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.

Some political experts are predicting a raucous Republican National Convention beginning today in Cleveland, but a regional Republican Party official doesn't believe the talk.

Jim Miller of Hayward is the 7th Congressional District Republican Party Chair and a delegate to the convention from Wisconsin. The 7th District covers much of central and northern Wisconsin.

Miller says the national convention brings about a feeling of the national scope of the party....

The Native American Drug and Gang Initiatived Task Force has been named a finalist by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

NADGI was created in 2007, bringing together tribal law enforcement agencies with the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. to fight illegal drug and gang activities on state reservations. DOJ Special Agent Brian Kastelic is the Task Force Commander.

He says the task force works to make arrests but also educate the community...

With the clock ticking, an advocacy group is asking insurance companies to come up with what are called 'low-out of pocket' insurance plans.

This week Citizen Action of Wisconsin reports on July 22, insurers need to submit 2017 plan designs to the state for the health marketplace, The group was asking the companies to offer what are known as Low Out-Of-Pocket health plans that provide health care access at costs that working families can afford by reducing deductibles.

Widespread Storm Damage In CNNF Reported

Jul 14, 2016

Update: 3:20 p.m. 7/14/2016 Wheeler News Service: Several roadways are under water and remain impassable in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota where flooding caused by storms earlier this week has yet to recede. In Wisconsin, Highway 2 between Ashland and Hurley remained closed as well as other roads in the region. In the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Beaver Lake Campground near Mellen is closed due to flood damage. In Minnesota, volunteers are filling and stacking sandbags in Moose Lake where residents are keeping an eye on rising lake water.

Lincoln county has noted the one year anniversary of one of its workers killed while working a road construction site.

Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Kelly Reith talks about Marcus Wydeven Work Zone Safety Awareness Day....

"....he was tragically killed in an accident one year ago on July 14, 2015 while working on a road construction project on Highway 17. Marcus was a flagger who moved traffic around the construction zone...."

Small schools in rural Wisconsin have been in a budget pinch but the Department of Public Instruction has released more than $7 million to help schools meet the high cost of bussing. Several of the schools getting transportation money are in the Northwoods.

128 schools qualified for the aid says DPI spokesperson Tom McCarthy says the aid is directed for districts with above-average school transportation costs....

The city of Rhinelander has hired the firm that did a comprehensive study on Oneida County's employee compensation.

Monday, the city council hired Carlson-Dettman Consulting of Middleton to do a study for the city of Rhinelander. The firm consults for public, private, for profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Rhinelander Finance Chair Mark Pelletier asked the full council to approve the study, which it did. The council approved a $6,580 dollar figure for the study.

The recent shooting of a juvenile moose on the Lac du Flambeau reservation has led the Tribal Council to pass an emergency rule prohibiting the killing of moose, along with other endangered species on tribal land. The action was passed Monday night.

Latest Storm Damage Update and Link

Jul 12, 2016
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Foret

Department of Emergency Management website:

Update 7/17: Press Release, Department of Transportation:

July 31 is the deadline to pay your real estate taxes or face a penalty and interest charge.

Oneida County Treasurer Kris Ostermann says pay them early...

"'ll want to have your taxes paid by July 31. We suggest mail early. We found much of our post office mail has been taking longer. We have to have the payments postmarked by July 31 and in our hands by August 5 or they would be considered delinquent...."


The public was asked last week to choose a new look for a soon-to-be-upgraded downtown Rhinelander intersection and the city council made a choice Monday night.

Wisconsin DNR

We're entering into the time when growth of blue-green algae blooms on stagnant water poses a threat to pets and to a lesser degree, humans. The DNR has received reports of blooms on some southern lakes and blooms will continue to appear throughout the state as the summer months continue.

Water Resource Management specialist for the DNR, Gina LaLiberte, says some blooms can produce toxins and if ingested or inhaled. While humans can get sick from the water, the biggest threats are to dogs who will drink water humans won't...

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hosting a film Thursday that examines the American Dream.

League of Women Voters of the Northwoods spokesperson Jane Trotter says the League has two goals: voter registration and access and education. She says presenting the documentary 'Dream On' falls into the education portion of the mission. Trotter says the film will be released in theaters this fall, but the producers approached the group about an early free screening.

Patti Fitzpatrick

WXPR's Patti Fitzpatrick and Richard Gsell attended the Pickleball tournament in Three Lakes and filed reports and provided us with some of the sights.

More pictures inside.

A moose has been harvested on the Lac du Flambeau reservation.

On the tribe's Facebook page, a statement reads:

" On Wednesday morning at approximately 1:00 am, a moose was shot by a tribal member on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation. The police department was dispatched, and the incident was investigated. The Tribal Conservation Department and the Wisconsin DNR were contacted. The Wisconsin DNR noted that the Tribe has jurisdiction in this issue. Due to the rarity of moose in this area the Tribe does not condone hunting of moose.