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.

Governor Walker this week signed bills this week the provides additional grant assistance and interships to state college students.

Walker also signed a bill creating new positions at the Department of Workforce Development to coordinate and increase the number of student internships available to college students. At Nicolet College, President Richard Nelson says that provision will help students...

Wisconsin Public Service

An annual report from Wisconsin Public Service notes the utility, its foundation and employees, awarded more than $2 million dollars in dollars and in-kind giving in 2015 within the WPS service area.

Community Relations Manager Karmen Lemke says the money went to a variety of categories...

"....those dollars include our Foundation giving, which is our charitable giving entity, it also includes employee and retiree donations through our United Way campaign, and our matching gifts program, and it includes a value on our volunteer hours...."

Wisconsin's primary election day is April 5.

Listen for an hour-long program on two local issues on the ballot, and a discussion on campaign finance and reform. The City Of Rhinelander is requesting a half-cent on a dollar increase in the local sales tax to be used exclusively to repair streets. Called the Premier Resort Area Tax, the legislature mandated the city hold a second, binding vote after an advisory referendum passed last year by a 2-1 margin. Officials say the tax will mostly be paid by people who come to Rhinelander to shop and work.

Three Lakes Center For The Arts

A Northwoods tradition continues as Lunafest comes to Three Lakes next week.

Brenda Halminiak from Wisconsin Women Equals Prosperity says the film festival is a fundraiser and a chance to see independently-produced films...

".....Lunafest is a national touring film festival, featuring films by for and about women. The filmmakers are all women, and Lunabar produces this festival every year and select films are chosen...."

The annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention begins Wednesday in Stevens Point.

The annual gathering brings together the public, researchers, politicians, lakes groups and others interested in the quality of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes.

The 38th annual convention will be held in conjunction with the 7th Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Conference and the Water Action Volunteers Annual Symposium.

Eric Olson is Director of UW-Extension Lakes he says the four-day event is a time for those interested in preserving the watershed can network and learn...


Wisconsin's spring primary is next week and a group working to preserve Social Security and Medicare have looked at the remaining presidential candidates for their views.

Max Richtman is the President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He says Wisconsin will be a key state in determining the future of both political parties presidential hopes.

Among Republicans, Richtman says Senator Ted Cruz has favored cutting benefits as a means to reduce the budget deficit...

The legend of the Easter Bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by settlers from southwestern Germany. A health official hopes the Easter Bunny only brings healthy eggs this weekend and not a food-borne illness.

Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Todd Troskey says a few simple tips can keep everyone from a food-borne illness. Troskey says start out with making sure the eggs are in good shape from the store...

Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new Executive Director.

Tamra Anderson announced she would be leaving the job April 1. She has been Director for 7 years.

Anderson says it's time for a person with fresh ideas to take the chamber to the next level. She says she's taking a new unnamed position in a field that she is passionate about.

She thanked Chamber members for her support. Chamber President Andy Hein says the chamber is accepting resumes to fill Anderson's position.

A Langlade county bicyclist has been killed in a collision north of Antigo.

The Sheriff's Department reports 53 year old Michelle Koss of Bryant died at the scene Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies report being called just before 2 p.m. to County "A" about 15 miles north of Antigo. An automobile operated by an 80 year old man from Pearson was heading south on county "A" when the collision with  Koss' bicycle happened. Koss was also heading south.

Several emergency units responded to the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Wisconsin DNR

Northwoods property owners with private water wells should be on the alert for water contamination this time of year.

DNR private water section chief, Liesa Lehmann says well owners should take notice if the color or smell of the drinking water changes....

"....when temperatures warm we have snow melt or rivers rising and water running off on frozen ground. Any of those can create conditions that can send some of that surface water into the aquifer and into someone's private well..."

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Ministry Health Care will be participating in the first wave of a nationwide effort by Ascension Health to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, that officials say gives veterans the choice to receive care at all Ministry Health Care locations throughout the Northwoods.

Kendra Glebke is the Veterans Choice navigator for Ministry Health Care. She says qualified veterans can get care closer to home through the Veterans Choice program...

Nicolet Area Technical College

Building changes at Nicolet College.

The Board of Trustees Monday approved the moving of the Art Gallery in the Learning Resources Center to a renovated space within the Northwoods Center. The LRC building will be also undergoing changes. College President Dr. Richard Nelson describes the move....

"....the board approved an expenditure of just over $100,000 from our operating funds to relocate the Art Gallery to the Northwoods Center next to the Top of the Hill restaurant, put in some new moveable walls for hanging and some state-of-the art LED lighting...."

Michael Murphy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports eight states in the Midwest have gotten more than $200 million dollars as part of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. One of those projects is based here in the Northwoods. The federal funds were received for a study of bobcats.

DNR animal researcher Nathan Roberts based in Rhinelander is doing an extensive study on the elusive cat. He says they need to find out the population size so they know how many can be hunted and maintain a sustainable population ...

Rhinelander's mythical mascot is the centerpiece of a new digital mobile game, the "Hungry Hodag" which has become free to download for Apple and Android users.

Bill Clow from the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce says the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee felt this type of approach would attract people who want to play the game and find out more about Rhinelander...

About 1 in 10 deer sampled this past year came up positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, with the wide majority of the positive tests in southern Wisconsin.

The DNR also reported more than 3,100 test samples were taken with 295 positives  found. DNR wildlife section chief Tami Ryan says this was the first year of electronic deer registration and that might have affected the sampling...