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.

Outrider Foundation

With Earth Day being celebrated April 22, WXPR's Ken Krall had a chance to talk to Tia Nelson about the day her father originated and the impacts today.

Tia Nelson is Managing Director, Climate, for the Outrider Foundation. She previously had worked for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and the Nature Conservancy.

Revitalization in rural Wisconsin was the theme as Wisconsin Rural Partners held it's key meeting at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was keynote speaker. Kleefisch says people tend to overlook the positive economics of rural Wisconsin...

"....we are still an economy largely based on manufacturing and agriculture. These are two things we do very well in the rural areas of the state. You add in tourism and additionally, woods, lumber and paper-pulp industries, you have a bustling economy....."

More Wisconsin homes sold in the first quarter this year than the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007.


Lets hear from Ann Eshelman from Rhinelander, one of the organizers of the Sustainability Fair, to be held this Friday at the Newbold town hall.

The Fair is held each Earth Day to highlight how people in the Northwoods come together to support a sustainable environment and economy....

Ann Eshelman says the event will also feature many young people from area schools. The website for more information is here.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

An alleged domestic altercation has resulted in attempted homicide charges against a western Oneida county man.

The  Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Kenneth S. Welsh from the town of Lynne was arrested after authorities say gunshots were fired Tuesday morning. They report as the approached the Welsh home, Welsh allegedly aimed his gun at deputies, who apprehended Welsh using bean bag weapons.

Welsh had threatened to blow up the residence and propane was detected in the home.

Natalie Jablonski

Rhinelander District Library leaders are out in the community talking about the need for more space.

The library would like to upgrade from the current 15,000 square feet to 27,000 at the current property on Stevens Street. Library Director Virginia Roberts says things have changed since the Carnegie library was built...

State and local officials are continuing to crack down on drivers who speed through work zones.

The latest example comes from the Oneida County Board. Supervisors agreed with a resolution offered to allow the county construction crews to set the work zone speed limit when they are present on a road construction site. Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says having the county sign off on allowing the county crews to set the speed limit makes it enforceable...

Update: Two people were arrested and one person was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander for treatment of a gunshot wound. The standoff ended about three hours after it began. The Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate. The incident was along Clifford road near Tripoli. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department was called to a report in the town of Lynne in western Oneida county after a caller reported a man was shot with a firearm and was threatening if anyone shows up, the man will blow up the residence. The call came in about 11:20 this (Tuesday) morning.

Governor Scott Walker seemed surprised when he was included on a list of possible vice-presidential candidates should Donald Trump win the Republican nomination.

Stopping in Rhinelander recently, Walker says he thought his relationship with Trump has soured during Walker's ill-fated bid for the Republican nomination..

New York is holding it's presidential preferance primary today and is considered a key state for Trump to get his campaign back on track, with a similar analysis for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Last Saturday was National Healthcare Decisions Day. Medical professionals are alerting the public to think about preparing the paperwork necessary should medical decisions need to be made on your behalf.

Leslie Schmidt is a medical ethicist with Ministry Health Care. She says the day was set aside for people to begin talking about having a plan in place before serious healthcare decisions need to be made...

Former Wisconsin Lt. Governor stopped by WXPR recently to talk about campaign finance reform. She recently was associated with a bipartisan group striving for reform on a national level called Issue One. Ken Krall asked Lawton to update us on the issue...

Former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton on campaign finance reform. More information is at Issue One. org

The incidents of Vilas county retailers selling tobacco products to underage persons has risen, according a local health professional.

Vilas County is part of the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition and Tammi Boers from Vilas County Health Department says spot checks of retailers found the illegal sales rising...

" 2015, Vilas county had 22.86 percent of our retailers sell to minors. That increased from 2014 which was at 13.5 percent..."

She says they work to educate retailers about how to do proper ID checks...

Former Rhinelander Mayor Mary Kinnunen, died late Wednesday after a long illness. She was 58 years old. Dawn Rog recently was re-elected to the Rhinelander city council, but she and Kinnunen came onto the city council together before Kinnunen was elected mayor in 2000...

"She was so smart and so witty and her interest was the best interest of the city of Rhinelander. We were sworn in together in 1998, we didn’t know each other. She was an inspiration to work with and I’m glad she became my friend...”

Governor Scott Walker Thursday signed a bill updating the state's Managed Forest Law which one of the bill sponsors says will provide more money for local towns.

The Managed Forest Law is a landowner incentive program encouraging sustainable forestry on private woodland. In exchange for following sound forest management, the landowner pays reduced property taxes. One of 11 points signed into law allows some of the money going to the state to stay in the local towns says Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz who worked for four years to get it passed...

The state Natural Resources Board this week amended and approved a revised master plan for the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area in Oneida County. 

DNR officials say the revised plan increases public access on lightly developed existing roads and provides additional camping opportunities on the flowage and Tomahawk River.

Willow Flowage Property Manager Tom Shockley says after three years of feedback and work the plan is balanced between several different groups..