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.

Two people have died in separate snowmobile crashes over the weekend.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a single crash on South Crystal Lake Road in Land O' Lakes Saturday morning.

Investigators report the driver failed to negotiate a curve along a marked snowmobile route. The snowmobile left the trail, striking several trees. The driver was thrown off the sled. The name of the driver was not released.

Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants for appointment as Langlade County District Attorney.

The new appointee will replace outgoing District Attorney Ralph Uttke,who will be leaving office on March 13.

The new appointee will serve out the remainder of the unexpired term and will be up for election in November 2016.

The application is found on Governor Walker’s website:

Resumes, cover letters, and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016.

The following release was sent out by the City of Rhinelander on Friday, January 15:

Start Date – January 20, 2016

City of Rhinelander Utility Customers who experienced problems in the past with water and sewer lines freezing should start running water when approval is provided in advance by the City.

Twice each year, the DNR offers a weekend of fishing where licenses are NOT required, called the Free Fishing Weekend.

Saturday and Sunday are the designated days for 2016 winter season.

Among the many events, families of school-age youth are invited to Lake Julia boat landing, just south of Rhinelander, to learn about ice fishing from a DNR biologist. Equipment will be provided says Lynn Feldman, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator....

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Two sentences Friday for homicide charges in the Northwoods

. Earlier this week, 41 year old Shannon Wolf entered an Alford plea as part of a plea bargain and was found guilty of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide for the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells in Rhinelander.

This winter season's longer-than-normal warm temperatures delayed an important date for people hauling heavy loads on state roads, but the cold weather has come. That cold weather means Wisconsin's Frozen Road Law is in effect, beginning 1/15/2015.

The DOT's Mike Sproul says the area includes US 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of US 8..

School District of Rhinelander

Rhinelander School District is going to ask voters via a referendum on February 16. We had a chance to talk to Superintendent Kelli Jacobi about asking voters for their approval...

Here is the website.

Steven Thomas-USFWS

While the process is likely far from over, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted final rules to preserve the Long-Eared Bat.

The bat is threatened by White-Nose Syndrome, a fungus that has killed bats by the millions.

Businesses in Oneida and Vilas county can take advantage of grants to implement or continue worksite wellness programs.

Northwoods Lean--Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition--spokesperson Maria Otterholt says the Worksite Wellness Mini Grants are designed for any sized business in the two counties...

Burial Bill Not Likely To Be Heard This Legislative Session

Jan 13, 2016

Last week we reported a protest was called in Madison by Native American tribes to object to the possible removal of burial sites from a privately-owned quarry near Madison.

The matter appears to be on hold. Yesterday hundreds of protesters met at the state Capitol rallying against a bill requiring the Wisconsin Historical Society to establish the presence of human remains before cataloging a burial site on private land. Under the bill, property owners would be allowed to use ground-penetrating radar, other imaging technology, or  excavation and examination.

Many Northern Counties Have Not Recovered From Recession: Report

Jan 13, 2016

Five northern counties are among 10 Wisconsin counties listed as not meeting four criteria to say those counties have recovered from the economic downturn.

The National Association of Counties said only seven of Wisconsin's 72 counties have fully recovered from the Great Recession. The four areas surveyed focused on jobs, unemployment rates, gross domestic products and average home prices.

Among the ten counties not meeting any of the criteria was Vilas county, along with Florence, Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Buffalo,Marquette, Richland, Rock and Racine counties.


Governor Walker signed a measure in 2014 labeled the "Blueprint For Prosperity", designed to get students into high-demand technical careers.

Stopping at Nicolet Area Technical College Tuesday, Walker said he will propose next week another round of proposals to help technical college students. One proposal is to increase grants to students at technical colleges. Walker says the state's 16 technical colleges exceeded the 5,000 students sought in the "Blueprint" proposal, so more money is being given to technical college students...

Wis. Dept. of Corrections

Democrats in the legislature recently asked for more funding to the state Division of Corrections to help correct staffing problems at several state facilities, including the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility in Lincoln county.

Lincoln Hills is under investigation by federal and state authorities after a series of incidents culminated with a juvenile having a severe foot injury. There have also been allegations of sexual assault . The management at the facility near Irma has changed, and other security steps have been recently enacted.


A few weeks a ago the city of Rhinelander found out the city was plowing an alleyway behind several downtown businesses when they had no insurance protection to do so. Last night, the city officially said they wouldn't plow it.

For many years the city plowed the alley between King and Stevens Streets behind several downtown stores. When it was found out it was the private property of several businesses, the city and some owners were to see if a hold harmless arrangement could be worked out.