of torture.


Seven years ago, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture formed to try to end the government's use of torture in places like Iraq and Cuba. President Linda Gustitus


says the increasing use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons leads to more problems and is becoming a costly way for budget-strapped governments to house prisoners.


Gustitus says the practice is common here..


 

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Korean War vintage
12:14 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Hand Grenade Found In Vilas County, Detonated

Korean War era hand grenade
Credit blog.timesunion. com

An old Korean-War vintage hand grenade was detonated by the area bomb squad Thursday after the explosive was discovered at Arbor Vitae.


Incoming Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says the live grenade was found on property at Old Highway 51 Road by the Hiwatha Trailer Resort.


Fath says a former resident at the resort apparently had owned the device and it was in a storage facility. He says it was found by a current resident...


 

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Succeeds Frank Tomlanovich
12:08 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Fath To Become Vilas County Sheriff On Sunday

Vilas County squad car

Governor Scott Walker has named long-time Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath as the county's new sheriff.


Fath succeeds Frank Tomlanovich who died in June after a brief illness. Tomlanovich was elected as sheriff in 2010.


Fath says he is excited to begin, but challenges await...


 



"....I'm excited with my new position and the some of the duties I'm going to be involved with. Obviously we face some challenges ahead of us, particularly with the budget..."

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Local bank accounts
5:46 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Scam Reported In Eagle River

Credit co.vilas.wi.us

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen is warning area residents of another scam in the region.


This time, people are getting phone calls or texts that there are problems with their account at a local bank...


 

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Charged With Attempted Homicide
5:04 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Alsteens Declared Competent To Stand Trial

Marcus Alsteens

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide has been found competent to stand trial.


23 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested August 12 after a relative had allegedly been shot  at Alsteens' Rhinelander home.


State psychologist Dr. Michael Galli interviewed Alsteens at the request of the Public Defender's office to determine his ability to understand proceedings to help in his own defense. Public Defender Maggie Hogan agreed with Galli's findings...


 

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Limits could come in 2016
3:11 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Meeting Set To Discuss Panfish Management

Possible limits on panfish
Credit 3brothersflies.com

Studies of fish populations showing panfish size going down statewide have spurred the DNR to develop a management plan. While the agency has management plans for other popular species, panfish were left unmanaged.


Earlier this year, DNR officials went out to get input on a possible plan. Another meeting is planned in a few days.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the upcoming meeting will convene several groups involved in the decision...


 

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