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.


The warm summer temperatures can lead to a problem no one should ignore: heatstroke, especially among children in a confined area.

Friday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

Tammi Boers from the Vilas County Health Department says children left in cars are at risk. On average every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke when left in a vehicle...

The public is invited to review an updated Master Plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county.

DNR Property Manager Tom Schockley says public comment was taken and the agency now has a revision to the plan available for further public review, including the stakeholders, tribal governments and local units of government. He says the public has voiced concerns...

Researchers at the UW Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station near Boulder Junction are inviting the public to their annual open house Friday afternoon.

Trout Lake Station Director Tim Kratz...

"....we welcome the public to come and see the kinds of research projects we are doing, talk with some of the scientists that are involved. Be able to see various exhibits, including some of the aquatic plants, animals and fish that live in our lakes...."

A spokesperson for a group working to preserve Social Security and Medicare says a recent Trustees report is good news for recipients. He says it also dispels some of the common myths in the media about the program.

Max Richtman is CEO of the National Committee To Preserve Social Security and Medicare says the Trustees Reports for Social Security and Medicare provided some insights. Social Security is fully funded until 2034, after that, the program will pay 79 percent of benefits. But Richtman says bill are in Congress...


The nineteenth Habitat For Humanity Northwoods home was dedicated Sunday in Rhinelander and a spokesperson says this is a unique home.

Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children live in the home on Westhill Drive.

Habitat For Humanity Northwoods Acting President Jim Hohman says the home has some state-of-the-art efficiencies...

Next week the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County, in partnership with the U-W Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television, is hosting the Northern Lights Tour.

"Wednesday Nite at  the Lab" features local researchers talking about their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives.

Oneida County Extension Family Living Educator Sara Richie says  one speaker is  Jeffrey Endelman, UW lead researcher at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station...

Northwoods counties continue to follow the statewide trend as unemployment is down measurably from one year ago.

The state's numbers find Oneida county's unemployment rate at 5.5 percent, Vilas at 6.3, Forest at 7.6, Langlade at 6.5, Lincoln 5.1, Price at 4.7 percent. Iron county had the state's second highest rate at 9.2 percent. Forest county's rate was fourth highest.

Oneida county has renewed its membership a regional consortium designed to improve housing in the Northwoods.

Tuesday the board approved a resolution joining again with Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Vilas and three other counties in the CDBG Consortium.

Volunteers will be out next week to count how many people are homeless in the Northwoods.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness--or N*WISH--Continuum of Care --is joining other homeless coalitions in the statewide count.

Volunteer Lori Hallas...

"....we again are going to have groups of people going out and doing the homeless counts to see if anybody is on the streets from dusk to dawn of that day. We're going to be in Crandon, Eagle River, Minocqua, Rhinelander and Antigo...."

Housing Sales, Prices Continue To Climb In Northwoods

Jul 22, 2015

Wisconsin Realtors sold six-percent fewer houses in November than in the same month a year ago and the Northwoods followed the trend.  

Statewide, the Realtors Association said the median sales price was 136-thousand dollars, about six-thousand more than the year before.    Median prices jumped seven-and-a-half percent for the first 11 months of the year, to 144-thousand dollars -- 10-thousand more than the same period of 2012.