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 first Northwoods LGBT Pride event is being held Saturday(6/10) in Arbor Vitae.

The secretary of the Rainbow Hodags, Don Schindhelm says the first Gay Pride rally was held 47 years ago in New York City. Schindhelm says since that time, the term "gay" has been replaced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender sexual orientation.

Schindhelm says they're holding a picnic event Saturday...


Wednesday, NPR's Robert Siegel interviewed a Palestianian lawyer and author Raja Shehadeh as part of All Things Considered's look at the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War in 1967, involving Israel and surrounding Arab nations. Israel won the war and the region has been changed.

Shehadeh was 16 years old in 1967 and living in the West Bank when the war began. He says Israeli troops easily occupied the area...


Work on a Rhinelander bridge is ending and a city official says it should be open soon.

The second year of work on the Rhinelander downtown Streetscape project is moving forward.

This weekend there are three different events taking place in the downtown and Public Works Director Tim Kingman says the Davenport Street bridge will be open and all the barriers downtown will be removed...

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Three events are taking place in and near downtown Rhinelander Saturday and promoters are expecting big crowds.

The annual Art Fair on the Courthouse lawn is being held on and near the grounds of the Oneida County Courthouse, the 20th annual Rhinelander Car Show is downtown, as is a first-year event, Bikes and Burgers, a motorcycle, food and music gathering sponsored by Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated.

Chamber of Commerce Director Maggie Steffen says there will be much to see...

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A sinkhole that halted traffic in Vilas county has been repaired.

Traffic has been rerouted on state Highway 17 near the intersection of Grosser Lane in Phelps.

The Vilas County Highway Department and Wisconsin DOT have completed repairs. A detour had been set up along county "A" and Highway 55. Monday it was found culverts had rusted through causing the ground to collapse and wash away the road surface.

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Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish Wednesday broke ground on a renovation and addition project at the King Steet location in Rhinelander.

After receiving a $1 million grant from the Cleary Foundation late last year, plans quickly moved forward to add a new vestibule and restrooms, remodeling the church to create a new gathering area and worship space.  Officials say the project is expected to cost $3.6 million.

Father Randy Knauf is pastor at the church. He says plans have been in the works for a dozen years and they hope to have all the work done by Easter of 2018.

Eight bills are being introduced in Madison that a sponsor says will help restore a more open and transparent state government campaign system.

State Senator Chris Larson was joined by open government advocates Wednesday.

The Democrat from Milwaukee is introducing the "Campaign Integrity" package to the legislature, designed to give the public a chance to see who are the money drivers in campaigns...

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Problems at Veterans Administration health facilities have been in the news. But a recent report generated by VA Secretary David Shulkin gave high marks to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, with clinics in Rhinelander and Ironwood.

Center Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson says 14 facilities in the U.S. were given one star, the lowest rating.

But Nelson says their facility is ranked 7th in the nation in quality and came through as a five-star facility....

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A state legislator has floated the idea of making shore land zoning optional and that idea has raised alarm bells.

Republican Representative Adam Jarchow offered a proposal to be inserted into the currently-debated budget bill that would make shore land zoning optional for Wisconsin counties. The Wisconsin Counties Association also supports the bill.

One of Wisconsin's worst aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, loves undrained live wells in boats.

This weekend, workers and volunteers will be out on area lakes hoping anglers and boaters help in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Heat can be a killer and a local health professional says take precautions for both you, your neighbors and your pets.

Thursday is Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin, a campaign from state Emergency Management.

Dawn Klink is a public health nurse with Oneida county.

She says while heat affects most people in various ways, some people can get into trouble in the heat...

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Next we hear from Steven Byer, co-founder and Co-Director at ALS Worldwide based in Fitchburg, near Madison, Wi.

May is ALS Awareness Month, a time to reflect on diseases for which there is no cure and WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Byer...

More information on ALS is available through your local physician, ALS Association at or ALS Worldwide at

A state tax watchdog group is reporting a large portion of the state budget actually is devoted to property tax relief in one form or another.

President Todd Berry of  Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says property tax relief is the 'tail that wags the political dog in Wisconsin'...


Memorial Day remembers the people who died serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originally was known as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established the day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

WXPR spoke with Wisconsin's Secretary of Veterans Affairs Daniel Zimmerman about the meaning of Memorial Day....