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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86 cents of each dollar stays locally
11:45 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Weather Affected 2013 Rhinelander Bell Ringing

Rhinelander area bell ringer
Credit Salvation Army/Facebook

Bell ringers for the Salvation Army faced brutal temperatures this year to raise money for local charitable needs. Ken Krall talked with Kim Swisher, a coordinator for the Rhinelander area efforts, about the results of this year's campaign.  

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No longer made
3:28 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Phasing Out 60 and 40 Watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

Lights out on the 40 and 60 watt'ers
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2014 begins the next "phase" of slowly eliminating incandescent light bulbs.

A new federal law ends the production of 60 and 40 watt bulbs. A prior law already has banned the production of 100 and 75 watt bulbs.

The federal government wants consumers to move to the more energy efficient halogen or compact flourescent bulbs.

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Coordinate in event like Oak Creek
3:18 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Northwoods Emergency Response Team Proposed

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Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes would like to see emergency responders ready to go if there's an incident in the city.

There's a proposal before the city council to authorize their portion of the North Central Emergency Response Team. The planning would enable officers to more quickly respond to an emergency...

 

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Early New Year's day
11:09 am
Wed January 1, 2014

One Person Dead, Another Injured In Downtown Rhinelander

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One person has died and another was injured in an early Wednesday morning disturbance at a downtown Rhinelander tavern.

Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes reports they were called shortly after midnight to Sackett's Bar at 66 North Brown Street. When officers arrived, two individuals were on the floor. A 48 year old man died at the scene. The other person on the floor was transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.

Family members are being notified before the deceased person's name is released.

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Cold snap continues
3:04 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Don't Forget Pets And Your Safety In The Bitter Cold

Even the Iditarod dogs are protected
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The cold snap can cause problems for not only humans but pets and a Division of Emergency Management spokesperson says just because they have fur doesn't mean they're cold-proof.

Tod Pritchard says there are a few things to remember....

"....dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, and nose and of course their paws are especially vulnerable to not only the cold but to other things like salt we put down on our sidewalk, and to anti-freeze which people know is very deadly to pets and that sometimes can leak out...."

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E-cigs not F.D.A. approved to end smoking
9:52 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants

E-cigarette designed to look like a filtered tobacco cigarette
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.

Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....

 

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Slower than anticipated
1:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Wisconsin's Economic Indicators Show Growth

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Even though unemployment in the Northwoods remains stubborly high compared to other parts of the state, an economist says leading indicators are pointing up.

Scott Hodek is based in Eau Claire for the Department of Workforce Development.

Hodek says they look at the numbers like the manufacturing work week and inventories...

 

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Free rides for patrons
1:07 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Safe Ride Home Program Heavily Used In Oneida County

Counties with a Safe Ride Home Program
Credit Tavern League of Wisconsin

While revelers go out to ring in the new year, a program is there year round to make sure patrons get home safely.

Aaron Schultz is the vice-president of the Oneida County Tavern League and coordinates the Safe Ride Home Program...

 

"....it is no cost to the patron and it is funded by the Oneida County Tavern League through our fundraising efforts and money from the state....if your establishment is a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, you're able to offer this service to your customers...."

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Site of historic battle
1:31 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

LDF Tribe Purchases Strawberry Island

President Tom Maulson(with papers) and the LDF Tribal Council at the transfer of Strawberry Island to the tribe.
Credit LDF Tribal Communications

In 1745, the Ojibwe defeated the Lakota Sioux in a battle at a place called Strawberry Island, now on  the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa reservation in Vilas county. It ended the Sioux dominance in this region. The island had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but to the Chippewa, it was a place of significant cultural and spiritual meaning that they did not own, until Monday.

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Domestic Production On Rise
4:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Analyst: Gas Prices To Remain Stable In 2014

Patrick, DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst
Credit GasBuddy.com

Just before Christmas, gas prices took a jump after falling to about $3.11.  

Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst for the website Gas Buddy.com told Ken Krall this likely is a short-term rise.

DeHaan says another factor in rising gas prices, tension in the oil-producting Middle East, is beginning to lessen. He says that factor also is stabilizing prices.

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