Ken Krall

News Director

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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 15 years.

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Another thing to be thankful for this holiday: driving won't cost you as much as it has in year's past. Senior Petroleum Analyst at the website Gasbuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan says Wisconsin's prices remain lower than many other states... "......some of the lowest prices we've seen in Wisconsin since 2008. Prices in Wisconsin have the distinct advantage of being lower than last year, whereas about four-fifths of the United States looking at higher than what we saw last year...." DeHaan says over...

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Like most airports in the nation, the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is also seeing one of the busiest travel days of the year. Airport Director Joe Brauer says while they only have two flights daily, they were full... "....Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually the busiest holiday, in fact, we are. All of our flights are full both going out and coming in. It's busy this time of the year. We'll go through a lull, then it will get very busy before the Christmas holiday...." Brauer also...

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The traditional holiday gift buying time normally begins the day after Thanksgiving, but retailers have been in full shopping promotion for a couple of weeks. Director of the state Bureau of Consumer Protection, Michelle Reinen, says while a toy might have a great deal of visual appeal, parents should look beyond the wrapping. She says asks consumers to think about the safety of each potential gift before hitting the register this holiday season... ".....really paying attention to the warning...

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The draft Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area master plan will be presented for final approval at next month's Natural Resources Board meeting. Following a public input process that included multiple public meetings and a four-day workshop to acquire stakeholder input the agency came up with a draft plan. Diane Brusoe of the DNR Facilities and Lands Bureau says the board will look at what the resource management will be, recreation items and whether there is any kind of real estate involved with...

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Crescent Elementary School again has a full-time principal. The School District of Rhinelander board Monday named Gayle Daniel as the new principal. Daniel was the principal at St. Germain Elementary School and is currently Director of Instruction at Northland Pines Schools in Eagle River. Daniel will start December 1. Former principal Kelly Huseby resigned in October for personal reasons. Kari Volk had been interim principal.

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The monthly 'Warm For Winter' distribution happens this Saturday in Rhinelander and a coordinator says everyone is welcome to get needed winter clothing for free. A coordinator for the monthly event is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander... "...we have clothes for everyone in the whole family, all sizes. from babies up to adults. It's free. All you have to do is bring a bag to bring your items in and go shopping...." Warm for Winter distributes warm clothing, blankets, sweaters, boots, hats, scarves,...

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One way to determine if the economy is improving is to check the number of permits being taken out for construction. In Oneida county, 2015 numbers in some categories showed an increase, says Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich. During the recession, construction permits dropped, as did revenue, but last year, the department saw an increase... "....of all of our 2015 permits we perhaps put $50 million dollars on the tax roll. Of that, about 84 percent was residential construction. So...

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A spokesperson for a group hoping to amend the U.S. Constitution says the vote in Lake Tomahawk November 8 showed strong bipartisan support to repeal a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing. Spokesperson for Wisconsin United to Amend is George Penn. Lake Tomahawk residents voted 91 percent in favor of having an amendment saying only humans have rights and money is not the same as free speech. Penn says in a county which strongly went for Donald Trump, it showed this issue has...

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The tax watchdog organization Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is out with a pamphlet that explains to the public just how the state's K-12 schools are financed. As WTA spokesperson Dale Knapp explains, K-12 funding is about $11 billion dollars, but few people can easily figure out how that funding happens.... "...we thought it would be helpful to put out an 'explainer' of how some schools in Wisconsin are financed. How all of those pieces fit together, and where school districts spend their...

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Though Thanksgiving is Thursday, a food safety expert says you should already be thinking about safely preparing the turkey. Next Ken Krall talks with Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney about getting the turkey ready in a safe way...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Only a few roads in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest remain to be repaired as hunters return in mass for the Gun Deer Season. Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says more than 300 miles of road and trail since the July 11 storm event... "....we've got most of our roads open, we're down to just 9 portions of roads that are closed and a couple of those are bridges that were washed out. We've worked really hard since July to restore all those services to get people back out in the forest.....

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She wasn't the first Venison Queen, but she's glad she was asked. A Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce tradition...the 51st annual Venison Feed is always held the Friday before the opening of the gun deer season in Wisconsin. More than a thousand hungry hunters attend to eat venison burgers and enjoy the hunt. Last year, Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was crowned the first Venison Queen. This year, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gets the honor... "....it is my very first pageant,...

Town of Three Lakes

Three Lakes residents will have to vote again whether to finance upgrades of the Demmer library and the town offices. Tuesday was the town budget meeting where electors vote on the budget. That portion of the meeting had been noticed properly and the budget was acted on. Also that night, motions were passed to allow the town to get the money to upgrade the Demmer library and the town offices. As Town Chair Stella Westfall says, it was discovered there were procedural problems with the votes...

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Wisconsin's 2016 gun deer hunt begins Saturday morning. Ken Krall spoke with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz about the prospect for the hunt, safety, and how this hunt will be different in the Northwoods. We'll start with Jeremy Holtz...

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Last year, the legislature directed the DNR to find ways to increase the allowable acreage for forest productivity from the state forests. A DNR spokesperson says public comment on the variances is open until the end of the month. The DNR's Carmen Hardin is Forest Management Bureau Director. She says the DNR is in the process of getting public comment on the proposed variances, which means a larger amount of acreage in the forests would be available for forest production... ".....currently we...

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