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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A Democrat has announced he's challenging incumbent 34th Assembly Republican representative Rob Swearingen for the seat this fall.

Chris Meier of Eagle River is a long time educator in the Phelps school district. Meier is an Army veteran and is married with three sons.

He details why he is running.... 

Meier criticized Swearingen and Republicans for the FOXCONN deal, which Meier says won't help the north...

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Marshfield Clinic opens a new primary care center in Rhinelander next week.

An Antigo native will be taking patients beginning May 30. The clinic will be located on the grounds of the existing Rhinelander Dental Center, operated by Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., in conjunction with Marshfield Clinic, at 2260 North Shore Drive.

Dr. Jessica Marshall is a physician specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics. Shesays she's excited to be a part of the community...

  •   Supporters walked last weekend in St.Germain to stop veteran's suicide,
  •  There will be no interim city administrator in Rhinelander,
  •  National forest campsites to open,
  • A documentary on a Crandon man's opioid abuse is shown in Laona Wednesday.


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The heavy April snows slowed the opening of campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest but as of Thursday, expected recreational opportunities will be open for the summer. Fees are also being increased for the first time in more than a decade.

The Forest's Acting Lands, Recreation and Wilderness Program Manager, Tim Vetter, says Thursday's the day... 


There won't be in interim Rhinelander city administrator.

After the resignation of Keith Kost last month, Mayor Chris Frederickson and the city council have been debating whether to hire another interim administrator.

The city is in the process-- through a recruiting firm-- of hiring a permanent administrator. But a new administrator is likely not to be on board until mid-to-late summer. Frederickson says the recruiting firm--GOV HR-- has a number of retired administrators who were willing to come to Rhinelander short term.

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The Community Coalition of Forest County is partnering with the Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties to offer residents a chance to view the documentary "Written Off" Wednesday in Laona. kaz

As education has become increasingly science and math oriented, a state arts leader says the arts is also a critical educational component of a child's future.

Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, Anne Katz, says studies both here in Wisconsin and elsewhere says employers are looking for people with good ideas... 

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He's a fixture with Wisconsin Public Radio’s talk format and he's the next guest of "Science on Tap" in Minocqua. Larry Meiller talks to about 1 out of 10 Wisconsin residents each day on his radio show.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked to Meiller about his years in broadcasting...

Larry Meiller says he will be telling about his life in public radio at Science on Tap, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company. He says he has a lot of stories to tell.

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We look forward to summer weather, but with the warming temperatures some unwanted hitchikers also arrive on the scene.

"...the incidents of Lyme Disease has gone up exponentially in the area so it's considered endemic in Oneida county because there is so much of it, so, just be watchful..."

...that's Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink. As ticks emerge from the cold weather months, she reminds the public that a number of diseases besides Lyme Disease are also possible from the bite of a variety of ticks...


A lakes researcher says some impacts from a changing climate are already showing up in Northwoods fisheries.

As part of Nicolet College's "Our Changing World" presentation, UW-Madison Center For Limnology Director Jake Vander Zanden will talk Wednesday about how the weather is affecting fish populations....

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A state cabinet secretary spent time in the Northwoods last week learning about the forest products industry because he says financial institutions here are very involved in the industry.

Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Jay Risch and others were at Enterprise Wood Products and into the woods during their stay. Risch says that department regulates the banking industry and wanted to see first-hand what is happening...

  •   Fire danger increasing in Northwoods as drought begins to creep in,
  •   Plans are beginning  for construction on Vilas county "B",
  •   Getting a summer job often leads to a better future for young people,
  •   Area students claim top prizes in the WPS Solar Olympics program.

While southern Wisconsin residents have had plenty of rainfall recently, the northern half of Wisconsin and Minnesota have shown up on the U.S. Drought Monitor this week. That means an increased chance of wildfire.

The time just after the snow leaves and the forest floor greens up is considered a danger point for wildfire. This is especially true when spring rains are infrequent, like the past few weeks in the Northwoods. MinkS

Several Northwoods schools were winners this week at the 22nd annual Solar Olympics, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The competition is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen outlines the competition...

  • A body is recovered from a Lac du Flambeau lake,
  • There's a shortage of one type of public defense attorneys,
  • Bears are starting to look for food in your backyard,
  • School of the Arts returns this fall.