Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.


Second leading cause of cancer
1:59 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

January is National Radon Action Month

Radon test kit

It's an invisible and odorless gas found in every county in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency has declared January as National Radon Action Month.

Locally, Oneida County Community Health Specialist Marta Koelling says radon is something property owners need to check...

"...radon is something that should be tested for, usually annually. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It's something you should definitely be aware of...."

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Handwashing recommended
4:51 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Nearing Peak Flu Season In The Northwoods


It's nearing prime time for influenza in the Northwoods.

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says health officials have narrowed down the types of flu reported..

"....the main viruses...are the Influenza "A-H3N2", that's the predominant virus. We've also had some influenza-like illness circulating around the state of Wisconsin...."

Conlon says Wisconsin has a statistically high amount of flu or flu-like symptoms being reported.

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Also on Transportation, Tourism
4:38 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Swearingen To Chair Key Committee

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), 34th Assembly Dist.

State Representative Rob Swearingen(Wi-34) thinks he can get much done after he was named to Chair the Assembly State Affairs and Government Operations committee.

Last session, the Rhinelander Republican was vice-chair of State Affairs and Government Operations. He says he hopes both parties can work together to cut expenses and save taxpayers some money.

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and LWCF
4:27 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Public Monies Crucial To Conservation: Steffes

Jump River, Wisconsin

A retired DNR real estate and land protection employee says preserving Wisconsin's open spaces should remain as a key goal for all citizens.

Dick Steffes spent 39 years with the DNR. He successfully used the state Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and appreciated the federal Land And Water Conservation monies to buy large tracts of land for public use, be it walking, forest products or hunting. He was key in the purchase of The Great Addition in 1999, where the state added tens of thousands of acres for public use.

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Found Friday morning
7:18 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Autopsy Planned For Woman Found Dead In Vilas Co.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help to determine what happened Friday evening in Presque Isle when a deceased woman's body was found.

Officers say  the naked body of  61 year old Corrine Gerster of Oshkosh, Wi. was found outside the Townhouse Store in downtown Presque Isle about 8:45 a.m. Friday.  Emergency responders reported no sign of  life at the scene. A forensic autopsy will determine the cause of death.

First payment due Jan. 31
3:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Another Season Upon Us: Tax Season


Oneida County Treasurer  Kris Osterman says the first installment of your real estate taxes needs to be paid by the end of January, but remember where you need to pay them. State law allows the tax bill to be paid in two installments, with the final payment due by the end of July.

Osterman says the first payment goes to your local government...

"....they have to remember they have to pay their property taxes to their municipal treasurers. So the local treasurer collects this time of year..."

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Violates residential codes
2:07 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Tourist Rooming Houses Get OC Crackdown


A growing business of renting prime recreational property has drawn a response from Oneida county.
Complaints about tourist rooming houses has led to lawsuits and actions against property owners. At issue are property owners who work a type of timeshare agreement where renters live in the home for a fee, sometimes in the range of several thousand dollars.

Most of these arrangements violate the county's zoning codes, says Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich. He says renting in this manner in certain zoning districts violates the law..

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Clothes for the needy
5:57 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The Big Bundle Up Nears End

Credit Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

State Department of Tourism officials have again called the "Big Bundle Up" campaign  a  success. The campaign gathers warm winter clothing at spots across Wisconsin. This is the fourth year of the collection statewide.

The collection point in Rhinelander is the Chamber of Commerce. They will be ending their collection on Friday.

At the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Center Coordinator Lauren Strand says they've had a good response...

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Weather again doesn't cooperate
5:46 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

No Ice Castle This Year In Eagle River

Ice Castle
Credit Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Mother Nature has again put an end to the Eagle River Ice Castle.

The Ice Castle is constructed each year by the Eagle River Fire Department. They take 3000 blocks of ice from Silver Lake and construct the attraction in downtown Eagle River.

But Fire Chief Pat Weber says even with the recent cold weather, it doesn't look favorable to  safely get the ice from Silver Lake. He says the weather has alternated between warm and cold but an inspection this week didn't result favorably...

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Missing since August
5:38 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Eagle River Man Missing In Alaska

Roger Yaeger
Credit Alaska State Patrol-Facebook

An Eagle River man is missing in Alaska and authorities are asking for any information to help find him.

Family members reported 72 year old Roger Yaeger of Eagle River missing. He traveled to Alaska to look at wildlife and visit.The last contact anyone has had with him was in August.

Alaska State Patrol spokesperson Beth Ipsen...

"....on August 18, staying with a family in Wasilla(Alaska), then he drove up to Fairbanks which is about 300 miles away and turned his rental car in somewhere around the 9th or 10th, and that's where he drops off the radar...."

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