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.

In 2018, Ken was chosen to receive the Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2018 Excellence in Public Health Media Award for his work covering public health in northern Wisconsin.

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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Lakeland Union High School voters will decide Tuesday whether to grant the school district additional operating funds. Ken Krall spoke with District Administrator Rob Way and Director of Business Services about the proposal...

That referendum is the only one in this region on primary election day.

Wisconsin DNR

Northern Wisconsin has one of the premier state Natural Areas and the DNR suggests winter is a good time   to explore.

A DNR spokesperson says there are more thanks to expansions of these sites over the past decade and increased staff and volunteer capacity to manage them.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

  Multiple vehicles were struck Friday evening in Lake Tomahawk and a Thunder Bay, Ontario man is facing criminal charges in Oneida county.

The Sheriff's Department reports 52-year-old Robert Allan Johnson will be in court Monday, charged with felony Recklessly Endangering Safety, hit and run, and several other alleged traffic offenses including allegedly driving while intoxicated.

  • The public is invited to a climate change roundtable Saturday in Woodruff,
  • Farmers are wading in on the climate change discussion,
  • The state has a new trout management plan,
  • There was a S-U-V vs. toilet crash in Marshfield.

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The public is invited to a roundtable discussion on climate change Saturday in Woodruff.

Dr. David Barnhill, the past Director of Environmental Studies at UW-Oshkosh will be the keynote speaker....

"We'll start out with an overview of the many dimensions of climate change and there's lots of them. Then we'll open it up to discussion to see what topics the public wants to talk about, and then we'll go from there..."

Barnhill says he will speak on the global impact of climate change...

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 The announcement this week that the City of Rhinelander settled with Walmart on a revised tax assessment has again put a focus on what's termed the 'Dark Store loophole'.

The tax loophole allows existing stores to be assessed the same as a store that is out of business, hence the name 'Dark Store'. This has resulted in some significant tax refunds to large retailers and a blow to city budgets and services across Wisconsin.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The pursuit of trout is a popular warm weather activity in Wisconsin and there's now a long range plan to keep the fishery sustainable.

The Natural Resources Board recently approved its first statewide trout management plan. The plan provides direction for inland trout management in Wisconsin and will be in effect from 2020 to 2029.

Dale campaign

Four candidates are seeking the empty 7th Congressional seat vacated by the resignation of Sean Duffy.

WXPR reached out to each balloted candidate for an interview.

Today we hear from our final candidate, Lawrence Dale. Dale is running as a Democrat. He is a businessman. In 2014, he ran as a Green Party candidate for the 7th Congressional District office.

The winners of the primary will face off to gain the seat in a special election on May 12. The winner of the seat in May will have to run again this November.

  • No agreement on how to replace Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake near Irma,
  • A question whether cuts at the DNR made the PFAS situation worse,
  • Most rural counties in the state lost population in the last decade,
  • The Assembly passes a bill to make fifth offense drunk driving mean 18 months in prison.

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Two-thirds of rural counties in Wisconsin lost population from the years 2010-2018. That finding in a report by Forward Analytics, a research arm of the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Forward Analytics Director Dale Knapp says the pattern of rural counties growing more slowly than urban areas is a long one. Knapp says they looked at more than 1,900 rural counties across the nation...

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Three candidates will be reduced to two next Tuesday for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Recently, Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky spoke before a meeting sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Justice Daniel Kelly...

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A piece of state  tax law called the "Dark Store Loophole" has enabled a Rhinelander retailer to get a tax refund.

The Northwoods River News reports the city last fall settled with Walmart over three lawsuits. Using the tax loophole, the retailer said the city asked more than it should have in local property taxes.

The city settled with Walmart for just under $66,000.

What's termed the "Dark Store Loophole" enables currently operating businesses to say the city assessed the business at a higher lever than if it was closed.

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  • Hurley schools have a lot of police show up for a false alarm,
  • A fire in Three Lakes ruins a building,
  • A former Northwoods CNA is will be tried this August,
  • Marathon county continues its search for a new administrator.

 Documents obtained by WXPR indicates interest in mineral drilling in Oneida county by a Menominee, Michigan based exploration company not far from Stockley Creek and the Wolf River.

In a letter to Tom Quigley, vice-president of Badger Minerals, LLC, the document reveals the Department of Natural Resources received the Badger Minerals intent to drill in late January.

Badger Minerals is a subsidiary of Can-America Minerals, Inc. of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The exploration license was issued February 11, according to the DNR. 

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Advanced Barrier Extrustions, or ABX, is planning on adding 50,000 square feet to its facility on Rhinelander's west side.

Monday, the Rhinelander common council approved moving $600,000 from city coffers to help facilitate the expansion. They also approved the mechanism to repay the city. City Administrator Daniel Guild outlined the proposal:

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