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.


In her commentary today, Catherine Marshall thinks about the mind, if you don't mind.

Yet another expression of displeasure with a state budget action to restrict counties from regulating shoreland property.

Last week the Oneida County Board voted to ask the legislature to remove language in the budget bill changing the state's shoreland zoning regulations.

Proponents, like Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, said it helped regain property rights and gave the rules uniformity, as all counties would follow less-stringent DNR guidelines.

The name of the bicyclist killed in a traffic crash last week was released Saturday.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says 41 year old bicyclist Conor Reardon of Eagle River died in the crash.

A 71 year old Eagle River woman was the driver of the vehicle. The crash happened east of Eagle River on state Highway 70 Wednesday evening. Reardon died at the scene.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A 48 year old Arbor Vitae woman has been jailed for admitting to embezzling $10,000 from a local animal hospital.

Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia sentenced Brenda J. Wigglesworth to 9 months in the county jail and five years probation. She was given Huber work release privileges.

Wigglesworth was working for Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua when they hired an independent accounting of their books in 2013. They discovered some irregularities which a Sheriff's Department investigation confirmed.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the name of the person killed in motorcycle crash Friday south of Tomahawk.

The victim was 75 year old Robert Berger of St. Francis, Wisconsin.

Deputies report Berger's motorcycle went out of control about 3:30 p.m. as he was northbound on U.S. 51 near the 225 exit. The motorcycle went into the median then crossed over into the southbound lanes. Berger was ejected from the motorcycle. He later died at a Tomahawk hospital.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Wisconsin DNR

The  master plan for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area includes an ATV trail,  along with other updates.

It's  a forested 3,000-acre property located about 10 miles west of Rhinelander. The DNR purchased the property in 1999 as part of the "Great Addition." In 2014, a local ATV club requested establishment of a trail across a portion of the land. This property did not have a master plan.

The DNR's Jeremy Holtz is property manager.....

One of the persons  interested in building a water bottling plant in Minocqua says public fears that they need a high capacity well are unfounded.

Trygve(Trig) Solberg and Robert Rynders have asked Oneida County for permits to build the plant in the town of Minocqua.

Motorcycles by the tens of thousands will be in the Northwoods over the next few days as part of the 34th Tomahawk Fall Ride. The ride is held in conjunction with Harley-Davidson, which has production plants in Tomahawk and as a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The weekend has events at Sara Park in downtown Tomahawk and large musical events around the area.

Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Director Tamra Anderson says the event is a tremendous boost for the economy, but the ride also has other importance...

A  bill that the sponsor says will help rural ambulance services is one step closer to a vote in Madison.

Representative Jeff Mursau says his bill would change the regulations required for volunteer ambulance services across Wisconsin. He says he's spoken with emergency medical service providers in lightly-populated areas and they are struggling to keep service going....

"....they said one thing that would really help is instead of having two EMT's in a squad to transport, to be able to switch that to one EMT and one emergency responder...."

A public hearing is set for Thursday evening(9/17) in Minocqua on a proposal to build a water bottling plant. That hearing will take place even though a Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel story said the main water source for he plant might violate an agreement between the U.S. and Canada.

The long-vacated Cirilli's County Market  in East Point Center on Rhinelander's far east side will have a new tenant soon.

Fire Chief  Terry Williams....

"....Hobby Lobby has taken out permits to do an interior demo and remodeling for the old County Market property in the East Point Center. Their intent is to be open by March of 2016...."

The national chain offers hobbyists a variety of items.


Plastics barrier manufacturer Advanced Barrier Systems presented the Oneida County Board with a final payment check for more than $2.7 million dollars. The county had helped the Rhinelander firm begin and expand, and the money provides a final payment to state loans.

The company asked Oneida county in 2005 for help in getting money from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Oneida County Economic Development's Executive Director Roger Luce thanked the county board...

Oneida County Humane Society

A spokesperson for the Oneida County Humane Society is hoping the county will consider raising the dog license fee to help pay for the shelter's work.

The county has agreed to pay $40,000 to the group to work with the many animal control issues. The county and city of Rhinelander contract with the group to care for animals.

Einer Ingman died September 9.  He was 85.  He was given the Medal Of Honor for his action against Chinese machine gun nests where he was critically wounded in 1951. The citation read  that because of Ingman's actions, the enemy forces were broken, the squad achieved it's objective and more than 100 hostile troops had fled. Ingman suffered extensive injuries

A wide majority of students attending Nicolet Area Technical College receive some form of financial aid.

There has been talk recently of students across the country with large financial aid bills. Recently, President Obama has proposed a $60 billion plan to provide two years of community college for free, to help lower student debt.

Nicolet's Director of Financial Aid, Jill Price....

"....for students taking six credits or more it's somewhere between 70-75 percent of our students get some form of financial aid...."