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.

Philip Chard

A Wisconsin pschyotherapist who writes an award-winning column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will speak Thursday at Nicolet College.

Philip Chard writes the column "Out of My Mind". He will talk on enhancing mental wellness and achieving greater wellbeing. He says within the field of psychology there's an effort to move away from constant-problem focus...

"..and embrace more of a positive psychology approach which is lets study how people report a lot of wellbeing and life satisfaction are able to accomplish that..."

A training for new volunteers is set for Thursday in Rhinelander for a program that takes seniors, youth, the disabled  and veterans out on fishing excursions.

The Rhinelander chapter of  "Lets Go Fishing" needs people to learn to be captains and mates says spokesperson Neal Baudhuin. He says they will begin with a morning training session at the Oneida County Senior Center then move to the water....

Some lands  outside the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest are among the parcels the DNR has put up for sale.

In the last budget, the legislature said the state had to put up for sale at least 10,000 acres of state-owned property located outside the scope of state project boundaries.

The DNR's Steve Miller says this includes some property outside the Northern Highland land and some land in Lincoln county. He says you can find the listings on the DNR website...

A state economist says a year-long look at the Northwoods economy showed some counties grew jobs, other counties lost jobs.

Beau Gellings in Wausau says Oneida, Lincoln and Price counties saw job gains, while Iron, Langlade and Vilas counties saw job losses. He measured several sectors hires and losses...

"....if you look at fourth-quarter 2014 compared to fourth quarter 2013, this is the net change..."

Gellings looked at the top three business sectors in each county and the bottom three in terms of hiring.

The Deer Tick is also responsible for at least two other illnesses besides the widely known Lyme Disease.

Lyme disease is a concern in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and can cause a variety of flu-like symptoms. But Char Ahrens of Oneida County Public Health says  Anaplasmosis , and Ehrlichiosis  and other illnesses are a concern.

Sometimes those problems are in conjunction with having Lyme Disease.  Ahrens outlines the symptoms...

A Northwoods Democrat says she wonders about paying for an arena in Milwaukee with tax money while schools and roads in the north are underfunded.

State Senator Janet Bewley, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the state Senate's approval last week of nearly $400 million dollars to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena shows questionable  priorities....

A number of crashes reported over the weekend in the Northwoods, with one person reported killed.

A three vehicle crash Friday night in northern Langlade county proved fatal for an Elcho man.

25 year old Joseph Ziemendorf was killed on Highway "K" near Pratt road when his vehicle collided with an SUV driven by a LaGrange, Illinois man. That collision pushed Ziemendorf's vehicle into the path of a vehicle driven by another LaGrange, Ilinois driver.

Daryl Youngstrum

James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander was buzzing Friday(7/17)  as the School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins.

This is the 52 year for the program, originating the UW-Madison Continuing Studies department. The school brings together writers, musicians, photographers and artists of all types each summer in Rhinelander.

This year they went to a weekend format in the hopes of bringing in more people able to stay for a shorter period of time.

Biologists say habitat preservation is critical to preserving wildlife. The DNR reports turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters contributions have led to large increases in habitat preservation.

More than 500,000 acres of land have been restored for both turkey and pheasant hunters each  says DNR ecologist Krista McGinley.....

"....over three-quarters of pheasand and turkey stamp revenues has gone to restoring, maintaining habitat for those species in the state..."

The Executive Director of Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority says they're working toward getting more middle-range housing for the Northwoods.

Wyman Winston met with business groups in Rhinelander Thursday.

He says people in the middle class have few housing options..

".....there aren't a lot of housing options. You're either on the lake or you have nothing. Your either at the high end or there's not much(housing) there. So we want to see if there are things we can do over the next year to help the community...."

A 27 year old man from Merrill is in the Lincoln county jail after a large drug bust in Tomahawk.

Chief Al Elvins reports the man will be charged with possession and delivery of methamphetamine, possession and delivery of marijuana, possession of drug tools.

Authorities also seized a motor vehicle and $1,800 cash.

In addition to Tomahawk Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department on the North Central Drug Enforcement Group participated in the arrest.

Nicolet Area Technical College

The demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to grow by more than 30 percent nationally in the next decade. To meet  demand for trained counselors, Nicolet College is offering a technical diploma beginning this fall.

Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke says the training involves 28 credits in related subjects...

"....they will be offered through Nicolet, it's a collaborative project between Nicolet and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. We wrote a grant together given the really high increase in the problems in the state of Wisconsin...."

Catherine Marshall Commentaries Debut On WXPR

Jul 15, 2015

WXPR "Classics By Request" host Catherine Marshall has recently contributed commentaries for WXPR listeners.

The first one talks about the impact of colors....

Then she talks about the process of deciding which book do you read next?

Five Northwood’s organizations received grants from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Tuesday. The  recipients were nominated by employees at WPS.
 The WPS Foundation awarded $50,000  as part of the Employee Choice Grant. As WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile reports, WPS employees nominated non-profits they felt were making a difference...

"....we had over 200 employees that nominated organizations throughout northern Wisconsin and randomly selected 50 of those organizations...."