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.


he impact of tourism in Oneida county is great, and 2017 looks to be a good year.

Those points were delivered at the county board meeting Tuesday when state Tourism regional specialist Jeff Anderson and Krystal Westfahl of the Minocqua Chamber talked about more people are coming here. Tourism has a $20 billion dollar impact statewide.

In Oneida county, business sales through tourism were just under $300 miliion, a three percent increase from the year before, Anderson said... Christ H. Tegen

Safety has risen to the top of the priority list in Oneida County.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Chair David Hintz said there have been two serious  safety-related claims made in the past few years. A sheriff's deputy was injured on the job, as was a highway worker. Hintz says the deputy eventually returned to work, but the highway worker has not returned to work.

Hintz says those incidents resulted in the county paying more for Worker's  Compensation...

One of 18 walks in this region to raise funds to battle Alzheimer's disease happens Saturday in Rhinelander. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S, and the only one in the top 10 causes that can't be cured, prevented or slowed.

Abbe Klein from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association says the Walk To End Alzheimer's is their largest fundraiser each year...

Hilary Markin-Chequamegon-Nicolet NF

Officials say for the fifth year in a row the amount of timber sold from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has increased.

With a month left in the federal fiscal year, the Forest has sold 118.4 million board feet of timber and anticipates selling an additional 4.7 million more by September 30 through a competitive bid process.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the increased production is noted...

A bill circulating in the legislature has troubled a group opposed to more gaming in Wisconsin.

They say the bill would be the largest increase in gambling in Wisconsin history.

Representative Tyler Vorpagel of Plymouth circulated a co-sponsorship memo for a bill proposing to legalize and regulate Daily Fantasy Sports games. The bill would legalize online gambling.

Lorrie Pickens from the group Citizens Against Expanded Gambling says there's no specific law making daily fantasy sports illegal, but says it might be circumventing long-held laws..

Human Service Center

A $1 million shortfall in the Human Service Center budget will be covered by reserves, but leaders say they will work to find a long-term solution to a budget shortfall.

The Center is located in Rhinelander and provides citizens of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties with chemical dependency, developmental disabilities, and mental health services. The center is a collaboration of the three counties.

He's seen the western U.S. wildfires first hand and is returning to continue fighting the infernos.

Jim Grant is stationed at the Rhinelander U.S. Forest Service office and is a Forest Fire Management Officer. He's been out west  between July and mid-September  in Idaho and Montana. Right now there are 10 states with active fires.

He says the wide scope of the fires shortened resources...

Lincoln and Oneida County Sheriff's Departments report serious traffic crashes Friday.

In Lincoln County, the Sheriff's office reports a fatal vehicle crash Friday afternoon in the Town of Scott near Merrill. Shortly after 3:00 p.m. there was a crash at the intersection of County Rd Q and Joe Snow Rd. A pickup truck driven by a 16 year old Irma youth failed to stop for the stop sign as he traveled west on Joe Snow Rd. The teen entered the intersection and collided with a south bound SUV being driven by a 57 year old Wausau woman. The woman was killed in the crash.

A Rhinelander man has died after a motorcycle-truck accident Thursday afternoon east of the city.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 26-year-old Charles S. Eye died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Eye was taken by helicopter to an area hospital after the crash in the town of Pelican.

The Sheriff's office reports they were called shortly after 3:30 p.m. about a crash on county highway "P".

Eye was initially taken to Ascension-St. Mary's Hospital then flown to another hospital.

Swearingen Likes State Budget; Senate Passes Budget

Sep 15, 2017

A Northwoods Republican says overall he's pleased with the Assembly-passed $76 billion state budget bill, saying it has good news for the north.

Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says he thinks the Northwoods got some money for key areas...

"one of the things I'm most happy about is the amount of money we're putting back into education, over $600 million dollars. High cost transportation aid is in that budget. I'm also excited there's additional money for FAB LABS as well as additional $14 million for broadband in this budget...."

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Human Trafficking Bureau agents, with the aid of local and federal law enforcement, have arrested 25 individuals in stings to arrest sex traffickers, “johns,” and child abusers in July and August 2017.

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The state's Superintendent of Public Instruction has joined a growing list of Democrats who are running for Governor.

Tony Evers stopped by the WXPR studios this week and talked with News Director Ken Krall...