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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Daylight Savings Time
4:51 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Spring Forward This Sunday

Spring forward this Sunday
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  Daylight saving time  begins at 2 a.m. this  Sunday morning. While it's a time when we annually lose an hour of sleep, a Wisconsin Emergency Government official says it's also a time to update devices that could save your life.Todd Pritchard says the first thing to check are the batteries in your smoke detectors... 

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Roundtable at Nicolet College
4:42 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kleefisch, Chandler Talk Tax Reform In Rhinelander

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Revenue Sec. Chandler at Nicolet College
Credit WXPR

Two top state officials met face-to-face with local residents to talk about ways the state can lower the tax burden. A fact-finding event, both officials said that input would be part of a report they will file. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler met with business, non-profit, education and economic development representatives, among others. Chandler said Wisconsin has fallen to the tenth highest taxed state in the nation. He says the Republican administration would like tax reform to be a main component when building a better business climate...  

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AARP
3:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Still Time For Seniors To Get Free Tax Help

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The American Association of Retired Persons is again helping seniors with tax preparations. Nancy Brissee from Rhinelander coordinates A.A.R.P. Tax Aide Program at  the Oneida Senior Center in Rhinelander...  

"....we're a  TCE program, tax counseling for the elderly. It's main target is people over age 60 with low to moderate incomes. We prepare tax returns free of charge for those clients...."

 Brissee says clients should bring a few items with them when they come in for an appointment...  

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Asking for back pay to 2007
3:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rhinelander School Administrator Sues School Distict

 The Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent has sued the school district saying he was not compensated properly following a 2007 settlement agreement. The lawsuit was filed last Thursday in Oneida County Circuit Court.  David Wall is saying the district did not abide by the terms of the agreement by not giving him annual wage and benefits increases of 3.8 percent. The 2007 agreement with administrative members included performance increases, though the floor was set at 3.8 percent. Wall was given a new, three year contract in 2012.

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Warmer weather would help
3:35 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Winter's Intensity Causing Shortage of Road Salt

Less salt
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The state Department of Transportation would like the local counties to cut back on the use of road salt as supplies are running low. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says the counties are contracted by the state to keep the roads clear. Wednesday, DOT officials said the long, hard winter has taken a toll on salt supplies. Bennett says they will be adjusting how much salt is applied on certain roads....  

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Signed this week
3:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bill Gives State Authority To Use Oxygen Monitoring

Adult meter
Credit OxyWatch

  This week Governor Walker signed a bill enabling the state to include additional types of newborn screening methods for newborns. Pediatrician Dr. Eunice Corujo-Incha at Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander says pulse oximetry testing has been used at Ministry Health Care for about two years....  

"....pulse  oximetry

     testing is a very simple procedure. You test the oxygen level in three areas of (the newborn's) extremities before discharge...."

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Record-setting year
3:07 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

So How Cold Has It Been?

Lake(s)- effect snow
Credit NASA

In-between chattering teeth, there's been lots of talk about just how cold the last 90 days has been....  

"....one of the coldest winters, not just for the last 10 years, but some of the coldest we've ever seen here in northern Wisconsin and most of the Upper Midwest...."

 That's WJFW-TV 12  Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz who says statistically, this winter has been a record-setter... 

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Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Sec. Chandler
2:59 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Tax Reform Roundtable In Rhinelander Friday

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and state Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler will be in Rhinelander Friday to talk about tax reform. KIeefisch says the roundtable is designed to get input on state taxes...  

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Fund joint position
1:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

LDF-Vilas Co. Collaboration

Vilas Co. Board Chair Steve Favorite(far left), District Attorney Al Moustakis and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chair Tom Maulson hold a $25,000 check to fund an administrative position with Vilas county District Attorney's office
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A growing backlog of cases in the Vilas County District Attorney's office has led the Lac du Flambeau tribe to offer $25,000 to help fund a part-time Administrative Secretary position.

The tribe presented the money this week to Vilas county officials. The money is matched by Vilas county contribution over three years.

Many of the cases in waiting are from Lac du Flambeau.

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Features "Airplane" cast
4:41 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Tourism Ad Aimed At Other State's Travelers

Minocqua's downtown.
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Though a new Department of Tourism ad doesn't feature much of northern Wisconsin, a Northwoods tourism leader says it will do good things for this region and the state.

The ad revealed this week, shows a remake of the former "Airplane" movie scene with Robert Hays and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in a cockpit touring the state by air.

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