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.


A change for families getting food through the state Women's, Infants and Children Nutrition program known as "WIC".

The program is for families at 185 percent of poverty or below to purchase nutritious food.

WIC Director Patti Hauser says in the past all the benefits were distributed via paper. Starting soon, WIC recipients will be getting Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, similar to a debit card. When checking out at the store, they swipe the card through a reader. She says this change will help keep better control on benefits...

Four finalists have been chosen for further interviews to become the next Rhinelander City  Administrator.

The city council met in special session Tuesday evening and narrowed the list to four. They include Kaye Matucheski, current City Clerk-Treasurer in Antigo; Kristina Aschenbrenner, the District Court Administrator for the 10th Judicial District for the  State Supreme Court in Eau Claire and a former Clerk of Circuit Court for Eau Claire county; Daryl DeDeker, the Business Administrator for Portage County; and Matt Heiser, the current Village Administrator for Kewaskum.

Carol Lofquist

He's traveling the entire length of the Wisconsin River to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Vince Lofquist began his paddle last Saturday in Vilas county and will continue until he sees the Wisconsin River join the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien. Lofquist and his wife Carol live between Rhinelander and Tomahawk.

Ken Krall caught up with him when he was near  Wausau.....

If you want to help out, Vince says to call Carol Lofquist at 715-966-1444.

Meyer Critical Of Parts Of DNR Reorganization

Jul 29, 2015
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

The  D-N-R unveils a major reorganization this week that consolidates most air-and-water pollution enforcement into one division -- and moves hot-button issues to a new unit that supports businesses. Officials say the changes are designed to make the agency more responsive to all its users -- from business-and-farm permit applicants to hunters and anglers. It comes amid an 18-percent decline in the D-N-R's workforce over the past 20 years. The new Business Support and External Services unit is planned as a "one-stop" center for business help.

Oneida County Fair

The county fair season gets underway in the Northwoods with the Oneida County event beginning Thursday at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander.

The Fair began  in 1896, and featured a look at Gene Shepard's mythical beast, the Hodag. The modern version offers things you expect, 4-H exhibits,  food, music, animals, and more.

Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig says things get underway this Thursday with the public invited to stop by Pioneer Park about 4:30 p.m....

A familiar face to viewers of Wisconsin Public Television has penned a book telling stories of Wisconsin Native Americans who helped sustain the land.

Called "Seventh Generation Earth Ethics", the book is  written UW-Madison professor and author Patty Loew who spoke Monday night at the Rhinelander District Library.

Loew is a member of the Bad River Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa. She says most people have heard of Gaylord Nelson, Aldo Leopold and John Muir,  but she says there are stories of environmentalists within the native tribes that needed to be told...

Crews from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have gone out west to help fight wildfires.

According to authorities,  22 large wildfires are burning nearly 850,000 acres in four western states and Alaska.

One of the Chequamegon-Nicolet firefighters is David Sloan from Park Falls. He was sent to Washington state to fight a blaze in north central Washington....

"....I was on a fire about 4,000 acres called the Newby Lake fire, really active fire behavior. A lot of the area is ready for fire..."

No that isn't an illusion you're seeing at Northwoods gas stations. Gas prices are dropping and prices here are at that state average of $2.69 a gallon for regular unleaded.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy. com ,Patrick DeHaan,  says ample supply is keeping prices down even during the peak travel season...

"....a lot of it really at the hands of a drop in crude oil prices. Over the last week and a half, the price has dropped from $10 a barrel, currently at $47 dollars a barrel. Because of that big decline, the price of gasoline has followed...."


The warm summer temperatures can lead to a problem no one should ignore: heatstroke, especially among children in a confined area.

Friday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

Tammi Boers from the Vilas County Health Department says children left in cars are at risk. On average every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke when left in a vehicle...

The public is invited to review an updated Master Plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county.

DNR Property Manager Tom Schockley says public comment was taken and the agency now has a revision to the plan available for further public review, including the stakeholders, tribal governments and local units of government. He says the public has voiced concerns...

Researchers at the UW Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station near Boulder Junction are inviting the public to their annual open house Friday afternoon.

Trout Lake Station Director Tim Kratz...

"....we welcome the public to come and see the kinds of research projects we are doing, talk with some of the scientists that are involved. Be able to see various exhibits, including some of the aquatic plants, animals and fish that live in our lakes...."

A spokesperson for a group working to preserve Social Security and Medicare says a recent Trustees report is good news for recipients. He says it also dispels some of the common myths in the media about the program.

Max Richtman is CEO of the National Committee To Preserve Social Security and Medicare says the Trustees Reports for Social Security and Medicare provided some insights. Social Security is fully funded until 2034, after that, the program will pay 79 percent of benefits. But Richtman says bill are in Congress...


The nineteenth Habitat For Humanity Northwoods home was dedicated Sunday in Rhinelander and a spokesperson says this is a unique home.

Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children live in the home on Westhill Drive.

Habitat For Humanity Northwoods Acting President Jim Hohman says the home has some state-of-the-art efficiencies...

Next week the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County, in partnership with the U-W Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television, is hosting the Northern Lights Tour.

"Wednesday Nite at  the Lab" features local researchers talking about their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives.

Oneida County Extension Family Living Educator Sara Richie says  one speaker is  Jeffrey Endelman, UW lead researcher at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station...

Northwoods counties continue to follow the statewide trend as unemployment is down measurably from one year ago.

The state's numbers find Oneida county's unemployment rate at 5.5 percent, Vilas at 6.3, Forest at 7.6, Langlade at 6.5, Lincoln 5.1, Price at 4.7 percent. Iron county had the state's second highest rate at 9.2 percent. Forest county's rate was fourth highest.