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.

  • A Merrill couple is sentenced to prison for having 300 pounds of marijuana,
  •  It's Fire Prevention Week and your home could be the most dangerous place to be,
  •  The YMCA of the Northwoods needs vendors for it's upcoming farmer's market,
  •  A Racine Co. case has open government groups calling foul,
  •  A lonely moose found in Clark county is relocated.

This week is Fire Prevention Week and a group is hoping everyone learns the three  L"'s....Look...Listen...Learn.

National Fire Protection Association spokesperson Susan McKelvey says their theme is "Be Aware, Fire Can Happen Anywhere".

She says they're focusing on fire prevention at home which is where the greatest chance of fire can occur. Oddly enough, she says people feel the safest there. She says look around your home for the places where fire is most likely to occur... 

YMCA of the Northwoods

Outdoor farmer's markets are closing for the year, but the YMCA of the Northwoods is opening their market soon and vendors are still being sought.

The YMCA's Marilyn Duschl says the Y's Indoor Farmers Market opens Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. until noon. The market will run through the winter, she says, as long as vendors have products to sell.

Duschl says they have some vendors committed to being there, but they're looking for more... "

Outside groups supporting Republican candidates have outspent other groups supporting Democrats by roughly a 4-1 margin. That's the assessment of a political funding watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Executive Director Matthew Rothschild details some of the independent expenditure totals...

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The American Cancer Society's estimates about 266,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. About 64,000 new cases of the earliest form of breast cancer will be diagnosed. About 41,000 women will die from breast cancer this year.

Nicole Peplinski is Wisconsin Well Woman program coordinator for northern Wisconsin.

She says women over age 40 should get mammograms..

  • High winds to damage in the ports of Duluth-Superior,
  • A new owner for a major employer in the Northwoods,
  •  Newbold town officials will hear about an alien invasion,
  •  Shawano County judge orders a competency hearing for a mother accused in death of infant.  

Ahlstrom Munksjo

A company spokesperson says operations should continue as normal as the Helsinki, Finland firm Ahlstrom‐Munksjo has completed an acquisition of Expera Specialty Solutions which has a paper mill in Rhinelander.

The sale price was listed at $615 million.

Expera produces specialty paper products for industrial and technical use, food packaging and processing and pressure-sensitive release liner sectors. Company spokesperson Addie Teeters says it should be business as usual in Rhinelander and the other facilities...

An unusual October weather pattern has raised the possibility of some flooding in some parts of the listening area.

National Weather Service meteorologist in Green Bay Scott Berschback says some places in the Northwoods have picked up more than 5 inches of rain in the past week.

We spoke with Berschback Wednesday morning...

"...Rhinelander for the month is sitting at 3.75 inches of rain for the month to date so far. We actually set a record rainfall(Tuesday 10/9) of 1.27 inches..."

He says the rain will continue into Thursday....

It's not the kind of alien invasion with UFO's and light rays, but the Town of Newbold north of Rhinelander is having a different type of invasion.

The Newbold town board Thursday evening will hear a report compiled by the Terrestrial Invasive Species Committee about the growing number of invasive plants detected in the town.

Committee chair Ed Hammer says a friend noticed a plant on his property that wasn't native...

Oneida Co. UW-Extension

The second of four forums in Oneida county is set for Thursday evening at the Nokomis town hall, not far from Oneida County forest property that has mining potential.

Oneida County UW-Extension and Oneida County Economic Development Coporation are hosting the forums. The first was Tuesday at Nicolet College.

Extension Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Myles Alexander talks about the upcoming forums, designed to provide the public with information from some experts...

  •   The potential of flooding exists in the Northwoods,
  •   A new revenue source for the  City of Rhinelander,
  •   Vice-President Mike Pence visits Green Bay and Eau Claire,
  •   Biron in Wood county sees a local paper mill expand.

The City of Rhinelander hasn't done it in the past, but they will now, following a vote this week by the city council.

City Administrator Daniel Guild told the council he has been asked to find new funding sources and he says he found one the city has not used.

Guild says the untapped revenue source permitted under state law is the Cable Franchise Fee. He says this type of franchise is similar to how a commercial franchise works...


A former Oneida County Sheriff's Department candidate has decided to try again, this time as a write-in. Larry Mathein was one of three Republican candidates vying for the Sheriff's job in August. He lost by 21 points to incumbent Sheriff Grady Hartman.

The first of four public forums designed for citizens to get more information about mining is set for tonight at Nicolet College.

Nine mining experts have been brought in to the sessions including representatives of UW-Extension, an engineering firm, workforce development, business, environmental groups among others.

The information sessions are sponsored by UW-Extension and Oneida County Economic Development Corporation.

Tonight's forum is at 7 p.m. at Nicolet College's Northwoods Center.

  •   An educational forum on mining is tonight at Nicolet College,
  •   The former Oneida-Forest Co.'s Medical Examiner is again running for sheriff,
  •   Cranberries are so plentiful they might end up as animal feed,
  •   The IRS scam hits Wood Co.