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.

Two row boaters were injured Thursday evening in a  crash on Black Oak Lake in the Vilas County town of Land O Lakes.

The Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened after 8 p.m. The initial investigation found a motor boat collided with the row boat with two people in it.

One of the row boat's passengers was tossed into the water. The driver of the motor boat jumped into the water, grabbing the ejected person. The motor boat operator grabbed the row boat with the other passenger and swam them to shore until emergency responders arrived on the scene.

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The Rhinelander Streetscape project, which is updating the underground utility services, has arrived at WXPR's front door.

The picture was taken at 7:00 a.m. on June 17 from the WXPR front door. Stevens Street is expected to be closed for several weeks. One of the earliest streets closed as the project began, Courtney Street, reopened recently, about two blocks west of Stevens Street. Brown Street, the main artery in the downtown, remains closed.

The American Red Cross Chapter of North Central Wisconsin recently honored its volunteers at the Wausau Red Cross Office. Two of the volunteers honored are from the Northwoods.

Carol Miller of Rhinelander, earned the Exceptional Leadership Award, given to an individual demonstrating exceptional guidance and support for other volunteers, staff, or clients served by the Red Cross. As a regional Disaster Health Services/Staff Wellness volunteer, Carol recently accepted a leadership position for an 18-state Division. In 2016, she twice deployed out-of-state.

Across the world this week the focus was on identifying and preventing elder abuse. A state official says one increasingly noticed form of elder abuse has to do with finances.

Leslie Van Buskirk, Administrator of the state Department of Financial Institutions’s Division of Securities says there are a number of scams in action. She says some of them don't necessarily target elderly people, but they often answer their phones. She says on scam involves sending money because that person won a lottery that's a scam...


Oneida County Economic Development Director Roger Luce was putting the final touches on a grant application Thursday that, if approved, could have a large impact on some underserved broadband areas.

The grant application is for more than $400,000 with a local fund match of more than $180,000. Luce says the project will add new equipment on existing Oneida county towers and , if approved, will impact a much larger portion of Oneida county that is underserved....

As Rhinelander's downtown Streetscape project continues, crews are working on the opposite side of the Davenport street bridge after they found the bridge needed more work.

One of Rhinelander's three bridges has been closed since early April as part of the project. Part of the construction was to fix the point where the bridge connects with the street near the Courtney Street intersection.

Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says when crews checked the approach on the west side, it needed work...


The Assembly Speakers Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia stopped in Rhinelander last fall to take testimony on the needs of this region.

Churches in the Northwoods are holding special services as a time to promote healing after the killing of 50 people early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. An interfaith gathering is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Saint Matthias Episcopal Church in Minocqua. The names of the 50 victims will be read, then the group will go to Torpy Park for a candlelight vigil and other demonstrations.

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Justin Schroepfer a former Antigo resident, currently living in Rhinelander, died while attempting to save swimmers last Saturday in in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. He was 24 years old. 

He attended Peace Lutheran grade school, was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 2010 and attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where he was recruited to play baseball. After two years at Stevens Point, he transferred to Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he received a bachelor degree in accounting in December, 2014.

More bicycles are on the road this summer and a Wisconsin Bike Federation spokesperson says motorists and bicyclists need to know the rules of the road.

Richard Hablewitz says according to Wisconsin law, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights afforded to any other vehicle using the roadway....

" have to by law give bicyclists at least three feet by law. A bicyclist can use the full travel lane if they wish to. The law does say the bicycle has to ride as far right in the lane as practical...."

Rhinelander voters in April approved a half-cent-on-a-dollar sales tax called the Premier Resort Area Tax.

This special tax is granted by the legislature to enable tourist communities to repair roads damaged by increased tourist traffic. The final local step passed a test Monday night as the city council conducted a final public hearing.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says there were no objections...

At least one person has already won a prize as the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a summer-long fishing contest on the Three Lakes Chain.

Chamber of Commerce Director Skip Brunswick says one lucky angler could win big cash and others can win too...

"...they went in with the Fish and Wildlife Association. They purchased 100 fish, got a permit to tag them, The first-fish prize is $5,000, two fish are tagged with a value of $500, 20 fish are tagged at $100 each. The remaining anglers with tagged fish win coolers...."

Farmers, foresters and the general public are invited to a meeting next month to set priorities and to implement local conservation efforts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the schedule for Local Working Group meetings for this year.

District Conservationist Michael Stinebrink in Rhinelander says the local meeting is set for July 26 at the U.S. Forest Service office in Rhinelander. He says the main topic will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program...

Vilas county authorities are investigating a crash Sunday morning that killed a pedestrian in the town of Washington near Eagle River.

Deputies report the man was blowing leaves along the shoulder of a roadway when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene. The names the victim and the driver of the vehicle have not been released.

Wisconsin Public Service

A long weekend without electricity is coming to an end for many Northwoods communities hit hard by a vicious Friday afternoon storm. At one point Friday, tens of thousands of customers were without power, but crews worked through the night to bring back the power.

Sunday morning, more than 8,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers mainly in Oneida and Vilas counties were still in the dark.