Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.


Benefit Family Resource Connection
3:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Storyteller Joe McHugh Relives Radio's Past

Saturday evening(7/19) at Nicolet College in Rhinelander you can relive the radio days of yesteryear with a live production at the LRC Theater. Raven Radio Theater presents "Doc Merriweather and the Case of the Carved Wooden Box". Local actors help build the story of a mystery with Northwoods roots. Storyteller Joe McHugh wrote the production. McHugh has been heard on NPR programs and has traveled widely collecting and writing stories.

Joe McHugh talks about the performance...

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Former retreat
2:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Integrys To Auction/Sell Lake Content Property

Integrys Energy Group, the holding company which owns Wisconsin Public Service, has decided to sell about 200 acres of its Awassa Lodge property along Lake Content  in St. Germain. The land is divided into 23 primarily lakefront lots. Integrys also owns 235 acres not adjacent to the lake. They are negotiating with a single buyer for that land. An auction will be conducted on September 18 at the St. Germain Community Center.

Kerry Spees from Wisconsin Public Service says the land no longer was part of their mission...

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Human and animal cases
10:32 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Two Rabies Cases In Vilas County Leads To Warning

The fledermaus

Two bats in Vilas county have been diagnosed with rabies in the past week and a Vilas county health official cautions the public to make sure pets are vaccinated.

Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of mammals, including humans. People and unvaccinated animals can get rabies from an infected animal. If caught soon enough in humans, it can be treated, but if left untreated, it is almost always fatal.

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Cause of death undetermined
4:33 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

No Foul Play Expected in Schinke Death

Vilas county authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of Sandra Schinke of Plum Lake, whose body was found  almost 18 months after she disappeared.

Schinke was reported missing from her residence in Plum Lake on April 6, 2012. Her body was found near a snowmobile trail on September 20, 2013. Schinke's remains were found east of Sayner in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. At the time of death she was 55 years old.

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Fifth county going to vote
2:53 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lincoln Board Asks Public To Advise On Medicaid Money


Lincoln   has become the fifth county board in Wisconsin to ask voters about accepting federal funds for BadgerCare.

The advisory referendum will be on the November ballot.

The Walker administration and the legislature declined the money to help pay for Medicaid, known in Wisconsin as BadgerCare. The money was available through the Affordable Care Act.

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U.S. "awash" in oil
3:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gas Prices Should Drop Substantially Soon

Patrick DeHaan

A nation that is awash with oil will cause gas prices to plummet soon, even in the middle of the  tourist-busy summer season. That assessment from Patrick DeHaan, a Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website . He talked with Ken Krall about gas prices...

  Patrick DeHaan from the website

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Online survey
2:26 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

County Wants Input on Boathouse and Pier Rules

A view onto Blue Lake, Minocqua
Credit P.Taylor,

At the direction of the Oneida County Board, the Planning and Development committee wants the public to take an on-line survey concerning boathouses and piers.

Both issues have been debated at length over several years by the county. When some changes were proposed in the boathouse rules, the board decided to get more input before making a decision. While the state has rules governing piers, counties can have rules more strict than the state rules, as Oneida county does.

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Two other suspects charged
2:17 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Manawa Man To Trial For Alleged Human Trafficking


A Manawa man has been bound over for trial in Oneida county on charges of human trafficking, child enticement and a sex charge.

43 year old Michael W. Johnson waived a preliminary hearing before Judge Michael Bloom.

The criminal complaint alleges Johnson brought a  17 year old female he had met on the Internet to Rhinelander   in February and March to have sex, some of which was allegedly in exchange for money. The complaint alleges the underage teen had sex numerous times with the adults.

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Retroactive pay increase
2:08 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

City, Union Settle Court Case, Contract

Rhinelander city hall

The Rhinelander city council approved a retroactive pay increase for a public employee union that had taken the city to court.

Local 1226, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees had filed suit against the city last December claiming the city backed out of an agreement reached in 2012. The matter languished in Oneida County Circuit Court until earlier this month when sources say an agreement to drop the suit was reached. At that point, both sides began negotiating, and came to an agreement.

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Former Lindey Cleaners site
7:32 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

City Approves State Cleanup Assessment Grant

Contaminants below ground
Credit WXPR

The Rhinelander city council has accepted a grant that will continue the process to demolish and clean up the former Lindey Cleaners property in downtown Rhinelander.

On June 30, the city was notified by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation they were awarded a Site Assessment Grant of just under $110,000.

Council member Mark Pelletier says the state said to get the grant, the city had to put up more matching money...

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