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 city of Rhinelander has received an award from a national boating organization for its new Boyce Drive boat landing. City officials along with DNR representatives presented the award to Mayor Dick Johns.

The boat landing is on the former DNR Ranger Station property where the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers meet.

The DNR's Ann Loechler says the national States Organization of Boating Access, or SOBA, thought Rhinelander's project was outstanding for a small boat landing. She says there were many engineering challenges...

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Governor Scott Walker unveiled a new $10 million dollar program designed to help get more workers to businesses, here in the north and other rural areas.

Walker spoke at the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua Thursday.

The plan is called the Rural Economic Development Initiative, designed to help businesses create more jobs in rural areas for low and moderate income persons. The second component supplies housing for people to work in an area. Walker says this will help alleviate a growing worker shortage. The third component ties to worker training.

Scocos Reminds Public Of Veterans Sacrifices

Nov 10, 2016
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Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance of the day, and November  11 became a national holiday in 1938.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but observes special notice to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos says all Americans owe veterans a big thanks...

A slightly lower number of violations were reported after members of the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition checked to see if retailers were selling tobacco to minors.

Maria Otterholt from Oneida county is part of the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition. She says any tobacco retailer can be checked.

Last year the illegal sales rate was just under 15 percent...

"....this year we did 44 randomized checks. We don't target any business, we just go out and five of our establishments sold, so we have an 11.3 percent illegal sale rate this year...."

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The Governor's Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit began Wednesday in Minocqua and the head of the a key agency says finding enough workers has become a problem.

Wisconsin Economic Development Secretary Mark Hogan says he's hearing a key concern among people in business..

"....the workforce shortage which is everywhere in the state. It's not just the northern part of the state, it's every company in every corner of the state is looking for employees."

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Three Lakes voters gave mixed signals Tuesday as to the future of the town hall reconstruction which was narrowly defeated, but advised the use of tax dollars for the Demmer library would meet their approval.

Both ballot questions were advisory, but there was a clear majority favoring up to $900,000 in tax dollars for library expansion.

Library Director Erica Brewster says they were gratified with the public input, but the town board and electors will have the final say...

The need for freight rail service to keep the Northwoods economy was driven home this week to the state Secretary overseeing the service.

Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb heard from local officials about the possible interruption in freight rail service through Rhinelander. County Economic Development Director Roger Luce showed an aerial map of several businesses on Highway 8 west that depend on rail service.

Later, Gottlieb said 'freight rail is always a challenge', but they're putting together a plan to keep service viable...

Election Update: Late Decisions Announced

Nov 9, 2016

There were some races and questions that were left open late on election day as results came in late.

In Langlade county, incumbent treasurer Tammy Wilhelm was reelected over Doug Nonnemacher. Wilhelm had 5711 votes, Nonnemacher 4095.

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Rhinelander High School students have gotten the word from officials: it can wait.

The Wisconsin DOT, AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol spoke to a filled school auditorium Tuesday about the dangers of driving and using smartphones, texting while driving, or other distractions. An AT&T study shows 7 out of 10 drivers engage in smartphone activity while driving, including video chat.

AAA's Nick Jarmusz says just five seconds away from the road means your vehicle at 55 miles an hour has gone the length of a football field...

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A $5,000 reward has been offered for information about the death of a bald eagle, two ravens and a raccoon this summer in the town of Pine Lake north of Rhinelander.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Tina Shaw says the dead birds and raccoon were found in July...

"...we got the information back from our forensic lab showing the raccoon carcass had been laced with a carbofuran and the birds had ingested that while scavenging on the raccoon...."

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You can probably afford to go to relatives  Thanksgiving celebrations a little easier this year.

Gas prices are likely to continue falling through November. That word from Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website, Patrick DeHaan. He says the price of crude oil has declined from $52 a barrel recently to $45 and gas prices often follow the decline in crude prices. The falling prices reflect a report that OPEC might not be cutting production in the near future.

DeHaan says another November trend should be analyzed....

What has  been called the most controversial Presidential campaign in modern history comes to a close today as Americans go to the polls.

We will be electing a new President and Vice-President, one member of the Wisconsin delegation to the U.S. Senate, members of Congress, state representatives and a state senate race. County races are also being decided, though few incumbents in the area are facing opposition.

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The DNR is offering an online tool to help people find where deer baiting and feeding activities are banned due to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease.

DNR wildlife section chief Tami Ryan says there are 43 counties affected by CWD. Those are the same counties where baiting and feeding of deer is prohibited. She says the agency has an online tool to help hunters and the public know where the affected areas are located....

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The DNR is again asking successful Northwoods deer hunters to help them out to track Chronic Wasting Disease.

Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties will see DNR staff will be sampling deer in those counties in addition to Oconto county in areas around two CWD-positive captive deer facilities.

Wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says the Northwoods CWD problem is new and they would like hunters to help with the study...

Lake Tomahawk voters will see an advisory question on Tuesday's ballot regarding campaign finance reform.

Communities across the country have been voting whether to have a Constitutional amendment saying only persons have constitutional rights and money is not free speech, so limiting money does not infringe on free speech.

Lake Tomahawk town supervisor Catherine Parker says the question asks voters thoughts...