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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Freeze ups still possible
5:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Keep Water Running: Rhinelander Administrator

Keep it running!
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Temperatures have gotten warmer above the ground, but temperatures below ground is the concern as Rhinelander and Tomahawk residents are being asked to continue running their water to avoid freeze ups.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says, for now, to continue running the pencil-sized stream of water...

".....the plan of the city is to keep it running. We're still thawing and wierd things happen when it thaws, so as a precautionary measure and to avoid further freezeups, we're still advising residents to continue running their water...."

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Protecting victims
5:17 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the public should support survivors, holding offenders accountable and working toward prevention of sexual assault.

Locally, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  spokesperson Melissa Dailey says

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Trust fund dollars
5:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

BCPL Funds Northwoods Schools

A school library
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Several area school districts are getting money from a state trust fund dating back to Wisconsin's statehood.

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has announced that Common School Fund earnings of more than $30 million were distributed to state K-12 public schools to support libraries. The fund was established from state sales and management and doesn't involve tax money.

Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the interest money earned from the trust fund goes to schools like Rhinelander's...

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Six vote difference
4:57 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Recount Friday For Oneida Co. Board Seat

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A recount is taking place Friday for an Oneida County supervisory district.

Incumbent Bob Mott won re-election on election night by six votes over challenger Dennis Schoeneck. Schoeneck has requested the recount.

The district includes the towns of Enterprise, Monico, Piehl, Shoepke, Stella and Three Lakes.

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Meeting in mid-May
5:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Donation Helps Seniors, Children

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A donation to the Rhinelander District Library will help seniors and children in the area.

Library Director Ed Hughes outlines the $1,000 gift from the Rhinelander Women's Club...

"....to be distributed between our senior outreach program and our Children's Department. The senior outreach person says she would like to take her portion of the money and spend it on buying CD players for audio books. She does a lot of outreach to nursing homes...."

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Government
4:44 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Minocqua Electors To Decide On Buying Land

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  Electors in the town of Minocqua next week will decide whether the town will purchase a piece of prime real estate next to Torpy Park.

Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says they've been talking with the property owner who has set a floor price of $300,000. Hartzheim says the property owner approached the town. The property is about 26,000 square feet and has a building on it which he says is beyond renovation.

Hartzheim says the annual town meeting next week enables citizens to decide whether the town should go ahead with the sale....

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Started in Eagle River
4:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Child Predators Could Lose Property

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Governor Walker signed a bill into law this week that began with criminal cases in Eagle River.

Senate Bill 226 adds the crime of child enticement to the forfeiture law in state statutes. It allows law enforcement officers to seize an offender's vehicle or property if used for child enticement.

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen asked Representative Rob Swearingen to change the law. He says as the department investigated child solicitation in Eagle River, the law didn't allow for property seizure...

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No trial date set
3:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

No Plea Deal In OC Motorcycle Death

No plea deal has been worked out for a Walworth county woman charged in Oneida county after a fatal motorcycle crash during the annual Fall Ride last fall.

50 year old Lynette Haman of Elkhorn is charged with homicide by intoxicate use of a vehicle and homicide by use of a vehicle while having a Prohibited Alcohol Content.

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Recount deadline Friday
3:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Three Close OC Supervisory Votes Remain Unchanged

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Three Oneida county board races were close after the April 1 vote, but after an official canvas, all three races stayed the same.

County Clerk Mary Bartelt gave us the results...

"....supervisory district 7, that stayed the same. Bob Mott with 186, and Dennis Schoeneck with 180. District 16, that stayed the same also. Michael Timmons with 111 and Michael Pockat with 107. Supervisor district 18, that was Lance Krolczyk and Candy Sorenson, it's 127 for Lance, and 122 for Candy Sorenson..."

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Downtown revitalization
3:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Large USDA Grant Back In The Mix For Rhinelander

Sewer line work
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A federal grant to fund the underground infrastructure along downtown Rhinelander streets looked dead as of last week, but it appears to be back on again after a meeting Monday night.

The city weeks ago was given positive indications it would get $1.6 million dollars but there was a hitch: the work had to commence next year. City officials and Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated officials want to do the work, but felt the timeline was too short to have the details worked out to do the job successfully.

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