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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Jan. 28 Point-In-Time
3:49 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Volunteers To Look For Homeless In Northwoods

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Later this month, volunteers in the Northwoods will join a statewide effort to find out how many people here are homeless.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative To Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care's Lori Hallas says they will be checking persons in shelters,  under bridges or other locations...

"....we have teams that will be going out in the areas of Crandon, Antigo, Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander, just to see if there's anyone on the street..."

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Open Q & A sessions
4:03 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Tiffany, Three Representatives To Hold Listening Sessions

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Northwoods legislators are holding listening sessions beginning today across the 12th State Senate District.
Senator Tom Tiffany will join  Assembly Representatives over the next several days.

Tiffany will join Republican Mary Czaja this afternoon at the Tomahawk public library at 2:45 p.m., with a stop at 5:00 p.m. at Merrill city hall. January 24th they will be at Antigo city hall.

Tiffany will join Representative Rob Swearingen January 23 in Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander that day and with Representative Jeff Mursau in Crandon on January 26.

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Town hall meeting in Antigo
10:12 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Johnson Sees Cyber Security, Immigration As Security Threats

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson(R-Wisconsin)
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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says there appears to be an emerging consensus in the nation's capitol that cyber security should be a priority.

The Republican from Oshkosh chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security. He says the level of cyber attacks on the U.S. is alarming..

".....the hacking of SONY, the hacking of the Central Command's Twitter site, those are just a couple of examples of the cyber attacks the private sector and government websites are incurring, literally millions of times a week. Cyber security will be a top priority...."

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In court Friday
12:55 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Suspects Named in Rhinelander Meth Bust

The names of the five suspects arrested this week in Rhinelander as part of a drug bust have been released.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the bust took place at 718 Margaret Street. Arrested were Andrea Healy, Jute Handrick, Andi Hansen, Ronald Ross, Jr. and Richard Nitschke.

No other details about the suspects were released. They made court appearances Friday  in Oneida County Circuit Court.

April 7 vote
12:48 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

White Lake Voters To Decide Again On School Funding

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The White Lake school board is hoping the third time is a charm, as they voted Thursday night to ask voters in April to exceed state-mandated revenue limits.

Referendums asking for $250,000 for three years were twice narrowly defeated last year. District Administrator Bill Fisher says the board Thursday night unanimously approved asking voters this time for $300,000 per year for five years.

Fisher says after the latest referendum was defeated, they cut several programs, but a further rejection could lead to an end point...

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Election watchdog being audited
3:31 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

LWV Of The Northwoods Backs GAB

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The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods has given it's support to an agency under legislative review.

The Government Accountability Board was created as a non-partisan administrator of elections. They have been criticized for uneven performance. GAB officials this week defended their actions, saying they are understaffed and have had to deal with numerous recall elections, among other increasing duties. 

Representative Dean Knudson of Hudson would like to overhaul the board enabling some partisan members.

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Driver killed Sunday
3:19 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Name Of Crash Victim Released By Vilas County

The name of the St. Germain woman killed Sunday afternoon from a traffic crash in  St. Germain has been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports 72 year old Peggy A. Sorensen of St. Germain died.

Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling east on STH 70 and drove through the intersection of State Highways 70 and  155 prior to entering Saint Germain Boulevard. The vehicle then left the roadway and collided with a tree. Sorensen was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
No other details were released.

Virus can cause cancer in youth
3:16 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Few Northwoods Students Get HPV Vaccine

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Only a small percentage of teenagers in the Northwoods have received the vaccination that could prevent them from getting a sexually-transmitted cancer.

The human papillomavirus can cause cervical, anal and oral cancers. It affects both boys and girls. A vaccine can prevent the virus from turning into cancer in teens. Only 3 in 10 girls and one in 10 boys ages 13 -17 in the Northwoods has had the full three doses of the HPV vaccine.

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DOT approval received
3:47 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Downtown Minocqua Detour Thursday Morning

Minoqua going northbound
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Traffic in downtown Minocqua will be re-routed Thursday morning as a large crane will fill one block doing installation work.

Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim says one of the larger commercial buildings downtown, the Gaslight Square has a number of large HVAC units on their roof, and  three of them have failed...

"...they need to get those replaced. One of the issues they've had, the way the alleys laid out, there's so many overhead utility lines that a crane is not able to access the rooftop from the rear...."

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Former development site
3:37 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Heal Creek Property Gets Three Proposals From Two Parties

Oneida county has opened two, and possibly three bids from governments or organizations interested in the Heal Creek property on Rhinelander's far west side.

The county and the Economic Development Corporation spent $520,000 in an effort to construct a 'green' business park on the 272-acre  property. When no development took place, the county board asked for bids to buy the property immediately east of the Northwood Golf Course.

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