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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Financial simulation of adulthood
3:49 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rhinelander HS Juniors Learn "Mad Money"

Diane Sowinski(center) teaching students how to properly write checks.
Credit WXPR

Kids wonder why they can't always get money from their parents. Tuesday, Juniors at Rhinelander high school learned from a simulation why their parents sometimes say no.

Students do paperwork to see if they can budget items like food, child care, living expenses and savings on the money they are given. Jacob Froseth is working part-time now and sees how that isn't enough to get by..

 

"...a part-time worker you don't get as many hours as you would like to pay for the things you want and need...."

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Vilas, Forest counties
3:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Two Attempted Homicide Cases Go Forward

Andrew Rosner
Credit Vilas County Sheriff's Department

Two suspects have been bound over for trial in two separate Northwoods attempted first-degree homicide trials.

In Forest county, 30 year old Brandon Brunette was bound over for trial and entered not guilty pleas to three other felony and misdemeanor charges including child abuse. Brunette is charged with allegedly tossing a one-year-old child hard enough to cause a brain injury last October. He denies the allegations.

The child was transported to a Marshfield hospital for his injuries. Brunette has a pre-trial set for May.

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Northwoods birders involved
1:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

GBBC Reaches An International Audience

Credit en.wikipedia.org

They didn't all fly south, as a local bird watcher says good numbers of birds were seen in the Northwoods during a recent count.

The Great Backyard Bird Count has grown to an international event says Bob Dall of Rhinelander. He says with the global reach of the Internet, birders can go online and watch as data comes in, collected two weekends ago across the planet....

 

"....in our own county, Oneida county, I think 43 checklists were turned in. More than 200 birds were observed with 22 species, from just those folks who participated...."

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Spay-getti Dinner
3:19 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Fundraiser Tuesday Helps Reduce Homeless Animal Numbers

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The issue of spay and neutering pets is the backdrop for a fundraising event this Tuesday.

The Fix Is In is an area non-profit dedicated to providing spay and neutering services.

Spokesperson Karla Ortman says the goal is to reduce the number of homeless and/or unwanted pets....

 

"....unfortunately millions of cats and dogs throughout the world are homeless and by spay and neutering you help to prevent unwanted litters that may not find homes..."

 

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League Of Women Voters Case
3:11 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

State Supreme Court To Hear Voter ID Law

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A Harshaw resident will have a seat in the courtroom Tuesday as the state Supreme Court hears the Voter ID case.

In October, 2011, the Wisconsin League of Women Voters filed suit saying the Wisconsin legislature violated the Sufferage Act of the state constitution.

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Scattered in the region
1:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WPS Repairing Power Outages Post Major Storm

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Crews were restoring power across parts of the Northwoods Friday after a powerful winter storm cut power to utility customers.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says scattered power outages happened as soon as the storm hit Thursday evening...

 

"....we did have outages reported all the way from the Wausau area to up north...Antigo, Minocqua, Crandon, Rhinelander and areas in between. We have seen scattered outages throughout the night. Fortunately it was nothing major. Our crews have been able to quickly respond...."

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Interface for system nearly 100K
4:18 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oneida County E-9-1-1 Gets Funding For Phones

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Sometimes it takes quite a bit of money  to integrate a complex telephone system, but the Oneida county board went along with a request to make E-911 dispatching more efficient.

The board agreed to spend nearly $72, 000 from the general fund to pay for a phone console integration at the sheriff's department.

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Would need to be funded
4:02 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Legislature Considering More Arts Funding

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

ArtStart Rhinelander was among the groups appearing before the Assembly Tourism committee this week supporting a bill providing arts grant funding as part of economic development.

AB 760 would provide grants up to $40,000, with an annual cap of $250,000 total per year.

Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander is a member of the Tourism committee..

 

"....we heard a lot of testimony from group like ArtStart in Rhinelander, for instance...."

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New report
3:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WEDC: Favoring Republican Districts Over Democratic Ones?

Credit geology.com

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is claiming the state's public-private job generating agency...Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.. is funneling jobs to places in Republican districts and mostly ignoring Democratic districts. A WEDC spokesperson says that is not true.

Citizen Action has been described as leaning Democratic. On the Citizen Action website, their analysis claims fewer jobs were generated in the city of Milwaukee, but the state found jobs in the more Republican suburban areas. Citizen Action of Wisconsin leader Robert Kraig...

 

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Town of Newbold
4:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

New Boat Landing Possible On Rhinelander Flowage

Wisconsin River near Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

A parcel of land along Highway 47 in Newbold is being eyed by the town board as a possible new boat landing site, pending Oneida county's negotiations with the town.

The lot along the Wisconsin River/Rhinelander Flowage was offered for sale at $45,000. The county board this week approved a move to give the county and town nine months to see if a deal could be worked out.

Newbold town supervisor Ed Hammer told the Oneida county board the town has an interest in developing a new landing....

 

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