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. Nick Youngson - link to -

A study by a group that has long advocated for the Affordable Care Act says the plan known as Trumpcare could cost much more.

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin say they looked at the tax credit changes.

He says someone with a current Affordable Health Care policy will be paying much more.. Kay Whiteford

The nation's teachers gather this week in Boston for their annual meeting and a Wisconsin delegate says there are four key areas under discussion.

Ron Martin of Eau Claire is a teacher President of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teachers union. He's heading to the annual National Education Association meeting. Martin says a top issue is a teacher shortage.

He says Wisconsin was one of the first states to see a lack of recruits to teaching. He says they are working with high school and college students..

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Minocqua will spend upwards of $13,000 on professional services to find a solution to high water flooding a neighborhood on Minocqua’s west side. It was one of two water-related issues confronting the board Tuesday, June 19th. The other was a request by a couple on Lake Tomahawk to put slow, no wake buoys in front of their dock.

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A Rhinelander-area woman charged with second-degree reckless homicide will have her case continue in Oneida County Circuit Court.

28 year old Ellen Tran was arrested after the death of a step-child in April. Friday, Tran's attorney Amy Sholz again asked that charges be dismissed for lack of evidence.

Judge Patrick O'Melia denied the motion and found there was enough evidence to bind Tran over for trial.

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Forest county and Crandon law enforcement officials say the death of a 25 year old Lac du Flambeau woman this week was likely a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Three persons were taken into custody and are facing charges.

Sheriff John Dennee and Crandon Police Chief Dan Packard report said the woman's death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A coroner earlier this week identified her as 25 year old Savanna Larson.

The name of the woman who died in a shooting incident Wednesday in Crandon has been released to media outlets.

WJFW TV reports Medical Examiner Larry Mathein said the person who died was 25 year old Savanna Larson of Lac du Flambeau. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday in Fond du Lac.

The names of the person's taken into custody following the shooting have not been released.

Law enforcement was called about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to 200 East Cobb Boulevard where Larson's body was found and the persons were taken into custody.

As the GOP healthcare replacement bill comes to light, Senate Democrats this week criticized the way Republicans were getting their Affordable Health Care replacement bill to the public.

Among the Democrats testifying this week was Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow called the hearing to hear about the impact cuts in health care funding might have.

Baldwin says the cuts proposed, especially in Medicaid and related programs, could disproportionately hurt rural America....

A woman has died from a shooting incident in Crandon.

The Forest County Sheriff's Department reports a call at about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday at 200 East Cobb Boulevard in Crandon.

When law enforcement arrived, they found an unidentified 25 year old woman dead.

Three persons were taken into custody at the residence.

The Sheriff's Department reports they think the incident was isolated to the residence and there is no danger to the general public. The investigation is continuing..

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Oneida county is in the running to acquire two parcels in the town of Enterprise that officials say are rare high value parcels that could be prime recreation, forestry and public uses.

County Forest Director John Bilogan says the side-by-side properties owned by the Haug and Houle families are available to buy. Bilogan says the properties fit within the current county forest block about seven miles south of Rhinelander off Highway 17 near Johns Memorial Drive. Two lakes Bilogan describes as pristine, Gillette and Wickham are on the properties.

State realtors are seeing a bit of a flattening rate when it comes to home sales, but prices continue to inch up as inventories in urban areas are very tight. In rural areas like the Northwoods, more homes are available.

Wisconsin Realtors Association economist David Clark says sales statewide for May compared to last year saw an uptick. But for the first five months Clark says the rate of growth was leveling off....

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors Tuesday passed a resolution favoring a non-partisan method of determining legislative districts.

That news follows an announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Wisconsin case this fall that the state's federal and state boundaries were unfairly drawn by majority Republicans. The Lincoln county board voted 17 to 4 to refer the anti gerrymandering resolution they passed in March to the Wisconsin Counties Association for consideration.

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Oneida county is making sure its name is in the mix when new state funding for faster internet is available.

The Board of Supervisors approved sending a letter to state broadband funders saying the county is working hard to get more service to rural areas.

Dave Noel from the Oneida County Broadband Development Committee said current providers were not interested in expanding service four years ago. He says a local company, Northwoods Connect was interested and uses fixed wireless delivery.


In 2015, groups met to see if there was a way to expand manufacturing into the former Printpak factory in Rhinelander. Over the months, a complex deal was worked out, enabling Oneida County to request $15 million dollars from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, with a local conduit then moving the money to Expera Specialty Solutions who operates a paper making facility in Rhinelander on Davenport Street.

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One of Wisconsin's plant invaders can give you a nasty burn and it's in its prime right now.

DNR Invasive plant coordinator Kelly Kearns talks about wild parsnip....

" will be in a rosette stage anywhere from one to several years. The flowering year, it sends up a flowering stalk usually in June at some point and it has a series of large yellow umbrella-shaped flowers a top. This plant can burn your skin. It has a chemical in it that interacts with your skin in the sunlight and cause burns...."