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

Northwoods Home Sales Off, Prices Up

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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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Sustainability Fair
3:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Forest Co. Potawatomi Tribe Highlights Alternative Energy

The biodigester in Milwaukee
Credit Forest Co. Potawatomi Community

The Sustainability Fair is held each year on Earth Day in Rhinelander. The fair is designed to showcase Northwoods organizations working toward a sustainable environment.

One of the displays Tuesday at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander featured the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Their Sustainability Coordinator, Tansey Smith, says Earth Day and sustainability are everyday...

 

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Takes job in Mississippi
3:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Hughes To Leave Rhinelander Library

Credit Natalie Jablonski

 

  

The Rhinelander District Library will be looking for a new director.

Ed Hughes says he will be leaving Rhinelander to take a job in Hernando, Mississippi...

"....the library is called First Regional Library. It's a big, 5-county library system..."

Hughes says he enjoyed his time in Rhinelander, but health considerations for his spouse led him to look at a warmer climate.

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Earth Day money totals $3.7 million
11:39 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rhinelander One Of 49 Communities Given Designation

Mayor Dick Johns(L) receiving Earth Day designation from state USDA Director Stan Gruszynski(R) in the city council chambers.
Credit WXPR

Rhinelander was selected as one of 49 communities across the U.S. as a national Earth Day recepient by the Department of Agriculture. As part of the designation, the city received a total of $3.7 million in grant and lower-interest loans to upgrade sewer and storm water systems.

USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski presented Mayor Dick Johns with an award recognizing the city's initiative toward improving water quality...

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National wide event
5:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Take Back Saturday Removes Meds From Wrong Hands

Credit wikimedia.org

The eighth annual Take Back Initiative is this coming Saturday at locations around the Northwoods. The event is sponsored by the DEA and locally, members of law enforcement will be accepting unused drugs of most types during the collection times.

Detective Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says the goal is to get unused medicines away from the potential of misuse...

 

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City of Rhinelander, Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
5:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Key Meeting April 30 For The Look Of Rhinelander's Downtown

Credit Royalbroil-en.wikipedia.org

The public is invited to a meeting next week which could determine the look of downtown Rhinelander for generations to come.

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated and the city of Rhinelander are planning to renovate the downtown streets in 2016 and 2017. The city is expected to receive a grant this week to help fund the underground upgrade of Brown and other streets. Downtown Rhinelander is working with a firm to design a new downtown look called a Streetscape.

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DNR still has final decision
5:16 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime

Credit Dave Silver-en.wikipedia.org

One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.

One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...

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Key meeting Wednesday in Mole Lake
5:10 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway

A stretch of Highway 55
Credit royalboil-commons.wikimedia.org

State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23,  in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.

The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.

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