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.

  •   Vilas county loses 8,000 tons of gravel
  • Officials are testing to see what is in Marinette's water supply
  • A well-known military band comes to Rhinelander next week
  • Schools get security grants.
  • WalMart wins a lawsuit over a woman's death

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The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest is coming to Rhinelander for a performance next Tuesday.

This is a special Concert on the Riverwalk. Through the summer months musical groups, including the Rhinelander Community Band,  perform at the bandshell by Trig's store.

Coordinator Jan Leschke says this is a rare musical opportunity...

  •   A former state Senator says the gerrymander challenge will continue...
  • The gloves come off in the race for Governor...
  • Voter registration cards will be arriving soon for people not registered....
  • The National Forest continues to recover from yet another round of flooding...
  • A Vilas county school district is one of 14 schools to get a public safety grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Phelps School district received $23,000.

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently sent back to the federal court in Chicago the case of Gill vs. Whitford from Wisconsin. The case made it's way to the high court as a challenge by citizens here against what they felt was a case of gerrymandering, or drawing up political boundaries to benefit one political party.

Republicans did the redistricting eight years ago and Democrats and others said the lines were unfairly drawn to benefit Republicans, called in general terms gerrymandering.

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The gloves have come off in the election campaign even before Democrats pick a candidate to challenge Governor Scott Walker.

Democrat Tony Evers has released a campaign ad featuring Walker's former Department of Corrections Chief Ed Wall. Wall alleges Walker's staff was aware of the conditions at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in Lincoln county long before they admitted it publically.

Here's some audio from the Evers campaign ad on it's You Tube channel...

A spokesperson for the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods says if your not registered to vote, look for a mailing soon that will give you the opportunity to register.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is set to send out 384,000 postcards to unregistered, but eligible, voters in the state. Jane Trotter says this effort is to allow more people to vote....

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Heavy rains last weekend not only washed out main roads, but the flooding hurt activities in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Motorized trails on the Park Falls and Great Divide units of the Forest have reopened. Recreation Program Manager for the Washburn Ranger District, Jennifer Maziasz says they've done extensive damage assessments on forest roads and trials.

She says their first priority was public safety... 

A Vilas county school district is one of 14 schools to get a public safety grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The Phelps School district received $23,000. Combined, the 14 schools and school districts will receive $1.7 million which will be spent on building safety improvements, as well as training for faculty and staff. More grants are expected soon.

735 schools and school districts applied for the state grants.

  • Minocqua joins Oneida and Forest counties in passing new mining rules...
  • Six sites are located for a possible Eagle River dog park...
  • A state meeting is set for next week to talk about construction of Rhinelander's first roundabout..
  • Changes are detailed at UW-Extension, including a retirement announced....

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The state Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting next week to discuss plans to reconstruct the US 8-WIS 47 intersection on Rhinelander's far west side.

The DOT announced late last year two options: a roundabout or an upgraded intersection with traffic signals.


Changes are happening at Oneida County UW-Extension.

The Extension has been part of a funding cutback and reshaping of its organization mandated by state officials.

Locally, Steve Nelson is the UW-Extension Director covering Florence, Forest, Vilas, and Oneida counties and the Lac du Flambeau and Forest County Potawatomi tribes. He gave a yearly update of to the Oneida County Board on Tuesday, here talking about outreach... 

  •   The Oneida County Board passes three mining measures after long debate
  • The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce hires a new Executive Director
  • A consumer expert says beware of timeshare rentals that appear to be too good.
  • Late update on flooding in the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula:
  • Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, and Iron Counties. The governor has directed all state agencies to assist with the response to the flooding.


They talked about mining at the Oneida County Board meeting for more than four hours, but in the end three resolutions passed as they were presented.

The county was considering a rewrite of its mining ordinance prior to a change in state mining rules July 1.

That resolution passed unamended 15-5. A resolution to put a moratorium on bulk samping at proposed mine sites also passed, and the board approved a non-binding advisory referendum about mining at the town of Lynne which will appear on the November ballot.

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The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce has a new leader.

The executive committee announced the promotion of Lauren Sackett to the Executive Director's post. Sackett started with the Chamber as the Visitor Center Coordinator in 2014 and was promoted to the Event and Program Coordinator in 2015.

Sackett says the changover came quickly...

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

That's the advice from a state consumer protection official. Michelle Reinen, director of the state's Bureau of Consumer Protection says people are often looking for timeshares as opposed to finding hotels. This shopping often leads them to social media or online platforms that offer good rental deals.

Reinen says often the deals are too good...

"....the ones we want you to be suspicious of are those really amazing rentals deals or the unrealistic or too good to be true..."