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.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom has delayed a decision whether to allow a change of venue for a Rhinelander man charged with first-degree homicide.

40 year old Shannon Wolf is charged in the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells. Wells body was found floating in the Wisconsin River at Rhinelander. Initially ruled as undetermined, the death was later ruled to be homicide after an eyewitness came forward with more information. That led to charges against both Shannon Wolf, and his ex-wife Latoya. Latoya Wolf provided police with more information that led to Shannon Wolf's arrest.


The Joint Finance Committee late Thursday approved  the idea of Rhinelander getting a Premier Resort Area Tax into the state budget, but another local vote will be necessary. The committee is working to  put together an operating budget for the state. After an advisory vote last month was passed by Rhinelander voters, the matter was put into budget consideration by Northwoods legislators.

State Representative Rob Swearingen details what the committee did....

The value of the forests as a sustainable economic driver is the focus of the next Iron County Citizens Forum on Monday.

Spokesperson Terry Daulton  says northern Wisconsin and the U.P. are often said to be undeveloped and impoverished. But she says the forum will focus on how the woods are a sustainable economic driver.

She says they've been doing a series on regional economic development and she says  there are many aspects of the woods that are overlooked...

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated is hosting an open house Saturday to showcase available business properties downtown.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says this is the third year for the open house. She says some property owners open their vacant  buildings to prospective renters.....

"....they give us the specs and the keys to their properties...people can start out at the DRI offices. If you're interested in one of the properties we can take you. It makes it easy to see what's available downtown and see if there's a fit...."


The state's Tourism Director thinks a new  event this fall in the Northwoods will be a hit. Tourism Director Stephanie Klett presented a $15,000 marketing grant to Tommy O's Playhouse in Hazelhurst where the first annual Medieval Faire will be held the weekend of September 10...

A big check from the state Department of Tourism to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce to promote a growing event this summer.

Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented a $20,000 marketing check to the Chamber.

Chamber Director Dana DeMet says the Joint Effort Marketing grant, or JEM grant, will be used to bring visitors here...

'....the JEM grant we were awarded is for marketing the Boom Lake Log Jam in Rhinelander June 19-21 at Hodag Park. What we're using the money for is targeting markets in central Wisconsin as well as the Fox Valley...."

Leah VanZile WPS

Teams from Northwoods high schools competed Wednesday at UW-Stevens Point in the annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service. It's an annual, one-day renewable energy competition..

WPS' Leah Van Zile says schools that are part of the SolarWise For Schools program compete in a number of categories, making devices run on solar power....

"....some of the categories that we have is Solar Cooker, Solar Water Heater, we have a Solar Race Car, Solar Photography, Solar Art Sculpture, PV Innovation and Solar Marketing Campaign...."

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated hopes to get the Rhinelander city council to keep the Streetscape portion of a downtown upgrade in its plans.

The city is proposing to redo the old underground infrastructure around the downtown next year. Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated helped put together a "Streetscape" plan to redo the above ground portions of downtown.

WXPR news(Natalie Jablonski)

Should the Oneida County Board agree next week, a compromise has been reached concerning the Heal Creek property west of Rhinelander.

The county originally wanted to build a state-of-the-art light industrial park on the property next to the Northwood Golf Course on Rhinelander's far west side. Nothing  developed, and the county put the property up for sale. Two groups bid, the Hodag Sports Club with two offers, and another offer from the town of Crescent and city of Rhinelander.

Long time Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith is leaving that post to take the directorship of the Campanile Center For The Arts.

Smith says it was a tough decision to leave the job she's held for 10 years as she says the community was very supportive...

"....everyone is very hard working and involved in the chamber and the other organizations in the area. We have worked together for a long time to build Boulder Junction making it a premier destination here in the Northwoods...."