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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Hopes Everyone Gets Screenings
4:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Northwoods Legislator Battling Cancer

State Rep. Mary Czaja(R-Irma)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Mary Czaja is a state legislator from Irma. She's  a businesswoman with an insurance background. She's also facing cancer again after having the disease 10 years ago. 

As she told  WXPR  her story from a medical facility in Madison, she wanted to get the message out that prevention is something everyone should consider.

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Below peak years of 2005 and 2006
2:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oneida Co. New Construction Shows Slight Rise

New construction
Credit en.wikipedia.org

One indicator of how the economy is doing are how many sanitary permits are issued. It appears after several tough years, new construction in Oneida county is holding it's own.

Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich says 2013 saw a small increase in numbers...

".....January through December of 2013, sanitary permits that allowed the installation of the septic system were up by approximately 50 permits. New homes were up by about 3 over 2012, and about 11 from 2011....."

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Allegedly beat man, left him for wolves
1:31 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Jones Remains Jailed On $100,000 Cash Bond

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

 

One of six people charged with the attempted homicide of a man will continue with a high bond.

 March 13, bond for 45 year old Raymond Jones was set at $100,000 in Forest county court. He appeared via video from jail Wednesday, charged with attempted first-degree homicide, four other felonies and three misdemeanors.

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Backpack Project
3:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Aspirus Foundation Grant Helps Fund Weekend Food Program

 The Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau has granted the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry to support it's weekend food programs for youth. The Foundation award was $3,000. Executive Director Kalynn Pempeck says supporting the Pantry's weekend Backpack Program  fits into the Foundation's efforts...  

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Says "Blueprint" Won't Mean Much To Most
3:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Northwoods Democrat Says Last Session Wasn't So Rosy

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  Governor Walker has been stumping the Northwoods recently talking about his Blueprint for Prosperity. A Northwoods Democrat thinks there's a whole other side to the story that hasn't been heard. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland...whose district includes parts of Vilas and Iron counties...says while some portions of the business community did very well in the Republican-dominated legislative session, at street level, things didn't go so well...  

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin
2:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Key Fundraisers Coming For Mentoring Program

Credit www.bbbsnw.org

Two events coming to the Northwoods next month are fundraisers to help youth in the region grow to their potential.

Mary Kinnunen is a spokesperson for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, serving Oneida, Vilas, Price and Taylor counties.  The group is considered a national leader in mentoring youth. Through the group, adults meet with young people about an hour a week either in public community setting or at the student's school. They hope to set higher goals for the matches and  have young people avoid risky behaviors.

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2015 funding
4:54 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Northwoods United Way Seeking Agencies To Fund

The Northwoods United Way is seeking human care agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties who are looking for funding. Executive Director Nancy Sattler says they want to talk to agencies meeting certain criteria...  

Stops in Eagle River
3:53 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walker Signs "Blueprint For Prosperity", Tours Northwoods

Governor Scott Walker
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  Governor Scott Walker Monday stopped in Eagle River after signing his economic package. Governor Walker says he's on no tight timetable to make a decision whether to allow a multi-million dollar casino complex in Kenosha that is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Walker told reporters the federal government took nine years to move forward on the Menominee tribe proposal at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park..  

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Flooding is possible
7:26 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Reservoirs On Wisconsin River Drawn Down For Melt

Alexander Hydroelectric Plant On The Wisconsin River
Credit Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

  An official from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company says there's a 50 percent chance of flooding this spring along the Wisconsin River. Peter Hansen is WVIC's Operations Manager. He says with the raised chance of flooding, the interested parties along the river are staying touch..  

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Research shows positives
4:43 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Planners Need To Think About Nature In Communities

Credit en.wikipedia.org

  A UW-Superior educator... speaking recently in Tomahawk... says the research is showing the more people are involved in nature, the more likely they are to want to take care of it. Esther Gieschen was one of the presenters at the recent Northwoods Research Summit at UWSP-Treehaven. Gieschen says as people began to interact more with the natural world, their awareness of grew..  

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