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 week, The Nature Conservancy and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest signed a Stewardship Agreement that officials say will improve the health and long-term sustainability of the forest while expanding the ability to provide timber to Wisconsin’s forest products industry.

The Nature Conservancy's Matt Dallman says money generated from harvesting timber will go to conservation projects here in the Northwoods...

The person who lost in the primary election last month for Oneida County Clerk has announced a write-in campaign for the November general election.

During the August 9 primary, Tracy Hartman defeated Kerri Ison by 301votes. Both candidates ran as Republicans.

Last week, Ison became a registered write-in candidate for the job...

Two emus have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Oneida county.

State agencies reported the two positive tests recently to the Oneida County Health Department.

Public Health Nurse Rob Deede says the virus is transmitted to humans, horses, birds and other animals from infected mosquitoes.

Deede says if animals are infected it means humans can be infected ...

Updating a story we had recently, due to a large response, the location for the “Final Affairs” seminar in Rhinelander  is being moved to Rouman Cinema.

At this free event local professionals will be speaking on Trusts vs. Wills, Funeral Arrangements, Financial Planning, Advanced Care Planning and Elder Benefit Specialist. All attendees will also receive a ” free workbook to organize the information for their loved ones.

The seminar in Rhinelander is on Wednesday, September 28th from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Rouman Cinema off Lincoln Street.

Natalie Jablonski

A new place, a new time for the 29th Annual Northern National Art Competition.

The juried art exhibition had been a part of the summer time School of the Arts at Rhinelander,but with the School's demise, the event is set to open this Saturday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Not only has the time of year changed, but the Art Gallery at Nicolet has moved to the Northwoods Center.

Gallery Director Katy Ralph describes the competition...

The Oneida County Board has approved a $15 million dollar state loan help buy and renovate the former Printpak building on Kemp Street in Rhinelander.

The complex deal includes Oneida County getting the money from the Board of Commissioners Of Public Lands, sending to the Northeast Wisconsin Development Corporation who in turn will get the former manufacturing plant ready for Rhinelander Coated Products. a business unit of Expera Specialty Solutions, that will make silicone-coated paper release liners.

More FAB LAB Money Announced; 25 More Schools In Cue

Sep 20, 2016

The state's job creation agency is helping more high schools and tech colleges create new "fabrication labs" that train students to obtain valuable job skills.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says it will allocate another 500-thousand dollars in the current fiscal year for the "Fab Labs" program. The labs are high tech workshops with manufacturing components like laser engravers and Three "D" printers.

Three Lakes was the first K-12 school district in Wisconsin.


A 60 year old Tripoli area man has agreed to a plea bargain in exchange for dropping attempted homicide charges.

Kenneth Welsh was arrested April 19 after gunfire at a home he shares with another person. Welsh initially was charged with four counts, including attempted homicide. Though shots were fired by the other person involved, that person was not charged in the incident.

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek says as part of the plea bargain, attempted homicide charges were dropped with another charge in its place...

Highway 47 Construction Slows Traffic

Sep 20, 2016
Pete Rondello

One of the main roads between Rhinelander and Minocqua is under going construction work which will slow travel.

Stoplights have been installed along Highway 47 Just north of Lake Tomahawk.

There will be lots of purple  this Saturday in Rhinelander.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre in Rhinelander says the main base will be the Rouman Cinema on Lincoln Street. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

She says the walk has grown over the last decade as the public is becoming more aware of how this devastating disease will affect people you know...

The Eagle River 4-H Club is conducting an Ash tree inventory along city streets.

Through mid-October, club members will be counting how many ash trees are within the city limits. Cathy Higley is Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator. She says the idea to have the young people do the survey was after Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Rhinelander...

A Land O' Lakes business leader says they've had a good tourism summer and he attributes at least some of that to a website they launched five months ago.

Mark Gosticha of the Land O’ Lakes Accommodations Commission says the extra marketing helped...

"'s only been up for five months, and we've had over 20,000 page views in the past five months. The time people have stayed on the pages, we're beating industry records and we're averaging about two minutes a page, so they really must be liking what they are seeing on there...."

The Executive Director of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association based in Antigo says it has been a good weather year for the potato crop and prices are stable.

Tamas Houlihan says the crop had a good weather year...

"....the last couple of years we've had unusual springs where it was either too cold or too wet This year most of the crop got in the ground on time We had plenty of moisture throughout the growing season. We didn't have too many hot days which can stunt the growth of potatoes. We had some nice cool nights..."

As hunters take to the woods and waters this fall, the DNR is hoping they take a moment to note the wildlife they see OTHER than the animal or bird they're seeking.

The DNR kicking off its eighth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting. Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...says wildlife research scientist Jessica Rees Lohr...

Phragmites is a tall decorative plant that if allowed to get into the wild will take over large tracts of land. It is a tough invasive plant. Wednesday on Rhinelander's far west side, a group of volunteers and staff made one more attempt to restore the area.

The Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Team has been managing the half-acre site on Highway 8 for the past few years.