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.

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An open government advocate says legislators are legally skirting Wisconsin's open records law and preventing the public from knowing fully how legislation is put together.

Bill Lueders is President of the state Freedom of Information Council. Lueders wrote a recent column about ending state legislators ability to destroy records. He talked with Ken Krall....

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

A spokesperson says the donation of recording equipment by the State Bar of Wisconsin to the Sokaogon Chippewa Community at Mole Lake will help record elder histories. The Tribal Historic Preservation program was recently notified of the gift.

Tribal Historic Preservation officer Adam VanZile says they were donated two cameras and related equipment after the State Bar bought new equipment. But some rarely used equipment was available and VanZile says that equipment was donated to the tribe....

They have just formed, and are looking for people from the Northwoods interested in homesteading.

Mike Hassl of the Rhinelander area says he came up with the idea for the Northwoods Homesteading Club a few months ago and is president.

He says he first reached out to gauge interest at the Sustainability Fair held at Nicolet College....

"....I met an amazing number of people who had wonderful discussions about all kinds of homesteading topics and got 37 email addresses, so that started our mailing list and it began right there...."

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A dead crow found in Three Lakes in late June has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

A health official gives details on what this means for the Northwoods. Jennifer Bates is a nurse with the Oneida County Health Department. She details what the virus discovery this year means...

".....we do know that WNV is in our area, in our state. We do this testing so we know for sure if it's prevalent in our area so the residents can be a little more vigilant protecting themselves from mosquitoes and that kind of stuff...."

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Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has received a $5,000 grant from the Rhinelander Community Foundation.

Rhinelander Community Foundation coordinator Sue Makris details the grant...

"....Rhinelander Community Foundation received an anonymous and designated donation to Tri-County Council. Knowing the great work they do, the Board of Directors of Rhinelander Community Foundation opted to match that contribution. It brought the grant up to a full $5,000...."

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Marshfield Clinic has decided to appeal a recent Oneida county decision denying a required conditional use permit to build a hospital in Minocqua.

Regional Medical Director for Marshfield Clinic, Dr. William Melms said in a statement that the Clinic would appeal the recent 3-2 vote by the Planning and Development committee against their plans to build a hospital near their clinic. Nearby in Woodruff is Ascension Howard Young Medical Center who fought the Clinic's plans to build the 12-bed hospital. Junior Libby

Rhinelander has set a rainfall record.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay says the area received the most precipitation on record for April, May, and June. Meteorologist Scott Berschback tells us how much....

"....we had a very wet start to the year. The April, May and June total was 19.22 inches for Rhinelander and that did set a record for those three months...."

Berschback says overall the Northwoods has been well above average for the first six months of the year. jan tik-Flikr

Personal safety will be at the center of two classes Nicolet College in Rhinelander will offer multiple times in July and August.

One class is a two-hour overview on how to stay safe and defend yourself. The second is a more in depth, four-hour class that will cover the same topics and feature additional demonstrations and hands-on activities.


A traveling exhibition honoring Vietnam War veterans from Wisconsin is at ArtStart in Rhinelander through Friday.

The exhibition "Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name" honors the 1,161 Wisconsin veterans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

ArtStart spokesperson Melinda Childs talks about the exhibition...

School starts in about 8 weeks, but the Northwoods United Way is hoping local businesses and individuals get going on a promotion to help needy kids get school supplies.

The 'Stuff The Bus' event is set for last August at WalMart in Rhinelander.

Northwoods United Way Director Nancy Sattler says between then and now, she would like to see the community begin organizing competitions to help local kids... matheod

A structure fire Wednesday near Tomahawk destroyed a shed. Only minor injuries were reported.

The Lincoln County Sheriff reports emergency crews were called shortly before 4:00 p.m. to Thomas Road in the the town of Bradley. Deputies report the property owner was lighting a torch in the shed when some nearby debris caught on fire. The property owner could not get the fire out.

The shed was a total loss. The property owner received minor burns and no other injuries were reported

Psychologist  Susan Barbara Apollon is a breast cancer survivor and has spent 30 years of her practice specializing in oncology, bereavement and loss.

She has written a book titled  "An Inside Job" where she argues that your mind has much to do with your health, and how you deal with illness, especially illnesses like cancer, can be affected positively by staying in the right frame of mind.

She uses a standard scientific approach to show how your mind can possibly help you heal. She talked with Ken Krall about her work and book....

Pastime Club Adult Day Center

A non-profit group that gives caregivers of Alzheimer's patients a break needs volunteers so they can continue helping the community.

The Pastime Club Adult Day Center operates Mondays and Thursdays at Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua.

Program Director Marilyn Towers says they operate on what's called a 'social model' where caregivers can bring their loved ones so they can get some rest....

241 years ago today, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence while meeting in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Statehouse, which is now known as Independence Hall. Congress declared the American colonies free and independent states. One interesting note is John Hancock signed the document on July 4 while the rest of Congress signed it on August 2, 1776. 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.


A 74 year old man has drowned in a Vilas county lake.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department was called shortly before 10:00 a.m. Monday  to Razorback Lake in the town of Plum Lake.

When deputies arrived, they found an unoccupied anchored boat with a floating fishing net nearby.

As crews neared the boat, they found the man dead in 7 to 10 feet of water.

The cause of the drowning is under investigation and the name will be released when relatives are notified.