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 15 years.

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Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

One of the defendants in the arrests last fall of three persons for misconduct in public office, theft and other charges has entered a not guilty plea.

59 year old Richard A. Pitts of Crandon stood mute Wednesday morning in Forest County Circuit Court. He's charged with three felony counts of being party to receiving stolen property and party to the crime of misconduct in public office.

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With unemployment rates in the Northwoods near or at double-digits, a Job Fair is being held Wednesday, April 22 in Rhinelander.

Several partners including related stage agencies, non-profits  and Nicolet College are hosting the Spring Job Fair at the Quality Inn from 10 to 3 p.m.

Spokesperson Joan Hartmann says the Fair is free and open to anyone interested in looking for work. She says they have at least 23 companies signed up...

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Wisconsin realtors are reporting a  rise in both home sales and the prices buyers paid.

Wisconsin Realtors Association President Michael Theo says in March, home sales jumped 16.1 percent over one year ago and median prices rose  more than 8 percent from March of 2014 to $149,000.

Theo says the benchmarks they use show the market is returning...

The Vilas county board is moving forward on a study to look at a courthouse addition conceptual planning and court security study. The board approved hiring an architectural firm and a consulting firm to bring forward plans.

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A resolution  to pay the legal bills for Oneida county's  Veteran's Service Officer  was defeated Tuesday morning by the county board. The vote was seven in favor, 10 opposed.

8 charges were brought late last year against Tammy Walters by a county employee and  county committees. After a 10 hour hearing in January, the board voted by a wide margin not to fire Walters. Later, it was determined she would not be given further discipline. But Walters incurred more than $9,000 in legal bills defending herself.

Supervisor Jack Sorenson said it was the fair thing to do...

UW-Madison Continuing Studies

Catalogs are now available for 2nd annual School of the Arts at Rhinelander, coming to James Williams Middle School this July. Financial Aid is also available.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says the printed version is available at various locations...

"...specifically in Rhinelander, the library has a big stack of catalogs, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce and UW-Extension Oneida County. In outlying areas we expect them to be in libraries in the next couple of weeks...."

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Red Cross volunteers, fire departments and community groups are canvassing neighborhoods in  several communities, including Mosinee, to get the word out about having smoke detectors and better  fire safety in homes.
Red Cross spokesperson Barbara Behling says many people think they have more time to get out of a burning structure than they do...

"...62 percent of the people believe they have five minutes or more to escape a burning home. When in reality, and we've confirmed this with fire departments across the country, you really have less than two minutes...."

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The temptation is to get out and get those projects done once the snow has left us. But check before you dig says a utility spokesperson.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says a quick call to the free 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline could save you from a real problem...

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Youth tobacco use has been trending downward, but a recent poll by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention found a sharp uptick in the use of e-cigarettes.

The CDC’s survey also shows that e-cigarette use by high school students rose from 4 percent in 2013 to 13 percent in 2014—an increase of around 1.3 million more  users in just one year. The study also found  use increased substantially for middle school students.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says this development has health officials concerned...

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Wednesday is the 45th annual Earth Day and the same day is the 6th annual Sustainability Fair.

This year the Fair has a new location but organizers say it still focuses on celebrating  services and practices that are good for the Earth.

Spokesperson Marc DeBrock says the effort began as a way to show how all of us can do things that's better long term...

'...just have a place where people can engage in discussion on a local level here. What you can do in your lives to be more sustainable...."

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