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.

A task force designed to encourage more technical school education has released a report that will go to the Wisconsin legislature. The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness included Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander. He says the goal of the Task Force was to provide young people with knowledge that there are jobs available that don't require a full college education....

Some layoffs are likely at one of Tomahawk's main employers.

Harley-Davidson is offering voluntary layoffs to hourly workers to reduce staff by about 25 percent.

Company officials told news outlets Wednesday it was giving itself flexibility to hire seasonal workers. About 39 positions in Tomahawk will be affected and will likely take place later this year.

A 2-month old unvaccinated filly from Forest county is the first reported Wisconsin horse to have become infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year. The filly was euthanized on August 23.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Raechelle Belli describes the disease....

"'s caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitos. Those mosquitos bite an animal with EEE, then they take it back to an avian(bird) host where it's concentrated then the mosquito takes it to other animals or humans....."

September 1 is the opening of school for many students and parents in the Northwoods.

As another school year begins, school administrators and legislators have been meeting to open lines of communication between urban school districts and rural districts. One of the administrators participating in a recent meeting in Stevens Point was Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie of Eagle River who says the dialog was enlightening....

Northland Pines Administrator Mike Richie with Ken Krall.

A Wisconsin advocacy group has blasted Mylan, the maker of allergy treatment EpiPen not only for alleged price gouging, but also giving money to influential lawmakers.

According to data compiled by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a campaign spending watchdog, since 2014, Mylan’s corporate PAC has made thousands of dollars in contributions in Wisconsin exclusively to majority Republican state legislators, focusing on those who serve on the Senate Health Committee.

Parts of the Northwoods are back to pre-Great Recession employment levels according to state unemployment numbers. Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent, a 15 year low, while adding more than 45,000 private sector jobs over the year ending July 2016.

Wisconsin's labor force participation rate ranked seventh among states. State Labor Market Analyst Scott Hodek says the Northwoods followed the lower trend from one year ago. He says to the surprise of few, one sector dominated the hiring....

The City of Rhinelander is looking for a new City Administrator.

The city council met Monday night in closed session for a performance review of Kristina Aschenbrenner. Tuesday morning, the city sent out a press release saying Aschenbrenner's employment with the city had been ended. City Council President George Kirby gave a brief statement..

"....the city council has determined to move in a new direction in regards to the position of City Administrator...."

Looks like gas prices are inching up as we approach Labor Day, and the cause comes from the Middle East.

The website gas keeps an eye on gas price trends. Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says two oil producing countries are causing the markets to get the jitters....

"....gas prices have been inching up as prices have risen about 20 percent in the last three weeks. Gas prices now rising in tandem. It's likely that could continue for the next week as we approach Labor Day weekend...."

No one was injured as several law enforcement units converged in the Eagle River area Wednesday afternoon after a call from an armed man who said he was going to harm himself.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the 911 call came in shortly before 4:00 p.m. The man said he had a 9mm handgun and two magazines. As deputies arrived, the man fled into the woods. As law enforcement was setting up a perimeter some shots were allegedly fired in the general direction of the officers. Neighbors were evacuated.

An open house is set for next Monday at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on the DNR's Draft Powell Marsh Master Plan.

A public comment period on the plan is open until September 9.

Powell Marsh is a 4,800-acre state property known as an open peatland with several small flowages and lakes located in western Vilas county.

Motorists are going to be seeing a change when they approach certain school buses this coming school year.

Wisconsin law requires all drivers to stop at least 20 feet front or back from the bus and remain stopped until the red lights are turned off. Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen says buses now have an additional safety precaution....

The DNR's  Bureau of Law Enforcement is seeking the public's help involving the illegal shooting of three deer in the town of Woodruff early Wednesday morning.

Conservation Warden Tim Ebert gives details...

Oneida county and the city of Rhinelander have been asked to lend $15 million dollars so Rhinelander Coated Products can set up shop in the former Printpak building on Kemp Street. Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Director Roger Luce says negotiations are underway to enter into a lease/purchase contract with Rhinelander Coated Products .....

Mary Hoeft for Congress

The Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Sean Duffy for the House of Representatives seat in northern Wisconsin has challenged Duffy's taking of money from bankers while chairing a committee over seeing financial services.

Mary Hoeft says Duffy taking the money from bankers while chairing the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is questionable....

  WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Charles Shabino of Wausau, who is Wisconsin Hospital Association  chief medical officer and the Board Chairman of the Wisconsin Council On Medical Education Workforce, the group that authored a recent report on physician retention.

Of particular concern is finding and keeping doctors in rural areas....