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.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a Merrill  man was killed in a road construction accident early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Polacek was riding in a construction truck as it crossed the eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike near Stroud, Oklahoma.

A semi crashed into that truck, knocking Polacek and the driver free. Polacek suffered "massive injuries" and we pronounced dead on the scene. The drivers of the semi and the construction truck are listed in fair condition at nearby hospitals.

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

Another Northwoods community has picked up state marketing dollars to promote an event.

This week the Department of Tourism awarded the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce a $5,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to promote it's SepTimber Ride. Taking place Sept. 8, the event features two bike rides, a 28-mile tour along the Three Eagle Trail and the 50K Northwoods Road Ride showcasing the area’s scenic country roads. Along the way, bikers can stop at Three Lakes Winery for local wine samples, and all riders will end their trek with a picnic at Tribute Brewing Company.

  • Minocqua is considering a request for a facility on town land,
  • Antigo gets a substantial school safety grant,
  • State money will help promote the Wolf River Scenic Byway,
  • Campanile Center For The Arts will have an Artrageous time in the spring.

Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway

The Department of Tourism has given financial support to promote the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway through Langlade, Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

This week, Tourism Northern Regional representative Jeff Anderson presented a nearly $39,000 check to the Forest County Economic Development Partnership to promote the byway this fall.

Partnership spokesperson Mark Ferris details how the promotion money will be used...

Goodfellow AFB

The Antigo School District has picked up a sizeable grant to fund a school safety initiative.

The Department of Justice has been awarding funds for school districts to improve safety after several school shooting incidents nationwide.

Antigo requested $160,000 and received the full amount from the state. Hurley School District received $74,000. Rib Lake schools received $63,000. Wabeno schools were awarded nearly $40,000The Menominee Indian Tribe received $20,000.

Campanile Center For The Arts

The Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua has received funding to bring a well-known arts group to Northwoods schools next spring. The money comes from Arts Midwest Touring Fund.

The Campanile Center is bringing in the Artrageous presentation.

Campanile Executive Director Sandy Madden says it's a one of a kind art experience...

  •   A candidate for Rhinelander's administrator job just left a similar job in Weston,
  •   The app is leaving and so will low-income healthy food purchases at the Hodag Farmers' Market,
  •    Wausau Police say it's a scam when callers ask for money on their behalf over the phone,
  •    State Tourism dollars are awarded to get more hunters here grouse hunting in county forests,
  •   A long time Rhinelander library leader retires.

Hodag Farmers' Market

Just in time for their peak season, the Hodag Farmers Market was notified recently they soon won't be able to take Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds.

The software company Novo Dia Group announced they will discontinue an app used by 18 Wisconsin Farmer's Markets to process SNAP purchases.

Hodag Market spokesperson Jasmyn Schmidt says explains..

WXPR-Dept. of Tourism

The Department of Tourism has given marketing money to the Wisconsin County Forests Association to promote grouse hunting in the forests.

The Assistant Executive Director of the Association is Gary Zimmer. Zimmer says this is the second year of receiving Joint Effort Marketing money with an eye toward getting hunters to use the 29 Wisconsin county forests.

He says the county lands aren't as well known to people outside the region as other forests...


A longtime Rhinelander District Library leader has retired, sort of.

At a Tuesday retirement party at the Library, Jan Baer met well-wishers from her 47 years of being active in library affairs.

Governor Scott Walker is downplaying a photo showing him with a woman who has been charged with being a Russian agent.

During a campaign stop Tuesday at Nicolet College where he met with students and staff, Walker told reporters that type of photo is routine...

Terry Rutlin Nicolet College

Governor Walker told students and staff at Nicolet College Tuesday he thinks the "Nicolet My Way" program that features flexibility in study is an effective model to train the future workforce. Walker toured the criminal justice, welding and other areas during the stop. Walker says he's hearing from employers they need trained workers...

This week is National Disability Voter Registration Week and advocates for the disabled are pushing to make sure voting is accessible for all. The national effort is called "Rev Up" to increase voter registration for people with disabilities.

Barbara Beckert with Disabilities Rights Wisconsin says people with disabilities often don't have the political clout to be heard... 

Wikimedia Commons

Gas prices have probably peaked for the summer, but instability in international affairs could affect the price of gas at the pump for the near term.

That's the assessmeent of Senior Petroleum Analyst for the webside gasbuddy. com Patrick DeHaan...

  •   Gov. Walker says the photo op with a person indicted by the U.S. gov was routine,
  •   Walker also talks about workforce training at Nicolet College in Rhinelander,
  •   Advocates for people with disabilities rally for voting rights,
  •   Gas prices level off and could fall after Labor Day.