Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.


Driver killed Sunday
3:19 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Name Of Crash Victim Released By Vilas County

The name of the St. Germain woman killed Sunday afternoon from a traffic crash in  St. Germain has been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports 72 year old Peggy A. Sorensen of St. Germain died.

Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling east on STH 70 and drove through the intersection of State Highways 70 and  155 prior to entering Saint Germain Boulevard. The vehicle then left the roadway and collided with a tree. Sorensen was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other details were released.

Virus can cause cancer in youth
3:16 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Few Northwoods Students Get HPV Vaccine


Only a small percentage of teenagers in the Northwoods have received the vaccination that could prevent them from getting a sexually-transmitted cancer.

The human papillomavirus can cause cervical, anal and oral cancers. It affects both boys and girls. A vaccine can prevent the virus from turning into cancer in teens. Only 3 in 10 girls and one in 10 boys ages 13 -17 in the Northwoods has had the full three doses of the HPV vaccine.

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DOT approval received
3:47 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Downtown Minocqua Detour Thursday Morning

Minoqua going northbound

Traffic in downtown Minocqua will be re-routed Thursday morning as a large crane will fill one block doing installation work.

Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim says one of the larger commercial buildings downtown, the Gaslight Square has a number of large HVAC units on their roof, and  three of them have failed...

"...they need to get those replaced. One of the issues they've had, the way the alleys laid out, there's so many overhead utility lines that a crane is not able to access the rooftop from the rear...."

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Former development site
3:37 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Heal Creek Property Gets Three Proposals From Two Parties

Oneida county has opened two, and possibly three bids from governments or organizations interested in the Heal Creek property on Rhinelander's far west side.

The county and the Economic Development Corporation spent $520,000 in an effort to construct a 'green' business park on the 272-acre  property. When no development took place, the county board asked for bids to buy the property immediately east of the Northwood Golf Course.

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Joint law enforcement effort
3:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Five Arrested In Rhinelander Bust


Five persons have been arrested in Rhinelander as part of a joint law enforcement effort to crack down on distributing methamphetamine.

Oneida County Lieutenant Terri Hook tells us more about the bust...

"....North Central Drug Enforcement Group, along with the Oneida County Sheriff's office, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Vilas County Sheriff's office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed a search warrant in the city of Rhinelander for the use, manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance, specifically methamphetamine..."

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Tribes still considering proposal
4:08 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Proposal Given To Boost Walleye Numbers in Minocqua Chain


Minocqua area anglers and business owners last night got their first look at a proposal to increase walleye numbers in the Minocqua Chain of Lakes.

Walleyes For Tomorrow and the DNR presented a study to see if there are answers for low reproductive rates on the chain.

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Republicans not so sure
4:20 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Baldwin Says Obama Tuition Proposal Will Help Economy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)
Credit Commons

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin thinks President Obama's plan to make the first two years of community college free will help spur on the economy. But the fate of the idea is unknown in an opposite party majority in the Senate and House.

The proposal would make the first two years of college free and universal like public K-12 education. The federal government would pick up 75 percent and the state 25 percent.

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Kinship of the North dissolves
7:13 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Doing School, Community Mentoring


Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin has begun a community-based youth mentoring program in the Northwoods.

Kinship of the North had previously performed the community-based mentoring  but that organization has dissolved, having been active  in the Northwoods since 1980.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters spokesperson Mary Kinnunen  says that organization had provided school-based youth mentoring but now will do both. She says Kinship asked Big Brothers-Big Sisters to take over their community-based mentoring programs.

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Council in dark about revenue loss
8:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Rhinelander City Council Chastises Mayor, City Adm.

An angry Rhinelander city council last night reprimanded both the City Administrator and Mayor for withholding  key information that impacted the council budget process.

Expera Specialty Solutions asked the state Department of Revenue last year to have it's paper mills  in Mosinee and Rhinelander reassessed. The new numbers had a 4.6% impact on the city's revenues. But that information was withheld by Mayor Dick Johns and City Administrator Blaine Oborn until just days before the council was to vote on this year's budget.

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Father, son sentenced Monday
3:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

More Sentencing In LDF Oxycodone Distribution Arrests

A father and son who entered guilty pleas in October to distributing Oxycodone on the Lac du Flambeau reservation are going to federal prison.

54 year old Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and his son, 30 year old Ryan Old Coyote will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced for distribution , and Ryan was sentenced for using wire communication via Money Gram as part of the distribution scheme.

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