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.

Exposure to some insecticides has been shown to decrease children’s cognitive ability. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Environment International.

Pyrethroids are a family of insecticides used in agriculture and veterinary sectors, and  found in lice shampoo and mosquito products. Pyrethroids have generally been considered effective and safer than alternatives. They're  stored in ground-level dust, and can get into  the digestive system, such as when children put their hands to mouth.

The Veteran's Administration has been in the news recently. Tuesday, an open house is scheduled in Iron Mountain to show the public what the VA has to offer.

Brad Nelson is Public Affairs Officer for the Oscar G. Johnson V A Medical Center.  He says they want the community to see what is available...

"....really to engage the community, invite them to come in, see what we're all about. Also to explore opportunities to serve veterans as volunteers or employees...."

The DNR owns and maintains thousands of miles of roads and is required to inventory and map all roads.

The DNR is seeking feedback regarding general considerations used to evaluate motorized road access.

DNR land representative Aaron Buchholz says when the process is done, the public will have a clearer idea about these roads...

Vilas County Sheriff's Department

Two persons were rescued unharmed from Rice Lake in Vilas county midday today.(Friday).

The Sheriff's Department report they received a 9-1-1 call when the caller heard people screaming on the town of Cloverland lake.

Deputies found a boat had capsized with two people in the water. Deputies paddled out to the area with two row boats and a kayak. An off-duty Eagle River police officer assisted in a canoe and gave the swimmers lifejackets. The boaters were brought to shore and checked by medical personnel and were released.


The Summit Players Theater hosting two free sessions Sunday of "Shakespeare in the State Park", but in this case it's the state forest.

The players tour Wisconsin's parks putting on  performances geared toward audience interaction.While most of the performances have been  happening in state parks, this one will be in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest says Forest spokesperson Melissa Baker....

"...they will be coming to do a workshop at 2 p.m. for kids and a shortened version of a Midsummers Night Dream for free at 3:30 p.m....."

Next we hear from award-winning National Public Radio journalist, storyteller, musician and performer Joe McHugh. He and his wife Paula have been touring the Northwoods with performances including two this coming weekend. He also talks about a new book that was written from his own search for an answer within his own family...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

An Arbor Vitae woman charged with embezzling more than $30,000 from Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua has entered a no contest plea in Oneida County Court.

48 year old Brenda Wigglesworth entered the  plea to one count of theft from a business setting of more than $10,000. Wigglesworth is accused of taking the money while she was employed as the bookkeeper and office manager. Minocqua Police began investigating in 2013. She entered a not guilty plea last July.

Immanual Evangelical Lutheran church in Rhinelander this Saturday is hosting its annual fundraiser to help with hunger relief both locally and abroad.

The theme is built around an old-style drive-in with carhops and food.

Spokesperson Cory Dellenbach says this is the 12th year for the event...

"....we want to try and help the area food pantries. Our synod also collects money for world hunger relief. The majority of the money raised will be staying here, locally...."

Like much of the rest of Wisconsin, unemployment continues to fall as the Department of Workforce Development released the May local jobless numbers.

Last week, the Oneida county board voted to oppose a change in state shoreland zoning rules put into the budget debate. Tuesday, the Vilas county board did the same thing.

The motion approved by the state budget writing Joint Finance Committee would greatly reduce the ability of local governments, mostly counties, from having shoreland rules stronger than state minimums.

A DNR recreation warden says there's a disconnect by some members of the public between driving drunk on the roads and driving a watercraft while intoxicated. This weekend, law enforcement will be out to hammer home that there is no difference.

Friday through Sunday is the national Operation Dry Water campaign. Warden Jeff Dauterman in Antigo says alcohol is a major contributing factor in most serious recreational crashes. But he says people are aware of driving drunk on the roads, but don't carry that thought to the water...

The Natural Resources Board Wednesday approved a change in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest master plan requested  by Camp American Legion.

The change allows use of an additional 225 acres to provide accessible trails and hunting opportunities at Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.

Forest Superintendent Steve Peterson says the American Legion has operated the camp on Big Carr Lake and Little Lake Tomahawk since 1925 with a number of leases. He says there was an agreement that if they needed more land again, the state would work with  them...

The possibility exists of  a bike trail along the Wisconsin and Pelican rivers inside the city limits of Rhinelander, but a bike advocate thinks it's time to consider a trail from Rhinelander out to the Nicolet College campus.

Alex Young is a member of the Rhinelander city council and Oneida county board. The city has already approved seeking funding to possibly get a grant for the rivers portion of the trail...

A Northwoods Republican has found support for an effort to make sure cuts in the state transportation budget aren't made on the backs of rural Wisconsin residents.

Mary Czaja of Irma wrote Governor Walker saying a plan to keep projects in southeastern Wisconsin from budget cuts won't fly in the Assembly.

Wisconsin DNR

Growing numbers of citizens appear to be taking an  interest in returning wood  to public waters as a place for fish to live.

Sometimes referred to as "fish sticks", the effort is gaining steam says DNR fisheries biologist Scott Toshner based in Brule. He says a tree can live a century, then be put underwater and stay there at least another 100 years providing habitat for fish and other critters.

He says of 29 projects so far, 25 have been in the northern part of the state. He says returning wood to the water enlivens fish populations...