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.


Plastics barrier manufacturer Advanced Barrier Systems presented the Oneida County Board with a final payment check for more than $2.7 million dollars. The county had helped the Rhinelander firm begin and expand, and the money provides a final payment to state loans.

The company asked Oneida county in 2005 for help in getting money from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Oneida County Economic Development's Executive Director Roger Luce thanked the county board...

Oneida County Humane Society

A spokesperson for the Oneida County Humane Society is hoping the county will consider raising the dog license fee to help pay for the shelter's work.

The county has agreed to pay $40,000 to the group to work with the many animal control issues. The county and city of Rhinelander contract with the group to care for animals.

Einer Ingman died September 9.  He was 85.  He was given the Medal Of Honor for his action against Chinese machine gun nests where he was critically wounded in 1951. The citation read  that because of Ingman's actions, the enemy forces were broken, the squad achieved it's objective and more than 100 hostile troops had fled. Ingman suffered extensive injuries

A wide majority of students attending Nicolet Area Technical College receive some form of financial aid.

There has been talk recently of students across the country with large financial aid bills. Recently, President Obama has proposed a $60 billion plan to provide two years of community college for free, to help lower student debt.

Nicolet's Director of Financial Aid, Jill Price....

"....for students taking six credits or more it's somewhere between 70-75 percent of our students get some form of financial aid...."

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A Forest county man will spend more than two decades in prison for his part in the brutal beating of a man who was left to die on a frozen snowmobile trail last year.

Judge Micheal Bloom sentenced 46 year old Raymond Jones to 24 years in prison and 16 years extended supervision for the beating of the man at a home in Wabeno in March of 2014. That sentence came from an attempted first-degree homicide charge. Multiple other charges were sentenced to run at the same time as the attempted homicide charge.

The leader of a state lakes group says opposition is mounting to a change in Wisconsin's shoreland zoning rules.

The budget signed by Gov. Walker eliminated county control of shoreland zoning, instead reverting to less restrictive state rules. This produced blowback from the Vilas and Oneida county boards who voted by wide margins to oppose the changes, fearing more development and lower water quality.

Recently the Plum Lake Association in Vilas County said they were working toward revoking the change.

The head of the Wisconsin Arts Board thinks Wisconsin has a thriving arts community, but the funding for it trails a neighboring state by a wide margin.

The Wisconsin Arts Board toured Rhinelander, Three Lakes, Eagle River and Land O' Lakes last Friday. Executive Director George Tzougros gave a comparison of Wisconsin's funding for the arts compared to neighboring Minnesota....


The Wisconsin Arts Board toured the growing Northwoods Arts community Friday during the first of a two day stop.

The Board encourages the development of the arts and Executive Director George Tzougrous says their meetings are designed to show the board what is happening in the arts...

The deer hunt using archery and crossbow gear begins this Saturday in Wisconsin. Next we hear from Jon King, DNR Hunter Education Administrator. Many hunters use tree stands and unfortunately, too many hunters die or are injured when falling from their tree stands. King talked with WXPR's Ken Krall about being safe while hunting...


The Wisconsin Newspaper Association will honor long time newspaper publisher and WXPR volunteer Dick Timmons in a ceremony next week in Eagle River.

Timmons' name will be enshrined on the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Memorial Pylon at Trees For Tomorrow.

Timmons spent 46 years in the newspaper business, last publishing the Rhinelander Daily News until 1998. After his retirement, among many other activities, Dick became the Thursday host for "Midday Classics" on WXPR, a volunteer spot he held until his death in 2014.


As part of renovations going on at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group Clinic in Rhinelander, a walking and biking path is being built to connect with other trails.

Hospital President Sandy Anderson says the pathway is part of on-going construction and will join up with pathways provided by the Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council...

" people who want to walk to the hospital or may want to walk or promote health and wellness or bike would be able to use that path and avoid vehicle traffic...."

Aspirus At Home has been named among the top quarter of  home health agencies in the U.S.

The agency formerly was known at Aspirus VNA Home Health. An organization called HomeCare Elite ranks the home health agencies and it marks the seventh time Aspirus has been in the top 25 percentile of providers in the nation.

Spokesperson JoAnn Borchardt says they provide skilled home nursing care for a variety of ages and needs. She sees this type of care will be more common in the future...

The goal is having healthier employees as a chronic disease prevention and management coalition is hosting another Worksite Wellness Summit.

The coalition in Vilas and Oneida counties is known as Northwoods LEAN,( or Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is hosting the summit next month at Nicolet College.

Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the event is free..

If the city council approves next week, Rhinelander will have a bow-and-arrow deer hunt this year.

After a rise in the number of deer living within the Rhinelander city limits caused traffic problems and property damage, the city council  and police department nearly a decade ago set up a procedure  to thin the herd.

Early hunts proved successful, but by 2013, with fewer numbers, the hunt was called off.

But Mayor Dick Johns thinks it will return this year...

Starting next month there will be bus service operating between some Northwoods communities.

The Northwoods Transit Commission announced the start of two routes with Minocqua a hub between Rhinelander and Eagle River.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says this Transit Commission will be contracting with current providers to have routes....