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.

A recent study by the tax watchdog group Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds just nine counties in Wisconsin had property values that were flat or declined, all of them in northern Wisconsin.

The WTA analysis is from preliminary equalized value figures collected by the state. The total taxable Wisconsin properties rose 3 percent last year. But as the Alliance's Dale Knapp reports, that's still below the pre-recession levels. He says the positive is that it's three consecutive years of growth. 10 of the state's 72 counties showed increases of 4 percent.

A family that has tried for more a decade to build a religious camp and conference center on Squash Lake in Oneida county is making another attempt in federal court.

The Jaros family first tried to open Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on family land in 2004. In 2010, they began a federal pursuit to have those courts overturn the town of Woodboro, Oneida county and the Board of Adjustment's denials of needed permits. Their federal case alleged the denial of their religious rights.

A State of Wisconsin mandate has led to greater Wi-Fi connectivity at the Oneida County courthouse.

The state's Court system has adopted electronic e-filing of court cases, and is requiring the court files coming to them be electronic by late fall. To conform with the new rules, the Oneida County Board has approved installing Wi-Fi connectivity inside the courthouse building in Rhinelander.

The cost is nearly $53,000 and will come from the county's general fund.


The idea of eliminating county Veterans Service Officers and adopting a regional office has gotten a sharp rebuke from the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. The state bill would put several counties under one umbrella office that could be run by someone other than a veteran. No one spoke in favor of the bill Tuesday.

Supervisor Ted Cushing of Hazelhurst says this issue is similiar to other mandates coming from Madison that strips away local control....

Several Northwoods communities will have the option of faster internet service in the upcoming months after a recent announcement by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

More than a dozen telecom companies and local economic development agencies could receive a total of $1.5 million under the government grants.

Oneida County Economic Development Corporation received more than $180,000. Executive Director Roger Luce. Luce says the money will provide wireless high speed internet to about 310 square miles within the most rural parts of Oneida county....

Public input is being sought early next month by the city of Rhinelander on how the public would like to see the parks used. The city is hosting two community input sessions on September 8.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the city is working on a master parks plan...

".....we have a comprehensive plan for our parks. When we make decisions it's in step with that major plan. This is an opportunity to get ideas on future development, infrastructure, amenities, the identities of every park and what they are used for...."

With the situation in Flint, Michigan as a backdrop, a first-of-its kind program to replace lead service lines on qualifying private properties is being expanded to 38 communities that requested assistance through the DNR.


Mother Nature has thrown a problem or several into the works, but a Rhinelander official says the downtown construction project known as "Streetscape" is likely to be finished for this year in October.

The Davenport Street bridge has reopened and City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says this year's work should be done this fall...

FACEBOOK: Kemp Station

A new Education and Outreach Center has been approved by the state at the UW-Madison's Kemp Natural Resources Station on Lake Tomahawk.

Kemp Station Superintendent Scott Bowe says they're building a new forestry classroom...

"....Through the generousity of Dudley and Mary Connor, they funded the building through a private donation. The classroom is something we really haven't had before. We have had small classes where we can have small classes in, but the new Connor Forestry Center will be able to hold groups of 100 or more...."

2016 is the centennial year of a significant treaty between the U.S. and Canada to protect birds and their migratory paths.

The North American neighbors will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Tuesday August 16.This historic agreement established bird protection measures across state and international borders.

Ken Krall spoke with the DNR's Meredith Penthorn about how an international treaty signed 100 years ago is significant today and into the future....

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A large mural was unveiled Saturday in Boulder Junction as part of the 60th Annual Muskie Jamboree.

Artist Joan Christgau portrayed the four season activities and life in Boulder Junction.

The mural is on the west side of the Badger Heating and Air Conditioning building. The project was coordinated by the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce.

A Minnesota motorcycle driver has died in a Vilas county crash.

The Sheriff's Department reports the unidentified 61 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation finds the driver was northbound on Vilas county road "N" in the town of Plum Lake about 5:00 p.m. Friday when his motorcycle went off the north shoulder of the road and struck a tree.

Plum Lake Fire and Ambulance, Oneida County Ambulance, the Vilas County Coroner's Office joined the Sheriff's Department in responding to the accident.


A main traffic artery in Rhinelander is back in operation. The Davenport Street bridge has been closed since April as part of the downtown Rhinelander Streetscape Project. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the bridge has reopened....

".....the Davenport Street Bridge is open. Glad to report that, that's good progress. We had a little bit of a delay, first with bridge work, then with and then not having all the parts for the lights that we needed, but we are now up and running..."

A UW-Stevens Point Political Science Professor says while the nomination of Hillary Clinton for the Presidency is considered a glass-ceiling-cracker here, having a woman at the top of the ticket is nothing new in other countries. Professor Ed Miller says the list of female heads of state is not a short one...

"....if you compare the United States to other countries, quite a number have had women leading their countries. Famously, Israel under Golda Meir from Wisconsin. Certainly, currently Germany. Women have headed up a number of countries, Argentina...."

Beginning this week, when you see Bambi in your neighborhood, you can help the DNR keep track of how many deer Wisconsin has within its borders.

This week begins the DNR's "Operation Deer Watch", a citizen-science survey collecting information on deer. DNR research scientist Jessica Rees Lohr says the effort is easy for the public to get involved....

"'s an annual survey we've been conducting since 2010. A way for Wisconsin citizens, not just deer hunters to participate in recording the number of deer they see going about their daily activities...."