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.

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.

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin has called on the U.S. House leadership to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List before they head home for the holidays. The House is scheduled to head home this week. In a letter to leaders, Baldwin says this is a key issue that needs addressing soon... "....I'm calling on House leadership to act on legislation and pass management of the wolf back to the state of Wisconsin before Congress adjourns for the holidays. The House is on track to...

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The recount has ended in the Northwoods and the vote totals from last month's presidential election didn't change much, but a new wrinkle was tossed at county clerks. In Oneida County, after five days of recounting ballots, Clerk Mary Bartelt gave the totals, which saw both candidates vote totals rise... "....Trump originally had 12,120 votes he now has 12,132 votes(Ken) 'did it change at all for Hillary Clinton?' 'yes, by six votes she was originally 8,103, it's now 8,109..." Bartelt says...

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Ken Krall talks with Jack Bourgeois , Founder of Soldiers on Sleds. The organization provides a weekend of snowmobiling for active military personnel. Recently, Marshfield Clinic donated first aid kits to the cause and we hear about how the community has helped out...

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Friday, the first graduates from a unique program at Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona get their diplomas. The graduation ceremony is for 16 Job corps students who have completed structural firefighting certification and have jobs with local fire departments. The program was in cooperation with Nicolet College. Blackwell Center Director Richard Lassiter says the graduation is a first of its type... ".....what makes this so significant is this is the very first class of structure...

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The cold weather means precautions for pets and animals who live outside. WXPR's Pet Talk expert, Dr. Ron Reupert says dogs living outside have special cold-weather needs... "....good shelter, insulated usually, door may not be necessary, a door that closes, but a door that is facing south out of the wind and water that won't freeze or using a tank heater for their water bowls. Extra food, they'll burn more calories just maintaining their body heat even when they aren't exercising much...."...

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It quickly went from fall to winter, but officials think this winter could be good for tourism. Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan says the public does travel in the winter for snowmobiling, skiing of all types, snow tubing and festivals. She says many ski hills are opening for the season because of the snow and cold which has settled into the Midwest.... "....not a lot of states have the winters like we do here in Wisconsin or the Midwest. We're always welcoming travelers and...

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Northwoods Transit Connections is continuing to grow with some added routes being added soon, providing a public transit option for residents in Vilas and Oneida counties. Transit Manager Jim Altenburg says the bus service has grown to the point they have 3 to 4 buses running the Rhinelander area, 2 to 3 in the Lakeland area, along with a couple buses in Eagle River. He says a new service will be added in January with shuttle routes between Rhinelander and Minocqua... "....I want people to...

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This week's colder weather forecast gives folks who like to ice fish an itch to go out on the hard water. DNR recreation safety warden Mark Little of Spooner says be extra careful. Little also ice fishes, and says even though the early season can be some of the best ice fishing, safety on the ice should always be on your mind.... "....some ice picks in case you would break through the ice. A float jacket or wear a life jacket. Always go with a buddy in case something happens you always have...

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Rhinelander Postmaster Anthony Turek says activity at the post office has noticeably picked up as Christmas approaches, and says mail early, especially if you're shipping packages overseas. Turek says a cutoff date is coming up this week... "....the first one coming up is for military APO-FPO sites, and the "mail by" date for that is Dec. 9, for first-class mail. If you have anything you want to send first class to an APO-FPO military site, do that by December 9...." Turek says if you want to...

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They're off to a good start, but more help is needed as the Salvation Army bell ringers are out hoping the public contributes to help others in need. Rhinelander area bell ringing coordinator is Kim Swisher. She says they have an ambitious goal.... ".....our goal this year is the same as last year which is $40,000 and as of December 2nd in the morning we were only at $13,400. I hope people can give whateve they can give, pennies, dimes, dollars and twenties. Whatever you can share will be...

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A Christmas tree in your home harvested by you is available through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. If you have a 4th grader in your house, an even better deal is possible. The national forest is offering permits for the public to cut their own tree from the forest for $5, with a limit of five trees per household. Chequamegon-Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says a program is designed to get the nation's next generation of outdoor stewards into the woods... "....if you have a 4th...

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A deadly disease in oaks has been found for the first time in Price county. Oak Wilt was found by the DNR in two red oak trees in the town of Elk, north of Phillips. No one was available from the DNR to discuss the finding on Friday, but U.S. Forest Service silvaculturalist Jerry Van Cleve says it has been found in the southern two-thirds of the state, but it has been spreading northward and is considered an invasive species... "....it's a fungus that attacks primarily red oaks and spread by...

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An economist working with state realtors says inflationary pressures will likely be putting pressure on home purchasing power, and possibly in the overall economy. David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association and surveys how Wisconsin's home buyers and sellers are doing. Interest rates have been near an all-time low, but he says inflationary pressures are again being seen, as measured in percentage points.. "..we actually saw a little bit of an increase in October...." Interest...

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The City of Rhinelander is looking for two department heads so they've hired a consulting firm to help them with one search, and possibly both openings. T he city has openings for a City Administrator and Police Chief. Finance Committee chair Mark Pelletier says the agreement to hire a personnel consulting firm had cleared committee, but not the full council... "....we wanted to get going for the search for administrator and we hired the same firm as last time. We needed the council to...

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Governor Walker is asking the legislature to make large investments in upgrading high speed internet in mostly rural areas of the state. In comments prepared by his office, Walker asked the legislature to act... "....today we called on the state legislature to provide an additional $35.5 million dollars for broadband expansion and technology improvements over the next three years...." He also wants money to go to schools... "....the bill would also provide an additional $22.5 million for...

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