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

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
Iron Co. election
5:47 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Tiffany Files State Complaint Against Voter

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board concerning a person who voted April 1, in the town of Anderson, Iron County. Tiffany authored the mining bill enabling a company to begin exploring for iron ore in the Penokee Hills of Iron and Ashland counties.

Read more
Ice, heavy snow
10:41 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Winter Mindset Asked As Early Spring Storm Arrives

Ice coated trees
Credit Analogue Kid en.wikipedia.org

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Northwoods for Thursday and Friday until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service says there could be a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and later inches of heavy wet snow, especially in the Lake Superior snowbelt and portions of Vilas, Iron and Price counties.

Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says this storm should put you back into a "winter" mindset...

"....it is winter so lets be a little prepared so we reduce the amount of damage or effects it may have on us...."

Read more
Full city council has final decision
6:36 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Rhinelander AODA Facility Exception Denied

Neighbors listening to CBRF proposal at city hall
Credit WXPR

The city of Rhinelander's Planning  Commission has rejected a request to place an 8-bed Community Based Residential Facility at 835 West Phillip St, across from West Park. But the rejection is only advisory, and the final decision will go to the full city council.

60 people attended the meeting, with only one person speaking in favor of the facility.

The state Department of Corrections recommended another alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility in Rhinelander. The state contracted with Attic Correctional Services to provide the program.

Read more
Absentee ballots key
3:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Two Write-Ins Win Oneida Co. Seats; Other Recounts Possible

Absentee ballots from another election
Credit Matthew Johnson The Uptake

Two write-ins were elected to the Oneida county board Tuesday after no one filed during the standard time for the spots that were vacated by retiring supervisors.

Greg Berard in District 2, city of Rhinelander and Jack Martinson from the town of Lynne and Minocqua did not run again. In District 2, Rhinelander alderman Tom Kelly declared as an official write in and won the county supervisory seat with 17 votes. Lisa Zunker from the town of Lynne won the seat with 40 write-in votes, defeating another write-in candidate Jay Christgau from Minocqua.

Read more

Pages