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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No mining in Forestry Districts
5:59 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Survey To Sample OC Opinion On Piers, Boathouses

Pier at Pelican Lake
Credit Mark Miller-commons.wikimedia.com

Oneida county residents will get a survey in a few weeks to give their thoughts on rules concerning boathouses and piers. At a meeting Wednesday, the same committee said they wouldn't add language to code that would allow mining in forest areas.

Supervisor Billy Fried has expressed a view that Oneida county should not have it's own rules over piers, deferring to the more lax DNR rules. He says the rules make it difficult to place piers. He also objects to the Oneida county rules where investigations are prompted by complaints...

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Jury verdict in Bucki case
5:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Bucki Found Guilty; Large Drug Bust Near Rhinelander

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Two crime-related stories for April 16:

A jury in Lincoln county has found 50 year old Mark Bucki guilty of killing his wife and hiding her body last year.

Bucki was arrested May 13, 2013 after his wife's body was found in a swamp in Taylor county. Anita Bucki had disappeared several days before.

The 1st degree homicide verdict requires a minimum of life in prison.

A sentencing date was not set.

In Oneida county, A large drug bust near Rhinelander has led to the arrest of four persons for alleged methamphetamine use, production and distribution.

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8 new supervisors
5:44 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Hintz Named Oneida Co. Board Chair

Oneida Co. courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Eight new faces joined long-time members of the Oneida County Board for the reorganizational meeting Tuesday.

The newly-seated board unanimously elected David Hintz of Three Lakes as new chair. Hintz has served as the board's vice-chair.....

"...thank you for the honor of being elected(chair) to serve the county board and work with you. I've worked with many of you over the years, talked to some(of you) on the phone and met some of you for the first time this morning and I think we have a good group..."

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Outside groups selecting candidates?
5:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Partisanship Claimed In OC Board Races

One of the two political flyers in question
Credit Joel Knutson

Interests possibly from outside the area tried to influence the Oneida county board elections and a town of Crescent resident doesn't like it.

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Died in action in Afghanistan
4:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Rhinelander Street To Be Named For Sgt. Ryan Adams

Sgt. Ryan Adams
Credit Wisconsin National Guard

A street  will be renamed to honor one of Rhinelander's  fallen warriors.

At the urging of the Oneida County Veterans Council AmVets Post 724 in Rhinelander, they asked the city council to rename the current "Military Road" to "Adams Way". The street runs past the National Guard Armory. 26 year old Sergeant Ryan Adams of Rhinelander died in Logar Province in Afghanistan on October 2, 2009.

City alderman Tom Gleason says the local Post would like to dedicate the road at a future date...

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Debate whether to proceed
8:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves Downtown Grant Application

Applying for a $1.6 million dollar federal grant was approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday night. But it left questions in the minds of some council members.

If approved by the feds, the grant would be the initial money to redo the underground infrastructure along Brown Street and downtown. The grant would be for 2016 and 2017, a year later than earlier sought.

While the matter had been in two committees, council members Alex Young and Steve Sauer both objected to the speed which the large project...potentially $9 million dollars...was going through council...

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Legal issues to be addressed
8:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Decision Postponed On Controversial CBRF

No decision on a controversial Community Based Residential Facility on West Phillip Street in Rhinelander.

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Fab Lab moving toward reality
5:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Working With A 'Revolutionary' Concept

Fab Lab in Amsterdam
Credit en.wikipedia. org

Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.

The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.

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World War II, Korea, Viet Nam veterans
6:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Honor Flight Returns To Washington D.C.

World War II Memorial
Credit commons. wikimedia.org

The next flight of veterans being taken to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments to their military service leaves Monday morning from Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.

The Never Forgotten Honor Flights program flies veterans and caregivers to Washington, D.C. for a one-day experience.

Co-founder Jim Campbell says this is the 15th Never Forgotten Honor Flight....

".....to date, we have taken 1, 314 veterans on Monday(4/14) we have 85 veterans from World War II, Korea and a Viet Nam vet..."

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Deer donation program
6:06 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Venison Donation By Hunters Down From Prior Years

Credit commons. wikimedia.org

More than 90,000 pounds of venison were donated following the 2013 gun-deer harvest as part of the DNR deer donation program.

Wildlife damage biologist Dan Hirchert says hunters again have been generous....

".....the program was set up for hunters to shoot additional deer and have somewhere to go with those deer. In that regard, any deer that are donated to the program are a bonus. We look at it as another source of good will. We can provide meat items to folks all around the state that need(it)...."

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