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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U.S. DOT application
3:39 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Grant Sought To Buy Rail Cars To Haul Northern Logs

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Several northern Wisconsin and Michigan counties are working on a grant to buy rail cars to lure more rail business in the region.

Wendy Gehlhoff from Florence county chairs the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The group has been meeting quarterly to keep rail service viable in the region. Canadian National provides service in this region.

She says one approach is to buy rail cars to haul logs, called the Great Lakes Log Car Fleet...

 

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30 businesses seeking workers
3:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Large Number Of Job Seekers Attend Rhinelander Event

A job interview
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Attendance was strong Wednesday as Rhinelander hosted a Job Fair.

More than 30 employers were talking to job applicants. Dan Linsmeyer from Pioneer Equipment Company said they were talking to several applicants about three different openings...

"....there are some people that stop by and show great interest in that particular position...."

Serena Adler from Forward Service Corporation works with a program focusing on young people seeking jobs...

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Announcement in a news letter
5:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Heeg Resigns From Eagle River Chamber

Eagle River's longtime Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Connie Heeg has resigned.

In a letter to chamber members, Heeg says he's stepping down due to health concerns.

Heeg has worked for the chamber more than 13 years.

Among the accomplishments he cited was a doubling of the number of business memberships, paying off the chamber building in just over 6 years, bringing the Pond Hockey Championships to the area and others.

We'll have more on this story later.

National Infant Immunization Week
3:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Vaccinations Will Help Stop The Return Of Diseases

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Health officials are discussing a recent upswing in cases of mumps and measles breaking out in parts of the nation. Those mostly childhood afflictions had largely disappeared, but an apparent lack of immunizations have health officials asking parents to get their kids vaccinated.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Public Health says this week is National Infant Immunization Week. She says it's a good time to get it done...

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Recent law changes
3:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

All Snowmobiles Need Trail Passes in 2015

Circa 1910
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Two recently-signed laws are designed to help promote snowmobiling in the Northwoods and elsewhere.  One change will affect most riders.

Act 142 goes into effect in 2015. Snowmobile registration will cost $30 and will be extended to three years from the current two. A key provision of the law is ALL snowmobiles on public trails will be required to display a trail pass. But there is a way to pay less.

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Job Fair in Rhinelander
4:55 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Job Seekers Have Opportunity Wednesday

Job Fair in Virginia
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Last week the state released figures showing four of the 9 counties with the highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin were in this region. This week a Job Fair is being held in Rhinelander to possibly lower those rates.

The Job Fair is co-sponsored by Nicolet Area Technical College, Northern Advantage Job Center and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

One of the organizers is Angeline Kesler from Forward Service Corporation....

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New report agrees
11:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

State Economist Sees Continued Growth in 2014

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A state economist thinks the  Northwoods economy will continue to improve. Ken Krall spoke with Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek about the  forecast for the next few months.

A report last Friday by BMO Economics held much the same forecast as Hodek. According to the report published by BizTimes.com,  real gross domestic product  in Wisconsin will increase 2.3 percent in 2014 and rise 2.6 percent in 2015. This is up more than a full percentage point from the 1.2 percent growth rate in 2013, bolstered by firming factory activity and modest export growth.

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Business & Industry
9:48 am
Mon April 28, 2014

DNR, Timber Industry React Against Bat Protections

Biologists fear the loss of the northern long-eared bat due to the spread of the white nose syndrome.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Forest products industry leaders are voicing concern about a federal plan that could designate a bat species as endangered.  The listing could restrict summer logging. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an endangered species listing for the northern long-eared bat, due to dramatic population declines and the spread of a deadly disease called white nose syndrome.  But protecting the species could cost the forest products industry.  

Federal guidelines to protect the bat discourage some types of summer logging. 

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Democrats say budgets left with deficits
11:18 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Official Says Tax Cuts Will Make A Difference For Majority

Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler in Rhinelander
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The top state revenue official thinks average-income Wisconsin residents will appreciate lower taxes on property and income.

State Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says property tax reforms passed by the legislature will show up this year for residents...

"....property taxes on a medium-valued home in Wisconsin have been flat for the last three years and they'll go down when they get their property tax bills in December of 2014. That contrasts with a 27 percent increase in the decade before Governor Walker took office....."

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Manufacturing Innovation
12:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Forum: Fab Lab Will Come to Three Lakes

Fab Lab in Amsterdam.
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An effort that will train high schoolers and entrepreneurs is coming to Three Lakes schools this year. 

The Fab Lab concept has been growing across the nation as a way to train people to manufacture goods in their own home, or to work for employers in a new type of manufacturing environment.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall discussed the Fab Lab, the new school curriculum at Three Lakes, and how this idea, brought about by upgraded high speed internet, could make the Northwoods into an new era enterprise zone.

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