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.


WJFW TV is reporting Crandon schools superintendent Dr. Douglas Kryder has been suspended pending the results of an investigation by the school board.

The board made the decision Thursday night after a lengthy closed session. A local citizen's group has been putting pressure on the school board asking for Kryder's removal.

The controversy arose after former principal Andy Space resigned February 2 after getting a notice of non-renewal for next school year. More than 200 people attended a recent board meeting asking for Kryder's removal relating to Space's departure.

School Safety Effort Backed By Northwoods Legislator

Mar 16, 2018

Governor Scott Walker unveiled Thursday a 100-million-dollar plan directed toward improving school safety in Wisconsin. The plan calls for the creation of the Office of School Safety under the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The plan also includes establishing a 100-million-dollar School Safety Grant Program under the Office of School Safety. Walker has called for a special session in the state legislature..

Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander praised Walker's approach..

The annual spring fish and wildlife public hearings are set for all 72 counties in Wisconsin Monday, April 9.

Kari Lee-Zimmerman is the DNR's liaison with Wisconsin Conservation Congress who says citizens are invited to participate to provide input on possible policy or rule changes. The hearings are held the second Monday in April.

Lee-Zimmerman says the hearings provide a conservation sounding board...

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An innovative approach giving people with mental illness a place to talk with others with mental illness is having it's grand opening next week. NAMI Northern Lakes opened the drop-in center last year at Trinity Lutheran Church on Stevens and Phillips Street in Rhinelander. The group is a chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness. Board President Mick Fiocchi describes the grand opening...

Mick Fiocchi talking about the grand opening of the NAMI-Northern Lakes walk-in center.

Former Vilas county sheriff James Williquette died March 12 in Green Bay after a short illness. He was 84 years old.

Williquette was sheriff of Vilas county for 14 years before retiring in 1992. He had also served on the Eagle River police force. Funeral services will be Friday( 3/16) in Green Bay.

Newcomer Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.

It's the time of the year to get your ice shack off Northwoods waters.

DNR Conservation Warden Chris Bartelt in Lake Tomahawk says the law in Wisconsin says shacks have to be removed by the first Sunday after March 12, which is this coming Sunday

He says a lot of the snow on the ice turns to slush and makes it more difficult to get the shacks off the ice...


17 minutes. That's how long more than 100 Rhinelander high school and 100 more James Williams Middle School students were outside in the cold demanding action to end gun violence in the nation's schools.

The time was peaceful, though local law enforcement kept a distant presence.

It's part of a nationwide protest held Wednesday, 30 days after 17 students were slain by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkouts specifically were timed to 17 minutes to honor the slain students.

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A fire on South Bluebird Road in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday destroyed a home.

WJFW-TV reports the cause of the fire isn't known, but the wooden frame structure with a metal roof was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Newbold and Hazelhurst fire departments also assisted at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Cranberry Growers Concerned About Trade Tariffs

Mar 13, 2018

Two well-known products of the Northwoods would be impacted if the European Union retaliates against tariffs placed on goods.

The trade commissioner for the European Union confirms American cranberries and Harley-Davidson motorcycles could face counter-measure tariffs. The E-U is responding to plans by President Donald Trump to put a 25-percent tariff on foreign steel and a 10-percent tariff on foreign aluminum. darkmoon 1968

Rhinelander is the next stop as the Wisconsin Arts Board unveils the first draft of the agency's strategic plan.

The Wisconsin Arts Board has been around more than 40 years and is funded by the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The agency is tasked with nurturing creativity, promoting the arts, supporting arts education, while also stimulating community and economic development.

Executive Director George Tzougros says after input, they have a draft plan ready for public review...

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The University of Wisconsin is starting an accelerated nursing program in May to deal with a statewide shortage.

The Wisconsin Center for Nursing Research projects a shortage of 20-thousand nurses in the state by the year 2035.

Nicolet College's two-year Associate's program is seeing strong enrollment, says Dean of Health Occupations Candy Dailey....