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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Tiffany says as an OC citizen, he's concerned
5:46 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Sen. Tiffany Blasted For Local Election Tinkering

Credit WXPR News

Just before the county board election seven weeks ago, postcard sized political ads appeared in the mailboxes of four specific Oneida county board districts. The professionally produced cards had a similar message, questioning the county board supervisors positions on the sale of the former WPS building and also about the removal of dams in the county's comprehensive plan.

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Report back by September
5:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Night Meeting Proposal For Oneida Co. Bd. Fails, For Now

Oneida county courthouse
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The idea of holding night meetings in Oneida county has again been returned to committee.

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May is national Mental Health Awareness Month
4:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

One In Five Families Deal With Mental Health Issues

Credit National Alliance on Mental Illness

A spokesperson says a goal  is to have mental illness viewed in the same light as any other disease.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Northern Lakes president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter, Mick Fiocchi spoke with Ken Krall about their efforts.

This month the NAMI meeting features a question and answer session with psychiatrist Dr. Richard Immler. It's scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th at 7pm.at First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander. More information is at  nami.org  or  email  naminorthernlakes@ yahoo dot com.

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Hospitals see funding crunch
6:03 am
Mon May 19, 2014

As Obamacare Gets Started More Hospital Visits Likely

Emergency services
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Medical professionals are expecting to see an uptick in the number of people coming for treatment because of the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding says this upswing in numbers comes at a time when hospitals are under greater financial pressure...

 

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Proper disposal of sharps highlighted
4:50 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Medical Waste Can Lead To Waste Hauler Problems

Sharps container
Credit William Rafti-en.wikipedia.org

About nine million syringe users nationwide administer three billion injections outside of health care facilities. The DNR is hoping Wisconsin's syringe users remember it's the law to not throw them in the trash.

Barb Bickford is Medical Waste Coordinator for the DNR....

 

"....it's illegal to put sharps in the trash. They should put them in containers that are thick-walled and have screw-on caps, an official sharps container or a bleach bottle or detergent bottle. Then they should mark them with the words, 'do not recycle' or 'sharps'...."

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Third best bicycle state in U.S.
4:39 am
Mon May 19, 2014

State Agency Head Sees Growing Bicycle Use

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The Northwoods is a key point for what a state cabinet secretary says is a growing recreational and transportation area.

Wisconsin jumped to number three in the nation as a bicycle-friendly state. That ranking from the League of American Bicyclists 2014 rankings.

Northern and central Wisconsin have what are considered some of the best bicycle trails in the nation.

Last week in Tomahawk, Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said plans are in the works to expand bicycle paths...

 

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Arrest also made in Eagle River church fire
11:47 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest In Minocqua

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Law enforcement agencies were called Friday morning(5/16) as an alleged road rage incident was going on on U.S. Highway 51. The incident caused a lockdown at Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school.

An eyewitness said a gun was allegedly pointed at another vehicle. It was reported the suspect's vehicle drove through the parking lot at M-H-LT Elementary School. School administrators conducted a preventative lockdown.

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Open business properties highlighted
10:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Hosting Property Open House

Credit WXPR

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. is hosting its second open house Saturday morning(5/17) for people interested in looking at available downtown real estate and buildings.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says the idea is a type of one-stop shopping if you're looking for a property for a business....

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Hospital Week
3:27 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Hospitals Are Economic Engines In Many Communities

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You rarely think about your local hospital until you or someone you know needs its services. But a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Hospital Association says not only do they provide healthcare, but hospitals are local economic engines.

Hospital Week is being recognized. Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding reveals  how busy hospitals can be...

 

"....53,000 people in our state on a daily basis had an encounter with their community hospital...."

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November Constitutional Amendment vote
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Voters Could Decide Fate Of State's Transportation Fund

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Sec. Mark Gottlieb
Credit WXPR

The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.

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