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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Downtown fundraiser
4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Taste Of Chocolate Friday Evening In Rhinelander

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A mid-winter event in downtown Rhinelander that has drawn big crowds happens Friday. The 7th Annual "Taste of Chocolate" gives chocolate fans a chance to sample in various downtown stores. There's also a sizeable prize to be won by a lucky patron.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.'s Maggie Steffen says besides being a good time, guests can visit stores they haven't been to...

 

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No alcohol or smoking during pregnancy
4:38 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Folic Acid Critical To Preventing Birth Defects

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An easy to take vitamin supplement can dramatically lower the chances that a child is born with health problems. Every four minutes a baby is born in the U.S. with birth defects.

Oneida County and other health departments were involved during January with National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

 

Brenda Husing, Registered Dietitian and Lactation specialist says there are ways for pregnant women to cut the risk of birth defects...

 

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Economy slowly improving
4:24 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Northwoods Home Sales and Prices Lagging

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While portions of Wisconsin are seeing robust growth in home sales and prices, northern Wisconsin lags behind.

Still, an economist says things are improving.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association recent report found statewide, the median price up 7 percent from 2012 and sales up 10 percent from a year earlier. In the north, sales were up 5 percent, but prices were up just under two percent. Many southern and western Wisconsin counties had double-digit growth in both columns.

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Feds, state seeking solutions
4:14 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Older Long -Term Unemployed Can't Find New Jobs

Unemployed workers
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Friday, President Obama met with business leaders to discuss hiring the long-term unemployed.

Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the nation still has the highest rate of long term unemployed since the Great Depression...

 

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Johnson Timber
3:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Price County Facility Fined For Air Pollution

Wisconsin Attny. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen
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A Park Falls wood processing facility has agreed to a fine to settle a complaint filed by the state for air pollution.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced the judgment against Johnson Timber Corporation

. The complaint filed by the DNR said the company exceeded its allowable hourly particulate matter emission rate. Also, a June 2011 emissions stack test showed Johnson Timber exceeded two of the particulate matter limitations in its air pollution control permit.

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Growing food locally
9:21 am
Fri January 31, 2014

N.Pines Science Class Gets State Recognition

Students at Northland Pines have been learning to grow food in a greenhouse.
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A project of Northland Pines high school is one of six to be honored  by the Department of Public Instruction Friday at the state capitol.

High school Science teacher Robin Indermuehle's "Growing Your Own Food In the  21st Century" began, she says.  as a class project.

Indermuehle says the food is donated to the local food pantry. She says there are a series of guest speakers who also help the project including the Seed-To-Seed Garden Project and Master Gardeners. She says the students learn about science and also have something they can take away.

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Mail theft
3:03 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Lincoln Co. Postal Worker Sentenced In Federal Court

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A Gleason postal worker has been sentenced in federal court for theft of mail by a postal employee.

48 year old Lisa Virginia A. Barker was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to one year probation, a $125 fine and $80 restitution. Barker pleaded guilty to this charge last October.

Barker was employed as a rural mail carrier at the post office in Schofield until May 2011. In late 2010 and early 2011, after customer complaints of missing mail, the Post Office Inspector General conducted an investigation that found Barker had stolen items.

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Web, telephone numbers
6:10 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Offers Propane Assistance

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A state agency providing information to where there's money for lower-income residents to heat their homes with propane.

Governor Walker has directed the state Division of Energy Services to release $8.5 million in crisis benefits to counties and tribes that have households that use propane to heat their homes.

Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis...

 

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Government
6:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Northwoods Unemployment Remains Above State Average

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Northwoods unemployment remains well above the state average, but a state official says with one exception the rates are below one year ago.

The Department of Workforce Development reports Iron county has the state's highest rate at 13.3 percent. Vilas has the third-highest, at 10.7 percent, Forest county is eighth at 9.2 percent, Oneida county ninth at 8.6 percent. Lincoln and Langlade counties are at 7.6 percent. Price county is at 5.7 percent.

State economist Tom Walsh in Wausau says though high, the rate is lower than a year ago for all but Iron county....

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Death of David Stahl
3:47 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Prison For Vilas Co. Woman Sentenced For Heroin Death

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A St. Germain woman has been sentenced to prison for her role in the December, 2012 heroin overdose death of 29 year old David Stahl near Rhinelander.

27 year old Jennifer Heiting admitted to having heroin shipped here for herself and friends. Stahl died at his home in the town of Crescent. The drugs were allegedly traced back to Heiting and co-defendant Richard Lewis of St. Germain.

Oneida County D.A. Michael Schiek said Heiting admitted she was an addict , but that didn't relieve her of responsibility in Stahl's death, even if he was using...

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