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.


League Of Women Voters Case
3:11 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

State Supreme Court To Hear Voter ID Law


A Harshaw resident will have a seat in the courtroom Tuesday as the state Supreme Court hears the Voter ID case.

In October, 2011, the Wisconsin League of Women Voters filed suit saying the Wisconsin legislature violated the Sufferage Act of the state constitution.

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Scattered in the region
1:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WPS Repairing Power Outages Post Major Storm


Crews were restoring power across parts of the Northwoods Friday after a powerful winter storm cut power to utility customers.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says scattered power outages happened as soon as the storm hit Thursday evening...


"....we did have outages reported all the way from the Wausau area to up north...Antigo, Minocqua, Crandon, Rhinelander and areas in between. We have seen scattered outages throughout the night. Fortunately it was nothing major. Our crews have been able to quickly respond...."

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Interface for system nearly 100K
4:18 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oneida County E-9-1-1 Gets Funding For Phones


Sometimes it takes quite a bit of money  to integrate a complex telephone system, but the Oneida county board went along with a request to make E-911 dispatching more efficient.

The board agreed to spend nearly $72, 000 from the general fund to pay for a phone console integration at the sheriff's department.

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Would need to be funded
4:02 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Legislature Considering More Arts Funding

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

ArtStart Rhinelander was among the groups appearing before the Assembly Tourism committee this week supporting a bill providing arts grant funding as part of economic development.

AB 760 would provide grants up to $40,000, with an annual cap of $250,000 total per year.

Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander is a member of the Tourism committee..


"....we heard a lot of testimony from group like ArtStart in Rhinelander, for instance...."

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New report
3:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WEDC: Favoring Republican Districts Over Democratic Ones?


Citizen Action of Wisconsin is claiming the state's public-private job generating agency...Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.. is funneling jobs to places in Republican districts and mostly ignoring Democratic districts. A WEDC spokesperson says that is not true.

Citizen Action has been described as leaning Democratic. On the Citizen Action website, their analysis claims fewer jobs were generated in the city of Milwaukee, but the state found jobs in the more Republican suburban areas. Citizen Action of Wisconsin leader Robert Kraig...


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Town of Newbold
4:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

New Boat Landing Possible On Rhinelander Flowage

Wisconsin River near Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

A parcel of land along Highway 47 in Newbold is being eyed by the town board as a possible new boat landing site, pending Oneida county's negotiations with the town.

The lot along the Wisconsin River/Rhinelander Flowage was offered for sale at $45,000. The county board this week approved a move to give the county and town nine months to see if a deal could be worked out.

Newbold town supervisor Ed Hammer told the Oneida county board the town has an interest in developing a new landing....


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Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
3:48 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Gathering Storm Cancels DNR ATV/UTV Meeting

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The winter storm coming to the Midwest has led to the cancelation of a DNR meeting Thursday evening about an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes wildlife area.

The open house was called to get public input on a proposal by the Nokomis ATV club about using part of the 3,000 acre property for a trail. DNR Woodboro Lakes area manager Jeremy Holtz says the weather put a halt to plans...


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Middle-income residents
3:42 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Loan Program For Propane Users


Legislators have introduced bills creating a heating assistance loan program designed to help propane users.

In January, Governor Walker declared a state of emergency due to the propane shortage and established a $3 million loan guarantee program. Sponsors say the loans help those who can't get low-income energy assistance.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst was one of the bill's authors....


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Few government races reported
9:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

AV-W School Referendum Passes


Voters in the Arbor-Vitae Woodruff school district have passed a three year operating referendum. Unofficially, the vote total was 500 in favor, 465 opposed.

The total additional revenue is $975,000 over three years.

District Administrator Rich Vought was pleased with the outcome....

"....I think this is a good day for the students of the Arbor-Vitae Woodruff school district and the voters of AV-W showed they support the education of their youth as an investment in the future..."

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Negotiations to continue
4:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oneida County To Counter-Offer On WPS Building

The Oneida County Board Tuesday agreed to negotiate a lease with Midwest Lease, LLC for the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse.

The board met in closed session then announced they had authorized a number of county officials to negotiate a counter offer of $225,000 cash, with the building in "As is" condition and to close by March 31.

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