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.

The identity of a man killed Thursday night in Tomahawk has been released and the suspect in the shooting  has been identified.

Chief Al Elvins reports 52 year old Charles K. Ramp was shot and killed outside his home about 5:30 Thursday night. Ramp's home is on West Mohawk Drive.

A 32 year old Wausau man, Eric Moen, was arrested in Lake Hallie, near Eau Claire, early Friday and was returned to Lincoln county to face charges.

Elvins says  Moen and Ramp have known each other for more than 4 years. Ramp was in his driveway when the shooting happened.

The identity of a man killed Thursday night in Tomahawk has been released by police and the suspect in the shooting is in Lincoln County awaiting a court appearance.

Chief Al Elvins reports 52 year old Charles K. Ramp was shot and killed outside his home after  5:30 p.m.Thursday night.

Ramp's home is on West Mohawk Drive.

A 32 year old Wausau man was arrested in Lake Hallie, near Eau Claire, early today and was returned to Lincoln county to face charges. Elvins did not identify the suspect until he appears in court.

Suspect Arrested In Tomahawk Shooting Death

Nov 17, 2017

(Tomahawk, WI) -- A Lincoln county community is dealing with its first shooting death in several years.

Tomahawk Police say one person was killed about 5:30 Thursday evening at a house on the city's north side. The alleged shooter was later arrested at a Walmart in Lake Hallie in Chippewa County, many miles from the shooting scene in northern Lincoln County.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A 21 year old Rhinelander man is in custody after a day-long standoff in the town of Crescent near the Rhinelander  west city limits.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports Mathew Smith was taken into custody shortly before 4:00 p.m.Thursday. Just before 10:00 a.m., a 9-1-1 call indicated a man had a weapon at a residence. A child and other people were in the residence.

The Oneida County Special Response Team was called and everyone except the suspect left the house. After negotiations, Smith was taken into custody. No injuries were reported.

Local Newscast 11-16-17

Nov 16, 2017


An expert says it's no accident Wisconsin is known nationally as one of the safest places to hunt deer for the whole family and friends.

With the 9-day gun deer season opening Saturday, DNR hunter education specialist Jon King says they looked at hunting accidents data back to the 1940's and he says the number of incidents have dropped significantly....

Officials have cautioned the public about carbon monoxide in homes as we fire up our furnaces this heating season. But a Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson says one place that could prove deadly is recreational: the hunting shack.

Spokesperson Matt Cullen says cold shelters and fossil-fuel heaters can become a problem..

. "....what we want to remind them is that an inspection can help them determine if a heating system inside their hunting shelter is operating correctly so they can avoid a buildup of carbon monoxide inside that heating system...."


One of the annual signs that the gun deer hunting season is close is the long-running Venison Feed in downtown Tomahawk the day before the season opens.

A blaze-orange clad army of hunters turn out each year to eat venison burgers and talk deer hunting.

Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce Director Jesica Witte says a long tradition continues...

Local Newscast 11-15-17

Nov 15, 2017

Wisconsin DNR

The state's top recreational safety person says being smart with an ATV or UTV this deer hunting season is essential.

The vehicles have proven to be an increasingly popular with hunters.

The DNR's ATV safety administrator Gary Eddy says operators might run into paths that they aren't used to taking....

"....their going to come across obstacles like stumps or steep terrain and loose gravel or leaves that they're not expecting. Safety is of utmost importance...."

Two local governments finalized their budget's expenses and tax levies at meetings this week and it looks to be good news for taxpayers.

The Oneida County Board came in with a levy which is down slightly from last year.

After a public hearing on the proposed budget, the board made some changes, including the restoration of $6,000 to the Oneida County Fair budget.

County Finance Director Darcy Smith..

Rhinelander School District

An overheard conversation led to the lockdown of a Rhinelander school.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports getting a call from a person at a business who overhead a conversation where a person was allegedly coming to Rhinelander to cause a problem at Crescent school, located  near Rhinelander's  south city limits.

Officials say the problem was a over a child custody issue.

Local Newscast 11-14-17

Nov 14, 2017

Wisconsin Indian Education Association

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is joining in with other groups for a National Day of Action Friday to eliminate race-based nicknames, logos and mascots from public schools. Since a law was passed in 1989 to present accurate information about Native Americans in state schools, 35 school districts have changed their mascots from Indian-based themes.

Barbara Munson is a member of the Oneida Nation and is chair of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Indian Mascot and Logo Taskforce.

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An effort last week by four Wisconsin legislators to make it illegal for the DNR to enforce state and federal law regarding management of wolves has been labeled "political theater" by the Endangered Species Coalition. Republican Representatives, including Mary Felzkowski of Irma, and State Senator Tom Tiffany circulated the bill.

Nancy Warren is Executive Director of National Wolfwatcher Coalition. She says the bill might not hold legal muster since it's an effort to upstage federal law on endangered species.