Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.


Homeland Security, Operation Choke Point
5:32 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Rep. Duffy Assails Obama Administration On Immigration, Over Reach

7th District Congressman Sean Duffy(R-Weston)
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7th District Congressman Sean Duffy held his first town hall meeting of 2015 Wednesday in Rhinelander.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out at the end of February. Republicans in Congress have moved to stop the funding unless the Obama Administration pulls back plans to stop the deportation of 4 million immigrants not here legally.

The Weston Republican said there are plans to use funds gathered by Homeland Security through fees to keep the agency going even if Congress shuts off funding....

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Other fiscal questions remain
2:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Rural Schools Likely To See More Money


Roughly half of Wisconsin's students live in rural areas, going to schools that are increasingly in need of cash to meet needs.

A Department of Public Instruction official says it appears Governor Walker's upcoming budget will give some fiscal relief to districts in some areas, but not all the information is available.

DPI spokesperson John Johnson says two areas, sparsity aid and transportation, appear to be  recommended for more funding. Sparsity aid is sent to school districts with wide geographic areas to help pay for increased costs...

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Northwoods remains above average
2:21 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

NW Jobless Numbers Mixed In Latest State Report

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While unemployment in the Northwoods is lower everywhere than one year ago, some of the states' highest rates remain in counties in this region.

State reported  local numbers for December  show Iron county with the highest rate in the state at 10.4 percent, Vilas fourth highest at 9.4,  Oneida at 8.3, Forest at 8 percent, Lincoln at 7 percent, Langlade at 6.8 percent, and Price with the region's lowest number at 4.9 percent.

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Museum of Wisconsin Art
4:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Dick Blau: Wisconsin's Polka Scene

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The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is opening a photographic exhibition this weekend featuring the work of Dick Blau from Milwaukee. 

Blau was a collaborator on a book in 1992 called Polka Happiness, and his latest public work is a series of large photographs capturing Wisconsin's polka scene. Blau and longtime polka chronicler Rick March stopped by 25 dances in 2013. That journey led to this rare photo display,  polka style. Blau talked to Ken Krall about the challenges and pure joy he experienced doing the work.

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Working with local clubs
3:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Snowmobilers To See New USFS Map For National Forest

On the trail

The U.S. Forest Service has released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other “over-snow” vehicle use for all national forests, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.
Spokesperson Hilary Markin says  the new policy will provide users  with an additional tool....

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Refocus efforts
3:14 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Hires Business Recruiter

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated has announced a change toward trying to find businesses to expand in downtown Rhinelander.

DRI President Dan Kuzlik says they've eliminated an office position and have hired Dr. Sally Latimer of Global Solutions International as a business recruiter. Kuzlik says the organization is refocusing efforts...

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Scratch off ticket
4:38 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Merrill Resident Wins $1 Million In Wisconsin Lottery

Marilyn Katke of Merrill became Wisconsin's newest millionaire when she redeemed a Super Millions scratch ticket worth $1 million.

Marilyn bought her winning ticket on Monday at the Kwik Trip  on  East Main Street in Merrill. She will take home more than $673,000 after taxes.

Kwik Trip earns a $20,000 retailer incentive from the $1 million prize, or 2 percent of the total prize.

Grant funded
4:35 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

VC Program Approved To Help Cut Truancy

Grant money will help implement a new program to help cut down on truancy in Vilas county.

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved  an ordinance allowing Vilas county court to order a truant into an after-school program should funding be available.

Supervisor Mark Rogacki explains...

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Worth could be $1 million
4:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Supervisor Wants Dozens of VC Lots Put Up For Sale

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Vilas county board supervisor Jerry Burkett is a long time Eagle River area realtor. Burkett made a presentation at Tuesday's board meeting for the county to look at selling off dozens of parcels that are under county control, most of which have been forgotten.

Burkett says he spent more than 100 hours putting together the report. As an example,  one lot near the wastewater plant is owned by the county. He says the view of the plant isn't the most enticing, but...

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Oneida County promotion
5:47 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Snow Providing Boost For Recreation


Snow is making a difference for  travelers coming north to play and in a new promotion by the Oneida County Tourism Council.

Guests can sign up to win some play time in Oneida county says Dana DeMet from the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce...

"....the Oneida County Tourism Council has been promoting all the different ways you can have fun in the Northwoods throughout the winter, whether that's snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, or just hanging out and going to stores and restaurants...."

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