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 Assembly Speakers Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia stopped in Rhinelander last fall to take testimony on the needs of this region.

Churches in the Northwoods are holding special services as a time to promote healing after the killing of 50 people early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. An interfaith gathering is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Saint Matthias Episcopal Church in Minocqua. The names of the 50 victims will be read, then the group will go to Torpy Park for a candlelight vigil and other demonstrations.

Bradley Funeral Home

Justin Schroepfer a former Antigo resident, currently living in Rhinelander, died while attempting to save swimmers last Saturday in in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. He was 24 years old. 

He attended Peace Lutheran grade school, was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 2010 and attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where he was recruited to play baseball. After two years at Stevens Point, he transferred to Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he received a bachelor degree in accounting in December, 2014.

More bicycles are on the road this summer and a Wisconsin Bike Federation spokesperson says motorists and bicyclists need to know the rules of the road.

Richard Hablewitz says according to Wisconsin law, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights afforded to any other vehicle using the roadway....

" have to by law give bicyclists at least three feet by law. A bicyclist can use the full travel lane if they wish to. The law does say the bicycle has to ride as far right in the lane as practical...."

Rhinelander voters in April approved a half-cent-on-a-dollar sales tax called the Premier Resort Area Tax.

This special tax is granted by the legislature to enable tourist communities to repair roads damaged by increased tourist traffic. The final local step passed a test Monday night as the city council conducted a final public hearing.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says there were no objections...

At least one person has already won a prize as the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a summer-long fishing contest on the Three Lakes Chain.

Chamber of Commerce Director Skip Brunswick says one lucky angler could win big cash and others can win too...

"...they went in with the Fish and Wildlife Association. They purchased 100 fish, got a permit to tag them, The first-fish prize is $5,000, two fish are tagged with a value of $500, 20 fish are tagged at $100 each. The remaining anglers with tagged fish win coolers...."

Farmers, foresters and the general public are invited to a meeting next month to set priorities and to implement local conservation efforts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the schedule for Local Working Group meetings for this year.

District Conservationist Michael Stinebrink in Rhinelander says the local meeting is set for July 26 at the U.S. Forest Service office in Rhinelander. He says the main topic will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program...

Vilas county authorities are investigating a crash Sunday morning that killed a pedestrian in the town of Washington near Eagle River.

Deputies report the man was blowing leaves along the shoulder of a roadway when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene. The names the victim and the driver of the vehicle have not been released.

Wisconsin Public Service

A long weekend without electricity is coming to an end for many Northwoods communities hit hard by a vicious Friday afternoon storm. At one point Friday, tens of thousands of customers were without power, but crews worked through the night to bring back the power.

Sunday morning, more than 8,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers mainly in Oneida and Vilas counties were still in the dark.


The sentencing for the 18 year old Rhinelander area girl charged with killing her parents at their home in the town of Piehl in March of 2015 is going on today in Oneida County Court.

Ashlee Martinson was found guilty of two counts of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide after entering into a plea bargain. T

he bodies of  step-father Thomas Ayers and his wife Jennifer were found in the home and other children were left in the home.

A Northwoods Democrat thinks deep budget cuts placed on the UW system during the last budget cycle will come home to roost on student tuition beginning this fall.

25th District State Senator Janey Bewley of Delta, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the recent news that the UW system said it would raise fees came as no surprise to her....

Nicolet Area Technical College

Last fall, Nicolet College announced the "Nicolet Promise", which enables qualifying Northwoods students to attend the college tuition free starting this fall. At the time, Nicolet President Dr. Richard Nelson said the promise means the Nicolet College Foundation will pick up the entire balance of tuition and fees that remain after state and federal grants have been applied to students accounts.

Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says the initial offering has found many takers..

An avid Northwoods bicyclist says education is key for anyone using the road to understand and respect the rights of all when on the road. This week five bicyclists were killed, four others injured in Kalamazoo, Michigan when a pickup truck slammed into a group of riders. A driver has been taken into custody.

Mark Nienstaedt of Rhinelander says motorists and bicyclists respect the rights each has...

A former Oneida County Circuit Court Judge has been named to the newly created state Ethics Commission.

Governor Scott Walker announced the appointments of Judge Robert Kinney to the newly created commission along with Judge Mac Davis. Davis is the Legislature’s majority party nominee, and Kinney is the minority party nominee.

The number of people seeking help through a problem gambling hotline is holding at about the same number as one year ago.

Rose Gruber is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council On Problem Gambling headquartered in Green Bay. The council began in 1993. People who find they might be spending more than they can afford call a toll-free number or go online to find help in quitting what is recognized as an addiction.

Gruber says a large number of calls continue to come in....