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.

Tammy Walters-Oneida Co. VSO

Rhinelander resident LeRoy Eades was recently presented with a statewide award for his work with local veterans. The County Veterans Service Officers Association held their annual banquet last week. Oneida County Veteran's Service Officer Tammy Walters nominated Eades...

"....I've worked with him on many things...he does thing for AMVETS, the NCO Club. What he does for veterans is so remarkable. He's long overdue for this award so I nominated him for the award this year...."

The potential for a precedent-setting turn in Wisconsin groundwater regulation has prompted an environmental group to file suit. Clean Wisconsin filed the suit Monday so the court can look at the DNR's ability to set conditions on runoff.

One of the author's of a change in Wisconsin's John Doe investigation law says from his perspective, the bill will increase transparency. Both the Assembly and Senate committees have passed the changes proposed. The John Doe statutes grant extraordinary powers to investigators to compel testimony and maintain secrecy. Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says the changes are designed to increase transparency in government while not taking away the John Doe authority...

A few weeks ago, petroleum industry analysts were predicting gas prices would continue a steady decline for the rest of the year. That prediction proved to be wrong this week with the discovery that several gas refineries in the Midwest have shut down for maintenance.

Petroleum analyst for the website, Patrick DeHaan says scheduled and unscheduled refinery maintenance will put a spike in pump prices...

Low-income residents in the Northwoods can begin applying for heating assistance funds.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah VanZile says the enrollment period for those eligible is open...

".....October is the month where energy assistance start to be available. Customers can apply at typically Social Services departments or NEWCAP depending on your county. These funds are available until they run out...."

  The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the purchase of six acres of land in the town of Cassian in Oneida county to establish a new rural national cemetery, also referred to as a National Veterans Burial Ground.

The VA purchased the land from the town of Cassian for $24,000.

The new facility, west of Rhinelander, will serve approximately 25,000 veterans located in the service area of the cemetery. It will include burial and cremation sites, a memorial wall, flagpoles, a memorial walkway, roads and other infrastructure.

Information gathered in the first season by more than 700 volunteers documenting bird breeding activity in Wisconsin found eight species nesting here that weren't found 15 years ago and range shifts in others such as the wild turkey.

Volunteers collect the data and give the results to the DNR where the "Breeding Bird Atlas" is compiled.

Atlas Coordinator Ryan Brady says the gathering is fairly straightforward..

After the rebuilding of infrastructure after Hurricane Sandy, telephone providers lobbied Congress to eliminate provisions mandating affordable landline service. The companies succeeded in convincing Congress that rebuilding that infrastructure was too costly and more people are using cellphones. AARP Wisconsin is backing a bill here which would mandate Wisconsin residents still have access to landlines.

AARP'S Helen Marks Dicks says they're gathering stories from people who need landlines, especially those persons with reportable medical conditions...


The City of Rhinelander has been given preliminary approval for money to help build a bike trail, known at the Chamber of Commerce Trail.

Late September, the city received notice of preliminary funding, pending meeting some other DNR requirements as City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner explains...

"....the Stewardship application for the Chamber of Commerce Trail has been tentatively selected. It will include $135,000. A 50-50 grant with work to start in 2016....."


The Nicolet College Foundation kicks off its biggest fundraising event of the year Tuesday when A Day for Nicolet gets underway throughout the Northwoods.

The event is designed to raise money for student scholarships says Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock. She says the goal is to bring the donor in to see how their money helps students...

The state Senate Committee on Economic Development and Commerce is holding a meeting this afternoon at Nicolet College to hear about economic development.

This is the second in a series of roundtables held by the committee around the state. The committee is chaired by Republican Richard Gudex of Fond du Lac.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point says the committee will hear from invited persons from around the region...

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community held it's primary election Saturday(Oct.3) for two positions on the tribal council.

For the  general election next month, for the Council 1 seat, incumbent Clinton Fox will be challenged by Sarah McGeshick.  For the Council 2 position, James G. Polar,Sr., the incumbent, will face Ronald W. Quade.

Voting on Tuesday, November 3 will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sokaogon Tribal Housing Office in Mole Lake.

Oneida County Fair

The second public meeting is set for next week to discuss what the Oneida County Fair should be.

The August event brings about 18,000 people to Pioneer Park in Rhinelander. Oneida County UW-Extension leader Lynn Feldman says at the last meeting, four elements came out of discussion, including infrastructure, increasing sponsorships, getting total community involvement, and looking at a new location.

She says now that the fair is over for another year, it's time for more discussion...

Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

While debate continues over the nature of climate change, the public next Tuesday can hear from a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who says human health risks pose the largest of threats.

The next "Science  On Tap" presentation is Wednesday in Minocqua.

Dr. Jonathan Patz is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent 15 years as lead author for the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He says spewing of fossil fuels poses a significant threat to public health, especially respiratory problems.....

Three people are in custody in connection with a burglary Sunday in Arbor Vitae.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports an alarm went off early Sunday at the Brandy Lake BP store on Highway 51. Responding officers found a door shattered and several items inside the store were allegedly stolen. In reviewing surveillance video, deputies found three suspects and a vehicle.

At 5:00 a.m., about 90 minutes later, the Iron County Sheriff's Department stopped a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car and took three people into custody.