Ken Krall

News Director - Interim Station Manager

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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Regional Planning doing study
3:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Study Looks At OC UW-Extension-Conservation Staffing Levels

Credit www.steveodland.org

Oneida county is conducting a staffing and services needs study for the University of Wisconsin-Extension office and for the Land and Water Departments.

North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is doing the study.

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Cause of fire undetermined
2:56 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

One Person Dead In Conover Fire

One person has died in a house fire early Monday  near Conover.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports getting a call at 3:23 a.m. concerning a structure fire at 3179 U.S. 45 in the town of Conover.

Reports say fire units first on the scene found the residence to be fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire was put out and one person was found dead in the residence.

Conover, Plum Lake and Eagle River Fire Departments responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state and local officials.

Stay healthy, plan
12:55 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Knock Stress Out Of Holiday Celebrations

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While most people look forward to the holiday season, it also can be a time when stress makes the time less than enjoyable.

Corie Zelazoski at the Oneida County Health Department says they're emphasizing people keep up good habits with proper eating, exercise and tobacco and alcohol use, but also to not think you have to do more than you can handle...

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Long discussed changes
3:20 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

State Board To Rule On Invasive Species Changes

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The state Natural Resources Board will decide Wednesday on revisions to the state's invasive species rule..
Vilas County's Invasive Species Coordinator Ted Ritter says the changes in both the land and water invasive rules have been talked about for a long time. Dozens of species are being categorized. Ritter says one plant has drawn attention....

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Trend upward
3:11 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Economist: Property Values Improving In Northwoods

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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Chief Economist John Koskinen  says northern Wisconsin property values took a steep hit during the recession, but recent data appears to show a turnaround.

Koskinen was one of the speakers during the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua last week.

He says a recent trend showed housing starts beginning to return, and a small rebound in property values..

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Large police sting
1:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ironwood Man Jailed For Child Enticement

An Ironwood man has been sentenced for child enticement in Oneida County Circuit Court.

25 year old Benjamin Lahti has been sentenced for child enticement.  Judge Michael Bloom placed Lahti on 5 years probation.  As a condition of that probation Lahti is to serve 1 year in county jail, register as a sex offender, undergo treatment, provide a DNA sample, maintain employment and pay all court costs.   Lahti pleaded no contest to the charge of child enticement on September 19.

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No injuries reported
11:30 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Fire At Fort Wilderness

Three town fire departments responded to a fire north of Rhinelander Thursday afternoon.

Fire destroyed a barn at Fort Wilderness Camp on Spider Lake Road. Reports indicate no injuries were reported. The fire is believed to have started from a piece of machinery in the building.

The building was heavily damaged.

Fire departments from Newbold, Cassian and Crescent battled the blaze.

Cut from his yard
4:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Pelican Lake Tree Farmer To See His Tree In Capitol

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A Pelican Lake tree farmer will be on hand Friday  as a tree from his yard becomes  the main Christmas tree at the state Capitol in Madison.

The tree lighting will be at noon in the Capitol rotunda.

Dennis and Kim Schoeneck donated the 40 foot high balsam...

"....I actually cut it and I delivered it. It's pretty overwhelming. I had no idea what I was in for and now the gap left by where the tree was was right on my driveway so it's an everyday reminder that I will have to plant another one...."

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Also waiting on Kenosha Casino
3:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Walker Unclear On Right-To-Work Support

Gov. Walker at the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit
Credit WXPR news

Governor Walker gave the opening address to a two-day Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua.

Walker says the state is in the midst of an economic turnaround, saying there are nearly 80,000 jobs on the state job site. He says it isn't a matter of jobs, but of training a workforce to meet the needs of those jobs.
Speaking to reporters,  Walker deflected whether he will sign potential right-to-work legislation, saying he wanted to focus on other priorities...

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$846,000 awarded
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Gets Large Housing Awards

Credit Kim Swisher/Brandon Thoms

Two awards from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Chicago will enable the construction of a large amount of affordable housing units in Forest county.

The Affordable Housing Program awarded two grants totaling  $846,000 to the Mole Lake  Sokaogon Chippewa Community. Jeff Ackley is the Sokaogon Housing Director and Tribal Program Administrator. He says the money will help offset the costs of two development projects. He says one grant will convert the Mole Lake Motel  into  supportive residence building...

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