Ken Krall

News Director - Interim Station Manager

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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Distance learning
4:29 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Nicolet College To Debut "telepresence"

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Imagine being able to interact with students in classrooms far away from where you are, yet still have the feeling you are in the room with them.

That's what a new program through Nicolet College will do when it begins next month.

It's a new type of distance learning technology called "telepresence". Dean of Business and Instructional Effectiveness, Chuck Komp,  says the experience is 'amazing', but the real benefit is cutting down on travel time and costs for students. Here's how it works...

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Public input on four possible options
3:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DNR Wolf Management Plan Coming In January

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The public is expected to provide input on a  new DNR wolf management plan.

DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland outlines what the agency will be doing...

"....the Department is in the process of developing a new wolf management plan that will serve as a guide to future management. We're at a point where we're going to be releasing a public draft. That will be done in early January...."

MacFarland says after that will be a public input period which will include written comments on the plan.

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Former Harley-Davidson building
3:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Prentice Manufacturer Hoping To Open Facility In Tomahawk

A Prentice based manufacturer is looking to expand it's operations into a vacant building in Tomahawk.

Multitek North America got approval from a Tomahawk city committee this week that would facilitate a plan to have Multitek expand into a former 15,000 square-foot Harley-Davidson plant on Oneida Drive.
Multitek North America President Doug Kamps says the company is growing and needs more space...

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Ice jams cause
3:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Flood Waters Appear To Be Ebbing In Menominee County

The situation is improving for residents along the Wolf River at Keshena in Menominee county.

Emergency Management Coordinator for the Menominee Indian Tribe, Ben Warrington says it appears the water has stopped rising at Keshena...

".....it began in late November, around the Thanksgiving weekend, and the reasons for it were some ice dams along the Wolf River. Since the week of Thanksgiving it has gradually begun to rise. Now it is to the point it is beginning to affect some businesses and homes in the downtown area...."

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Luke Somers Spent Time in Northwoods
5:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Three Lakes Educator Remembers Journalist Killed In Yemen

Last weekend a  raid by U.S. forces in Yemen tried to free American hostage Luke Somers who had been held hostage by Al-Qaeda since September of 2013. Somers and a South African were killed by their captors. Somers was in Yemen to capture the aftermath of the uprising in Yemen.

A Three Lakes man has vivid memories of Luke Somers. Six years ago, Somers spent six months at Teaching Drum School in Three Lakes. Director Tamarack Song talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about Somers' time in the Northwoods.

Thomas Siebold went missing in Alaska last year. He has not been found.

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Monday morning
4:04 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Victim Identified in Conover Fire

Vilas county authorities have released the name of the person killed early Monday near Conover.

The Vilas County Coroner's office says 84 year old Kathryn Bauer of Conover died in the blaze. The Sheriff's office was called at 3:23 Monday morning to 3179 US 45. When fire units arrived, the residence was fully engulfed.

No cause of the blaze has been determined, but there are no indications the fire is suspicious.

The investigation is continuing.

Conover firefighters were assisted by Plum Lake and the Eagle River fire departments.

No action Tuesday
4:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Discussions Stalled On Forest Co. Off-Road Park

The process to build an off-road vehicle park in Forest county has stalled after a committee working on the plan didn't get the information needed from the developer.

Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park has proposed a 10,000 acre facility which they say will be a national attraction in Forest county for off-roaders. Opponents say  it could initially cost taxpayers with no guarantee of a payback. The county has been debating whether to modify its 15 year Comprehensive Land Use Plan to facilitate the park.

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Preventing species from arriving
3:59 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

NRB Changes Classifications For Invasives

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For the first time, the possibility of preventing invasive species from entering into Wisconsin has been approved. The Natural Resources Board voted to approve revisions to the state's invasive species rule known  as NR40. The revisions include listing of additional species and delisting of currently regulated species under the state's Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control rule.

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Second award
4:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Packers Foundation Helps Fund Vilas Bike Trail Work

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The Green Bay Packers Foundation has once again helped the Great Headwaters Trails with a donation to help build a portion  of a Vilas county bike trail.

Great Headwaters Trails officers Jeff and Ann Currie went to Lambeau Field last week to secure a $3,000 competitive grant from the Packers Foundation.

Jeff Currie outlines how the money will be used...

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Education, healthcare, transportation issues key
4:40 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tiffany, Czaja On Legislature's Joint Finance Committee

State Sen. Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
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Two Northwoods legislators have been named to the powerful Joint Committee on Finance.

State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Mary Czaja have been named to the committee. Both are Republicans.

The committee is appointed by leadership in both chambers of the legislators and favors the party in power. It's main function is to set the state budget and spending priorities for the next two years.
Senator Tiffany says education will be among the top issues the committee will debate...

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