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.

Pages

Recount deadline Friday
3:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Three Close OC Supervisory Votes Remain Unchanged

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Three Oneida county board races were close after the April 1 vote, but after an official canvas, all three races stayed the same.

County Clerk Mary Bartelt gave us the results...

"....supervisory district 7, that stayed the same. Bob Mott with 186, and Dennis Schoeneck with 180. District 16, that stayed the same also. Michael Timmons with 111 and Michael Pockat with 107. Supervisor district 18, that was Lance Krolczyk and Candy Sorenson, it's 127 for Lance, and 122 for Candy Sorenson..."

Read more
Downtown revitalization
3:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Large USDA Grant Back In The Mix For Rhinelander

Sewer line work
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A federal grant to fund the underground infrastructure along downtown Rhinelander streets looked dead as of last week, but it appears to be back on again after a meeting Monday night.

The city weeks ago was given positive indications it would get $1.6 million dollars but there was a hitch: the work had to commence next year. City officials and Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated officials want to do the work, but felt the timeline was too short to have the details worked out to do the job successfully.

Read more
Ethanol price spike
3:11 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Northwoods Gas Prices Among Highest in Midwest

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Corn is likely one  reason why gas prices have inched up lately, but there is another reason.

A petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com says gas refiners are still in the process of shifting over to summer blend gasoline  so states can meet federal air quality rules.

Read more
Law partially repealed
7:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Equal Pay For Women Took Hit Last Session: Legislator

Rep. Chris Taylor(D-Madison)
Credit wisconsin.gov

A Democrat thinks little progress was made in the last legislative session to bridge the wage gap between men and women.

Representative Chris Taylor from Madison is on the Assembly Committee on Labor. She says the Republican-dominated legislature actively moved against some equal pay provisions...

 

"....but we also say repeals of the equal pay for women where women had access to courts for legal remedies when they weren't paid equally. That really perpetuated unfairness and had nothing to do with creating opportunities..."

Read more
Large increase in older adults
3:48 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Vilas Co. Given As Example Of Changing Northwoods Demographics

Credit en.wikipedia.org Ian McKenzie

A state economist says Vilas county reflects changing demographics in the north. Those demographic changes could reflect a big change in the workforce.

Scott Hodek says if you look at Vilas county's demographics, in 2010, about 25 percent of the workforce was over 65 years old and likely retired....

Read more
Rep. Czaja guest speaker
5:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Regional Economic Success Focus Of Meeting

The Northwoods regional economic development Corporation...Grow North.....is hosting its annual membership meeting in Antigo.

Executive Director Don Sidlowski says the annual meetings gather all the members to look at the successes and goals. He says there has been successes...

Read more
Thinks it's political
4:39 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Burke Critical Of Walker's Slow Casino Decision

Democrat running for Governor Mary Burke
Credit maryburke2014.com

Democrat Mary Burke says waiting more than a year to make a decision on a proposed casino in Kenosha isn't necessary, and says if a study shows signs, it should be given the go-ahead.

Read more
Alleges Open Meeting Violation
11:09 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Rhinelander Alderperson Files Complaint Against Committee

A city of Rhinelander  alderperson has filed an open meetings complaint against the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing committee, otherwise known as the Room Tax committee.

Alex Young filed the complaint with the Oneida County District Attorney's office. In the complaint, Young says the committee is created by the council, and as such, falls under the Open Meetings law.

Young alleges the committee met April 2 without posting a timely notice it was going to meet. Unless an emergency, public meetings need to be posted at least 24 hours prior to meeting time.

Read more
Says complaint has generated publicity
11:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Vander Puy Responds To Sen. Tiffany's Voting Complaint

Flags at the Harvest Camp in Iron Co.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

A member of the Harvest Camp near the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in Iron county says he went through the proper process to vote as a homeless person.

Thursday, State Senator Tom Tiffany filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board and Attorney General, saying Nick Vander Puy allegedly improperly voted in the town of Anderson on April 1.

Vander Puy says the complaint is without merit....

Read more
Change in demographics
5:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jobless Numbers Go Up In February

TVA workers
Credit Lewis Hine-commons.wikimedia.org

There was an uptick in jobless claims in February for both Wisconsin and the Northwoods, but a state economist says changes in the workforce plays a part.

Scott Hodek from the Department of Workforce Development says the labor force is in a state of flux...

 

Read more

Pages