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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Additional business possible
4:53 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Broadband Brings Fab Lab, Second Home Business

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The Executive Director of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation says the advent of faster Internet service will make a potentially-game changing effort possible.

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More records fall this weekend
4:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

2013-14 Sets Several Winter Records

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You can tell your friends and family

you have lived through what will be the most notable winter in Northwoods history.

WJFW NBC-12 Meteorologist Matt Brooks tells us all the records that have been established....

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UW annual study
5:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Some Northwood Counties Rank Low in Population Health

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Rural areas continue to lag behind other Wisconsin counties in overall wellness. That is one aspect of a  2014 County Health Rankings report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Researcher Kate Konkle says this is the fifth year the report has been released. Konkle talked with Ken Krall about some of the findings. She says a variety of things lead to a healthy population including education, community safety, smoking, housing, diet and exercise.

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At one point 6,000 without power
5:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Power Restored To Much Of Northwoods

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   The situation has dramatically improved for thousands of WPS customers in the Northwoods without power.

WPS spokesperson Leah VanZile has an update...

 

"...we've made tremendous improvement in restoring power throughout the Northwoods due to additional crews we had come up this morning working through the day to restore power. We're looking for full restoration for all areas by this evening...."

 

VanZile tells us much of the region had outages...

 

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Conservation Congress meetings
6:11 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Anglers Favor More Trolling

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Wisconsin anglers could use motor-boats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings. The D-N-R announced the results this week of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties. At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62-percent of the nearly 59-hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question. It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.

Kari-Lee Zimmerman is the DNR's Conservation Congress Liason....

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Intersection of Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers
6:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves New Boat Landing

Wisconsin River
Credit Joshua Mayer

A contractor to build a new Rhinelander boat launch has been approved. The city council this week accepted the bid of Janke General Contractors to develop the Boyce Drive landing at the site of the former DNR ranger station. The landing will be at the intersection of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.

Committee chair Sherri Belliveau says it won't cost as much as first thought...

 

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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
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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

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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
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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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