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.

Year two of a project to put more than 1,000 miles of power lines underground has begun by Wisconsin Public Service.

Weather officials are saying there could be more storms this summer than previous years and both Oneida and Vilas counties want to train more storm spotters.

The next classes to train to be a spotter take place next next week.

Registrants will learn about cloud formations, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and  flash flooding. Classes will last up  to 2 hours. There is no charge.

Jim Galloway from Vilas County Emergency Management says in this region trained storm spotters are critical for safety....

The state is expected to wrap up budget deliberations this week. The Joint Finance Committee saved the toughest work for last, what to do with a transportation budget this is deep in the fiscal hole.

One provision has people who enjoy bicycling upset. The proposal charges buyers of new bicycles a one-time $25 dollar tax.

This 'bike tax" is outlined by  Executive Director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Dave Cieslewicz....

While Northwoods Republicans last week praised the Joint Finance Committee putting more money to fund public education, a Northwoods Democrat says there's more to the story.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College students looking to transfer to Northland College to earn a bachelor’s degree can now be guaranteed admission through one transfer agreement and have more options thanks to other agreements recently signed by officials from both colleges.

Located in Ashland, Northland is a liberal arts college with about 600 students.

Nicolet Transfer Coordinator Teresa Rose says after studying the offerings of both colleges, both schools felt it was a good fit....

Like the thermometer that rises each summer, gas prices are starting to head upward after being near $2.00 a gallon this past winter.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website  Patrick DeHaan,  says refinery problems helped trigger high prices....

"....Exxon-Mobil's Joliet refinery suffering from undisclosed issues and that caused wholesale prices to go up. We've also seen the price of crude oil bumping back up close to 2015 highs and that's influencing gas prices as well...."

It's Memorial Day...this morning we hear from Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. Scocos tells Ken Krall it's very important for everyone to remember the fallen, especially those from the Viet Nam era. This is the 40th anniversary year of the end of that controversial war....

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A Wabeno man has been found guilty of three counts, including  attempted first degree homicide.

The jury got the case during the noon hour Friday in the case of 46 year old Raymond Jones,  charged with beating a man for two days then leaving him in the woods near Crandon to be eaten by wolves. They returned a verdict two hours later.

Jones was arrested in March of 2014 along with three others. Steven Roberts was found along a trail  by ATV'ers frostbitten and beaten.

An Oneida county intersection that has produced a higher than average number of fatalities and injuries is getting studied by the Department of Transportation.

The most recent fatality happened in April when a 38 year old Eagle River man died at the intersection of state Highway 17 andcounty road "A" in the town of Sugar Camp.

DOT traffic engineer Jack Keiffer  says the state is reviewing the intersection and completing a study...

The master plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county is 15 years old and the DNR is updating the plan and looking for input from the public.

Willow Flowage property manager Tom Shockley says a public comment period is open until June 18. On June 4 there will be a public meeting at the Nokomis town hall from 3-6 p.m.

The on-going review process looks at the adequacy of the current plan and recommendations...