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 15 years.

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A proposed rule allowing motor trolling on all state inland waters is not likely to be ready for the opening day of fishing on May 2.

DNR Fisheries Management Specialist Tim Simonson says all the legislature still needs to act...

"....it's probably not going to be in effect given the timelines for the legislative review. It's probably going to be at the very earliest mid to late May...."

An Eagle River man has accepted a plea concerning charges of attempted homicide and  recklessly endangering safety.

29 year old Andrew Rosner was arrested in February of 2014 after he allegedly stabbed a pregnant woman near Eagle River.

In Vilas County Circuit Court, Rosner entered a no contest plea to to attempted first degree intentional homicide, but a second count was amended to reckless endangerment. He was found guilty to both charges.

His bond was revoked and he was ordered by Judge Neal Nielsen to return to court June 8 for sentencing.

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Rhinelander , Tomahawk and Eagle River are members of the state's Main Street community program. The parent agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is launching a competition where one downtown business could win a $10,000 update. In addition to the money the winning business will receive personalized technical assistance to implement the changes that could include interior and exterior design improvements, and marketing, business planning and merchandising assistance.

The town of Hazelhurst is getting money from a state loan fund to build a new town hall and fire barn, but town electors will have the final say if construction is to be approved.

 

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands announced a grant of $800,000 to the Oneida county town. The money is loaned at low rates to governments.

Ministry Health Care

Improving patient accessibility and comfort are the goals of a $3.7 million dollar renovation that began this week at the North Shore Campus of Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander.

The renovation will reconfigure parts of the facility to provide quicker access to the second floor, and have an new registration and check in area along with new waiting rooms and patient exam rooms.

Dr. Shishir Sheth is regional vice-president for Ministry Health Care Northern Region...

 

A home in the town of Newbold is an apparent total loss.

Fire crews were called Tuesday afternoon(3/17) to a home on Estelle Drive. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been released.

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The Oneida County board has approved increased ambulance fees.

It costs about $960,000 to operated the county ambulance service each year. Ken Kortenhof, who oversees the service says the are increasing the rates to meet rising expenditures and to keep pace with other services...

 

"....we're trying to find a balance between what we tax the people and what we charge for the patients..."

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The Oneida County board has agreed to hold a special meeting early next month to consider which option to pick regarding fixing the county highway shop or agreeing to a land purchase and building a new facility, or possibly doing nothing.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Wisconsin's Tourism Secretary says the state's funding to lure travelers has remained steady in the currently-debated budget, but more positions are being added to help new areas of marketing.

Stephanie Klett says their budget was increased four years ago by more than 2 million dollars..

 

"....two years ago we were given an appropriation of $200,000 every year to dip our toes into the international market so this year, not much changes with the budget...except....

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The city of Rhinelander has given Oneida county an alternative offer concerning the Heal Creek property that is for sale.

A decade ago the county wanted to open a new type of industrial park on 272-acres next to the Northwood Golf Course on Rhinelander's far west side. The golf course is owned by the city.

Three proposals have come in: a joint city of Rhinelander-town of Crescent proposal including a parcel of property and cash. The town of Crescent has added $10,000. Two other proposals are from an adjacent property owner, the Hodag Sports Club.

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