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.

A Tripoli area man has been bound over for trial on attempted homicide charges.

Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom found there was enough evidence to continue charges against 60 year old Kenneth Welsh of Clifford Road in Tripoli.

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The St. Germain Radar Racers donated $4,000 each to the St. Germain Fire and Rescue and to the Plum Lake Ambulance Service during a hand-off of checks Wednesday, April 27 at the St. Germain Fire Department facilities.

Funds came from the Feb. 13  St. Germain Radar Run fundraiser, 

raising $42,600.


Vilas County's long time District Attorney will not be seeking reelection.

According to files at the state Government Accountability Office, D.A. Al Moustakis will not be seeking reelection this fall.

The G.A.B. files show Moustakis filed his declaration of non-candidacy with the state on April 21.

Moustakis has been Vilas County District Attorney since January, 1995.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation earlier this month honored four Northland Pines School District students and teachers who picked up money for achievement.

The Kohl grants are competitive across Wisconsin, so it was unique that two teachers from St. Germain Elementary and the Montessori Learning Center within St. Germain Elementary each picked up awards.

Next we hear from Sheila Weix, Director of Substance Abuse Services For Family Health Center of Marshfield Clinic.

12 organizations in north central Wisconsin have formed what is called the Hope Consortium, designed to help battle the growing opioid addiction problem in this region. The Hope Consortium has a new website and toll-free telephone number designed to get people to help with opioid addiction problems.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Weix about the effort...

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Ascension and Ministry Health Care last fall partnered with the Veteran's Administration to provide the Veteran's Choice healthcare program her in the Northwoods. The program allows veterans to use local health care facilities instead of VA services. You' re eligible if you've been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility and have excessive travel burdens.

Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni says St. Mary's in Rhinelander  is the first facility within Ascension with Veteran's Choice...

A first grader and a high school senior will tell adults this Friday how the Fab Lab in Three Lakes can be used as a tool for economic development. The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation is holding it's annual meeting Friday at noon at Holiday Acres.  The group works to enhance current Oneida county business and develop new businesses.

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and Rhinelander City Hall will be showcasing the city's historic past. You can also contribute some pictures if you hurry.

Rhinelander "Roots Celebration"  is set for Thursday, May 12 from 1-7 p.m.

Kathy Cutforth is on the city's Historic Preservation Commission and details the free event...

Two men working to bring a disc golf course to the town of Newbold say the new course will be a destination course in the Northwoods. The new course is being constructed off Ole Lake Road.

Law enforcement agencies are hosting the spring Drug Take Back Day on April 30.

In Oneida county, four agencies are participating. The initiative gives residents a chance to bring in unused legal drugs for disposal, no questions asked. Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg(lew-en-berg) describes what is accepted...


A recent donation by River Valley Bank has helped move the construction of a biking and walking trail between Conover and Phelps forward. River Valley Bank donated $5,000.

Brian Blank is the Great Headwaters Trails capital campaign coordinator. He says the donation helps move trail completion forward...

"We're hopeful and optimistic that in 2016 we'll be able to do section two which is 5.5 miles and then do the remaining 3.5 miles will bring the trail into downtown Phelps. Funding for that will be received in 2017... "

Several Northwoods residents have been honored by the DNR for years of service monitoring area lakes. Dale Jalinski was honored for 30 years of monitoring Bear Lake in Oneida County; Bob Kirshner for the same at Crystal Lake in Forest County and Emden Lake in Oneida County; Tom Rulseh was honored for 30 years of monitoring McDonald Lake in Vilas County and Kay Scharpf for monitoring Franklin Lake in Forest County. The DNR's Carroll Schaal describes the work of the citizen monitors...

More people are working in the Northwoods, even with rumors that the nation's economy is cooling.

Northwoods Land Trust

A thousand foot section of the Wisconsin River north of Rhinelander is going to be preserved after an agreement signed at the Sustainability Fair.

Ann Eshelman and husband Scott have agreed to a conservation easement through the Northwoods Land Trust...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Bond has been set at $100,000 cash for a Tripoli area man after an alleged domestic altercation.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Kenneth S. Welsh from the town of Lynne was arrested after authorities say gunshots were fired Tuesday morning. They report as the approached the Welsh home, Welsh allegedly aimed his gun at deputies, who apprehended Welsh using bean bag weapons. Welsh had threatened to blow up the residence and propane was detected in the home.