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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Vilas, Oneida counties in top 5
4:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Steep Increase In Numbers Of Snowmobiles In Northwoods

Snowmobiling is becoming increasingly popular in the Northwoods.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin's publicly registered snowmobile total is approaching a quarter-million and Northwoods registrations have increased by 163 percent since 2002.

The state last week released data on the number of registrations in Wisconsin. Oneida and Vilas are among the top five counties registering snowmobiles.

The DNR's Cathy Burrow says this region has seen a large growth in snowmobile registrations...

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Goes To Assembly Next Week
3:47 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

State Senate Passes Tax Cuts

The state Senate has approved a 504-million state tax cut package..

After about three hours of debate, the Senate passed the amended version of Governor Scott Walker's tax cut plan, on a 17-15 vote, with Republican Senator Dale Schultz joining Democrats on the vote.

Last week in Rhinelander, Walker told reporters he thinks everyone would get some tax benefits...

"....property taxes on a medium-value home in this state would go down by over $100. They would be lower than December of 2010...."

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Time depends on where you live
4:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Ice Shelters Need To Be Removed This Month

Carrol Lake shelters
Credit deanbakerphotography.com

Though winter is holding on with a vice-like grip, the DNR is reminding those with ice shacks that it's not long until they need to be removed from lakes and rivers.

DNR Conservation Warden Tom Van Haren says the middle of March is a key time to remember....

 

"....for most waters, there's a north-south line in the state...Highway 64 is the dividing line. If you're north of the Highway 64 line then you have to have your permanent shelters removed beginning the first Sunday afte March 12 each year.....

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Under Investigation
9:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Vilas Man Likely Froze to Death

Vilas county officials are investigating the death of a 49 year old St. Germain man.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Wade Willey was found Saturday evening dead and frozen to the ground. Fath says Willey was last seen about 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Fath says they think Willey succumbed to the extremely cold weather. Fath says alcohol may have been a factor in the death.

The Vilas County Coroner and the Sheriff's office continue to investigate. 

Nicolet College Among Four
5:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Walker Supports Direct Technical College Funding

The state's budget surplus is likely to be used to help reduce local property taxes by more fully funding Wisconsin's Technical College system.

During a stop Friday in Rhinelander, Governor Scott Walker says the plan would give direct property tax relief by picking up the majority of technical college costs from the local levy. Walker says the action would not affect local governance....

 

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Toxic material found
1:22 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Funding For Lindey Cleanup Appears Positive Says Council Leader

Funding appears to be in the pipeline for a closed dry cleaning business that has been identified as having toxic material.

That assessment from Rhinelander City Council Finance Committee Chair Mark Pelletier. The former Lindey Cleaners building on Stevens Street has been identified as a spot that needs cleanup says Pelletier....

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More funding needed
12:28 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Northwoods Broadband Effort Moving Forward

A slow but steady move forward is how a spokesperson for the Lac du Flambeau tribe describes the effort to provide a regional high-speed internet service.

The tribe, Vilas County Economic Development and the town of Minocqua and others are partners in the effort.

Tribal Education Director Joni Theobald says a key step was a completed feasibility study...

 

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Named late Friday
6:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

New Director At Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

Late Friday Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce officials named a Harshaw resident as its new Executive Director.

Dana DeMet, comes to the chamber after he served two years as administrator and later business manager at Palantir.net, a Chicago-based web development firm.

DeMet succeeds Lara Reed who left the chamber to work for Ministry Health Care.

Stop in Rhinelander
4:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Walker Says Milwaukee Staff Isn't His State Staff

Governor Scott Walker says the controversy surrounding his top aides while he was Milwaukee County Executive isn't applicable now because...he says....they aren't around anymore.

Walker says the current administrative team is effective....

"...a handful of people who no longer work with me who are out of the way of state government right now. Instead, the people I have around me are helping us to provide the largest sector job growth we've had in April through December last year...."

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24th year
10:59 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Klondike Days In Eagle River March 1 & 2

One of the largest winter festivals in Wisconsin is set for Saturday and Sunday in Eagle River.

Klondike Days is in it's 24th year. The event is labeled as an historic festival bringing back how Wisconsin looked two centuries ago.

Executive Director Amy Young says the event is geared for family entertainment. She emphasizes in the cold weather, you can also do things inside...

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