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

Oneida County Looking At Performance Pay

Oneida county courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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

Credit en.wikipedia.org

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
Credit starjournalnow.com

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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8 million website visits
4:27 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Possible Changes For Online Court Records

The capitol
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

An effort is underway in the legislature to scale back access to some online court records. The Circuit Courts Automation Programs...or CCAP...puts court actions online for public view. These are state records, as is the circuit court system.

The website is visited more than 8 million times a year. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the site is popular but fears people found innocent of charges or had charges dropped also are scarred unfairly. People with money judgements who pay them back also feel they could be unfairly judged.

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1 in 9 have Type II
9:07 am
Sat November 30, 2013

November: Diabetes Awareness Month

insulin pump
Credit en.wikipedia.org

November was Diabetes Awareness Month. The disease presents itself by not allowing a person to properly digest glucose, causing blood sugar levels to rise. Higher blood sugar levels can cause a number of health-related problems.

Oneida county numbers show one in nine adults over age 20 has either Type I or Type II diabetes. Forty years from now, that number could grow to one in five.

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Reduces number of tele-calls
6:05 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

No Call List Deadline Saturday

A quiet call center
Credit nl.wikipedia.org

It's that time again when cellphone, landline and voice over I. P. owners can renew or sign up for Wisconsin's No Call List.

The list stops private company telemarketers from calling you.

State Consumer Protection spokesperson Jerad Albracht says the quarterly sign up has proven popular...

 

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Wednesday drawing
5:59 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

SuperCash! Winner In Rhinelander

Credit Wisconsin Lottery

Someone has gotten an early Christmas gift in Rhinelander.

The Wisconsin Lottery says a $350,000 SuperCash! ticket Wednesday matched all six winning numbers.

The ticket was sold at Hodag Pump & Pantry on North Stevens Street.

The winner has 180 days from the drawing to pick up their money at the Madison or Milwaukee offices or by mail.

The odds of winning a SuperCash! $350,000 top prize is about one in 1.6 million.

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Case still pending in federal court
5:47 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Family Returns Religious Appeal to Oneida County

The appeals continue for a family hoping to build a religious camp and meeting facility on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.

The Jaros family has been denied by  federal courts in their attempts to get the needed permits from Oneida county to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center. Most recently, the federal 7th Circuit Courrt of Appeals in Chicago denied a petition by the family to overturn a federal judge's decision from Wisconsin, also denying the needed permits. The family had been denied at the county level and took the matter to U.S. District Court in Madison.

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About a million miles from the sun
5:24 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Comet ISON Not So Spectacular: Astronomer

Above: the comet ISON as seen from the Hubble telescope.
Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight

A local astronomer says the comet which some thought would be a big deal could be fizzling out.  WXPR's Ken Krall yesterday had a chance to talk with Frank Kovac who owns a planetarium in Monico. The majesty of the night sky can be enhanced with a visit from a comet passing by. Some have been spectacular, but this one, called ISON, hasn't lived up to the hype.

Astonomer Frank Kovac from Monico. 

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