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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Minocqua Lions offer finds opposition
8:31 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

No Action But Opinions Strong On Torpy Park Trees

Torpy Park pines part of Minocqua skyline
Credit en.wikipedia.org-Royalbroil

The Minocqua town board took no action on a plan by the Minocqua Lions to build a pavilion at Torpy Park. But debate about whether to remove trees in the park brought out many opinions.

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Five years at Nicolet
4:04 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Burmaster To Leave Nicolet College For Maryland Community College

Elizabeth Burmaster
Credit Frederick Community College website

Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster told staff at the college Tuesday she has accepted the presidency at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.

Burmaster was named president of Nicolet Area Technical College in 2009, succeeding Adrian Lorbetske. Burmaster is a native of Frederick.

More than 60 applicants applied for the Frederick Community College opening according to the Maryland college's website.

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Lack of workers seen
2:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Shifting State Demographics Could Cause Economic Woes

Credit lifecarefunding.com

Ten years ago the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance warned of a shift in Wisconsin's demographics and the negative impact it could have on the economy....

"....none of this is surprising, I guess the problem is none of us want to pay attention to it..."

...that's Todd Berry, president of the tax watchdog group, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. They're out with an update on the shift, some of which is already coming true.

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State case still pending
10:18 am
Tue May 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Doesn't Hear Oneida Co. Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition from a family hoping to build a Bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander. But that likely is not the end of the legal pursuit.

The Jaros family began the effort in 2004 to get needed permits from Oneida county and approval from the town of Woodboro. They want to build a large facility on family-owned acreage.

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Grant period open
4:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

WPS Foundation Offering Grants To EMT's, Fire Dept.'s

Defibrillator and monitor
Credit Pollo-en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is offering area fire departments and emergency responders up to a $2,000 grant for needed equipment and training. The Foundation is encouraging all emergency responder agencies to apply for its "Safety-It's Worth the Energy" grant between now and August 1.

WPS' Leah Van Zile says the money is used to enhance operations....

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5/6/2014 in Minocqua
11:01 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Conference To Focus On Diabetes

Glucose level testing kit
Credit Jessica Merz-en.wikipedia.org

The 11th Annual Northwoods Diabetes Update Conference is set for Tuesday in Minocqua. The conference is designed for healthcare professionals, but the public is invited to attend sessions beginning at 1 p.m. at no charge. The Conference is sponsored by UW-Superior at Reuland's Catering and Conference Center.

Zona Wick from the Iron County Health Department will talk about Iron county's successful pilot project "Healthy Living With Diabetes". That project focused on issues relating to people who can't naturally control blood sugar...

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Northwoods still a destination
10:52 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Northwoods Tourism Showed Growth In 2013

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett
Credit State of Wisconsin

The state's Tourism Secretary says 2013 showed strong growth by travelers in Wisconsin and especially the Northwoods.

This week is national Travel and Tourism week.

Stephanie Klett says tourism had a 17 billion dollar impact on the state's economy last year up $700 million from the year before. More than 100 million visits from travelers. She says increasing the tourism marketing budget has paid off big dividends..

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Board distributes funds
10:41 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Bewley: No One From Ashland Co. Named To Mining Board

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit State of Wisconsin

A Northwoods legislator is asking questions about an announcement Friday concerning a board that helps local communities deal with mining.

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Home owner finds man
10:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Prowler Arrested After Running Out Of Vilas Co. Home

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Fast work by the Vilas County Sheriff's office results in the apprehension of an alleged prowler in an Arbor Vitae home.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports a 9-1-1 call came in at 3:42 a.m. Friday from a home on Highway 70 east. The spouse of the caller heard a noise in their dining room and saw a figure bent over the floor. When she touched the person the man jumped up and ran out the door. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

The Vilas Sheriff's office K9 unit and deputies looked around the area. The K9 unit followed tracks to a neighboring home.

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2016 construction
10:43 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Antigo Gets DOT Grant For Volm Expansion

The city of Antigo has picked up a large grant to improve access to a company that is expanding.

The Walker Administration announced the $100,000 Transportation Assistance Grant, which will lead to the design and resurfacing of the north end of Clermont Street to benefit the expansion of Volm Companies' Plaspack USA plant. The plastic and mesh bag manufacturer is building a new 36,900 square foot building at a cost of $4.1 million. That building will house resin silos and production equipment and the addition will manufacture high-tech mesh products.

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