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.

The state Natural Resources Board this week amended and approved a revised master plan for the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area in Oneida County. 

DNR officials say the revised plan increases public access on lightly developed existing roads and provides additional camping opportunities on the flowage and Tomahawk River.

Willow Flowage Property Manager Tom Shockley says after three years of feedback and work the plan is balanced between several different groups..

Citizens For Tiffany

Incumbent Republican 12th State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has announced he is seeking another term. Tiffany says when he went to Madison to change the state's finances.. .

A recount led to a coin flip and an incumbent stays on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors.

Election night last week found challenger Jeffrey Vollmer leading incumbent supervisor Lisa Zunker by one vote, 306-305.

A recount Wednesday requested by Zunker ended in a 306-306 tie. The process to determine the winner at that point is a coin flip, which Zunker won, retaining the seat.

The 19th district covers parts of Minocqua and the Town of Lynne in western Oneida County.

April 15 is tax filing day each year, unless it doesn't happen that day.

Your tax returns must be received electronically or postmarked by midnight, April 18. April 15 is a routine business day, so we asked Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Ric Chandler why the delay...

Work is progressing on a new disc golf course planned off Ole Lake road in the town of Newbold and folks helping to construct the course need volunteers Saturday.

Last year, the town just north of Rhinelander announced they were building course with completion expected by fall. The logging has been done, but town resident Pete Cody says a volunteer work crew is needed. He says they've been getting rid of left over brush....

A regional meeting providing the latest information on a sustainable forest is set for next week in Florence.

12th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference focuses on a healthy forest and healthy industries who use the forests says UW Extension educator Corrin Seaman. She says there's a wide range of speakers who will discuss the status of the industry and forests, invasive species, spotting marijuana grows in the woods. An explanation of the agreement between the Forest Service and others concerning management will also be discussed...

School libraries across the Northwoods and the rest of Wisconsin will get their annual funding after the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands announced a record $37.7 million for state public school libraries.

In the past five years, the Wisconsin Never Forgotten Honor Flight has taken nearly 2,100 veterans to see the memorials and other sites in Washington, D.C.

The next flight leaves Monday with 16 World War Two, 39 Korean War, and 39 Vietnam War veterans on the flight. The flight provides a one-day trip for veterans and caregivers. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says as the 23 flight leaves next week, the composition of veterans changes...

An incumbent Oneida County Board Supervisor has filed for a recount after she lost to a challenger by one vote.

Lisa Zunker in District 19 lost to Jeffrey Vollmer 306 to 305 during last week's state primary.

Tuesday, Zunker filed for a recount. Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says the recount will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. The district includes parts of Minocqua and the town of Lynne.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Northwoods man has entered a plea in a case where a friend died in a traffic crash.

At Tuesday's pre-trial conference, 21 year old Randall Lego of Highway 47 Rhinelander entered a plea of no contest to one charge of Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Court records indicate Lego was the driver of a vehicle that crashed on River Road in the town of Pine Lake early on November 21 last year.

A passenger, 23 year old Jacob Juedes was pronounced dead at the scene. Lego also was injured.

Saturday, the 41st annual Midwest Crane Count happens in Wisconsin and five other states, sponsored by the International Crane Foundation . Volunteers gather from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in typical crane habitat to count the birds. Local coordinators  are Bob and Jan Dall from Rhinelander. We talked with Bob last week about the count when snow was flying...

"....I know it isn't looking like spring, but it really is out there. The cranes are back. We have some cranes beginning to build nests, so believe it or not..(laugh).... "

Snow is still around parts of the Northwoods, but crews in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are preparing for prescribed fire burns in parts of the forest, including Price county.

Forest spokesperson Hillary Markin says it seems odd that fire can be a positive within a forest, but that's the case...

Governor Walker has declared this week as Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says the awareness week is designed to get businesses and the public to think about what they should do when one of the deadliest of storms approaches...

"'s an opportunity for everyone to test their plans, improve their plans, and if nothing else, to establish a plan. Timing is of the essence to save lives...."

Expera Specialty Solutions has received permission from the City of Rhinelander to extend one of three stacks at its paper facility on the city's west side.

The DNR told the company the current stack was not tall enough to reduce sulpher dioxide emissions to acceptable levels. The current stack height on what is described as the brown stack, or the northern most of three stacks, is 209 feet. Expera's proposal would extend the stack to 296 feet.

Since 1958, the American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week in mid-April.This week is set aside to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians. At the E.U. Demmer Library in Three Lakes a full week of activities are planned. Library Director Erica Brewster says the role of the library is changing....