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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Authored mining bill
5:51 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Tiffany Says Mining Bill Does Not Allow Lakebed Mining

State Sen. Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

The author of Senate Bill 1, or what's known as the "mining bill" disagrees with one legislator's interpretation that mining is allowed on lakebeds and waterways.

Democrat Dana Wach's bill would make it clear that certain types of mining would not be allowed on lakebeds. He says the revised mining bill has loophole language to that effect.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst disagrees with Wach's assessment....

 

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Lakebed mining?
5:43 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bill To Close Reported Loopholes In Mining Law Authored

Rep. Dana Wachs(D-Eau Claire)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

State Democrats are introducing legislation that would close what the author says is a loophole in the new mining law that would allow mining on navigable bodies of water, like lakes.

 

Representative Dana Wachs of Eau Claire said in reading the new law, he became concerned that it would allow lakes, flowages, and reservoirs to be drained, or filled in by mining activities. His bill, called "Save Our Lakes" would explicitly prohibit this activity..

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No injuries
5:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Fire Destroys Lincoln County Home

A fire Thursday morning in the town of Harrison, Lincoln county destroyed a home. Traffic had to be detoured for seven hours.

The Lincoln County Sheriff reports a garage along State Highway 17 Rhinelander was on fire about 4:15 this morning. The attached home had caught fire when authorities arrived to put out the blaze. The family escaped the burning structure with no injuries. Fire units from the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican, Russell and the city of Rhinelander fought the blaze.

Highway 17 returned to normal traffic about noon.

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D.A.--Evidence didn't fit charges
5:28 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

No Charges In New Year's Day Death At Rhinelander Bar

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek
Credit WXPR

No charges will be filed concerning the New Year's day death of a Rhinelander man at a downtown Rhinelander bar.

Thursday afternoon, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced after gathering more than 23 interviews and autopsy evidence he would not charge 59 year old Gregory Dryden for the death of James Tanner.

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"Big Bundle Up" concludes
3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wis.-Mich. Mitten Battle Helps The Needy Again

The "mittens" from space
Credit en.wikipedia.org

More than 11,000 items were donated during the Department of Tourism's recent "Big Bundle Up" campaign. including items from the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Minocqua and St. Germain Chambers of Commerce.

Tourism spokesperson Danielle Johnson says the campaign came about after a Wisconsin Tourism promotion made the state look like a mitten. Michigan's Tourism Department was annoyed, saying Michigan looks more like a mitten than Wisconsin. Both states agreed to resolve the dispute by gathering warm clothes for the needy.

Johnson says this year's effort was a success...

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Concern about runways
3:49 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

No Decision On Eagle River Airport Property Purchase

No decision was made Tuesday by the Eagle River city council on the possiblity of purchasing some property near the Eagle River airport.

Mayor Jeff Hyslop says officials would like to buy the Tsevas property using a Federal Aviation Administration grant near the airport as the property is in line with the runways...

 

"....and if that property were to develop and a building go up....it could create a dangerous situation. The Bureau of Aeronautics has some interest in purchasing the property and it's just a matter if we would want to participate or not.

Residents Moving To Friendly Village
3:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Taylor Park Rehabilitation In Rhinelander To Close

Taylor Park in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

One of Rhinelander's long time nursing home facilities will close in 2014.

Taylor Park Rehabilitation Administrator John Ley confirmed in an email that the facility will be closing later this year. He says a comprehensive resident relocation plan has been approved by the state. Both Taylor Park and adjacent Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation are owned by Prestige Health Care.

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Car-propane tanker
4:04 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Three Victims In Fatal Oneida Co. Crash Identified

A Minocqua propane truck driver and two young women died in a two-vehicle wreck on slippery U.S. 51 in the town of Cassian Tuesday afternoon.

Killed in the crash was propane truck driver, 22 year old Jeremy J. Ritchie of Minocqua. Two occupants in the passenger car, Justine Ringberg of Bayfield, Wisconsin and Raquel Nunez of New York city were also killed. Both women also were 22 years of age.

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Five-year commitment
3:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Ministry Health Care Finding Rural Doctors With $$ Help

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The enrollment period has opened again for medical students to get tuition money from Ministry Health Care.

The Medical Student Loan Repayment program enables students to get up to $200,000 wile they're enrolled in a medical education program. In turn, Ministry asks the student to commit to at least five years practicing at one of the groups' medical facilities.

Medical education program manager Brant Bergeron says this program helps bring in doctors to rural areas, where he says it's difficult to find enough doctors...

 

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TransCanada and WPS
2:52 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Trees For Tomorrow Lands Large Grant

The Dining Hall at Trees For Tomorrow
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Trees for Tomorrow Tuesday received the first installment of a $60,000, three-year commitment to further education at the Eagle River campus.

TransCanada Corporation provided a matching grant to the $60,000 committed over three years by Wisconsin Public Service Foundation in Green Bay, totaling $120,000.

Trees For Tomorrow's Operations Manager Cheryl Todea says the funds will help Trees For Tomorrow continue its mission...

 

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