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.

Earlier this week, Governor Scott Walker announced a new initiative called the Broadband Forward Community Certification Program. A state spokesperson says the program will help communities pave the way for improved broadband coverage.

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin spokesperson Elise Nelson says the program makes it easier for communities to get through the application process....

Members of Rhinelander Fire Department Local-1028 will again be asking motorists to "Fill The Boot".

The annual "Fill The Boot" campaign is set for Thursday through Saturday says Muscular Dystrophy Association spokesperson Heather Buchberger..

"....they are going to be at the corner of Stevens and Dwight Streets, and what they're going to be doing is filling their boots for MDA. All the proceeds stay local in the Northwoods area...."

Buchberger says the money donated will help people in need in this area...

The group Forward Rhinelander is going out to meet the public as it continues to work toward growing Rhinelander in a positive way. The group formed 18 months ago with a mission to set a vision for the Rhinelander area over the next 20 years so that it stays a competitive, vibrant, and enjoyable place to live for all community members.

One of the co-organizers is Melinda Childs. She says they've held meetings with individuals and groups with a focus on positive assets within the city...

A deadline is nearing if you want to display something at the upcoming Oneida County Fair in Rhinelander. Oneida County UW-Extension leader Lynn Feldman says a deadline is later this week...

"....the deadline is for fair registration, fair entries. This is for people to bring things they have made through the course of the year to the fair, to exhibit, to get fair premium money, to excite other people...."


Lakeland area residents will have a chance to talk to a local UW-Extension agent about what they want to see here in the future.

Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Miles Alexander says he will be at the Minocqua Farmers Market Friday to hear from the public...

"...what are the best things? What do they want to perpetuate from the past? What has been grand and glorious that gives us clues about what we can build on to make a sustainable future? What are the things people don't want to lose as change continues to happen...."

The Town of Boulder Junction has joined a state program to help revitalize its downtown.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's Connect Communities Program recently told the town they were accepted into the program. Connect Communities Program is similar to the better-known Main Street program.

President of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation, Barbara Boston, says several volunteers organized a group and with the help of the town board were recently approved by the WEDC. Boston says some empty stores prompted the group to take action...

A Ponzi scheme is an illegal investment where money paid to earlier investors is paid by the newest persons contributing with little chance of being paid themselves.

A spokesperson for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare responded to statements made by politicians that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.

Dan Adcock is Government Relations and Policy Director at the organization. He says statements made by politicians are often done to prepare the public for changes....

Three Lakes is considering organizing an airport commission.

At a recent meeting, the town board heard a report about a recent analysis after the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics hired a firm to look at the airport property.

Town Chair Stella Westfall says the goal of a commission is to help develop the community...

" this point we're putting together an airport commission and organizing the airport as having viable economic impact to this community....'

The Independence Day holiday, a parade that has been moved to the courthouse area, travelers for the holiday and the upcoming Hodag Country Music Festival plus downtown construction on main streets makes for a very interesting time if you're driving.

Rhinelander Street Superintendent Tony Gilman says if you go on the website, there is a map for parking if you are going to the parade....

The Three Lakes Historical Society, the Demmer Library Board and the Town of Three Lakes are inviting local residents to an open house at their buildings tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The three partnered in 2015 to develop a design incorporating space for a single building complex with shared rest rooms.

Three Lakes Town Chair Stella Westfall says the idea is to give seasonal and year-round residents a chance to see the plans...

Whether it's parades, cookouts, family gatherings or just plain summer fun, the Independence Day weekend looks to be prime summertime enjoyment.  The weather is sunny, dry and seasonably warm through Monday. It's always good to remember the basis for the holiday, when Americans declared their independence from England.

One person was injured Thursday evening in the town of Lincoln near Eagle River.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the female bicyclist collided with a motor vehicle at the intersection of Evergreen Road and U.S. 45 about 6:00 p.m.

The bicyclist was transported to Eagle River Memorial Hospital where there was no update on her condition.

The crash happened as both the bicyclist and car were southbound on U.S. 45. The Sheriff's Department says there was heavy rain happening at the time of the crash. No names have been released.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander area man has avoided prison time after sentencing in Oneida County Circuit Court on Friday.

21 year old Randal Lego was charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle last year. Lego was driving a car last November in Pine Lake when the vehicle crashed, and a 23 year old passenger died from injuries he suffered.

After tests, Lego was arrested and was charged with the death of Jacob Juedes of Rhinelander.

Antigo native and author James Bradley says the recent revelations about his father in the famous Iwo Jima picture can be explained by the confusion of war.

Bradley has penned four books, the first a New York Times bestseller, "Flags of Our Fathers", the story of his father John Bradley's actions that day at Iwo Jima. Further analysis by historians and others discovered Bradley was not in the the most well-known flag raising.

A car-motorcycle crash east of Eagle River Thursday morning sent a driver to Wausau for treatment of injuries.