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.

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.


The Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says Wisconsin's economy needs creativity and the arts are good place to start.

Anne Katz says the arts make us human and that's why the arts are important. She says  we're in a new economy, one that is has new possibilities. She says the traditional economies of farming and manufacturing are not going away but changing....

The state chairman of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited says they will be working to change a DNR plan to sell off parcels that contain prime trout fishing in Langlade county.

The DNR recently offered 13 properties that contain the small ponds. They are among 118 parcels, covering approximately 8,000 acres, the DNR could sell to private parties or other units of government. The ponds are considered the headwaters of prime trout streams.

Henry Koltz says the properties are unique and deserve protection as part of Wisconsin's fisheries...

Wisconsin Public Service recently received several customer calls  about scammers claiming to be WPS or We Energies employees and demanding funds to prevent a disconnection of service.

Spokesperson Kerry Spees  says a new twist surfaced as customers also are reporting that they are receiving emails attempting to obtain bank account numbers and claiming to represent WPS.  Additionally, the scammers say they're from WE Energies, though WE Energies doesn't service this portion of the state...


Fire early Monday morning destroyed the Horant family business and home in Eagle River. Friends are holding a community appreciation dinner Sunday evening hosted by Butch and Kim Simac.

Kim Simac says they're holding the dinner at their Kula Ranch at 3:00 P.M. She says the Horants have been important to many in the area...

The town of Three Lakes is in the initial stages of looking at the town's airport.

The town board Tuesday discussed applying for a grant says town chair Stella Westfall. She says to be eligible for state DOT grants, they have to have a survey to present. The last survey done at the airport was completed in 1977...

" this hearing we had, kept the same airport layout plan and just updated the date to 2015 so we would be eligible for grant money to get a survey done and update the airport layout plan. So we're stepping through hoops, basically...."

Antigo School District residents got a chance Tuesday to hear from district officials about school facilities options.

The presentation laid out many options, some going back 20 years says District Administrator Dr. Donald Childs says. He says the informal meeting was a way to show the public the complexity of the situation. He says they will be putting cost estimates to the options and the positives and negatives of each option...

"....and get that down to two or three truly viable programs the community has an understanding of..."