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.

The Northwoods best-known sky watcher says the eclipse happening later today will provide an unusual experience, clouds or not.

Frank Kovac owns the internationally-known Kovac Planetarium in Monico....

"...we're going to get about 80 percent coverage of the sun. So if somebody has viewing glasses or a welding helmet they will see around 11 a.m., the sun eaten away by the edge of the moon, and if they watch it about 1:30 CDT they will see full coverage in this area, about 80 percent..."

He says nature senses something weird is going on...

Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust is inviting paddlers to canoe the Deerskin River in Vilas county and the Nicolet National Forest to see some great scenery and also see properties that have been preserved for the future.

Outreach Coordinator Sandy Lotto...

"....the neat thing is we're going to highlight three properties protected by the Northwoods Land Trust that are along that route. We have three different properties...."

Sandy Lotto outlines the work of the Northwoods Land Trust....

A two-day conference this week in Lac du Flambeau will focus education and workshops for the public and professionals to understand a growing opioid problem here and what is being done to combat it.


Friday(8/18) was declared Broadband Day in Wisconsin, and Governor Scott Walker stopped in Rhinelander to highlight what will likely be a large increase in funding coming in the next budget. Walker says the funding a few years ago was $500,000 but will be very different in the next budget whenever that is signed...

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State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and State Representative Rob Hutton have introduced a bill that eliminates the moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining in Wisconsin, commonly called the Mining Moratorium Law.

Their bill is known as The Mining for America Act. The Mining for America Act will eliminate the nearly 20-year ban that the legislature placed on Wisconsin’s mining industry.

The moratorium sets strict conditions for mining to occur in Wisconsin, including proof that mines haven't polluted Wisconsin waters.

Suzanne Flory works for the U.S. Forest Service in Rhinelander, but has answered the call to be a Public Information Officer at fires in Oregon. The western states have seen hot, dry conditions and wildfires in Montana, Washington and other  states.

Flory is in the Willamette National Forest between Bend and Eugene. Flory has worked many other fires over the years, but this time firefighters also have to deal with people from all over the world coming to Oregon to experience the total eclipse next Monday.

Eat more cranberries....that's the hope of cranberry producers as they deal with a large oversupply of the fruit. Wisconsin produces a majority of the nation's cranberries with many producers in the Northwoods.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the state is expected to continue to lead the nation in cranberry production this fall, estimating a harvest of 5.6 million barrels of fruit.


Another high school football season is kicking off, which means there will be cheering, whistles and the sound of helmets crashing into one another.

That head to head contact means it’s important for coaches, players and athletic trainers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions.

Aspirus neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Waller offers some advice as our student athletes get ready to perform between the sidelines...

Bond was set Wednesday in Forest county court for Mole Lake Sokaogon Tribal Chair Chris McGhesick, charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.

A complaint was filed July 17 after a person alleged McGeshick slammed him against a wall at the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Offices on June 29.

The Rhinelander City Council this week put more enforcement into the city's sign ordinance and business owners could be cited.

Fire Chief and Inspector Terry Williams says prior to Monday's vote, if a business left a building and left their sign on the building, the Inspection department would order the sign being taken down.

If it wasn't taken down, the city would hire a contractor to take the sign down but Williams felt there was an easier way from the city's perspective...

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The Oneida County Board Tuesday approved notifying the state of the intent to operate as an Aging and Disability Resource Center and give notice to withdraw from the current ADRC of the Northwoods. The vote was 16-4.

Both agencies operate out of the same building next to Trig's in Rhinelander.

Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson...


The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association has finished consolidating nine represented lake associations along the popular chain of lakes.

The Watersmeet Lake Association became the final association of 10 lakes on the chain to dissolve and join the larger lake association.

Dave Tidmarsh is president of the unified association. He says over time the lakes members were confused by the many groups that were representing lakes on the chain.