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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ACT 10 changes process
2:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Oneida County Employee Pay System Adopted

Oneida county courthouse
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By a vote of 18-0, the Oneida County Board changed the way they compensate employees.

Following the enactment of ACT 10, governments have been formulating new pay approaches after collective bargaining for most public unions was eliminated. Oneida County contracted with consultant Charles Carlson, who suggested pay scales built on market value and performance, rather than a time served basis. The adopted system enacts a new step system for non-supervisory jobs and performance based pay for supervisors. It does put caps on some pay levels.

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Referendum vote for AV-W
5:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Primary Election Day In Wisconsin

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It's primary election day across the state. A few county and town races are on ballots. The most noteworthy vote comes in the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school district.

The school board is asking voters to approve $975,000 over three years. The district recently paid off an $800,000 building debt. Officials say that repayment will nearly offset the referendum request.

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Rhinelander man chairs state party
12:41 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Libertarian Party Launches Outreach For Candidates

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A Rhinelander man is the state Libertarian Party chairman. They launched a campaign today in Madison to provide a political alternative.

Paul Ehlers ran in 2012 for the state 12 District Senate seat. In the role as state Libertarian Party chair he says they're reaching out to many groups who have felt ...what he describes...as the heavy hand of government... ... called the "Liberty Coalition"...

 

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At Nicolet College
5:30 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Student Financial Aid Explained At Free Event

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Students looking for college money can get free help with the process at the annual College Goal Wisconsin event at Nicolet College February 23.

Nicolet College director of Financial Aid, Jill Price says students and parents can get help with the package...

 

"....it's an event for students who need to fill out their FAFSA or their free application for federal student aid, which is the essential piece to getting financial aid for their college education...."

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America Saves Week
5:20 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Turning Spenders Into Savers Is Northwoods Saves Goal

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Next week is noted as a week for folks to become more thrifty.

America Saves Week begins February 24. A local chapter of America Saves....Northwoods Saves...is encouraging people to get into the saving habit.

Program and Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Beckman says besides having more money, there are other benefits...

 

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Critical time for wildlife
5:11 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

People Mimic Wildlife In Winter Habits

Newborn black bear cubs
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The winter has been a rough one for wildlife, but a DNR biologist says they find a way to cope.

Jeremy Holtz says the extended cold and deeper than recent winters snow totals place a challenge on wildlife....

 

"....every late winter they've struggled through the cold and the snow and the lack of food. Just like people, they're ready for spring...."

He says deer are specially adaptive to the winter...

 

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No other CWD deer reported
5:03 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Fencing Around Eland CWD Deer Without Problems

A healthy fawn
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A DNR spokesperson says they have worked standard protocols to contain Chronic Wasting Disease from a deer at a farm south of Antigo.

81 deer from Wilderness Whitetails shooting preserve near Eland have been quarantined by the state. A five year old buck at the preserve tested positive for CWD after it was shot last November.

DNR Wildlife Section Chief Tami Ryan says they checked the fences at the farm at Eland and a related farm in Portage county and the fences were in good shape....

 

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Slick roads
4:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Seven Injured In Two Vilas County Crashes

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Seven people have been injured in two separate traffic crashes in Vilas county. Both were reported Friday morning.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 a.m. on Highway 70 near Eagle River. The Vilas Sheriff's office reports three people were injured and taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

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Not considered
1:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Deduction For Propane Cost Killed In Legislature

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
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A Northwoods legislator is upset the Republican majority in the Assembly ignored an amendment she proposed to help people heating with propane. The amendment asked to send a bit of the budget surplus to provide a direct income tax deduction for every dollar spent in excess of two dollars per gallon of propane.

Ashland Democrat Janet Bewley says many of the downstate legislators don't have an idea so many people heat with propane..

 

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Under investigation
1:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Crash West Of Rhinelander Kills One

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One person died, two others injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 10 a.m. to a crash involving a passenger car and a van on Highway 8 and Shady Rest Road in the Town of Woodboro.

One person died at the scene and two others were transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

Several emergency response groups were at the scene. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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