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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Among top health departments
3:58 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Health Official Details Top OC Dept. Status

Oneida Co. Health Director Linda Conlon
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Oneida County's Public Health Department is ranked among the elite few following an accreditation process.

In an annual report to the county board, Assistant Director Carl Meyer said the health department is only one of 31 agencies to get this type of national accreditation. He says the department had to meet rigorous standards to achieve the designation, something that is rare...

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State of the art courtroom
3:44 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Judge Praises Oneida Co.'s New Courtroom

New first floor courtroom
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High praise from a Northwoods circuit court judge about Oneida county's new courtroom.

Oneida county took space on the first floor and converted the area into a modern courtroom, replacing a tiny room which often served as the third courtroom in the courthouse. Visiting judges were often packed into the small room.

Judge Neal Nielsen from Vilas county is also Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial District, including  12 north-central counties...

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Running for job to be 'fired'
3:32 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rhinelander Man Seeking End To State Treasurer's Job

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He's been the city's mayor, a well-known businessman, a movie actor, a member of the Oneida county board and now he would like to be your state Treasurer. Until, he says, the public  abolishes the job.
 

Rhinelander resident Jerry Shidell has made the statewide ballot this fall as the Libertarian Party candidate for state Treasurer. He gathered the required 2000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Libertarians like Shidell would like to see smaller government, and he says the Treasurer's job has little to do....

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$139,500
6:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Electors, School Board Approve Sale Of South Park School

South Park School in Rhinelander
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Bethesda Lutheran Communities won unanimous approval of Rhinelander School District electors and the school board last night and will purchase the closed South Park School.

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Numbers put city in money crunch
5:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhinelander's Daytime Population Doubles

Rhinelander city hall
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Rhinelander's City Administrator would like the city council to consider a revenue generator used by other communities with lots of tourists: a premier resort tax.

It's a local retail sales tax where the municipality may only use the proceeds  to pay for infrastructure expenses within the municipality. Eagle River has a half of one percent premier resort  tax.

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Wildlife Matters
4:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Even A Veteran Outdoorsman Sometimes Gets Baffled

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WXPR brings you a commentary  from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters".

He says even a veteran outdoorsman can be stumped when asked to look at an odd pile of scat....
 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz and "Wildlife Matters".

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1 in 68 children affected
3:37 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Course Provides Latest Information On Autism Disorder

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UW-Superior is soon offering a nine-credit summer program designed for students and professionals to be certified in Autism Spectrum Disorder.   ASD's as they are commonly known, affects one in 68 children in the U.S. and includes related disorders to autism such as Asperberger's Syndrome.

UW-Superior representative Dan Kuzlik says the program is designed as for students, parents,  teachers, and other professionals interested in learning more or as a path to a certificate...

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Hamburger Social
3:27 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Airport Fly-In Highlights Search For Young Aviators

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Getting more young people interested in aviation is a goal of an airport Fly-In set for June 26.
The Fly-In at the Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae is intended for the public to see the recent upgrades to the 1940's -era terminal and on-going work. But it's also intended...with the offer of free food...to promote aviation to a new generation says airport administrator Jon Schmitz....

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Home ownership month
3:21 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Rural Development Highlights Efforts For Home Ownership

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June is home ownership month.  U.S.D.A.'s state Rural Development Director says most people don't realize the impact home ownership has on the rural economies.
Director Stan Gruszynski says Rural Development will back loans for people wanting a home...

"....so it's important to understand that to keep our economy going and to insure that our rural communities are healthy and vibrant, we have to focus on the housing market and make sure people have safe, affordable housing and they can afford to get into that housing...."

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Slow AIS spread
3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ice Packs To Replace Water In OC Live Wells

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Anglers will be seeing volunteers and DNR staff out at boat landings this weekend  hoping to put something cold in the live wells.
Oneida County Aquatic Invasive species coordinator Michele Sadauskas says to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive hitchhikers, volunteers will be handing out ice packs to put in live wells...

"...instead of transporting fish, live in water in the live wells, we're handing out ice packs to help them drain their live wells and put their catch on ice...."

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