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.

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Career exploration and hands-on training for students with disabilities is the purpose of a new program at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

Set to begin this fall, Project SEARCH is a one year, business-led, school-to-work program involving workplace immersion by combining classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training.

Community Service Coordinator Kathy Viergutz outlines the program....

A 22-year veteran of the Langlade County Sheriff's Department has been named the next sheriff.

Governor Scott Walker Tuesday named Sergeant Mark Westen to the position. Westen replaces Sheriff Bill Greening,who resigned in January.

Wind advisories continue throughout Wisconsin, as thousands of customers were without power . Winds were gusting to near 50 miles per hour in the state's midsection Tuesday, and central and northeast Wisconsin remain the hardest hit with more than 18-thousand outages reported by Wisconsin Public Service.

Eagle River, Townsend, Lac du Flambeau, Three Lakes and Arbor Vitae were listed as the hardest hit in the WXPR listening area at noon, but dozens of communities reported outages.

Northwoods students interested in attending technical college have another potential source of scholarship money.

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is partnering with the tech college system to fund scholarships for students who live within the company’s service area and plan to attend technical college programs in the fall.

Foundation Administrator Karmen Lemke says this is the 53rd year they're making scholarships available to potential technical college students...

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The DNR plans to present final revisions to the state's long-term chronic wasting disease plan to the Natural Resources Board in December.

A stakeholder committee has developed more than 60 adjustments to the existing 15-year plan. State D-N-R Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack told the Board last week 17 stakeholders were involved in the recent updating of the plan..

Rhinelander High School was the site last week of an awareness raising event called "Spread The Word To End The Word".

Shelley Lehman is a Special Education teacher. She says the effort is designed to eliminate what is referred to as the "R-Word"...

"....Project Unify is a group of regular students and Special Education Students. The main focus is a more inclusive community within our community and the school district. They do different activities but one of the main events is "Spread The Word To End The Word"....


Oneida County Planning and Development committee held three public hearings last week on the complex changes to the county's shoreland zoning ordinance.

Prior to the last state budget, the counties were allowed to have shoreland zoning rules stronger than what were considered minimum state regulations. Those rules cover everything from structure proximity to the shoreline to boathouses to height of buildings and much more. When the change happened in the last two years, the counties were ordered by the state to get their rules to conform to the less stringent state regulations.


Last fall, Aspirus Heart & Vascular became the first program in the area to begin performing the WATCHMAN procedure that offers an alternative for people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that have difficulty with blood-thinning medication. For some patients with A-Fib, as it's called, this new surgical procedure can change whether they use blood thinners to reduce the chance of stroke. Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Kevin Rist, a cardiac electrophysiologist, about the procedure....

Lincoln Co. Names Deputy Involved In Shooting

Mar 3, 2017

Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger has released the name of the deputy involved in the shooting incident Monday February 27.

He is identified as Deputy Sam Steckbauer who has been employed by  the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since 2010. Per standard procedure, Steckbauer has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation by the state.

Two leaders in the court battle to change Wisconsin's legislative and Congressional districts will be in Woodruff Saturday.

Northwoods Progressives have invited Bill Whitford,retired law professor and lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the district maps in Wisconsin, and Doug Poland, who helped lead the legal team that won the federal case that is now expected to head to the US Supreme Court over alleged gerrymandering. Both men are part of the Fair Elections Project.

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A benefit mountain bike race is set for Saturday in Minocqua to benefit Lakeland area mountain bike trails.

The group LAMBO, or Lakeland Area Mountain Bike Organization, is hosting the event.

Spokesperson Richard Hablewitz has joined the many people now biking through the winter months as well, and talks about details of the event...

Wisconsin Gambling Opponents Don't Want More Advertising

Mar 2, 2017

Governor Walker this week proposed spending more money to advertise the Wisconsin Lottery. This action has drawn a sharp reaction from a group opposed to more gambling.

The state lottery's proceeds go to property tax relief. Walker has proposed a 40 percent jump in advertising to $10.5 million dollars to encourage more play.

Lorri Pickens from the group Citizens Against Expanded Gambling says the spending more for people to gamble more is a questionable action....

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Wisconsin hospitals are lowering some infection rates by nearly 60 percent and reducing hospital readmission rates according to a new report released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

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Warming temperatures, snow melt, residual frozen ground and rain can create conditions that may affect private wells and drinking water and a DNR specialist says be vigilant.

DNR private water supply field supervisor Marty Nessman says runoff this time of year can lead to well contamination...

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Seven people, most from the Northwoods, have been indicted on eight federal charges for distributing Oxycodone.

The U.S. Attorney in Green Bay filed the felony charges against 34 year old Lance Bruette of Minocqua; 38 year old Frank Lawrence of St. Germain; 29 year old Mitchell Plantikow of Woodruff; 52 year old Troy Plantikow of Woodruff; 31 year old Lacey Stanick of Woodruff and 57 year old Orvin Kay of Milwaukee.