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.

Ken Krall WXPR

Governor Scott Walker met with Oneida County, Rhinelander, and school officials Tuesday for his 64th listening session to Wisconsin counties. Meeting with reporters after the session, Walker had little to say about his former Republican Presidential opponent Donald Trump and Trump's loss of Republican endorsements following the release of audio about women...

Walker says his goal in the next two-year budget is to expand broadband beyond what the federal government is providing to three local service providers....

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is encouraging candidates to fill out their profiles on the Vote website and hopes the public takes a moment to check it out.

Ken Krall WXPR

Three Davenport Street business owners complained Monday night about the slow reopening of that street as part of the downtown Streetscape project.

Aaron Schultz, Jeanne Pederson and John Stoehr all complained that the extended work on the street caused extreme financial difficulties.

Schultz, owner of Big Daddy's hoped the city would provide better communication to local businesses when delays happen...

Two persons died in a Price county high-speed chase and crash Monday.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports a Price County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Highway 13 about 11:00 a.m. The driver pulled over to the side of the road. As the deputy pulled up, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed and a chase began. The vehicle abruptly pulled into the southbound lane, striking another vehicle head-on. Both drivers were alone in the vehicles and were killed in the crash.

The crash happened on Highway 13 at Dama Road near Phillips.

The increasing number of identity thefts and scams prompts the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council to provide all computer users with a series of tips to lower the risk of cyber crime.

Tod Pritchard from the state Department of Military Affairs says one common way crooks get to your digital info is through an innocent looking link...

"....they're trying to get you to click on that link, and unfortunately, sometimes that link is basically an entre to get into your computer to send you malware and start doing nasty things...."

UW-Madison's Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff will dedicate a new building Saturday that a leader says will mean activities can be scheduled all year long.

Superintendent Scott Bowe says the current meeting space above the boat house is limited to warmer months events, but the new building will enable year round gatherings...

"....the new classroom is a 4,500 square foot building that will have a large room capable of handling 85 people or more and a small classroom with a capacity of 35 people. The good thing is it will be available all year long...."

Forest County Sheriff's Department

Three men were arrested by Forest County authorities last week allegedly harvesting a marijuana grow near Armstrong Creek.

A 51 year old Waukesha man, a 32 year old Milwaukee man and a 35 year old man from Big Bend were arrested allegedly harvesting the plants. Inside a nearby residence deputies found marijuana, cocaine and drug devices.

All three are being held at the Forest County Jail on charges of Manufacturing THC, Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Cocaine.

A second ethics complaint brought against Rhinelander city council member Steve Sauer has been dropped, but another complaint against him and another member will be heard next month on another matter.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has posed the question whether the long-standing relationship between the State of Wisconsin and its counties are changing.

Called "County Government in Wisconsin: An Overview of Organization, Responsibilities, and Funding", the report shows the growing tensions.

Alliance spokesperson David Callender says the main source of tension is the counties are an arm of state government and at the same time are responsible for raising revenue on their own....

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A local anti-violence advocate says domestic violence exists in many people's homes and having a month set aside to discuss it is important.

Melissa K. is Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She says people being abused often feel isolated and cut off from people around them. Melissa says it often starts where everything seems fine, but slowly escalates...

An ATV driver from West Allis has died in a Lincoln county crash.

The Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened Saturday evening in the town of Tomahawk. The unidentified 40 year old driver struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other details were released other than the investigation is continuing.

The state Natural Resources Board later this month will consider recommendations from the DNR on more than 100 properties that have been put up for sale. But the sale of parcels in Langlade county considered the headwaters of some prime trout fishing waters are not included in the sale.

In June, the DNR released a list of 128 parcels in 37 counties, approximately 5,300 acres that were under reviewby field staff for possible sale. In August they released an additional 26 parcels.


A key intersection in the remaking of downtown Rhinelander is opening to traffic.

Streetscape Project Engineer Mark Barden says crews were being slowed by rain....

".....the hope today is we get a couple of manholes raised at the intersection of Davenport and Brown, put some asphalt around those so we can open up that intersection.With a little bit of rain, that may be delayed until Monday. But the hope is by the end of the day today, or Monday, we'll have all of Davenport open from the bridge to Stevens, all of Stevens open to the north of Davenport...."

Langlade County Sheriff Bill Greening has identified the body found Tuesday in a home in the town of Summit.

Greening says 48 year old Robert L. Bathke was found in a home destroyed by fire on county road "H" in northwestern Langlade county.

Investigators found that Bathke set a fire first to the barn located on the property and then to the home.

Greening says Bathke then committed suicide inside the home with a firearm.

A dead Blue Jay in Oneida County tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus earlier this week, and health officials are urging Oneida County residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites.

According to health officials a community member reported the bird’s suspicious death Monday. This is the first bird that’s tested positive for West Nile virus in Oneida County since surveillance for the virus began May 1.