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.

  •  No serious injuries in a Rhinelander-area bus crash,
  •  A joint law enforcement effort nets drugs and warrant violations in Forest county,
  •  An Illinois man falls to his death in Door county,
  •  $7 million coming to help secure Wisconsin elections.


No serious injuries were reported Tuesday morning after a school bus accident.

The School District of Rhinelander reports the crash happened about 7:35 this morning.

The crash was reported to have happened at the intersection of county “C” and North Faust Lake Road in the town of Pine Lake.

All students were taken to St. Mary's Hospital to be checked over and no serious injuries were reported.

Parents were notified of the crash.

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They're not very pleasant to think about, much less deal with, but with the return of kids to school, sometimes they come home with a case of head lice.

Community Health Specialist at Oneida County Maria Otterholt says head lice are critters that feed on human blood and can cause severe itching.

She says the most common way to the bugs are transferred is from head-to-head contact..

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 While you're in your tree stand waiting for the trophy buck to saunter by, the DNR hopes you take a minute to see other wildlife and let them know.

September hunting seasons usher in the tenth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey in which hunters can easily record their observations of deer and other wildlife while in the field.

The DNR's Jessica Rees Lohr is a research scientist.

She says the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey results help track abundance trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...

October is Dyslexia Awarenss Month.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence.

While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Donna Hejtmanek is a retired educator and reading specialist who worked with students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. alyn2bxs

The name of the victim who died in a house fire Friday evening in Rhinelander has been released.

Rhinelander Police report 35-year-old Jeffrey J. Becker died in the fire at 320 Rose St.

When firefighters entered the home they found Becker unresponsive man on the floor

. Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Fire Marshall's office is investigating along with Rhinelander Police and Fire Departments, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Wood turtles have been hatching and the hatchlings of the increasingly rare species might be carrying a little extra baggage.

Up to 20 of these state- threatened species are being outfitted with tiny transmitters to allow biologists to track their survival and habits over a year. The turtles were banded along the Wisconsin and Tomahawk Rivers in the Northwoods.

Tiffany Bougie is a UW-Madison graduate research assistant. She says after the hatch, the young turtles were humanely captured and the turtles that were strong enough to carry the small transmitters were set up.

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The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center In Iron Mountain has received top ratings from a group doing analysis of VA medical services.

Iron Mountain VA spokesperson Brad Nelson says the study is a measurement system the national VA has been using to help the local centers measure 25 quality metrics including efficiency and productivity metrics.

It measures death rate, patient satisfaction and many other services. Only the top 10 percent of the 130 VA medical centers get five-star rankings...

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods will be a partner hosting voter registration assistance tomorrow on National Voter Registration Day.

The day was first observed in 2012. Community volunteers and organizations educate and assist voters to register on this day.

League of Women Voters of the Northwoods spokesperson Debra Durchslag says they will be staffing at two area libraries tomorrow... alyn2bxs

A fire Friday evening in Rhinelander has claimed a life.

Rhinelander Police report they were called shortly before 7:30 p.m.  (9/21)to a house fire at 320 Rose Street

. When firefighters entered the home they found an unresponsive man on the floor. Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim will be released when next of kin are notified.

The State Fire Marshall's office is investigating along with Rhinelander Police and Fire Departments, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Rhinelander's Partners In Education(PIE) has been chosen as one of five "Friends of Eduction" by the State Department of Public Instruction.

President Ben Meyer says PIE works to strengthen ties between local businesses and the School District of Rhinelander.

He says they picked up the award in Madison...

  •   The Marathon County Library decides against re-classifying a book on transgender youth,
  •   The Farm Bill is held up because of work requirements for SNAP recipients,
  •   The comment period is ending for the Endangered Species Act,
  •   Housing sales remain strong though inventory in some areas is very tight.

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  In parts of Wisconsin, housing prices are sharply rising due to more people looking than are selling. In the Northwoods, a spokesperson says that trend is also in place, but there's more properties available. The Wisconsin Realtors Association puts out a monthly report on housing sales and prices. In August, statewide, housing sales increased 3.3 percent with the median price up 5 percent to $189, 000. Both of those figures are based on August 2017 sales and prices. Economist David Clark works with state realtors.

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Anglers will likely noticed improved trout fishing in the Wabeno area in upcoming years.

DNR crews are working in Wabeno to improve the fishing next to the town park and elementary school.

Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager for Trout Unlimited, Laura MacFarland, says the goal is to make the trout fishing better, especially near the town's barrier-free fishing platforms...


Saturday is a key day for the public to help fight Alzheimer's Disease.

Friday is also a time to rally for the event. The 2018 Walk To End Alzheimer's is this weekend.

Local Alzheimer's Association spokesperson Julie St. Pierre tells us what's happening..