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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Foul play not suspected
3:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Human Remains Near Rhinelander Identified

The skeletal remains found near Rhinelander earlier this week have been identified.

The Oneida County Sheriff's office says the remains are  Steven Boron of Oneida county. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. Boron was reported as absconding from his probation and parole in May, 2013.

Officials say no foul play is suspected in Boron's death.

The remains were discovered in a wooded area near Lake Julia in the town of Pelican. The Sheriff's department and the Medical Examiner are investigating circumstances surrounding Boron's death.

Less travel for patients
2:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic Adds Cardiac Rehab

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
Credit Aspirus

Aspirus  Rhinelander Clinic recently expanded its cardiac rehab and therapy services.

The clinic opened on Rhinelander's north side in March, 2008. Regional Director for Aspirus Clinics, Rob Fabich says the clinic has had the therapy department open for more than three years. He says they found a need for a new physical therapist.  At the same time they determined they also needed more help with the cardiac rehab offerings...

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Get more public input
2:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Survey Asks OC Residents About Night Or Day Meetings

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County residents can help determine when the Oneida county board holds its meetings.

Recently,  the board directed a committee and UW-Extension to put together a survey to help resolve an ongoing debate about meeting times. Twice in the last several months resolutions came to the floor to alter the standard meeting time of 9:30 a.m on the third Tuesday to a later time.

Oneida County UW-Extension agent Tim Brown says some would like to see later in the day meetings...

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Vilas county steep drop
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Most Northwoods Counties See Unemployment Drop

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Lower Northwoods jobless numbers reflect a slowly growing economy and traditional summer hiring practices.

The Department of Workforce Development late last week released the local unemployment rates. Price county had the area's lowest rate at 5.6 percent. Lincoln county at 6.7 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Langlade at 7.4 percent, Forest at 7.9 percent and Vilas at 8.1 percent. Iron county had the states second highest rate at 11.3 percent.

State economist Scott Hodek says businesses hurt by a slow economy and the weather saw an increase...

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
2:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

10,000 Acres of Public Land To Be Sold

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A Democrat thinks a move last week by the Natural Resources Board to sell off 10,000 acres of state land funded by the Stewardship program is not well thought out.

 Republicans ordered the move as part of the state budget they passed a year ago. Their goal is to reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of Stewardship lands. It was noted that the ten-thousand acres represent only a small share of the one-point-eight million acres of state-owned nature lands.

The DNR's Doug Haag  says under the law, all parcels had to be located outside of project boundaries...

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College Foundation
2:38 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Record Number Of Scholarships At Nicolet College

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A record 308  scholarships for the  upcoming academic year have been awarded by the Nicolet College Foundation. The number is  nearly double the number awarded 10 years ago.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says exceptional students qualify...

"....our scholarships range from $500 up to $2,500 and they're for students in any and all of our programs...."

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WPS Foundation
2:30 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Deadline Nearing For First Responder Grants

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There's  one month to go for area emergency responders to get grant money from Wisconsin Public Service.
Wisconsin Public Service's Foundation is celebrating 50 years with a special effort...says spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....August 1st is the deadline for emergency responders to apply for our new safety grant. We'll be awarding 25 grants(in the service area) of $2,000 to area responders in the public service area...."

The total grant amount totals $50,000 for the WPS service area...

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New study cites Northwoods
8:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Broadband Can Tap New Revenue: Vacation Homes

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A University of Wisconsin and Extension study says the economic impact of second homes in Wisconsin is large and is often forgotten as an economic driver. While the study had a component in southern Wisconsin, it also had key results from the Northwoods.

Professor Russ Kashian at UW-Whitewater and Professor Andy Lewis from UW-Extension looked at the impacts of connecting second homes with high speed internet. The lack of such connectivity has been cited as a potential loss of revenue in some parts of the Northwoods.

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Long time events coordinator
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Emerson Named Eagle River Chamber Leader

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center has a new Executive Director who is a familiar name to area residents.

The Board of Directors has named Kim Emerson as the new director. Emerson joined the Chamber 13 years ago as Events Coordinator.

Emerson says the community is very important to her...

"...this is a wonderful community to work with...the businesses in the area, the visitors to the area. Just being who we are is an important part of what we've done in the past and I look forward to doing in the future...."

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300 in attendance
9:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Electors Say No To Torpy Park Pavilion Proposal

The pavilion vote count
Credit WXPR

Minocqua town electors have turned down a proposal to build a new pavilion in Torpy Park.

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