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.

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An effort last week by four Wisconsin legislators to make it illegal for the DNR to enforce state and federal law regarding management of wolves has been labeled "political theater" by the Endangered Species Coalition. Republican Representatives, including Mary Felzkowski of Irma, and State Senator Tom Tiffany circulated the bill.

Nancy Warren is Executive Director of National Wolfwatcher Coalition. She says the bill might not hold legal muster since it's an effort to upstage federal law on endangered species.

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One of the main proponents of returning management of gray wolves back to the states from the federal Endangered Species Act says they will try again.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson was in Rhinelander Friday. Republican Johnson was asked about an effort by state legislators to stop the DNR from enforcing management of wolves in Wisconsin.

Wednesday is America Recycles Day across the nation.

It's a day promoters use to talk about saving money and the environment at the same time. Karen Sieg is Executive Director of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, an association representing Wisconsin's recycling, waste reduction and sustainability professionals. She says the day is intended to remind the public what they can recycle and the best way to do that. When Wisconsin's law passed in 1990, 17 percent of municipal solid waste was recycled. By 2004, studies showed the percentage had climbed to 32 percent. yves guillou

Three members of Northwoods county boards say they enjoy their time as a supervisor and hope others consider running for the boards.

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is sponsoring a panel discussion with supervisors Thursday evening to give the public an insight into what they do and how a person can get involved.

One of the supervisors is Bob Mott, representing the Three Lakes and Pelican Lake area on the Oneida county board. He sits on a number of committees and says he's learned much from all the departments he's around.

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A Northwoods regional economic development group has a new leader and she says she's already learning about issues here in the north.

Doris McAllister recently was announced as Executive Director of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation.

McAllister says they are helping to implement a new software package in area schools along with the continuing growth of FAB LABS. She says the FAB LABS will help local citizens get their manufacturing ideas into action.

She says workforce issues are where she's being drawn, including the wood industry....

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Many species of pollinators are in sharp decline in Wisconsin.

Recently, a DNR program was granted more almost $70,000 to aid in helping Monarch butterflies. The grant was to help the insects during their annual trek to Mexico over the winter. The grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore and enhance critical monarch butterfly habitat along the Mississippi River.

But the DNR's Owen Boyle says the populations of the once-common Monarchs have fallen by 90 percent in the last 25 years.

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Congress is working on tax reform, but Senator Ron Johnson says his chamber is going to work on some fixes from the version provided by the U.S. House.

Johnson stopped in Rhinelander last Friday for a Small Business Forum.

He was asked what the Senate version of tax reform will be...

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The Boots on the Ground theater company will perform at Nicolet College tomorrow presenting its adaptation of See Me for Who I Am, a book on soldiers’ war experiences edited by Rhinelander native David Chrisinger.

The book is a collection of 20 first-person essays penned by Chrisinger's students at UW-Stevens Point.

The collection was published in February.

Chrisinger says word of mouth led the South Carolina based theater group to his collection...

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State forest health specialists caution hunters to avoid placing tree stands in or near weakened ash trees.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed many state ash trees, especially in southern Wisconsin.

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Swearingen, Two Other Rep. Ask To Lower State's Drinking Age

Nov 9, 2017

Wisconsin's drinking age would be lowered from 21 to 19 if three Republican representatives get their bill passed.

Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, a former president of the state's Tavern League, has joined Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake and Cindi Duchow of Delafield in asking colleagues to cosponsor their bill.

Swearingen says national drinking age was set by the federal government in 1984, with a highway funds penalty if a state didn't enact the 21 year old minimum drinking age....

Majority Republicans Pass Changes In Mining, Homeowners Laws

Nov 9, 2017

Two widely discussed  pieces of legislation authored by State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst got legislative approval this week and are likely to be signed by Governor Walker.

The state Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the Mining Moratorium law that no longer requires companies to prove that they operated mines elsewhere without long term environmental damage. Tiffany proposed to make it easier for mining companies to get permits -- insisting there's limited environmental risk, and saying he doesn't expect a 'gold rush'... Penderra

Daniel Zimmerman was appointed by Governor Walker to serve as the 10th Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hailing from New Berlin, he spent his 25 year military career serving in various command and staff positions in support of the tactical Army worldwide. Secretary Zimmerman is a decorated combat veteran, having been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other Army, NATO, and foreign medals and awards.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Secretary Zimmerman about Veterans Day coming Saturday..