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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Shidell proposal
3:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

More Study For Smaller OC Board, County Administrator

Oneida county courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

   As a parting move, Oneida County Board Supervisor Jerry Shidell offered two resolutions to hire a County Administrator and cut the size of the county board from 21 members to 9.When the board sent both resolutions back to committee to study, Libertarian Shidell felt the move summarized why he was not running for re-election next month...  

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Purchased in 2008
2:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oneida Co. Sells Former WPS Building For $340K Loss

The former WPS building near the courthouse
Credit WXPR

  After several years of sitting idle and just a few offers, the Oneida county board accepted a bid Tuesday authorizing the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse. The original asking price was more than $500,000 in 2008. The county sold the building to Midwest Lease, LLC for $185,000. The  vote was 15-3 to sell the building. County Land Information Director Mike Romportl said Midwest Lease owner Leo Krivikas could not attend the meeting, but told Romportl the reason for the lower asking price was the building needs work...  

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Tracts in six counties
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northwoods Land Trust Protecting More Land

Credit Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust reports another successful year preserving lands for future generations.

The Northwoods Land Trust  is a non-profit conservation organization  in Eagle River. They work with property owners, accepting conservation easements on property with natural or scenic resource values. After conservation easement is granted, the land trust provides long-term stewardship following the landowner's wishes.

Ken Krall spoke with Trust Executive Director Bryan Pierce. He says it was a good year.

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Feinstein Funds
5:50 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Gets Matching Funds

Unloading donations
Credit FEMA

   The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is participating in a $1 million national challenge to raise money for local pantries. Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Alan Feinstein Foundation will grant to the Rhinelander pantry in proportion to what is raised locally during March and April. Hansen says the donations include cash, checks and food items...  

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Bipartisan trip
5:38 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Sen. Johnson Says Ukraine Trip To Support Protestors

Ukranian protests
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  Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson joined Senate colleague John McCain and others this past weekend on a fact-finding tour to Ukraine. Tensions have been high as the nation has been divided as to bend it's loyalty toward Europe, or to neighboring Russia. During an interview with WXPR last week, Johnson says they hope to find out what the people are feeling...  

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City to redo Brown Street
5:28 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Facade Update In Downtown Rhinelander's 2016 Plan

Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

  Last week, the Rhinelander city council approved a $20,000 commitment to bolster an effort to help businesses downtown redo their facades. The money is contingent on another $60,000 state grant being available. The city is also planning a major utility upgrade down Brown Street in 2016. The street would also have a new look after construction. Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated Director Maggie Steffen says that group is working toward an eventual $250,000 program so downtown businesses can redo the front of their buildings if they choose...  

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Six arrested
4:31 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

LDF Death Leads To Arrests For Heroin Distribution

The death of a 54 year old woman in Lac du Flambeau on March 3 for what's believed to be a drug overdose has led police to arrest six persons for heroin distribution. Tribal Police report they were called mid-afternoon March 3 and found the woman unresponsive.

Decorate the Hodag
1:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Makes Call For Artists

The Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
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  A call for artists has come from Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated. To  raise money for downtown projects each fall, D.R.I. auctions off decorated mini-Hodags which are painted in the spring and displayed at various locations through the summer. D.R.I. Director Maggie Steffen says they need artists in the region to come forward and transform the mini-Hodags into works of art...  

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Rhinelander students recital
1:27 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Updated Grand Piano To Debut This Sunday at RHS

Grand Piano
Credit Photo: © Copyright Steinway & Sons".

  Not many schools have a Grand Piano, but you have a chance to hear one this Sunday for free and benefit the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry at the same time. Funding for the  newly restored Steinway Model B Grand  was made possible by a grant from the Hodag Schools Foundation and a gift by Dori Brown. Rhinelander students from grades 4 through 12 will perform a variety of selections  including pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Lorrie Line and George and Ira Gershwin. Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the event is part of recognizing music in the schools..  

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Campaigns in Rhinelander
5:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Westlund Says Duffy Talks One Way Here, Votes The Other

Kelly Westlund(D-Ashland)
Credit Westlund For Congress

  The Democrat challenging Congressman Sean Duffy says what Duffy says in the district and how he votes are two different things. Kelly Westlund of Ashland appeared Thursday for a breakfast meeting in Rhinelander...  

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