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.

A Rhinelander-area Red Cross volunteer is in Texas to help with relief efforts in an area overwhelmed with rain and floods.

Carol Miller travels often to help with relief efforts in other parts of the nation. Torrential rains.. in some places 20 inches of rain...pummeled southern Texas in late October causing widespread flooding. Miller helps with medical needs and is based out of Austin. She says she helps clients with medical problems, or staff who need medical aid. She says the heavy rains washed out the homes for thousands....

The first K-12 digital Fab Lab in Wisconsin was honored Wednesday by the Department of Public Instruction.

The Three Lakes Schools project was one of seven awarded by State Superintendent Tony Evers as part of the 'Standing Up For Rural Wisconsin' program. The project provides 3D modeling and 3D printing technology and is said to be a way to bring a new type of manufacturing to a rural area. Evers says the K-12 aspect of FAB LAB is rare and received deep community support...

Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany says says he does not support proposed legislation that would restrict school districts choosing when to hold a referendum.

Speaking Wednesday before the Rhinelander Area Retired Educators Association, Tiffany was asked about a bill by Senator Duey Strobel which would only allow school funding referendums to be held during general elections and no sooner than two years apart...

In contrast to some tough debate in past years, the Oneida County Board Tuesday breezed through approval of a $51 million dollar budget for 2016.

The budget is down 11 percent, or $6.5 million dollars from 2015. Department heads were asked to cut expenditures by 5 percent says Supervisor Ted Cushing, who chaired the Finance committee for several years...

"....I will say this budget, 2016, was the best, and I don't want anybody to misinterpret this term, best orchestrated that has ever come across in my opinion..." 


The Vilas County Board tabled a resolution which would have put a six month moratorium on all land division within areas regulated by shoreland zoning.

The state budget changed local regulation, allowing looser state codes, and taking away tougher county enforcement.

At Tuesday's meeting, Zoning committee chair Ken Anderson asked the resolution be withdrawn. He says they want to look at the subdivision ordinance, including the shoreland regulations, then take them to the public.

Last year he joined us on Veteran's Day and again this year WXPR News Director Ken Krall had a chance to talk to Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. Scocos says the need to help veterans is growing, and reflected on a recent federal decision to place a National Veterans Cemetery in the town of Cassian west of Rhinelander....

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has taken issue with some statements made by some Republican presidential candidates.

Rhinelander voters will again decide next April whether to  add a half-cent on the dollar tax on certain tourist-related sales to help fund infrastructure.

Voters last April approved an advisory referendum on the Premier Resort Area Tax. The tax is authorized by the Wisconsin Legislature and is administered by the Department of Revenue.

City Attorney Carrie Miljevich says not all businesses are authorized to have the tax, just those businesses with tourist-related sales...

As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army's Bell Ringers will be at shopping centers near you hoping to raise the money to help the neediest people in our communities.

In Rhinelander, Kettle Campaign Coordinator Kim Swisher talked with Ken Krall about the efforts here...

A link for more information is  here.

The city of Rhinelander is holding meetings to keep the public informed on next year's Streetscape project downtown.

The city will be redoing underground infrastructure in the downtown and then will be freshening the look on the main streets above ground.

Public Works Director Tim Kingman says last weeks meeting talked about the above ground additions...

".....these things relate to lighting, park benches, curbs and pavement. The things you see out on the top of the street...."

The same downward trend on gas prices is also reflective in current propane and home heating oil prices. The main reason is ample supply is keeping prices down.

Elise Nelson from the state Public Service Commission of Wisconsin which oversees the state Energy Office says mild weather and less use of propane for crop drying means the supply of propane is good...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Tomahawk woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for her role in the June, 2003 death of Kenneth Wells of Rhinelander.

Wells' body was found floating in the Wisconsin River and the cause of death at that time was not determined.

Earlier this year, 34 year old Latoya Wolf came forward to describe her role in the death, which led to charges against her and her ex-husband Shannon Wolf. Latoya Wolf told police Wells had allegedly been suffocated and dumped in the river, allegedly implicating Shannon Wolf in the death.

A Rhinelander family has donated the state's Christmas tree for this season.

Governor Walker announced this year’s Christmas tree for the State Capitol rotunda was donated by Brad and Elizabeth Kowieski of Rhinelander. Brad, Elizabeth, their sons, Brody and Hank, and Brad’s parents, Bill and Jane donated a 40-foot tall balsam fir. Brad planted the tree on Arbor Day in 1985 at his parents’ house when he was in fourth grade at Nativity Our Lord Catholic School in Rhinelander.

Last April, Rhinelander voters approved a half-cent on a dollar sales tax increase to be used strictly for road and infrastructure maintenance.

The Premier Resort Tax referendum was advisory. During the state budget cycle, the Joint Finance Committee said for Rhinelander to implement the tax, a binding referendum would need to be held. The city is moving toward another vote next April.

Governor Walker approved changes in regulating shoreland zoning as part of the budget bill.

Those changes caused an uproar in the lakes-heavy Northwoods as local units of government were forbidden from regulating beyond looser state rules, especially in prohibiting dividing lake lots.