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.

Last April, Rhinelander voters approved a half-cent on a dollar sales tax increase to be used strictly for road and infrastructure maintenance.

The Premier Resort Tax referendum was advisory. During the state budget cycle, the Joint Finance Committee said for Rhinelander to implement the tax, a binding referendum would need to be held. The city is moving toward another vote next April.

Governor Walker approved changes in regulating shoreland zoning as part of the budget bill.

Those changes caused an uproar in the lakes-heavy Northwoods as local units of government were forbidden from regulating beyond looser state rules, especially in prohibiting dividing lake lots. merlin2525

Northwoods non-profits are invited to submit a project for consideration to the latest group of candidates involved in Leadership Oneida County.

The program has 16 adult participants who need to complete a community project to graduate. Steering Committee member Dana DeMet says as part of the nine-month leadership program, non-profits can get help from the candidates in a variety of ways....

Flu shots will be available Thursday(11/5/2015) in Eagle River after several clinics in Vilas County.

The Public Health Department is sponsoring the shots Thursday in the morning and afternoon from their offices at 302 W. Pine Street. Assistant Director Laurel Dreger says they're hoping to find people who haven't yet gotten their shots...

Matt Thompson-Ministry Health Care

Pedestrians and staff now have an additional stretch of walking or biking trail to get to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

They also have a spot to rest. Pete and Jackie Cody of Rhinelander donated a bench along a segment of recently blacktopped pathway from the Highway 17 bypass intersection to the parking lot at the hospital. The bench was donated in the name of Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council. Jackie Cody said they had been talking with Ministry St. Mary's officials who are remodeling parts of the campus...

U.S. Forest Service

Students at the Blackwell Job Corps facility in Forest county have applied some classroom studies to real world skills.

Officials say a 40-foot wide gazebo currently under construction near the student dormitories is a legacy that will be shared by classmates many years into the future.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hillary Markin says the building had several departments involved...

A device that has caught the eye of emergency responders has been adopted by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department.


Last week the state Natural Resources Board approved the Master Plan for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.

The area is a forested 3,000-acre property located approximately 10 miles west of Rhinelander.

The DNR purchased the property from a paper company in 1999 as part of the "Great Addition."

A petition from an ATV group triggered a master plan review which concluded with the recent approval by the governing board.

DNR Property Manager Jeremy Holtz says very little is going to change with one exception...

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A Crandon man has agreed to a plea bargain involving the death of a 15 year old and the injury of a 16 yar old near Crandon last year.

19 year old Austin Ginter entered a plea Tuesday to charges of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle and 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety. Charges of reckless homicide and other charges were dismissed but some will be considered at sentencing.

The crash happened July 13, 2014 when a vehicle Ginter was driving left Old 8 Road near Crandon and struck several trees. 15 year old Chance Harkus died in the crash.

UW Madison Continuing Studies

There will be no more School of the Arts at Rhinelander.

The once week-long event has been a key part of the Northwoods summer landscape for 52 years. UW-Madison School of Continuing Studies...the key sponsor... let stakeholders know of the decision this week. The school began in 1964 by UW Professor Robert Gard as a way to bring arts and culture to rural Wisconsin. People from many different areas converged in Rhinelander each July to learn from artists active in the field.

Catherine Marshall Comment: Think About Your Stuff

Nov 3, 2015

Commentator Catherine Marshall describes the state of stuff, and recalls a famous author who had a straight-forward view of clutter a long time ago...

The next Iron County Citizen's Forum will look at the changing world of medicine in the Northwoods.

Organizer Terry Daulton says the goal is to look at what is being provided and what still needs to be done...

"....we're hoping to get input from citizens in our area about what the needs are and what kinds of opportunities we might have in the future better improve our medical care services...."


A fundraising event organized to raise money for the homeless shelter in Rhinelander is set for next week.

The 6th annual "Soup For Shelter" provides the public a chance to enjoy soup and bread from Northwoods restaurants, but it also is a key fundraiser to maintain Frederick Place says Executive Director Tammy Modic...

"'s a free will offering where we will have close to 10 different businesses that are donating some delicious soups. People can try as many as they like for that free will offering...."

Phosphorus, ammonia and sediment levels have decreased during the past 20 years in major rivers statewide as a result of stricter limits in wastewater, improved farming practices, construction site erosion control and urban storm water management...that from a recent DNR report on state impaired waters. DNR Section Chief Brian Weigel says they've 209 new waters that meet the criteria for being classified as impaired and is now asking for public comment....

The state has awarded nearly $195,000 to rehabilitate Runway 18/36 at Lakeland Noble F. Lee Airport in Arbor Vitae. DOT engineer Matt Messina says the runway needed repairs...

" was a microsurface project. Microsurface is a surface course that goes over the existing runway to seal it and protect the entire pavement...."

He says this provides a complete seal over the existing asphalt, preventing water damage and extending the life of the pavement...