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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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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Board decides to fill position
3:41 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Minocqua Police Chief Position Being Advertised

Downtown Minocqua
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After evaluating many options, it looks like Minocqua will continue with a police department and it's own police chief.

Following the resignation of Chief Andrew Gee, the board explored the option of discontinuing with a police department and contracting police services with Oneida county. Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the board decided against it...

 

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More energy needed in cold snap
3:33 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Natural Gas-Electric Supply Adequate But You'll Pay More

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While propane users have been nervous about getting enough fuel during the cold snap, natural gas and electric users don't have the same worries. But your bills will likely go up.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says the amount of energy used will be higher than average...

 

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Gas prices stable
3:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Best Day Of The Week To Buy Gas? You're Probably Wrong

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What day of the week do you think has the highest prices? What day has the lowest?

The website gasbuddy.com took four years of data and guess what part of the week has the lowest prices....

 

".....we tend to find Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday were the best four days over the last four years with the exact day switching from year-to-year...."

 

That's Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. He says Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be the days where prices rise.

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8th annual conference
4:49 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Conference Honoring Caregivers Coming To Nicolet College

Honoring caregivers
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Professional and family caregivers who provide direct care services at home or in long-term care settings are invited to attend the 8th Annual Direct Caregivers Conference next month at Nicolet College.

Sandy Bishop from Nicolet College is a member of the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network. She says it's a day to celebrate those who give care to others...

 

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Slowly moving into Northwoods
4:41 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Stopping Land Invasives Focus Of Upcoming Meeting

Phragmites
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Groups are meeting next month to try to stop the spread of invasive land plants in the Northwoods.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership is hosting an open-to-the public meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.

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Department of Tourism report
4:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

1600 Jobs From Tourism In Vilas County

Downtown Eagle River
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The economic impact of tourism in Vilas county and elsewhere was shown in a recent report.

The state reported tourism accounted for more than $10 billion in visitor spending in Wisconsin in 2012, $6 billion of that on dining, retail and recreation. Cindy Burzinski, Executive Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says visitors spent a lot of money in places to stay, eat, and shop...

 

"....in 2012, visitor expenditures were at $195.4 million dollars, and that was a 10 percent increase over 2011...."

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New procedures for quick response
12:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Cold Weather Deadly if Alzheimer's Patient Wanders

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Next we hear from Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Cold weather is tough on anyone, but for a person with Alzheimer's Disease who wanders, it could be deadly. She says there's a new approach for quicker response should someone wander away from home.

Diana Butz, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association. There's an Alzheimer's Association Outreach Office in Rhinelander.

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