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 recent study shows some lobbyists in Madison were paid  thousands of dollars per hour to lobby legislators on various issues.

Matt Rothschild from the non-profit campaign watchdog Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says one of the top-paid lobbyists represented the Milwaukee Bucks as the team wanted state money to pay for a new arena...


A top state official says the idea is to bring technology to the  Northwoods without wrecking the environment.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by the Vilas County Business Incubator in Eagle River Friday.

She was asked about the possibility of bringing more high speed internet here...

" all understand how broadband is essential for economic development, education development and public safety development. I know there's a split constituency on this, attracting more development versus less development...."


Dogs of all types will compete Saturday morning in the Pawzitive Outdoor Games at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

 Carol Lofquist of  TLC Dog Training is one of the coordinators.  She talks about what the canines will be doing...

"...for agility, it's beginners, intermediate and advanced. One overall winner will win a year of dog food. Same with the pier pups. The dogs jump off, see how far they can jump and the overall winner wins a full year of dog food...."

Lofquist says it's designed for the owner and the dog to build a bond.


Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by the Vilas County Business Incubators in Eagle River today.

Kleefisch talked with Christine Gaffron at Stitch It, who makes embroidered logos on items like hats and shirts. Since being in the incubator, Gaffron told Kleefisch her business has grown and it has helped to be in the incubator...

Two persons are facing  possible charges in the Upper Peninsula after an explosion not far from the Michigan-Wisconsin border.

Rhinelander is without a comprehensive recreation plan, but a five-year plan is in the works with a draft likely this fall.

The city has contracted with North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning to put together a plan.
Planner Fred Heider says Rhinelander has a number of recreational elements already in place, including several parks, walking paths, BMX track and a 2003 Pathways Project, which spelled out hiking and biking trails in the city.

Heider says an earlier survey of Rhinelander residents found this breakdown of preferred recreational activities...

Pollinators will be the focus of the next "Science On Tap" presentation at Minocqua Brewing Company. The first Wednesday of most months the public gathers to hear the latest from UW researchers who also listen to questions from the public about specific topics.

September 2, Jeremy Hemberger,  a UW-Madison graduate student in entomology with specific interests in native pollinators, conservation, ecology, and invasive species dynamics will be giving the presenation.


Rhinelander High School athletics will again have a funded position to help with athletic injuries.

Aspirus Clinic and Ministry Medical Group each have donated $15,000 to fund an athletic trainer to work with student-athletes.

Dr. Jason Lowry  has been advisor to Rhinelander athletics for several years. He says funding this type of position is a rarity among K-12 schools in Wisconsin, but the need is there...

Teams are still being accepted for a Mah Jongg fundraiser this Thursday to help reduce the number of homeless pets in the region.

Karen Schmeling says the tourney will help "The Fix Is In" in their spay and neutering efforts...

"....high quality, affordable, mobil spay and neuter program that also offers intermittent vaccination clinics and they go around to different communities in northern and central Wisconsin...."

Grow North Regional Economic Development Incorporated has sent out a number of surveys to Northwoods towns to gather information on Internet use.

Executive Director Angi Schreiber says the surveys will help get a clearer picture of broadband in the Northwoods...

"....residential, home-based business and businesses. We have teacher surveys going out to the schools. Those should be distributed directly to the schools. Those will be sent directly to the schools. The business and home-based business surveys will be hitting mailboxes this week..."

It's back to school soon  and health officials are reminding parents to check to make sure students have the required immunizations.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Health Department says the immunizations prevent the child and others from getting sick....

"....children can easily transmit illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, uncovered coughs. They're in with their classrooms and their teachers for long periods of time...."

Rhinelander School District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says information is available...

The DNR is making a last push for public comment on two long term plans to manage conservation and wildlife.

DNR officials say in order to remain eligible for federal funding, they need public input on plans concerning fish and wildlife.

Spokesperson Owen Boyle says public comment will end next Sunday on the two plans...


An economist says the state's economy is showing mixed signals...slow job growth yet relatively low unemployment in some areas.

David Clark is an economist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association. He says job growth has been slow...

"....job growth has been pretty minimal  in some months compared to the previous year they've actually seen a slight decline...."

A Rhinelander manufacturer... Advanced Barrier Extrusions.. is expanding, but the city council had to do some lot clarification last night to keep things legal.

A group of counties from northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula continue to work toward providing new rail cars for the logging industry. They hope the new cars will help keep freight rail service in the region.