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.


Too much rain during the summer dimmed an otherwise bright cranberry crop forecast, but Wisconsin should still lead the nation in cranberry production. Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says the harvest is at it's midpoint, a bit later than usual, as growers waited until cooler weather for the berries to turn color...

"....overall a pretty good crop for Wisconsin. It's coming in at or above what is expected, maybe a little above that. We're seeing an increase in field rot because of the warm and wet weather....."

Wisconsin continues to have a strong bear hunting seasons following the conclusion of the most recent season last week.. Preliminary registration numbers indicate 4,643 bears registered.

DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland in Rhinelander gives the numbers...

"....our preliminary harvest numbers are 4, 643...which is close to our quota of 4,750. Those are preliminary numbers. We expect them to change a little bit, but another strong hunt in Wisconsin this year...."

600 volunteers are needed this Saturday at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua for the 9th annual Food For Kidz food packaging event to benefit the hungry.

Food For Kidz is a non-profit organization that packages dried foods to be sent to third-world countries. John Breiten is co-chair of the Food For Kidz Minocqua committee....

"....and the goal is to again package 175,000 meals in four hours. To do that, we need 600 volunteers show up at Lakeland Union High School on Saturday, October 22...."

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The DNR relies on citizen monitors to help gather data for research. Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program relies upon volunteers from around the state to track the animals each winter, and those interested in volunteering are encouraged to sign up for one of a number of clinics offered statewide.

DNR wildlife biologist Nate Libal in Rhinelander says the volunteer carnivore tracking program has been around since 1995. He says they've been monitoring wolves since 1979....

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As elections head toward a decision next month, the airwaves and mailboxes are filling wih advertising from sometimes mysterious groups running 'issue ads' which are thinly masked advocacy for a particular candidate. This is often called 'dark money'.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 allowed these groups to exist with limits.  A recent Wisconsin court decision removed another legal barrier in the process.

A federal grand jury has indicted three persons for drug trafficking on the Mole Lake Reservation in Forest County. U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad says 43 year old Anthony Quintana, 39 year old Karen Quintana of Weston, and 39 year old Diana Alvarado from the Town of Nashville in Forest County were named in the indictment. According to the indictment, the three defendants conspired to distribute more than 150 grams of methamphetamine and oxycodone in the Mole Lake area.

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The President of the University of Wisconsin System stopped in Rhinelander Friday to reach out amidst a changing education climate in Wisconsin.

President Ray Cross says he is touring state K-12 schools. Cross says the reality is the UW-System no longer can operate as an individual entity and must collaborate more with local schools and business in the future....

The National Alliance For Mental Illness Family to Family Program returns November 3 to the Northwoods designed for family members of people dealing with mental illness.

NAMI Northern Lakes spokesperson Mick Fiocchi outlines the program....

"....things like panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive borderline personality disorder, PTSD, the class is taught by family members for family members...."

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Much attention has been made about the growing opioid and heroin addiction problem in the U.S.

Oneida county law enforcement agencies are joining in the semi-annual Prescription Drug Takeback Day being held October 22.

Captain Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says that office and three others in Oneida county will be involved. Federal law enforcement sponsors the take back, funding local law enforcement efforts to bring in unused medications...

Two mass flu clinics are being held this month and next at Rhinelander High School.

School District of Rhinelander District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says the event is designed for people in all walks of life...

"....we want to get our school age kids as well as people from our community. It's not limited to any one in the school district, it's anyone in the county if you want to come in to get a shot to protect yourself from getting the flu....."


A nationally-recognized historian and supporter of Hillary Clinton stopped in Rhinelander Thursday to stump for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Dr. Allida Black has written four books about Eleanor Roosevelt and is considered an expert on the nation's 32nd First Lady and is a friend of Clinton's, the 42nd First Lady. Black says she first met Clinton in 1992, and says the public and private person are very different, saying she is the 'most unknown known person in the United States'...

The 1.5 million people who live in rural Wisconsin are finding greater challenges finding and retaining medical professionals in their communities.

The President and CEO of Wisconsin Hospital Association, Eric Borgerding applauds the state Assembly for forwarding a set of proposals put together by WHA to address the problem. Borgerding says a two-edged problem in rural health care will be happening soon with an aging population need more care, and fewer people to provide it.

He says helping find, train and keep home-grown talent is essential...

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The furnaces are coming on as the colder weather settles in, and officials at Wisconsin Public Service are asking low-income residents to apply for energy assistance funds.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program helps people pay winter heating bills. Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says if you should check your household eligibility....

An unusual third year of funding for a Boulder Junction event was announced earlier this week.

Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was on hand to present a $14,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce to promote the White Deer Triathlon next spring.

Chamber Director Theresa Smith says it's unusual for the Department of Tourism to provide a JEM grant for three straight years...

The name of a person killed Monday in a Price county traffic crash has been released.

The driver of a sport utility vehicle died at the scene when struck head on by a vehicle. The other vehicle was fleeing a Price County Sheriff's deputy.

Julie Petty of Catawba was the driver of the SUV. A deputy had stopped a pickup truck for speeding. When the deputy was pulling behind the pickup truck, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The pickup truck unexpectedly swerved into Petty's path.