Ken Krall

News Director

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 12 years.

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Counties work to keep service
6:22 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

State Limited In Helping Keep Rail In Rural Areas: Secretary

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The state's top Transportation official says there isn't much the state can do when private firms decide to abandon rail line.

Secretary Mark Gottlieb was asked by members of the Northwooods Rail Transit Commission meeting in Rhinelander Friday to outline what can be done to halt, for example, the abandonment of the Canadian National railway line between Crandon and Argonne. He says since the railroads were deregulated, it becomes a private business choice...

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Iron County rate second in state
6:14 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Unemployment Down In Most Of Northwoods

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Iron county has the state's second highest unemployment rate, but other Northwoods counties saw a marked drop in unemployment caused by summer hiring.

The state unemployment numbers released late last week find  Iron county's rate at 11.2 percent, the same as one month ago, and also the same rate as a year ago. Forest county was fourth highest, down 1.3 percent from a year ago, now at 8.3 percent, Langlade county is at 8 percent, Lincoln and  Vilas counties are at 7.2 percent, Oneida is at 6.9 percent, and Price county has the lowest area rate at 5.7 percent.

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Says seniors are often targets
4:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

A.G. Candidate Wants A Senior Advocate

Attorney General candidate Jon Richards(D)
Credit Larry Lee

One of three Democrats running to be the next state Attorney General would like Wisconsin's growing older population to have an advocate.

Former legislator Jon Richards says the Senior Advocate position in the Department of Justice is needed...

"....“I’m calling for the creation of a senior citizen advocate in the Department of Justice. A senior citizen advocate will be able to work with local law enforcement to make sure that we catch and punish people who are preying on our seniors.”

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Record crop in 2013
4:38 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Large Cranberry Production Puts Pressure On Prices

A record crop
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin cranberry producers set another record in 2013 but an industry spokesperson says that many cranberries in the market puts financial pressure on growers.

Wisconsin growers produced more than 6 million barrels of cranberries last year to once again lead the nation. Tom Lochner from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says the record production last year reflects producers investments...

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Wildlife Matters
4:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Elk Herd Size Could Eventually Lead To A Hunt

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In the next installment of  "Wildlife Matters",  DNR  Biologist Jeremy Holtz discusses a wildlife success story: the reintroduction of  native elk to the state. But Holtz says this effort was not without struggles...
 

Jeremy Holtz's commentary "Wildlife Matters". The commentary is also on WXPR.org

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Sec. Stepp to attend ribbon cutting
3:46 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Ceremony Saturday To Open Vilas Co. Bike Trail

Northwoods bike trail
Credit Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for a new stretch of Northwoods bike trail.

The Manitowish Waters Bike Trail ceremony takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the wayside at the intersection of Vilas county roads "H" and "K".

The ribbon cutting concludes the completion of an 8-mile stretch of the approximately 45-mile-long trail connecting Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction.

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says the new trail segment has some unique features....

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Pending county boards approval
3:24 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

More Northwoods Public Transporation Options Possible

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The county boards in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties will soon vote whether to form a Transit Commission in the Northwoods. It could mean more transportation options for all citizens.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the three county departments  have had transportation for elderly and disabled citizens for many years. But a Transit Commission could be grant funded and provide rides for anyone.

Jacobson says after years of discussion, action could happen next month...

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City gets proposal Sept. 24
7:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Public Sees Proposed Rhinelander Downtown Upgrade

Gary Becker and Suzanne Vincent
Credit WXPR

The architects  formally revealed the compromise choice for the traffic pattern and design in a redeveloped downtown Rhinelander last night.  As part of a city and Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. project, the city will undertake underground reconstruction and the streets and sidewalks will be rebuilt through a redesign.

After a public meeting in April, the design team took the input and after several more meetings came up with a compromise, having two-way traffic with angle parking on one side, parallel parking on the other.

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Information session
3:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Advanced Directive: Helping Out Your Loved Ones

Credit en.wikipedia.org

No one likes to think about it, including, apparently,  the medical community...

".....not sure how accurate this statistic is, but of the entire Internal Medicine department here at the Minocqua Clinic, only 20 to 30 percent  have their Advanced Directive filled out...."

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Seen in Portage county
2:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Late Blight A Threat To Potato, Tomato Crops

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Farmers and gardeners are keeping an eye on their potato and tomato crops as a fungal-like disease known as late blight has been discovered in Portage county.

Langlade County Extension Agriculture agent Stephanie Plaster says to date NO late blight has been found there...

".....this disease can kill plants and whole fields in a matter of weeks. It's spread by wind and rain. It really costs the potato farmers and home gardeners a lot of money as it can destroy whole crops...."

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