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.

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa a $3 million grant to support construction of a Workforce Development and Business Training Center in Lac du Flambeau.

The Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation was a key player in getting the significant grant.

In making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the grant will enable the access to opportunities to achieve greater success.

  •   Rep. Duffy's bill to de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act moves forward,
  •   The Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland notes an anniversary Saturday,
  •    They're chuckin' apples at a Three Lakes school and it has science behind it,
  •    A new city hall in a central Wisconsin community.

U.S. Forest Service

Saturday(9/29) marks a anniversary for a popular stop in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland is a popular spots for local residents and visitors alike. The center is celebrating 20 years along with activities surrounding National Public Lands Day.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin describes some activities going on during the celebration...


If you've heard of pumpkin chuckin', a Three Lakes school will be the site of an apple chuckin' event today (9/28) as a prelude to the school's homecoming.

Pumpkin chuckin' finds the fruit placed in a catapult and tossed as far as it can go. The Three Lakes version will have apples instead. The Demmer Library is sponsoring the event at the Three Lakes Elementary School playground area from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The library's April Lammert explains..

A message received Thursday morning by the Prentice School District resulted in the evacuation of a school for the morning.

According to the district's Facebook page, students were back in their classrooms before noon.

The Facebook page said earlier the students had been taken to a safe location.

It wasn't immediately known what the content of the message that caused the disruption.


There's a signed picture of Vince Lombardi. Jim Taylor's jersey is there signed by Packers greats, including Brett Favre. A signed picture of Reggie White. There's even a Super Bowl ring. That and more is permanently on display at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Sports  collectors Bill and Pat Spars wanted to donate a portion of their collection to the Rhinelander airport and made the offer that was accepted by the city and the airport commission. After a remodeling, the display was unveiled Thursday.

Ascension Health Care

Community members, staff and leaders gathered in Tomahawk Thursday  to note 125 years of service by Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital to the community.

The tradition of the hospital dates to 1893 when the pastor at St. Mary's parish in Tomahawk learned the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother were planning a hospital in Rhinelander. He successfully made the case Tomahawk needed a hospital too. In 2013, the facilities of Ministry Health Care joined Ascension.

It's a festival built around a piece of beef and a way to say thank you. It's been going on for 54 years with the latest celebration set for Friday night and Saturday in Minocqua.

Beef-a-Rama began in 1964 as a way to bring travelers back to the region in a time when visitors had left for the summer and to thank them for their business, says Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl...

  • Beef-A-Rama is this weekend in Minocqua,
  •  Ascension Sacred Heart celebrates 125 years,
  •  Vilas Co. Supervisors say no to an administrator
  •  Resource officers remain in Madison schools,
  •  It turned out to be a B-B gun at Little Chute schools.

Public Domain Files

A horse in Oneida county has tested positively for Eastern Equine Encephalities(EEE) and had to be humanely euthanized.

Triple "E" as it's known, is a mosquito-transmitted virus along the line of West Nile Virus. A state lab confirmed the diagnosis. It is transmitted to humans, horses, birds and other animals through mosquito bites.

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski says it can make humans sick, but is deadly for horses...

One of the founders of ArtStart Rhinelander has picked up one of two awards from a state arts group.

Ken Juon will receive the recognition at the tenth annual Arts In The Community Awards at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities conference October 25, in Wisconsin Dells.

Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz talk about what it means to win this award...

Wisconsin DNR

The DNR is hoping for a large hunter response to check on the prevalance of Chronic Wasting Disease in Lincoln, Forest and Oneida counties. Deer will be sampled in northern Lincoln, northern Langlade and southern Oneida counties and Forest county after the detection of CWD in two wild deer along the Oneida/Lincoln county line.

Deer in eastern Oneida, southern Vilas and western Forest counties will continue to be sampled after a positive CWD-diagnosis on a captive deer farm in Three Lakes.

DNR wildlife biologist Janet Brehm  gives us an overview and how hunters can help...

  • A horse is euthanized in Oneida county after contracting Eastern Equine  Encephalitis,
  • A Vilas County Sheriff's captain raises big money for a K-9 unit,
  • Warm for Winter begins another season,
  • Residents in a Green Bay nursing home have been trapped for several days in the facility.



A joint law enforcement effort last Friday in Forest County resulted in several arrests, mainly for drugs and outstanding warrants.

Sheriff John Dennee reports the Drug Task Force organized criminal interdiction was targeting drug trafficking and other violations. They were joined by the Northeast Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group in the effort. Dennee reports the increased law enforcement presence netted 8 drug arrests and five outstanding warrant arrests. Quinnthe islander

The 11th annual Warm for Winter Clothing Pantry begins this Saturday in Rhinelander.

Warm for Winter provides clothing for free, no questions asked, says one of the coordinators Jan Leschke...

"...Anyone can come for free bedding, clothing and footwear. Everything's free for the whole family. All styles and sizes are available. The kids get toys to take home...."

The pantry is held the last Saturday of each month at 900 Boyce Drive at Friendly Village across from CoVantage Credit Union.