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.

In 2018, Ken was chosen to receive the Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2018 Excellence in Public Health Media Award for his work covering public health in northern Wisconsin.

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.

WJFW TV is reporting Forest County District Attorney Charles Simino asked to drop charges against Mole Lake Tribal Chair Chris McGeshick regarding an incident at tribal headquarters one year ago.

McGeshick was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors after a tribal member alleged he was attacked.

The tribal council fully backed McGeshick, saying the allegations were false, as did McGeshick's attorney.

Judge Leon Stenz approved the dismissal of charges this week.

  •   Unemployment in the Northwoods remains low, but did go up a tick in June...
  •   Prices of existing homes are rising as realtors face a tightening market...
  •   The Department of Motor Vehicles(DMV) will help you get a voter ID...
  •   Do you know what a Green Marvel is? You can find out Friday...

Wisconsin's unemployment rate remains remarkably low, but some of the counties with the highest rates remain in the Northwoods.

The June jobless numbers from the state find Menominee county with the state's highest rate at 6.3 percent, followed by Iron county at 5.2.

State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau gives the Northwoods numbers...

 "....Forest is at 5.0, Langlade is at 4.2, Lincoln 3.3, Oneida, 3.4 and Vilas, 3.4...."

A strong economy and relatively low mortgage rates were not enough to offset the inventory squeeze in Wisconsin housing and as a result, home sales slipped and prices rose statewide, according to an analysis of the existing home market by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

A realtors spokesperson says a strong economy and low mortgage rates have fueled demand.

David Clark is an economist for state realtors. He says June is the month with the highest volume of sales.

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Wisconsin's partisan primary election day is August 14.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding voters they can help you get a necessary ID before next month's vote.

Wisconsin DMV administrator Kristina Boardman says the DMV will work with you to get the ID you need to vote...

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The Green Marvel. Do you know what that might be?

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is noting National Moth Week with a chance for the public to perhaps see a Green Marvel moth and the many other species that exist in this region.

Nicole Shutt is a forest biological technician. She says the public is invited to a Moth Adventure Friday evening at Boulder Lake campground amphitheater about 25 mile, east of Langlade off of Highway "W".

She says they will string some rope between trees, hang sheets with black lights and see what moths will appear. Myriams-Fotos

A twice a year  count of Northwoods homelessness is taking place this week.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness Coalition is joining homeless coalitions around the state in completing a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Staff and volunteers will count persons in shelters for the night as well as persons residing on the streets, under bridges, or similar places not met for human habitation.

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Leaders of Northwoods business, non-profits, government and other agencies met at Rhinelander City Hall Wednesday to learn about improving housing and economic opportunities in the region.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, and other state agencies, are holding a series of forums statewide to alert local communities of opportunities to enhance local housing and economic development.. Former Racine legislator George Petak now works for WHEDA...

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The four candidates for Oneida County Sheriff gathered at WXPR Monday, July 23 to discuss their candidacies and to answer questions from the media.

Three Republicans are seeking the nomination, including incumbent Grady Hartman, Sheriff's Sergeant Greg Gardner, and Oneida and Forest county Medical Examiner Larry Mathien.

Two will be eliminated on August 14. The winner will face Constitution Party candidate Tom Wakely.

  •  The name of the victim of a UTV crash in Newbold is identified..
  • Bullying incidents are discussed at Northland Pines in Eagle River...
  • In Minocqua, the school board is working on getting money for increased security...
  • The Northwoods Art Tour is set for this weekend, and,
  • are the rich getting richer?

Northwoods Art Tour

A long standing and much anticipated arts tradition in the Northwoods is set for this weekend at several stops across the Northwoods.

Many of northern Wisconsin’s finest artists will open theIR doors of their private studios and galleries for the annual Northwoods Art Tour.

One of the artists on the tour, Ann Waisbrot details the unique multi-county event...

Officials have released the name and crash details of the UTV driver who died on a remote road Sunday and was reported missing on Monday.

Oneida County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein reports the driver was 59 year old Michael E. Logan of 7179 Rainbow Lake Road.

The rollover crash happened off snowmobile trail 70 west of the Rainbow Flowage in the town of Newbold.

Registration has opened for the 2018 School of the Arts to be held at Treehaven near Tomahawk in late September. School of the Arts ran in Rhinelander as a function of UW-Madison from 1967 until 2015.

In 2017, ArtStart in Rhinelander revived the program under a different format. ArtStart held a writer's retreat and an art and nature retreat.

ArtStart's Development Director Melinda Childs says this year's effort is closer to past Schools of the Arts.... 

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A coalition of 180 Wisconsin organizations dedicated to conserving birds is celebrating 15 years of accomplishments, unveiling a new strategic plan to guide the next five years. They're also researching declining populations of purple martins, chimney swifts, whip-poor-wills, and other insect-eating birds.

One of the collaborators is the DNR. Bird expert Craig Thompson says they hope citizens in and near important bird populations will come forward to help preserving state bird populations.