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.

Northwood Golf Club

Rhinelander's Golf Course Advisory Committee heard a first draft of a consultant's analysis of the financially-troubled Northwood Golf Club.

A recent audit showed the municipal course owed Rhinelander more than $1 million.

A survey in Boulder Junction will help the community plan for its future. That's the word from Theresa Smith at the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce.

The Boulder Junction Economic Development-Connect Communities committee and partners are developing a plan to aid economic development.

Theresa Smith says they received 169 responses to open-ended questions...

The Northwoods continues to have some of the best property deals in the state according to an economist from Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Economist David Clark says early fall sales volume, statewide, was slightly down from September of 2016. He says compared to a year ago, prices are up about 4.8 percent. He says for the year, sales are up about half a percentage point compared to 2016 and prices are up about 6 percent.

Clark says last year was a record year for state realtors...

Two votes in Three Lakes Tuesday are approved.

Three Lakes school district voters passed a referendum to exceed revenue limits by slightly more than $3 million per year for five years. The vote total was 750 in favor of the referendum, 294 opposed.

Also yesterday in Three Lakes, town electors approved building a new town hall.

At a special town meeting on Tuesday, electors authorized the town board to borrow $1.6 million to tear down the existing structure and build a new town office and police department on the existing footprint.

A missing Arbor Vitae woman has been found and is safe.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports 78 year old MaryLee Hovland was found safe in Mackinac County, located in Upper Michigan, about 5 hours away from where she lived. She was located at about 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Earlier Tuesday, a statewide 'Silver Alert' had been issued. Vilas County officials said she left her home in Arbor Vitae without shoes and without her purse or medications.


The members of the Oneida County Tourism Council have picked up a state Joint Effort Marketing grant to find out more information about why tourists come and stay here.

On hand at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce was Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett to present a check for more than $39,000....

Mountain Home Air Force Base

Donations are still needed for a program that enables third-grade students to get some Christmas presents for family that they normally would not be able to get.

The "Shop With A Cop" program finds Rhinelander Police and Fire Departments taking 20 students shopping.

Officer Chad Brown coordinates the program..

The state has launched a campaign to inform parents about brightly packaged, candy-flavored tobacco products targeted to appeal to children.

The “Tobacco is Changing” campaign is scheduled to run through February in various media. State Health Officer Karen McKeown of the Department of Health Services says 80 percent of youth tobacco users say their first tobacco product was flavored...

Clean Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - Experts on climate, wildlife habitat, winter sports and other outdoor activities will participated  in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Fest.

Pat Durkin, a veteran outdoorsman and president of the state Outdoor Writers Association, moderated a panel of scientists and specialists,  about the impact of climate change on outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.

Deer hunters are asked by the DNR to help them track wildlife and it's just a mouse click away.

With the 2017 archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons underway and the nine-day gun-deer season approaching, DNR wildlife researcher Jess Rees Lohr says hunters are reminded to voluntarily record deer and other wildlife observations for the annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey.


Governor Scott Walker made it official Monday with a stop in Rhinelander. This will be Walker's third run for the state's top post, along with a recall election he won and an aborted run for the U.S. presidency.

Walker stopped at Cross Trac Equipment as part of a statewide jaunt to announce the reelection bid..

Walker is also touting tax reform...

He says this will be a tough reelection bid with at least 8 Democrats either having announced or making rumblings they will. Walker says the Democrats are going to spend money....

Tuesday will be a day of decisions in Three Lakes.

Voters in the Three Lakes School District will decide on a referendum to exceed revenue limits by slightly more than $3 million per year for five years for non-recurring purposes.

Last week we broadcast an interview with Superintendent George Karling about the referendum which can be found here.


The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Fall Conference is being held Friday and Saturday in Stevens Point. The gathering is highlighting Poetry & Mysticism-When the Phoenix Is Fire. An internationally-known poet and translator, Coleman Barks will be in attendance along with Lisa Starr.

Ken Krall spoke with two representatives of the conference, Andree' Graveley and Nancy Austin about the event..