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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Illegal insurance claims
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Former Rhinelander Man Gets 10 Years For $1.3 Million Insurance Fraud

John Henricks III
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

A former Rhinelander man has been sentenced to just over 10 years in prison for using the U.S. Mail to defraud insurance companies and must repay more than a million dollars.

43 year old John Henricks III, now of Amherst, had pleaded guilty last August in federal court.

U.S. Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison determined Henricks was responsible for using his prior business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop in Rhinelander, to defraud 19 auto insurance companies out of more than $1.3 million by staging accidents and creating false work invoices.

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Must repay over $700,000
3:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

$660,000 Stolen Gets Woman 2 Years In Prison

A 46 year old former Woodruff-area woman has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in restitution and fines. She had entered guilty pleas to embezzling the money over several years from the family business where she worked.

Lisa Saykally admitted to stealing $660,000 from Aqualand Manufacturing in Woodruff over 8 years. With tax-related fines added in, the amount for repayment is $727,000.

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New Year's Day bar altercation
4:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Autopsy Shows Fractured Sternum Caused Man's Death

Credit WXPR

An autopsy on a Rhinelander man who died early New Year's Day after an altercation has been released.

48 year old James R. Tanner died in the ambulance outside Sackett's bar on Brown Street in Rhinelander. Police Chief Michael Steffes said minutes before Tanner had allegedly thrown a punch at 62 year old John A. Klucarich. Chief Steffes says a disc jockey at bar, 59 year old Gregory Dryden, allegedly grabbed Tanner and directed him toward the bar then put him on the floor. Klucarich received less serious injuries.

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Tuesday stop in Rhinelander
2:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Burke Says Walker Hasn't Created More Jobs

Democrat Mary Burke
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The only declared Democrat running for Governor stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday to deliver the message that she can defeat  incumbent Republican Scott Walker.

Mary Burke is the former Commerce Secretary under then Governor Jim Doyle and was an executive with Trek Bicycle from Waterloo, a company founded by her father.

Burke outlined a number of stances including, what she would have done differently to balance the state budget...

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First weekend has vintage snowmobiles
3:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Thousands Coming To Eagle River For Vintage Racing

Snowmobile running on the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota, 1910.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society

The cold weather has been a concern for some, but the cold has helped promoters get the 51st World Championship Snowmobile Derby track ready in Eagle River.

The event begins Thursday through Sunday with vintage snowmobile races, with the World Championship racing competition the following weekend.

Track owner and coordinator Chuck Decker says the cold has given them a boost...

 

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Salvation Army Northwoods totals
11:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Mother Nature, Calendar and Internet Slowed Donations

Credit Rhinelander Salvation Army

The fundraising totals across the Northwoods were down during this years Salvation Army bell-ringing time. Ken Krall reports Mother Nature, the calendar and the Internet worked against the effort this year.

Salvation Army spokesperson Tom Bremer) oversees the collections for the Northwoods.....

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Fundraiser for trail support
5:12 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

RASTA Offers Snowshoe Competition

Handmade snowshoe
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association is hosting an event next weekend near Rhinelander to raise money for area silent sport trails.

RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory talks about the Snowshoe hare race...

"...it's a great opportunity for folks who have never snowshoed before, or folks who are doing it a lot and doing different races to come out and enjoy the day. It's January 11 and it will be at Holiday Acres...."

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Issues with rural schools
4:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Task Force Coming To Antigo, Elcho This Wednesday

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools is holding its fourth public hearing Wednesday afternoon(Jan. 8) at the Antigo high school.

Task Force Chair, Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, says they wanted to start with a meeting in Rhinelander. He says after going to other parts of the state, they come back to this region...

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SportFit program
5:05 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Packers Foundation Funds Athletes In Antigo

Langlade Hospital Center for Health and Performance
Credit langladehospital.org

The Langlade Hospital Center For Health and Performance has received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation which should help local athletes be in top shape.

Center Supervisor Greg Renfro says the $2,000 grant will enable them to purchase equipment for the "SportFit" program...

 

"....the program is set up so student athletes can come into our facility. We design a program for whatever their sport is...lets say baseball...we design a program that is designed to help that individual perform optimally as a baseball player..."

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Deadline in March
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Session This Week To Sign Up For the ACA

The President's signature on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

While one deadline to enroll in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed, another deadline is approaching in March. People needing help to enroll in Obamacare can meet with experts this week who can help.

Mary Testin is the Regional Enrollment Network lead person for this region.....

 

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