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.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections

No injuries were reported after a weekend disturbance at the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake School near Irma. Some damage was reported.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports about 30 students were involved. The department was called about 4:30 p.m.

A press release reports the youth had allegedly filled socks with rocks and making threats. 15 law enforcement officers responded and quickly contained the situation.

Ten personnel were from the Lincoln County Sheriff's office. Merrill Police and the Wisconsin State Patrol also responded.

Raptor Education Group Inc.

ANTIGO--The COVID pandemic is likely the cause of an increased influx of injured birds to the Raptor Education Group Inc.  near Antigo and many birds need meat donated by the public.

Founder Marge Gibson says they need 150 pounds of meat a week to feed their injured birds in rehabilitation. She thinks with more people home because of the virus more injured birds are being brought to the center and they need to be fed. They had been getting meat from packing plants, but those plants have also been cut back because of the virus. MemoryCatche

The American Loggers Council and state logging associations are supporting bipartisan legislation in Congress providing economic relief to timber harvesters and timber haulers impacted by COVID-19.

Locally, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association headquartered in Rhinelander says COVID and the loss of the Verso paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth are causing major impacts.

Wi. Dept. of Military Affairs

Due to a scheduling conflict, the planned COVID-19 testing event in Vilas county set for Tuesday has been canceled.

Saturday,(8/1/2020) the Vilas County Public Health Department announced the cancellation. The Wisconsin National Guard was scheduled to do the tests at the St. Germain Elementary School but could not make it Tuesday.

Ascension Wisconsin

Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport is hosting a blood drive next week to help the Community Blood Center get badly needed blood supplies.

Ascension EMS Outreach Coordinator Matt Thompson tells us more..

Wisconsin DNR

The state Natural Resources Board got a collective earful from the public during a special meeting Thursday morning after they adopted deer season quotas last month.

The plan reduced antlerless quotas in 11 northern forested counties including Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Langlade, Florence, Marinette and other counties.

Reports indicate former board member Dave Clausen filed a complaint, saying the June 24 action was allegedly done by walking quorum, or a decision discussed outside public review. EDGECOMPANY

Another community group has decided against hosting an event because of coronavirus.

The Tomahawk Main Street Board announced they decided to cancel their portion of events for the Downtown Tomahawk Fall Ride this year, Sept 17 to the 20th.

A release said the uncertainties of covid-19 weighed heavily on the decision. They said the decision did not come easy, and Tomahawk Main Street will continue to offer support to the businesses that are moving forward with their own events. They said they look forward to hosting the event in 2021.

Iron and Forest counties count for two of the top three highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin.

The state's monthly local jobless numbers show a dramatic increase in unemployment from one year ago due to coronavirus upsetting the economy. But the rates in all the state's 72 counties dropped from the previous month.

State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau details some of the Northwoods numbers...

"Forest(county) 18.5(percent), Langlade 8.1, Lincoln 7.0, Oneida 8.7, and Vilas 9.0...." OpenClipart-Vectors


Rhinelander city government is taking a look at housing needs.

At this week's Common Council meeting, acting city administrator Zach Vruwink says the council needs to look at the scope of the issue, so outside funding can be looked at.

Alder Gerald Anderson said a main issue is affordability...

"People can't afford to rent here, though to many of us it looks like a relatively low priced real estate market. The rentals aren't that low..."

Supporters of building unity around climate change, Black Lives Matter, science is real and other issues stopped in Rhinelander with an RV labeled "The Votemobile".

Spokesperson Tim Cordon is social justice coordinator for the Unitarian-Universalist congregation in Madison. He says the effort is to attract people who support peace, justice, sustainability and democracy and to build one united movement. The Votemobile has stopped in Minocqua and Rhinelander. Cordon describes the effort...


Last fall, amid turmoil in Rhinelander government regarding actions by city officials, the common council approved the idea of an outside Ethics Board and the names of the people nominated to the board were presented Monday and approved.

The council named Michael Miller, Gary Entz, Christi Anderson,Lynn Feldman, and Doug Nelson has primary board members, with Ray Cheetham and Randy Bates as alternates.

Mayor Chris Frederickson said he used recommendations from City Attorney Steve Sorenson about establishing the group.

Oneida County

The system that controls the water flow on the Wisconsin River that includes dams was holding its own after heavy rain over the weekend.

The National Weather Service reported more than 7 inches or rain in the Hazelhurst area and nearly as much in western Vilas county. Those heavy rain areas impacted the Willow and Rainbow reservoirs in Oneida county.

Vice-president of operations for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company Peter Hansen was at the Willow Dam Monday looking at how the heavy rains were affecting the dam. Not surprisingly, the reservoirs are full...

RHINELANDER--Graduation for Rhinelander High School Seniors is set for Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Mike Webster Stadium. But the school, city and Oneida county have worked out a way to hold a parade of cars as an extra touch.

Chief of Police Lloyd Gauthier said seniors who want to to participate will gather at the Ice Arena. The parade of cars would move down Coolidge Avenue, then go to the high school. If the weather cooperates, the seniors walk from the parking lot to the stadium for the ceremonies.

Last week U.S. Senate Democrats asked Republican leadership to call for a vote on a bill to designate an official to oversee the medical supply chain and increase reporting during the pandemic.

One of the bill's authors is Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. She says five months into the coronavirus outbreak, the nation is still seeing consistent shortages of testing supplies, test platforms and protective equipment...

Wisconsin DOT

  UPDATE: 7/27 4:30 p.m.  The DOT says Highway 64 is again open between Merrill and Antigo.


Water was over the road Monday morning on a portion of state Highway 64 in Langlade county, but the water had dropped at a Lincoln county bridge construction site.  The Department of Transportation detoured traffic along the east-west road Sunday and Monday after heavy rains caused flooding.