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.

Next, Emily Bright reports the public can help researchers get data on bats, especially with a disease threatening the populations....

While county and state workers have been busy fighting land based invasive species, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is also active in stopping the spread on its 1.5 million acres in Wisconsin.

Biologist Marjory Brzeskiewicz says they've had a plan in place for years to stop the common land invasives...

".....some of the big ones that affect the Northwoods  are garlic mustard, buckthorn, honeysuckle. We don't have quite the problems as they do down south where there are more open, prairie-type species...."

The public is invited Saturday morning to Pioneer Park in Rhinelander to remember workers who have died or suffered injuries on the job.

Jackie Cody from the Northern Wisconsin Center For Working People based in Rhinelander  says the day is meant to observe workers deaths and injury on the job....

"'s to promote the fact that workers should have health and safety procedures at work to keep them safe, the employer with productive workers and families safe and secure, making sure when their loved ones go off to work they return...."

The St. Matthias Thrift Shop in Minocqua has given the Minocqua Police Department a donation of more than $10,000 to purchase body cameras.

Jan Degner manages the thrift shop. She says they received a written request from the police department....

"....I contacted committee members and they all thought it was a wonderful way for us to use some of our money to help the community so I contacted with Chief Jaeger and gave him a check to cover the cost of the 12 cameras to cover the department...."

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River has reached 93 percent of the money they sought to buy a statute commemorating the Civilian Conservation Corps workers.

Operations manager Cheryl Todea says they are nearing the end of a project that began a year and half ago....

" honor the Civilian Conservation Corps veterans who had a really great impact all over the nation in the late 1930's and '40's..., planting trees, laying railroad ties, building shelters...."

A Vilas county group is promoting a way for property owners who have maintained a buffer to the water to preserve that shoreline.

The Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association created the Shoreland Stewardship Initiative in the summer of 2014 helped by grant money.

The covenant is voluntary and allows the property owner to place a covenant on their deed, maintaining a 35 foot buffer with the water to continue on their property into the future, regardless of ownership.

Spokesperson Sandy Gillum...

Three Lakes became the first K-12 school in Wisconsin this year to open a Fab Lab, based on a model from M.I.T., to teach computer manufacturing in a new way. The labs train people to produce goods using machines like 3-D printers. It's considered a model to aid rural economic development.

Don Sidlowski from Three Lakes is a member of a statewide consortium advocating for more broadband in rural areas and helped  get high speed internet into Three Lakes which led to the Fab Lab. The Three Lakes School Director of the Fab Lab  is Dr. Steve Yaher.

The bid to construct a section of the proposed Conover-Phelps bike trail has come in over expectations and promoters are looking at ways to work things out. The trail would link Conover with Phelps.

Dealing with chronic health conditions is the focus of a new session being offered in the Northwoods. WXPR's Emily Bright has more....

The first Oneida County Clean Boats-Clean Waters workshop is Wednesday afternoon to help volunteers working boat landings this year some preparation.

Volunteers go to boat landings to work with boaters about not spreading aquatic invasive species from lake to lake.

Oneida County AIS coordinator Michele Sadauskas says with the fishing opener this weekend, it's a good time to update volunteers...