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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Woman and unborn child
3:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Eagle River Man Charged With Attempted Homicide

Andrew Lee Rosner
Credit Vilas County Sheriff's Department

An Eagle River man is facing attempted homicide charges in connection with an alleged stabbing incident Saturday.

28 year old Andrew L. Rosner of 4060 Deerskin Road was arrested in the alleged knifing incident. The victims were taken to a Marshfield Hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Rosner made an appearance Wednesday in Vilas County Court....

"...the District Attorney has charged Andrew with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. One to the girlfriend, and one for the unborn child..."

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Damage to electric, gas meters
3:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Careful Where You Throw The Snow!

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The large amounts of snow around homes and businesses have led to potentially serious problems: damaging electric and gas meters.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says people have been taking snow off their roofs or plowing around meters. The impact of the snow has led to other problems...

 

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Comment period, open house set
3:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

ATV Club Wants To Run Trail Through Woodboro Lakes Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for an ATV/UTV trail to be allowed across the southeast portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area off Highway "K" west of Rhinelander. The DNR is holding an open house to get public input on the proposed trail.

DNR Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area manager Jeremy Holtz...

 

"....so we're asking folks to get more information, learn about the request, attend the meeting and share their opinions..."

 

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Town of Cassian fire
3:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Autopsy To Determine Identity Of Fire Victim

Credit en.wikipedia.org

An autopsy is being done to positively identify the victim of a Monday afternoon house fire in the Oneida county town of Cassian.

Oneida County Sheriff's officials report the fire at 3892 Woodland Trail...north of Tomahawk. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Lieutenant Dan Hess says further investigation on the body of the victim is being done...

 

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Public Comment Period Underway
3:09 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwoods Waters Listed On Impaired Waters List

A Northwestern Wisconsin lake.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The DNR is out with an update list of waters that are listed as having too much pollution in them. They are also asking for public comment on the list.

Water Resources Management Specialist Aaron Larson told Ken Krall says states are required by the EPA to develop this list every other year.

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Sometimes on snowmobile trails
5:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Fat Tire Bikes Appearing On Winter Recreational Trails

Winter biking in the woods
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Fatter-tired bikes are popping up on winter recreational trails and a DNR spokesperson says to keep in mind legalities and safety.

The bikes have ultra-wide tires for traction. Brigit Brown, state trails coordinator for the DNR, says this has led to concern over potential collisions between snowmobilers and the slower bikes. Brown says on the bikes are legal on state-owned linear trails, but can't operate on snowmobile trails not owned by the state...

 

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Downtown fundraiser
4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Taste Of Chocolate Friday Evening In Rhinelander

Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

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

Credit de.wikipedia.org

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
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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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