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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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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Town of Nokomis
10:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Montana Sex Offender Released In Oneida County

A convicted sex offender from Montana is living in the town of Nokomis, Oneida county.

 

The Sheriff's Department reports 46 year old Todd Ames will be living at 9862 Siemering Drive. It's listed as Tomahawk, though the address is in the town of Nokomis, Oneida county.

Ames was convicted in Montana of Sexual Assault in 2009. He has had his parole transferred to Oneida county.

City council action
7:20 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Mutual Aid Pact, Memorial Approved For Rhinelander P.D.

Credit Rhinelander PD

Officials said it hopefully will never need to be used...but the Rhinelander city council has approved its portion of North Central Emergency Response Team mutual aid agreement.

The pact enables area full-time police departments to be ready to go should a large problem like a tornado occur in an area. City Council member Alex Young outlines the pact....

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March 12 in Madison
4:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Wisconsin Arts and Economic Development

Credit artswisconsin.org

Artists from all over Wisconsin will gather in March to remind legislators that Wisconsin has a thriving arts community.

Arts Day 2014 is set for March 12 at the new central library in Madison.

Anne Katz is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin. She says it's the only big arts conference in Wisconsin.....

 

"....we have people coming from around the state to meet with their legislators. That's the main part of the day. The point is for the people to come to the capitol and tell their stories...

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Causes lung cancer
4:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

January A Good Time For Radon Testing

Radon test kit
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

 January is National Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have an even larger threat of developing lung cancer if radon is present in their surroundings.

Charlotte Ahrens from the Oneida County Health Department describes radon...

 

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Economy slowly recovering
4:54 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local, state taxes down, federal taxes up-WTA

Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

2013 state and local taxes fell slightly and federal taxes rose according to a tax watchdog group.

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has a new report on 2013 tax collections.

Stephanie Rubin is a WISTAX research analyst...

 

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Judged with large schools
4:45 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

UW-Superior Rep Says Online Degree Ninth Ranking

UW-Superior
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Of all the colleges and universities in the nation offering some online degree programs, UW-Superior has ranked ninth in a U.S. News ranking for colleges offering bachelor's programs online.

UW-Superior has been offering distance learning for 35 years. A local university representative , Dan Kuzlik, says the ranking is a bit of a small school versus large schools....

 

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Named last Thursday
4:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local Agent Approves Of Cross As Chancellor

Erica Brewster
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

A local UW-Extension agent thinks the UW System has made a good choice for it's new Chancellor.

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