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 Wisconsin Arts Board toured the growing Northwoods Arts community Friday during the first of a two day stop.

The Board encourages the development of the arts and Executive Director George Tzougrous says their meetings are designed to show the board what is happening in the arts...

The deer hunt using archery and crossbow gear begins this Saturday in Wisconsin. Next we hear from Jon King, DNR Hunter Education Administrator. Many hunters use tree stands and unfortunately, too many hunters die or are injured when falling from their tree stands. King talked with WXPR's Ken Krall about being safe while hunting...


The Wisconsin Newspaper Association will honor long time newspaper publisher and WXPR volunteer Dick Timmons in a ceremony next week in Eagle River.

Timmons' name will be enshrined on the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Memorial Pylon at Trees For Tomorrow.

Timmons spent 46 years in the newspaper business, last publishing the Rhinelander Daily News until 1998. After his retirement, among many other activities, Dick became the Thursday host for "Midday Classics" on WXPR, a volunteer spot he held until his death in 2014.


As part of renovations going on at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group Clinic in Rhinelander, a walking and biking path is being built to connect with other trails.

Hospital President Sandy Anderson says the pathway is part of on-going construction and will join up with pathways provided by the Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council...

" people who want to walk to the hospital or may want to walk or promote health and wellness or bike would be able to use that path and avoid vehicle traffic...."

Aspirus At Home has been named among the top quarter of  home health agencies in the U.S.

The agency formerly was known at Aspirus VNA Home Health. An organization called HomeCare Elite ranks the home health agencies and it marks the seventh time Aspirus has been in the top 25 percentile of providers in the nation.

Spokesperson JoAnn Borchardt says they provide skilled home nursing care for a variety of ages and needs. She sees this type of care will be more common in the future...

The goal is having healthier employees as a chronic disease prevention and management coalition is hosting another Worksite Wellness Summit.

The coalition in Vilas and Oneida counties is known as Northwoods LEAN,( or Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is hosting the summit next month at Nicolet College.

Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the event is free..

If the city council approves next week, Rhinelander will have a bow-and-arrow deer hunt this year.

After a rise in the number of deer living within the Rhinelander city limits caused traffic problems and property damage, the city council  and police department nearly a decade ago set up a procedure  to thin the herd.

Early hunts proved successful, but by 2013, with fewer numbers, the hunt was called off.

But Mayor Dick Johns thinks it will return this year...

Starting next month there will be bus service operating between some Northwoods communities.

The Northwoods Transit Commission announced the start of two routes with Minocqua a hub between Rhinelander and Eagle River.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says this Transit Commission will be contracting with current providers to have routes....


Do you worry that the Northwoods is going nuts? Well, you might be right.  But as Tom Steele explains in this edition of "Field Notes",  that's not necessarily a bad thing. He says  this nuttiness is an important part of our Northwoods environment....

Wisconsin Public Service  is proposing a 8 percent increase in electric rates and a slight decrease in natural gas rates. In addition, WPS proposes an increase in the customer fixed charge.
Kerry Spees from WPS says the average electrical customer would see a $6.00 a month increase. But the customer fixed charge would go from $10 to 25. He says the cost of the electric grid system remains fixed at about $60 per customer,  but customers using less electricity aren't supporting their portion of the grid cost...

Health officials say within the last 30 years  obesity has doubled  in children and has grown four times in adolescents.

23 million children and adolescents are obese, a number that has alarmed medical experts. Obesity is known to lead to heart, disease, diabetes, asthma and other maladies.

John Morgan works on a Center For Disease Control grant on obesity prevention through the state Health Services Department. He says key is  getting young people started early with habits of good nutrition and plenty of exercise...

Labor Day is a day when  the public  gets a day off from work. The idea is to think about what you do for a living and appreciate American labor's work toward our prosperity.  But for organized labor, the day is bittersweet. Michael Murphy is the retired former president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40. He lives in the town of Newbold and today reflects on the bigger picture of what has happened to organized labor, and his hope for a change...

Ken Krall WXPR

The Jim Pekol Polka Band entertaining the crowd Sunday afternoon at the WXPR Potatofest Polka Dance. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. added  added the Sunday afternoon event for people to enjoy downtown Rhinelander and get into an early spirit of Oktoberfest.

Beverages supplied by Door County Brewing Co.

Oneida County Health Department officials say water samples collected from the Crescent Town Spring this week were negative for coliform bacteria, so officials have dropped a boiled water advisory. The spring is in the town of Crescent just west of Rhinelander.

Officials say the water from the spring will be sampled in one month to ensure the chlorination and disinfection process was successful.

The spring had been closed one other time this summer as a precaution.

A media release from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reports  Monday, August 31, 2015, the  Tribal Council placed two Tribal judges on paid leave pending a personnel review. An interim Tribal judge has been appointed to handle the current court cases.

Tribal judges are employees of the Lac du Flambeau of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and the Tribe does not comment on personnel issues.