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.

In 2018, Ken was chosen to receive the Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2018 Excellence in Public Health Media Award for his work covering public health in northern Wisconsin.

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.

Wolf De-listing Update

Jun 19, 2018

Updating an earlier story about wolf de-listing in the U.S. House: it was reported the de-listing bill had passed the House as part of a spending bill.

Congressional and other sources report wolf de-listing was not a part of the spending bill.

But a report in the Duluth News Tribune indicated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  will again try to get wolves de-listed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. The News Tribune indicated recent efforts to put it in spending bills and as a stand alone bills have not been successful.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association and others are encouraging families to talk about memory and cognition concerns sooner rather than later.

The Alzheimer's Association Rhinelander outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre sat down with WXPR's Ken Krall about keeping your brain healthy and to take action.... Mad tinman

The population of a popular sports hunting bird is down, and researchers are considering why that is the case.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center

A report finds the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain revealed that its nursing home received 5-stars as part of its annual performance rating.

The Iron Mountain-based VAMC’s announcement came after VA extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings for every facility in the country.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center spokesperson Brad Nelson says their facility was highly rated in the report... 

Wisconsin DNR

As visitors head to their favorite campsites, DNR plant and disease specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says leave the hitchhikers in your firewood at home. Firewood can transport harmful tree problems to your backyard, street or favorite campsite.

Just one firewood log can easily hide insects like emerald ash borer or gypsy moth, or the tiny spores of a tree-killing fungus like oak wilt.

Diss-Torrance says in the effort to stop plants and bugs from wrecking the Northwoods and elsewhere, simply buy your firewood near your campsite...


Five of the 10 Democratic candidates for Governor stopped by Minocqua Saturday to participate in a candidate forum in the lead up to an August primary and a race to face Governor Scott Walker.

State schools superintendent Tony Evers, independent Mike McCabe, long-time Democratic leader Matt Flynn, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout and State Representative Dana Wachs were there.

The forum touched on several topics, including education.


The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new Executive Director.

Sunday, Maggie Steffen confirmed to WXPR she has resigned from the position for personal reasons. Steffen handed in her resignation earlier last week. Steffen posted on Facebook that she had turned in her resignation. She had been with the Chamber for a year and a half.

Steffen thanked the people who helped her during her time as director.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help to find a person involved in a sexual assault.

Sunday, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a sexual assault that occurred in the Town of Pelican.

Initial information was that a male subject entered into the residence, physically and sexually assaulted the elderly female occupant.

Oneida County Sheriff’s detectives report they're working diligently to identify a suspect.

If anyone has information related to this crime, please contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

A garage is a total loss after a fire Friday afternoon in Manitowish Waters.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the emergency call came in of a fire at 4840 Alder Circle. When responders arrived the garage was fully engulfed.

The fire appears to have started from a lightning strike. No injuries were reported.

The Manitowish Waters Fire and EMS, Winchester and Boulder Junction Fire Departments along with the Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

  •   A Rhinelander Women's Club is looking for organizations needing funding,
  •  Foxconn and environmental groups are at odds about Lake Michigan water,
  • Marathon county talks about faster internet speeds,
  • Steven Avery wants a new judge mz-Alph

The Rhinelander Women's Club is again accepting letters from local organizations to help fund those organization's activities. Cindy Goll is club president.

She says last year the club supported more than 30 organizations and projects and have opened up the application process again...

  •  An advisory vote on Oneida County mining is heading to the Oneida County Board...
  • Ascension Wisconsin gives a large donation to the Lakeland Star charter schools...
  • Northland Pines is planning for the end of the current referendum....
  • Vilas county governments are working to build a 10 mile bike-hike trail...
  • Marshfield Clinic joins  a Lyme Disease study....

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The Oneida county board next week will have mining-related resolutions to discuss: a change in the county's current mining rules, and whether to approve an advisory vote to allow metallic mineral exploration in the town of Lynne.


The Lakeland STAR charter schools this week received a $100,000 donation from Ascension Wisconsin health care.

The dual charter school program will serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. President of Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Sandy Anderson, says the donation is a way to pay it forward.... ermakovasve

The City of Eagle River has joined other local governments to put together a biking and walking trail to St. Germain.

The city council this week approved joining with the towns of St. Germain and Cloverland to form a commission to move forward on getting the 10-mile trail developed known as the River Trail, near the Wisconsin River.