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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Fab Lab moving toward reality
5:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Working With A 'Revolutionary' Concept

Fab Lab in Amsterdam
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Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.

The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.

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World War II, Korea, Viet Nam veterans
6:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Honor Flight Returns To Washington D.C.

World War II Memorial
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The next flight of veterans being taken to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments to their military service leaves Monday morning from Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.

The Never Forgotten Honor Flights program flies veterans and caregivers to Washington, D.C. for a one-day experience.

Co-founder Jim Campbell says this is the 15th Never Forgotten Honor Flight....

".....to date, we have taken 1, 314 veterans on Monday(4/14) we have 85 veterans from World War II, Korea and a Viet Nam vet..."

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Deer donation program
6:06 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Venison Donation By Hunters Down From Prior Years

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More than 90,000 pounds of venison were donated following the 2013 gun-deer harvest as part of the DNR deer donation program.

Wildlife damage biologist Dan Hirchert says hunters again have been generous....

".....the program was set up for hunters to shoot additional deer and have somewhere to go with those deer. In that regard, any deer that are donated to the program are a bonus. We look at it as another source of good will. We can provide meat items to folks all around the state that need(it)...."

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Slide show
5:54 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Rare Opportunity To See Rhinelander Of Old

Vintage Rhinelander photo
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A rare opportunity for area residents to see Rhinelander in its earliest days will be held this week at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.

The Rhinelander Historical Society is presenting a photographic slide show, says Society President June Thiel....

"....these are slides given to the museum years ago. They belonged to Estelle Sipple and they are pictures from as far back as the late 1800's...."

Thiel says the slides are mostly pictures of buildings and life of the times...

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Board meets Tuesday
5:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Recounts Keep Three Oneida Co. Board Races The Same

Three close Oneida county board races after voting last week have not changed after a recount.

Voters April 1 elected incumbent Bob Mott in District 7 in the Pelican Lake area. After the recount requested by challenger Dennis Schoeneck, Mott picked up one vote to 187 to 180 for Schoeneck.

In District 16 in the Woodruff area after the recount, incumbent Michael Timmons had 114 votes with challenger Michael Pockat with 107. Timmons picked up three votes from election night.

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

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

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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