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.

WXPR news

The residential facility in Rhinelander known as Taylor Park closed several months back, but the building will soon be the site of a first of its kind facility for young people with autism, education about epilepsy and a Fab Lab.

The Rhinelander Planning Commission this week gave approval for the facility InterAct Center of the Northwoods. The principals include a very well-known Northwoods name, Don Sidlowski of Three Lakes. He and April Leanna have put together a center that will take care of young people.

As of mid-afternoon, about WPS 6000 customers remained without power, primarily in north central and northeastern Wisconsin.

Since the high winds began yesterday morning, WPS has restored electricity to more than 22,500 customers. Because of the consistent high winds, as WPS restored power to many, others lost power.

A Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring for the 12th State Senate seat.

Former Oconto Falls Superintendent Dave Polashek stopped in Rhinelander to make the announcement...

"....I've been very disappointed in the turn in the legislature in the last four years. You can do it from the outside, but it really wasn't working and it's time to get on the inside. I have a passion for public education, I have a passion for the environment..."

Alzheimer's Association

November is National Alzheimer's Disease and Awareness Month.

This disease has the potential to have a profound effect on America's healthcare future. To note the month. WXPR is presenting a one-hour program Sunday(11/22/2015) at noon. We'll hear from doctors, family members giving care, and outreach specialists working here in the Northwoods.

Alzheimer's is the only disease in the top 10 that can't be prevented, cured or slowed.

Join us Sunday at noon on WXPR.

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia made its only stop in northern Wisconsin Wednesday, with speakers telling the committee the victims and families need more help.

A key legislative committee looking at Alzheimer's will be in Rhinelander Wednesday afternoon to hear from the public.

The Speaker's Task Force is traveling the state to hear about concerns. State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says getting the task force in the north gives people here a chance to be heard...

A resident of northern Illinois will be the next Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Director.

Bill Clow will begin duties on December 1. Chamber Board President Brett Aylesworth says Clow has the background for the position...

"....he most recently was a Communications Director in northern Illinois. Very well spoken gentlemen. Has a great apptitude with dealing and talking to people. He also has the marketing background, so he'll be a great fit for our Chamber position..."

Recycle That Wine Cork!

Nov 17, 2015

Sunday(11/15/2015) was America Recycles Day, set aside to remind people about the need to protect the environment by recycling items that otherwise might go into land or water.

Spokesperson Amanda Wegner from Clean Wisconsin says the state enacted the nation's first recycling law in 1994 and 94 percent of Wisconsin residents recycle. She says one common item that should be recycled is the light bulb. Compact florescent lights can cut energy costs but they have a drawback...

A DNR ecologist thinks the coming deer season in Wisconsin will be similar to last year's hunt. Big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says indicators from the bow hunting season and from from eyewitnesses find this season is shaping up like last year. While agricultural areas continue to see good deer numbers, the Northwoods is still trying to recover...

"....the northern part of the state is still in a recovery period following a bad winter a couple of years ago. Across the state, our reproduction was pretty good this year...."


Deer hunters have a chance to talk directly with DNR staff over the noon hour today(11/16/2015) prior to the Saturday opening of Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season. Kevin Wallenfang is a DNR Big Game Ecologist....

".....we put a live chat out there and folks can jump on the Internet and ask questions of people within the DNR. The one Monday is specifically about the nine-day gun deer season. People can email in their questions and we will answer them right there, live....."

Rhinelander resort owners had a chance late last week to bend the ear of some of the state's top legislators on tourism issues.

Rep. Rob Swearingen

Northwoods legislators Thursday organized a tour involving the area's forest products industries and traveled to three operations. State Representatives Rob Swearingen and Mary Czaja organized the tours.

Bewley For Senate

A Northwoods Democrat is blasting an extraordinary session of the State Senate late last Friday that she says did little or nothing for the people of the north.

Democratic Senator Janet Bewley says legislation making it easier to bring more money into political campaigns does little to help most people..

"... What that does is put into play constant competition to raise more money, more money, more money...."


The hospitals and county public health departments in the Northwoods are conducting a survey to assess health issues here. But as officials look at recent surveys they're finding they need more input from one gender.

The Community Health Assessment involves all residents in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties. The survey is designed to help health professionals find and work on specific needs the public identifies.

Oneida County Public Health Director Linda Conlon says to get a fair assessment, they need more men to respond...


Wisconsin residents are paying 47 percent more on average than Minnesota residents for comparable health insurance.

That is a key statistic in a report filed by an advocacy group that would like to see Wisconsin take federal Medicaid money. Citizen Action of Wisconsin analyzed comparable policies under the Affordable Care Act and found no matter where you are in Wisconsin, you pay more than Minnesotans.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says even though Minnesota's rates went up this year, Wisconsin's rose faster...