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. neemekat

A recent federal report says Wisconsin's cranberry crop is doing well and an industry spokesperson says the crop does look good even with a prolonged winter

. The Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, Tom Lochner says he agrees with the federal assessment of the crop....

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The four candidates for Oneida County Sheriff met at the WXPR studios Monday evening to take questions from a panel of reporters.

Three Republicans running include incumbent Sheriff Grady Hartman, Sheriff's Department Sergeant Greg Gardner, Oneida and Forest County Medical Examiner Larry Mathien and Constitution Party candidate Tom Wakely.

Here's a sample from their opening statements...first Grady Hartman...

Greg Gardner.... 

Tom Wakely...

Larry Mathein.... 

  •   Expera Specialty Solutions Will Be Sold To A Helsinki, Finland Firm,
  •  Registration is open for this year's School of the Arts,
  •  The cranberry crop is looking good even after our lousy spring weather,
  •  They make big webs in your trees but usually don't defoliate them, webworms are here.

Expera Specialty Solutions

A major Rhinelander employer will be sold to a Scandanavian firm.

Expera Specialty Solutions announced the sale to Ahlstrom-Munksjo of Helsinki, Finland.

The statement said the firms had signed a definitive agreement to purchase all shares of Expera. Expera has mills in Rhinelander, Kaukauna and DePere. Ahlstrom-Munksjo produces fiber-based materials.

Expera's CEO Russ Wanke said since the formation of Expera in 2013 from the former Thilmany Papers and Wausau Paper they have been committed to core strategic imperatives related to their people and customers.

Wisconsin DNR

Web-like nests of fall webworm caterpillars, are beginning to appear in parts of the state. The webworms are a common native pest active from July through September in Wisconsin. The fall webworm feeds on leaves of almost all shade, fruit, and ornamental trees and shrubs, except for conifers, throughout most of the U.S. and southern Canada. They typically form nests of loose webbing over the tips of tree branches.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Last week, Kate Ferrel, the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Nicolet College introduced Governor Scott Walker to a concept named "Nicolet My Way" during a visit to the welding lab.

The effort involves a new, flexible learning model for Nicolet College students.

The Dean of Trade, Industry and Apprenticeships, Jeff Labs explains the change from past Nicolet practices...

Koinonia Residential Treatment Center

A reunion is planned for people recovering from addictions who have been to the Koinonia Residential Treatment Center in Rhinlenader.

Jay Wentworth of Empowered Affiliates in Eagle River is an alumnus of the Koinonia program and describes what is planned...

  •   Merrill man dies in Oklahoma traffic crash,
  •  A new study of Native Americans finds misconceptions among people who aren't Native American,
  •  Well water in central Wisconsin remains polluted and bottled water is recommended,
  •  Cell phones are much slower here than Minnesota

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a Merrill  man was killed in a road construction accident early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Polacek was riding in a construction truck as it crossed the eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike near Stroud, Oklahoma.

A semi crashed into that truck, knocking Polacek and the driver free. Polacek suffered "massive injuries" and we pronounced dead on the scene. The drivers of the semi and the construction truck are listed in fair condition at nearby hospitals.

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

Another Northwoods community has picked up state marketing dollars to promote an event.

This week the Department of Tourism awarded the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce a $5,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to promote it's SepTimber Ride. Taking place Sept. 8, the event features two bike rides, a 28-mile tour along the Three Eagle Trail and the 50K Northwoods Road Ride showcasing the area’s scenic country roads. Along the way, bikers can stop at Three Lakes Winery for local wine samples, and all riders will end their trek with a picnic at Tribute Brewing Company.

  • Minocqua is considering a request for a facility on town land,
  • Antigo gets a substantial school safety grant,
  • State money will help promote the Wolf River Scenic Byway,
  • Campanile Center For The Arts will have an Artrageous time in the spring.

Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway

The Department of Tourism has given financial support to promote the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway through Langlade, Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

This week, Tourism Northern Regional representative Jeff Anderson presented a nearly $39,000 check to the Forest County Economic Development Partnership to promote the byway this fall.

Partnership spokesperson Mark Ferris details how the promotion money will be used...

Goodfellow AFB

The Antigo School District has picked up a sizeable grant to fund a school safety initiative.

The Department of Justice has been awarding funds for school districts to improve safety after several school shooting incidents nationwide.

Antigo requested $160,000 and received the full amount from the state. Hurley School District received $74,000. Rib Lake schools received $63,000. Wabeno schools were awarded nearly $40,000The Menominee Indian Tribe received $20,000.

Campanile Center For The Arts

The Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua has received funding to bring a well-known arts group to Northwoods schools next spring. The money comes from Arts Midwest Touring Fund.

The Campanile Center is bringing in the Artrageous presentation.

Campanile Executive Director Sandy Madden says it's a one of a kind art experience...

  •   A candidate for Rhinelander's administrator job just left a similar job in Weston,
  •   The app is leaving and so will low-income healthy food purchases at the Hodag Farmers' Market,
  •    Wausau Police say it's a scam when callers ask for money on their behalf over the phone,
  •    State Tourism dollars are awarded to get more hunters here grouse hunting in county forests,
  •   A long time Rhinelander library leader retires.