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.

Random drug testing of Northland Pines students participating in school activities and those who drive to school continued to be discussed this week by the district policy committee with administrator Mike Richie, other staff, and several parents. Richie reminded those they are continuing to investigate a policy.

“I've contacted (Vilas County) Sheriff Joe Fath and (Eagle River police chief) Mark Vander Bloomen inviting them to parents meeting for a panel discussion on these issues in our community,” Richie said.

In less than 8 weeks, work will begin in downtown Rhinelander that could be the way the area looks for the next half-century. Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman and other city officials last evening update the public on the Streetscape project.

The project will upgrade the infrastructure beneath the downtown. The first work is scheduled to begin in April. Kingman says they initially didn't think they would be able to do everything that was on the community wish list, but that has changed.... 

Hodag Facilities Foundation

The movie "Concussion" has focused attention again on the role repeated head trauma can have on athletes.

The movie is the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and the autopsy he performed on Rhinelander High School graduate and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster. It led to a newly defined category of trauma, known as CTE. That autopsy has led to a sea change in how an organization as large as the NFL all the way down to the local level deals with athletic head trauma.

Two Northwoods school districts passed funding referendums yesterday by comfortable margins.

Voters in both the Rhinelander and Northland Pines School Districts passed referendums Tuesday, unofficially, by roughly 2-1 margins. In Rhinelander it was 4100 yes, 1958 no. Superintendent Kelli Jacobi thanked the voters and those who worked to pass the measure...

"'s fabulous as the numbers come in, that you know, the community cares, they care about our kids..."

Oneida County UW-Extension

Changes are coming to your local UW-Extension office.

The state cut $3.6 million from the UW-Extension budget. This will result in the loss of 80 jobs from county offices for agriculture agents, 4-H and youth specialists and family living advisors.

At the Oneida County office, Extension leader Lynn Feldman says nothing is finalized, but could see more sharing of services. Administration would be consolidated and staff would be shared between groupings of counties...

Oneida County has tweaked some language in its pier ordinance as supervisors questioned why this is different that other water rules where the state said the counties can't regulate.

The county got into regulating piers in the late 1990's amid increasing shoreland development and large piers being installed in some southern Wisconsin lakes. Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich says the county got into stronger rules after there was concern about towns and citizens around the year 2000 about increasing development on northern lakes....

It's Primary Election Day in Wisconsin, the first of four major elections this year.

There is only one statewide race, as voters will narrow from three to two the candidates for the State Supreme Court. Rebecca Bradley of Wauwatosa, Joanne Kloppenburg of Madison and Joe Donald from Milwaukee are all running to fill one seat on the state's highest court. The top two vote getters today will square off during the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary on April 5.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Executive Director Shellie Holmes says during the month they want to shine a light on the problem and to provide education. Last week staff members traveled to high schools in the area to bring the word that dating should not make a person feel uncomfortable....

A new name and a new manager. Oneida and Vilas Counties Transit Commission Friday hired a new Transit Manager to lead transportation service in those counties.

The goal is to provide regular transportation access across the counties to the main population areas. Friday, the Commission hired Jim Altenburg to lead the effort. Altenburg is a central Wisconsin native and most recently ran the bus service for the six school districts in Houghton, Michigan .He has a home in the Rhinelander area. He says his goal is to make a transit system so good it will be remembered...

Wisconsin DNR

A DNR official says the former Nagle Lumber property near Land O' Lakes has been sold and the new property owner and Vilas County Economic Development are getting some assistance from a DNR fund to determine the property's future.

The company operated on the 130 acre property for more than a half-century before closing in 2005. Since then the property has been idle. The DNR's Wisconsin Assessment Monies award, valued at about $30,000, comes in the form of contractor services for assessing conditions at the site.

DNR Brownfields Section Chief Christine Haag...

Nicolet College Business Instructor David Phillips, standing, teaching his Business Marketing class at Crandon High School. This dual credit course gives Crandon juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits.Credit Nicolet Area Technical CollegeEdit | Remove

Two snowmobile accidents within 30 minutes of each other were reported in Vilas county Friday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Department reports a crash about noon off trail 10 in the St. Germain area. A 47 year old man from Rochelle, Illinois struck a tree and was injured. About a half-hour later, an emergency call came in that a 44 year old woman from Frankfurt, Illinois struck a tree on trail 13 in the Conover area and was injured. Both persons from the crashes were taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital for their injuries.

Several EMS units responded to both crashes.

A vote last month by the Vilas County Board to borrow nearly $11 million dollars to improve the Vilas County Courthouse has been canceled.

Govt. Accountability Board

A Northwoods county clerk is reminding voters to bring along an acceptable form of ID to next Tuesday's primary election voting places and a deadline is here to vote absentee.

Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says you can still do in-person absentee balloting until Friday (2/12/2016)at your local clerk's office...

"....but anybody can go in, I believe it's 5 o'clock they can go to their local municipal clerk and vote in person..."

A Northwoods health consortium has partnered with a grocery store chain in an effort to raise awareness about eating more fruits and vegetables.

Northwoods LEAN--or Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition-- has partnered with Trig's grocery stores to feature spots where displays will show people how they can incorporate more fruits and vegetable into their diets.