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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Verifying information
4:50 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

OC Deputies Contacting Registered Sex Offenders

Oneida County Law Enforcement Center
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Sheriff's deputies are stopping by each registered sex offender to make sure offenders are compliant with the state program.

Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the deputies will make sure the information on state file is correct in the Sex Offender Verification Program....

 

"....deputies are going to be assigned to each offender on the registry. They will make personal contact with them to make sure the information is correct, such as where they are living, where they are working, that kind of information...."

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Lions to meet Wednesday
4:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Smaller Pavilion, Fewer Trees Lost In Latest Minocqua Proposal

Torpy Park trees in distance
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

 The Minocqua Plan Commission will ask the town board to look at whether to remove some problem trees at Torpy Park. At a meeting Tuesday(5/13) the commission also heard a scaled-back proposal for a pavilion by the Minocqua Lions at the park.

Last week, more than 120 residents discussed a proposal for a new 54 by 96 foot pavilion that would require the removal of 11 old trees. Many were opposed to removing the trees, though a few of the trees were said to be diseased.

Town chair Mark Hartzheim says the Lions brought forward a proposal for a smaller pavilion...

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Says he understands impacts of crime
12:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brecht Gets More Prison Time For OC Escape

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Todd Brecht was closing in on a time when he might rejoin society after a killing in 1985. That plan took a sharp curve Tuesday when he was sentenced for escape.

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Warning issued
6:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

D.A.--Committee Violated Open Meetings Law

Rhinelander city hall
Credit Royalbroil-commons.wikimedia.org

A Rhinelander committee violated the state's open meetings law, but won't get fined...this time.

City council member Alex Young asked for an investigation into a meeting held April 2 by the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee. District Attorney Michael Schiek had the Oneida County Sheriff's Department investigate.

In response, Schiek said the committee is a group that falls under the provisions of the open meetings law, and as such, must give a full 24 hours public notice prior to meeting. The meeting had been noticed on April 1, with the meeting held 22 hours later.

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Burmaster to leave this summer
6:43 am
Tue May 13, 2014

VP Urban Named Nicolet College Interim President

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees named Kenneth Urban Interim President of the college during a special meeting of the board Monday.

Urban will begin those duties July 1, the day after current President Elizabeth Burmaster ends her tenure in that position.

Burmaster is returning to her hometown of Frederick, Md., where she has been named President of Frederick Community College.

She has been President of Nicolet College since 2009.

The board will soon begin a nationwide search to select a new president of Nicolet College.

Grace period first
6:38 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Rhinelander Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Banned in Rhinelander
Credit Ed Poor--en.wikimedia.org

Rhinelander has joined some central Wisconsin communities as banning cell phone use while driving.

A split city council last night voted to allow police to stop drivers from using cell phones while motoring.

Council member George Kirby asked for the ordinance. Personal injury attorney Peter Young told the council in the cases he's seen, cell use contributed to distracted driving and favored the ordinance...

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Opposition from neighbors
6:24 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Halfway House Exemption Denied By Rhinelander

Following a recommendation byRhinelander's Planning Commission, the city council Monday unanimously denied an exception that would allow a halfway house on Phillip St.

The Department of Corrections had recommended Rhinelander get a place where people with alcohol and other chemical dependencies could reside. Attic Correctional Services found a property at 835 Phillip Street, across from West Park, that met requirements. But at a public hearing several weeks ago a large number of nearby residents voiced opposition.

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16 new leaders
5:57 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

2014 Leadership Oneida County Class Graduates

Natalie Jablonski(front, left) of WXPR among 16 Leadership Oneida County graduates
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

16 members of Leadership Oneida County graduated Thursday from this year's program.

Recognizing a need to develop local leaders, a professional group started the first class in 2009. The candidates spend 9 months learning what Oneida county has to offer in terms of services, industry and business, human care, media and other topics.

Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster says this year's graduates were younger than prior candidates...

 

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Job training for 14-21 year olds
5:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Agency Seeking Out Of Work Youth

Credit aspirepost.com

A local agency is looking to speak to Northwoods young people who are out of the workforce and looking for a career.

Serena Adler is Workforce Investment Act Youth Team Leader for Forward Service Corporation. They help young people ages 14 to 21 find work. But she says they're having a hard time locating certain young job seekers....

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All non-tribal members
5:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

28 Non-Tribal Members Expelled At Lac du Flambeau

Credit ldftribe.com

28 persons have been told by Lac du Flambeau government and tribal police that they have 48 hours to leave the reservation.

None of the 28 persons who were notified are tribal members.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says this is part of an on-going crackdown on illegal activity on the reservation...

"....as a result of some on-going investigations, the tribal council acted through a resolution passed that excludes 28 individuals from either physically residing or coming onto the Lac du Flambeau reservation...."

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