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.

United Way of Wisconsin

United Way of Wisconsin published a report this week detailing how many Wisconsinites are having a tough time making ends meet.

The survey used the term ALICE, an acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, discussing people who work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget.

Executive Director Charlene Mouille outlines the report...

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department has released the names of two people killed in a head on crash Wednesday near Eagle River.

The victims were identified by the Vilas County Sheriff as 57 year old Linda Healy of St. Germain, and 78 year old Lillian Pulec of Eagle River. The crash happened on State Highway 70, just east of Shady Lane near Eagle River.

A third person was in one of the vehicles. The crash remains under investigation.

A traffic accident results in two 18 year old men in custody facing many charges and also the apprehension of juvenile runaways from the Fox Valley.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and professionals working with people with addictions want the public to know that recovery is a reality. Sheila Weix is Director of Substance Abuse Services For Family Health Center of Marshfield Clinic. She says much is known about people with addictions, but often less about the other part of the story...

Local school districts will be taking a close count this week to see how many students are enrolled in class.

This has a direct bearing on how much money local districts can have from the state and has a direct bearing on school budgets now being worked on. School District of Rhinelander Director of Business Services Marta Kwiatkowski says besides enrollment, property tax values will be released on October 15 which determines how much money will be coming from local taxpayers and from state aid.

The criminal practice of "skimming" has hit Wisconsin.

The state's Consumer Protection agency says it's aware of skimmers at gas stations throughout the state using either false card readers that slip over the real ones, or cables that steal data before it gets to the main circuits of gas pumps.

Jerad Albracht of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says when you put your card in the pump, the information is siphoned off by an internal skimmer....

A Prentice woman has been charged with stealing mail.

Federal prosecutors say 47 year old Belinda J. Chizek is charged with taking a letter containing U.S. currency from a mail route in Phillips. Prosecutors say at the time of the alleged offense, Chizek was a contract delivery service employee of the U.S. Postal Service.

A federal grand jury in Madison returned the indictment. If convicted, Chizek faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The charge against her resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Tens of thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, motorcycle fans and visitors are converging for the annual Tomahawk Fall Ride.

While a huge economic impact for the region, the ride is also a large fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Ken Krall talked with MDA fundraiser Lauren Nelsen as she was preparing for a busy weekend...

That's Lauren Nelsen from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, talking about the Fall Ride going on all weekend in Tomahawk and nearby areas.


The 2016 portion of the Rhinelander Streetscape Project is heading into the final days and a top official says, weather permitting, they're on pace for a scheduled completion date. Updating the underground infrastructure began April 1.

Project leader Mark Barden says most of the below ground work is nearing completion...

A recent court ruling will make it easier for Wisconsin voters to participate in early voting in Wisconsin.

Pressure was put on the U.S. Forest Service to sell more timber and it appears that is the case. The Forest Service and the state DNR signed an agreement last September under what's called "Good Neighbor Authority" to have the state help manage the national forest woods.

Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin...

"'s come a long way in a year, the state(DNR) has done some wonderful things preparing those sales and getting them out for contract and awarded and we've actually cut the first timber, so things are moving right along...."

Mother Nature has to do her part as residents and travelers anticipate this year's fall color display in the 40 percent of Wisconsin that is covered by trees.

Eagerly awaiting fall is Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. She says fall travel in Wisconsin is a bargain...

"....for me, fall is a value. Of course it's stunning, it's gorgeous, there are fewer crowds because kids are back at school. It's the second most popular time to travel the state...."

Klett says one of the favorite places to see fall colors isn't far away....

Van Stippen campaign

The Democrat challenging incumbent State Senator Tom Tiffany says Tiffany's "Wolf Summit" this week is a political ploy and masks what he says is his voting record.

Bryan Van Stippen of Deerbrook says the issue wolf management needs to be done. But he says the state's bear population has also grown to abundant numbers, yet the focus is not on controlling that population, though there are hunters waiting years to get tags. He says the Summit is politically based...

Nicolet Area Technical College

The next event in the Nicolet College series takes place Friday and this one centers on veterans reintegrating into society.The series focuses on helping higher education and business professionals hire and work with veterans, the unemployed, and the underemployed. This weeks presentation discusses veterans reintegrating to society.

Dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet College, Lenore Blemke, talks about the Hire Up series...


No action was taken Monday night against two members of the Rhinelander City Council who other members of the city council allege released information from a closed session to the public. But more hearings and investigations are on the horizon.