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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Leader says it's the "new normal"
10:46 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Cities, Villages Adjusting Services To Budgets

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Austerity is the apparently the "new normal" for Wisconsin communities as 2014 budgets have been finalized.

That message from Dan Thompson, Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin municipalities. The League is an umbrella group for the state's cities and villages.

Thompson says the League each community has different budget situations. But, in general, he says leaders have a similar reaction...

 

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Winter visitors key
5:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Grants To Rhinelander Non-Profits Promote Tourism

Lara Reed
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The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee has awarded 13 area non-profits grants to promote winter activities coming up.

Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed says the committee awards grants twice a year.....

 

"anybody in the Rhinelader community who is a non-profit organization who works to either host an event or has a program to draw in visitors and tourists is eligible to submit a grant application..."

She says the state requires room tax money collected from visitors be used to attract other visitors...

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Problem spreading west
12:08 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Invasive Phragmites Seen In Northwoods

Phragmites is present along the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Another invasive plant is threatening the shorelines of our northern waters...a plant that has taken over large stretches of Lake Michigan and Green Bay shores. 

It's called phragmites. Ken Krall spoke with Vilas County invasive species coordinator Ted Ritter about the threat from the tall plant that's very aggressive...

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Oxycodone distribution
9:11 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts Two Lac du Flambeau Men

U.S. Courthouse for the Western District in Madison
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A federal grand jury has returned indictments against two Lac du Flambeau men for allegedly distributing the drug Oxycodone.

37 year old Brandon Vetterneck is charged with two counts of drug distribution. A separate indictment charges 28 year old Derek Armstrong with one count of distributing oxycodone.

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Drive in Rhinelander and Eagle River
2:05 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

People Still Need Blood During the Holidays

Donors needed
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The need for blood continues during the holidays and a Red Cross spokesperson says he hopes people respond over the next two days.

Blood Represenative Marc Sutton says donations tend to drop during the holidays...

 

"...people are on vacation, on holidays and traveling...we see blood donations go down a little bit....the need doesn't go down during the holiday seasons....'

 

Sutton points out that some people need blood, even during the holidays...

 

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Gift certificates might be better
11:50 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ask First Before Gifting a Pet

This pet doesn't go back to the shelter.
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Giving a pet as a holiday gift could result in a problem if the person getting the animal hasn't approved it.

Oneida County Humane Society Director Bria Swartout talked with Ken Krall about giving pets as gifts.

Experts ask anyone thinking of giving a pet as a gift to remember it will be a 10 to 15 year commitment to the animal.

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Committee reviewing options
4:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Oneida County Looking At Performance Pay

Oneida county courthouse
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Oneida county is going to take more time before deciding to implement a new compensation package for employees that has a component of pay for performance.

The county board contracted with Carlson-Dettman Consultants of Madison to compare Oneida county's employee compensation to other governments and the private sector.

Consultant Patrick Glinn said their study found a disparity between county compensation and the marketplace and proposes a change...

 

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Once faced attempted homicide charge
3:34 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Teen Allowed To Live With Grandmother Before Sentencing

A judge has allowed a Lac du Flambeau teen a signature bond prior to his sentencing for allegedly trying to stab his mother's boyfriend.

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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Report
3:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin School Spending Up Slightly

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Numbers compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance show per school student spending rose just over one percent during the last school year.

A new report by the Madison-based non-profit finds per student school spending rose 1.1 percent.

WISTAX spokesperson Dale Knapp says the latest numbers reflect the legislature's move in 2012 that cut district revenue limits by more than 5 percent then increased them modestly last year. Knapp says school districts used the changes brought about in the controversial ACT 10 legislation...

 

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Chamber bucks
4:14 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Chamber Promotion Successful in keeping $$ In Area

Lara Reed
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Local merchants are working to have customer dollars stay locally instead of going out of town via the internet or buying in another community.

That's the thrust of a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce promotion called "Chamber Bucks". Director Lara Reed says customers come to the Chamber to buy what amounts to a gift certificate there and then can redeem the Chamber Bucks at any participating chamber businesses...

 

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