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 Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain will be one of the host sites in this region for an event later this month noting the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Iron Mountain, VA spokesperson Brad Nelson says Congress authorized a commemoration program back in 2008, with programs beginning in 2012. Nelson says on March 29, a commemoration event will be held at Fornetti Hall at Bay College West on North U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain...

A long-time Wisconsin tradition ended this week as Governor Walker signed a bill eliminating back tags worn by hunters. Walker signed Senate Bill 289 into law.

The tags were used early on as a way for law enforcement to identify hunters in the field. Proponents of the change say they became obsolete and a burden on hunters. Jeff Nass is the Executive Director of Wisconsin FORCE, or Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators. He says new systems are in place that makes the tags unnecessary...

Making rural Wisconsin's economy vibrant is the goal of a meeting coming next month to Forest county.

Wisconsin Rural Partners Rural Summit is set for April 20-21. Joshua Jameson is the Executive Director of the Forest County Econonic Development Partnership. Jameson says the two-day conference is wholly focused on rural revitalization...

Help might be on the way from the federal government as rural Northwoods communities work to bring in more high-speed Internet access.

Angie Schreiber is Executive Director for Grow North Regional Economic Development. The Federal government has a pot of money called the Connect America Funds. Schreiber says funds have been allocated to specific counties. Providers are working on developing their build out plans...

Knitting It All Together Has Benefits

Mar 1, 2016

WXPR commentator Catherine Marshall today knits together a story....

The arts and what the arts economy can do for Wisconsin is the focus of a one day event next week.

The annual "Arts Day" is set for March 9 in Madison. Promoters say it's day set aside for people in the arts and other endeavors who care about Wisconsin's future to gather and also meet with elected officials.

Executive Director Anne Katz from Arts Wisconsin says its a day for people from across Wisconsin to celebrate the arts in their local communities. She says they also will be trying to build momentum to invest in Wisconsin's creative economy...

New phosphorus regulations in place by the state will change what communities need to do to be compliant in their water and wastewater systems, and it could be costly. That assessment from from Pat Morrow, a senior project engineer from MSA Professional Services in Rhinelander.

Pat Morrow says wastewater bills might see an increase as governments with wastewater systems upgrade to the tighter phosphorus discharge rules...

A group Rhinelander High School graduates is having their annual fundraiser to help graduates at the school get scholarship money.

George DeMet is on the board of the Clambake Society Scholarship. He says the group is composed of mostly 1990's Rhinelander High School graduates who are looking to give back to the school...

"....the way that we've decided to give back as a group is to give out a scholarship that we give out every year. The goal of our scholarship is to give the award to a graduate of Rhinelander High School who we feel shows a lot of potential..."

VanStippen campaign

A Langlade county resident announced Saturday he will be a candidate for the 35th Assembly seat including the counties of Langlade, Lincoln and portions of Marathon and Oneida counties.

Democrat Bryan Van Stippen is the first to announce a challenge to incumbent Republican Mary Czaja.

Van Stippen lives in Deerbrook, is a lawyer, and has served on the Stevens Point city council. He says he kept hearing one issue repeatedly as he was talking to the public...


Antigo Police are looking for a person believed to be fraudulently representing an advertising business.

Management at an Antigo business reported a man came in Thursday afternoon saying he represented an advertising agency selling spots on placemats.

The man was given $100 cash. The business became suspicious when the man didn't provide confirming information and when the business contacted the advertising agency, they said they didn't have anyone working in that area.

The man is about 30 years old, 5' 7" tall with a darker complexion, and balding.


Two Lac du Flambeau men are in custody and a charging decision will be made concerning several alleged burglaries in Vilas and Oneida counties.

United Way

The Northwoods United Way is beginning its review of where to fund agencies for 2017 and would like to hear from agencies in its service area interested in funding criteria.

Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the agencies need to be either a government, tribal, or non-profit agency in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties...

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a session open to the public next month to gather ideas to help downtown businesses affected by this summer's 'Streetscape' project.

Almost nine of every ten U-S drivers admit to committing at least one risky behavior behind-the-wheel in the past month. That's according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety -- which cites a "culture of indifference" as too many motorists drive while distracted by cell phones or texting, speeding in neighborhoods, driving while impaired, running red lights, and not wearing seat-belts.

Nick Jarmusz from Wisconsin AAA says the findings are no surprise, as traffic deaths in the Badger State rose by 13-percent last year compared to 2014...

More Bike And Pedestrian Trail Funding Urged

Feb 24, 2016

The Wisconsin Bike Federation group says dozens of communities have asked for a total of 62-million dollars in trail funds through the middle of next year. But the state D-O-T only has one-fourth of that amount available through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, or about 15-million dollars.

Tom Held of Wisconsin Bike Fed says the legislature has cut dollars from communities wanting to increase it's walking and biking paths. He says the legislature took dollars from the line item to fund other transportation concerns...