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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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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Part of comprehensive plan
4:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Rhinelander To Survey Residents On Outdoor Rec Desires

Rhinelander city hall
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  As part of a re-worked Rhinelander comprehensive plan, city officials soon will be asking citizens what they want to see for outdoor recreation. North Central Wisconsin Regional Commission planner Fred Heider says he asked the city for their recreational plans so they also could be put into the Oneida county recreational plan. He says city officials had a number of ideas...  

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Record winter, record bills
5:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Heating Assistance Money Still Available

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  As winter drags on, Wisconsin Public Service reminds customers that heating assistance money is still available.  Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says many low income people are  feeling the  pinch of a record-setting cold winter....  

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Northwoods Research Summit
5:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Economic Models Are Changing To "Local Development"

Eagle River downtown
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  There's a change going on in local economies, centering on more "micro" and less "macro". The 7th annual Northwoods Research Summit opened Thursday UWSP-Treehaven near Tomahawk. Keynote speaker was Jerry Hembd, Professor of Business and Economics at UW-Superior. Hembd says there's a shift happening between how we economically relate to the environment and the environment. He says current thinking is a short-term dynamic,  that we can continue to grow infinitely, and  technology has all the answers...  

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Towards next Assembly session
4:11 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Assembly To Discuss Rural Education Issues

Dr. Mike Ritchie
Credit Northland Pines School District

  Educators are optimistic some key points brought out during the recent Rural School Task Force will be part of the agenda in coming legislative sessions. Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says while it's too late for a bill this session,  as Thursday is likely the final day for the Assembly this term, he says the discussion will set the stage for a focus on three key issues. He says one idea is similar to what happens for doctors who choose to work in rural areas...  

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National "Fix A Leak" Week
3:58 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Fix A Leak, Save Water, Money and Energy

Save money, fix it!
Credit en.wikipedia.org

   City of Rhinelander residents have been asked to run their water until further notice to keep lines from freezing up. The state Public Service Commission is asking you to check your other plumbing to make sure you're not wasting water. This is "Fix A Leak Week". The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is partnering with the E.P.A.'s WaterSense program to draw attention to the water leaks. Denise Schmidt...the PSC's Water Conservation Coordinator...says the amount of water wasted each year is enormous...  

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New cards beginning in April
3:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New VA Health Card Designed To Cut Identity Theft

Credit Veterans Administration

  A new and more secure  Health Identification card will soon be given to enrolled veterans. A spokesperson for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain says the new card helps protect a veterans' identity. Brad Nelson says the older cards had information on them that could be stolen...  

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