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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Ken Krall next tells us about the counting of votes again in Wisconsin's presidential election...

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Wisconsin Public Service customers soon will have the chance to help lower their energy imprint for free or low cost. WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the Simple Energy Efficiency program notice should be arriving in your mail.... "....we are offering our customers a chance to get free energy efficiency products to install in their home and they can choose which pack works best for them...." The program is in conjunction with Focus on Energy. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’...

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The name of the person killed in a collision Wednesday west of Rhinelander has been released. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 45 year old Daniel Erickson of Merrill died in the crash. Deputies report Erickson's vehicle was eastbound and struck a west bound semi truck near Detienne road in in the town of Crescent shortly after 1:30 p.m. Erickson was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. U.S. Highway 8 was closed until...

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Visual artist Jessica Christy has a new exhibition opening December 1 at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander. Christy's installation is about her 2 years in the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. The exhibition is called, "Through the Window: My Experience As A Woman Living In The Boom". She has also been at Standing Rock where protesters are trying to halt the continued construction of an oil pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux lands cover portions of North and South Dakota. Ken Krall spoke to...

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A $15,000 challenge grant has been received by a group hoping to complete a bike and walking trail between Conover and Phelps in Vilas county. Jeff Currie of the Great Headwaters Trails says the anonymous donor is hoping to have the grant matched. He says the initial 3.2 miles of the nine mile trail was opened last summer, but the final fundraising and work is moving forward. He gave a status update... "....we have 3.2 miles finished and well used this past summer. Reports we get (from users)...

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State economists have held that statistically, when unemployment is at or below four percent, it means nearly everyone seeking a job has one. 54 of Wisconsin's 72 counties are at that statistical marker. The state's monthly unemployment report finds Iron county with the second highest jobless rate at 5.9 percent. The rest of the counties in the listening area range from 3.7 percent in Lincoln county to 4.8 percent in Forest county. Those numbers are far below the recession figures of a few...

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Higher numbers of deer were taken in the Northwoods during the recently-concluded nine-day gun deer hunt. DNR ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says the numberof deer taken in the region increased... "....it was nice to see a 30 percent increase in the buck harvest in northern Wisconsin. That following a couple of years of very mild winters and very low antlerless permits. We're glad to see things have turned around a bit in that part of the state..." Preliminary registration figures show that...

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Home sales are continuing to rebound in Wisconsin as reported by Wisconsin Realtors Association. Realtor's economist David Clark says this October's sales matched last October’s extraordinarily strong market, capping off the strongest 10 months of sales in Wisconsin since 2005. 70,000 homes have been sold in Wisconsin this year, pushing median prices 6 percent higher, and Clark says while there are plentiful rural properties available, the market is tightening up in urban areas. The growth in...

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It's going to take awhile before a recount is completed in Oneida and likely other Northwoods counties. The recount of Wisconsin's presidential votes has been approved with the Green Party providing the funding. Locally, Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says they have experience doing this type of count, but it requires many hands. She says they have to estimate costs, which will be reimbursed by the Green Party... "....we'll probably have about 14 tabulators in (Oneida county courthouse)...

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A group advocating for the preservation of Social Security and Medicare say the likely elimination of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will have an impact on people that has had little publicity. Dan Adcock is Director of Government Relations and Policy for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He says if repealed, one example impacting seniors would be prescription drugs... "....in Wisconsin in 2016 alone, more than 40,000 Medicare beneficiaries benefited...

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Hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion caring for patients in the Medicaid program and $1.6 billion on Medicare, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association 2016 Community Impact Report. WHA spokesperson Mary Kay Grasmick says Medicaid pays hospitals only about 65 percent of what it costs to care for this vulnerable, and often medically-complex, patient population. Grasmick says hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion dollars caring for patients in the Medicaid program... "...

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November is National Family Caregivers Month. It's a month set aside to pay notice to the many people who provide service free of charge to take care of loved ones with some type of physical or mental challenge. The National Alliance For Caregiving reports the typical higher-hour caregiver provides 21 hours of unpaid care a week. That person has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years. Nearly half of these higher-hour caregivers report...

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An effort to raise money to help the Rhinelander Community Garden is 'growing' on social media and crowdfunding. The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Community Garden has joined in a challenge grant sponsored by Seedmoney, a Maine-based non-profit that helps community gardens with funding. Tom Jerow is co-chair of the Rhinelander Community Garden and says they need to revitalize the garden and thought this effort would help... "....we've been gardening for about 10 years. providing about 3,000-5...

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has found a missing person in the Town of Harding. The man went missing from a cabin off of Camp Ave around 3:00 AM. An update from the Sheriff’s office says the unnamed man was found by a deputy about 7:30 Saturday morning about seven miles from the original search area. The missing man appeared to be in good health. The man has a medical condition and has been without his medications for several hours. The person is 60 years old, and has early stages of...

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Another thing to be thankful for this holiday: driving won't cost you as much as it has in year's past. Senior Petroleum Analyst at the website Gasbuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan says Wisconsin's prices remain lower than many other states... "......some of the lowest prices we've seen in Wisconsin since 2008. Prices in Wisconsin have the distinct advantage of being lower than last year, whereas about four-fifths of the United States looking at higher than what we saw last year...." DeHaan says over...

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