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.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A two-week jury trial has been avoided after a murder suspect entered a plea Monday morning to an amended homicide charge.

41 year old Shannon Wolf was found guilty by Judge Michael Bloom in Oneida County Circuit Court. Wolf was charged with 1st-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Wells in 2003. Wells body was found floating in the Wisconsin River.

Another attempt is underway in the legislature to pass a bill to fund Wisconsin's creative economy.

Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz says supporting legislators are introducing the Creative Economy Development Initiative. Katz says the idea is to lever outside monies and help develop creators in the economy...

"....downtown development projects, public art, artist workspace, when communities want to do creative placemaking kinds of things, arts education, infrastructure, so this is an economy happening on the local level...."

Last May, Sandra Anderson accepted the role of Regional Vice President for Ministry Health Care’s Northern Region and President of the Northern Region Hospitals.

Last week she spoke before a business breakfast at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff about how the hospital is accepting the new challenges of the future and talking about the accomplishments that have happened. We have excerpts of her talk...

UPDATE 1/12/2016: The name of the person who died in a structure fire early Saturday in Phelps has been released. The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says the name of the victim is 44 year old Paul J. Myszka III. Fire departments were dispatched around 3 a.m. to 1905 State Highway 17. Fire personnel and deputies found Myszka's body in the structure.


One person has died in a structure fire in Phelps early Saturday.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the fire call came in just after 3:00 a.m. for a fire at 1905 state Highway 17 in Phelps.

A 45 year old Merrill man has died in a Lincoln county traffic crash.

Sheriff's deputies report a one-vehicle rollover crash was called in shortly before 6 p.m. on U.S. 51 northbound at the state Highway 64 exit.

Three people inside the vehicle were able to get out of the car, but the driver was trapped inside.

Rescue personnel were able to perform life-saving techniques on the driver as he was being removed from the vehicle. He was driven to Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill where he died. Name of the victim is being withheld until relatives are notified.

People who bait deer for hunting and feeding deer for recreational viewing in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties will not be able to do that beginning Monday.

The DNR has banned those activities after the discovery of a Chronic Wasting Disease deer killed at a Three Lakes deer farm last month. The ban will also have an effect on businesses who provide supplies for those activities says DNR section chief Tami Ryan...

A Wisconsin legislative bill which would allow a landowner to have the final authority whether a proposed development has human remains on the land is drawing sharp opposition from Native American communities.

The proposal concerns a Ho-Chunk burial site near Madison. A stone manufacturer sought a permit for the excavation and removal of the last remaining catalogued  native burial site at their Madison-based quarry.

Democrats are out with a proposal(Correctional Officer Workplace Safety Bill--LRB 4225) to address what they say are significant issues inside Wisconsin's Correctional Facilities, including Lincoln Hills Juvenile Detention Center in Irma.

The League of Conservation voters has sent out a memo to its members opposing legislation now being debated in the Wisconsin legislature.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann says there are seven pieces of legislation that are of concern to them, bills she says favors special interests over the public. One deals with the use of Wisconsin lake beds and a variety of shoreland zoning issues, Senate Bill 464....

Oneida County UW-Extension

The recently-hired Oneida county UW-Extension agent says he found an issue front and center which mirrors what he found in another rural area: the need for more high-speed internet.

Myles Alexander is the Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator in Rhinelander.

You've heard warnings about thin ice on Northwoods bodies of water, and Wisconsin Public Service is hoping people stay away from the running water under the ice at hydroelectric dams.

Leah VanZile from WPS says the temptation to go out on the ice lures people, but right now the ice is too thin...

The recent federal approval of a waiver to continue Wisconsin's SeniorCare drug prescription program gives the program life through 2018.

SeniorCare is Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Assistance Program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older and who meet enrollment rules. It is unique in the nation. Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the program has been popular with seniors...

After celebrating the New Year, reality returns this month as property owners start paying their local taxes.

Oneida County Treasurer Kris Ostermann says the you need to pay at least the first half of your bill you received in December by the end of January...

"....state law requires that even if you don't receive a tax bill, you are required to pay your taxes. It is up to you to find out what they are if you don't get a bill. Those payments need to be made to the town or the city..."

Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program

The DNR recently acknowledged the work of volunteers across the state who helped turtles get across busy roadways. Volunteers also received permission from local officials to put "turtle crossing" signs in places where the slow-moving creatures cross roads to get to nesting areas.

The group Caritas of Eagle River has received a $500 grant from the Shopko Foundation to support its efforts to help people in need.

Caritas of Eagle River is an inter-faith outreach center sponsored by several Eagle River area churches. Co-Director Janon Furlong says the effort is to help the neediest people....

"....we hope to help our neighbors who are finding themselves in tough circumstances. We want to help them with money, we want to help them with advice, guidance and comfort...."