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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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
Credit WXPR

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.
Credit en.wikipedia. org

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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Speaking Friday in Rhinelander
1:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Sec. Chandler: Tax Reform Will Spur Manufacturing, Agriculture

Revenue Sec. Richard Chandler
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Wisconsin's Revenue Secretary thinks the newly-signed tax changes will spur the state's economy.

Richard Chandler was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation at Holiday Acres.(April 25)

Chandler says from the Walker Administration perspective, economic growth is tied to the tax climate...

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Prescription drug take back
1:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

LDF Take Back Initiative Saturday

Credit DEA

Many Northwoods law enforcement agencies are participating in Saturday's "Take Back " initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The effort enables residents to bring unneeded prescription medications to a collection spot where the drugs are collected at no charge and then are disposed.

In Lac du Flambeau, the collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Flambeau Judicial Center on Peace Pipe Road.

Program Coordinator Sue Wolfe says there are a few things to remember when you bring in the drugs for disposal...

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March DWD figures
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Area Unemployment Remains High

Northwoods jobless numbers remain high, but are lower than one year ago.

The state released unemployment numbers for cities and counties this week.

Iron county has the state's highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent...Vilas is fifth-highest at 12.1 percent. Forest county is 8th highest of 72 counties at 10.9 percent, Oneida is ninth at 10.1 percent. Langlade county is at 9.2 percent, while Lincoln county is at 8.8 percent. The area's lowest rate is Price county with a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

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One arrest Thursday
3:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Two More Indictments For LDF Drug Distribution

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A federal grand jury in Madison has handed down a nine-count indictment against a Lac du Flambeau couple for drug distribution.

 

28 year old Charlie Sunn Mishigaud and 25 year old Andrew Mishiguad were named in the indictments. Count one charges them with conspiracy to to distribute Oxycodone from January to June 2013. Count two charges Charlie Sunn Meshigaud with unlawfully distributing Oxycodone on May 21, 2013. Counts Three through Nine charge both defendants with unlawfully using wire communications to further the distribution.

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More investigation is possible
3:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Initial Tests Show Air Quality OK For Extension Employees

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A study conducted at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport found that levels of contaminants in the air did not exceed safe levels.

A complaint about air quality was presented to the Oneida county board several weeks ago by Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster. The Extension offices are housed in the basement of the airport. An employee at the airport filed a complaint with the state about diesel fumes from planes near the terminal. A study was ordered and a demand was given to take corrective action.

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March WRA report
3:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Northwoods Home Sales Off, Prices Up

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The intense winter weather hurt Northwoods home sales in March, but prices continue to rise. An economist thinks it shows the housing market is recovering.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association monthly sales and price report shows a price rise of 14 percent in the Northwoods from a year ago, but sales were off about 100 units in the 18-county area from a year ago.

Economist David Clark noted the above average price rise here, but said statewide, it was just about 2 percent....

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Many in urban areas
2:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Trout Stocking Continuing Prior To May 3 Opening

A planted brook trout
Credit U.S. Forest Service-commons.wikimedia.org

While much of the focus has been on the state's Walleye Initiative to put more survivable-sized walleyes into lakes and rivers, another large scale fish stocking effort is underway.

The DNR reports more than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in waters across the state.

DNR state fish production manager Dave Giehtbock says the snow and cold slowed the trout stocking this year, but they should be ready by the fishing opener May 3....

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Board takes no action
8:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

No Action On Sex Offender Restrictions In Three Lakes

The Three Lakes town board has decided not to take any action for now on a proposed ordinance regulating where state officials house sex offenders.

The board heard testimony from Department of Corrections representative Sue Klemann. She says there are 23,140 registered offenders in Wisconsin with two living in Three Lakes. She says there are a long list of restrictions on offenders and they are tightly monitored...

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