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.

One person died in a Saturday traffic crash in Langlade county.

Sheriff William Greening reports Saturday afternoon a vehicle was reported to have left Flak Road in eastern Langlade county and ended up in a wooded area. Deputies located the vehicle about one mile north of Muraski Road. One person was found dead in the vehicle.

Reports indicated the driver was headed south on Flak Road and failed to negotiate a curve and ended in the woods.

The driver was said to be from Langlade county.

No other information was released.

The DNR and the U.S. Forest Service have announced an agreement where the state and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will partner on forest management within the 1.5 million acres of the state's only national forest. It's under the 2014 Farm Bill called Good Neighbor authority.

Under the agreement, the amount of timber offered for harvest that's in an approved plan will increase 25 percent to more than 100 million board feet in 2016.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the extra revenue will be trusted to the state...

Four student firefighters from the Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona are on their way to Oregon as part of a Wisconsin interagency firefighting crew.

The U.S. Forest Service oversees the Job Corps Center in Forest county. Forest Service spokesperson Hilary Markin says   the crew left Wisconsin  Monday traveling to Redmond, Oregon, where they will get their assignment....

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...."