Ken Krall

News Director

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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 15 years.

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Three out of four online retailers report sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, which led to the marketing term, "Cyber Monday".

In 2014, Cyber Monday online sales grew to a record $2.6 billion. Industry experts say the average order was about $125 dollars. But a state consumer expert says you need to be vigilant so con artists and scammers don't take advantage of your online shopping zeal.

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The next Science on Tap in Minocqua features Dr. Patricia McConnell.

She's a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training.

Ken Krall spoke with Dr. McConnell about her work and the things we don't know about dogs and cats...

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Saturday is the next "Warm For Winter" distribution for people without warm winter clothing.

One of the coordinators is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander. She says no questions are asked, and anyone can come in to get the donated winter clothes they need...

"....Warm for Winter is a free clothing pantry held the last Saturday of every month from 10 to noon at 900 Boyce Drive(Rhinelander), also the second Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the same location...."

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With holiday shopping getting into full swing this week, state consumer protection officials say be vigilant when buying gift cards.

State consumer protection leader Frank Frassetto says gift cards are among the top gifts for the ninth year in a row. He says scammers know this, then try to get between you and your money by setting up phony cards and asking for information...

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An hour-long forum on Alzheimer's Disease was held at the WXPR studios this month. Ken Krall was host...

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Low and going lower...that's the word from the gas price database GasBuddy.com .

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says the abundant supply of gasoline has laid waste to one myth...

"....we've had gas prices plunging across the state. Prices have declined 20 to 30 cents in the past week. Goes to show that the myth about gas prices going up around the holidays is not true...."

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A word of caution as you head to the airport this Thanksgiving holiday: arrive early.

Thanksgiving traditionally is one of the busiest travel times of the year. At the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, Director Joe Brauer says there will be more people at the airport so arrive an hour and 15 minutes before your departure time. He also says don't assume you can get on...

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Regardless where you live, Wisconsin's real estate market is heating up.

That message  from a Wisconsin Realtors Association spokesperson, David Clark. The Wisconsin Realtors Association is out with their monthly sales and pricing reports. Sales are rising, and the prices of homes are rising, too. But Clark says where you live makes a difference. He says homes in cities are going faster than homes in the country...

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There's lots of cooking going on during Thanksgiving, but a little known statistic might give cooks a a pause to think about safety.

Here's Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesperson Tod Pritchard...

"....I don't know if people know Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for home cooking fires. 67 percent of the fires start when the food is on the stove and is not attended to...."

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Next, commentator Catherine Marshall wonders what would happen if the Presidential candidates all went somewhere together...

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Aspirus Wausau Hospital has again been recognized as one of the Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics,(tm) a leading health care data tracker.

This achievement marks the ninth time Aspirus has been recognized with this honor. No other hospital in Wisconsin has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital as many times. Dr. German Larrain is medical director of Aspirus Heart & Vascular. He says Truven looks at specific areas of performance...

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The Big Bundle Up is an annual charity drive inviting folks to donate warm winter items for those in need.

Tourism organizations across the state collect new or gently used coats, mittens, hats, scarves, snow pants, and other warm clothing items that are then donated to local charities. Several Chambers of Commerce in the Northwoods and some businesses are involved in the collection.

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In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

At that time, fewer than 2 million people in the United States were affected. That number has grown to more than 5 million. Sunday, WXPR presented a panel discussion on the disease and how it will likely be a larger concern among a growing population of seniors.  Dr.Chris Koeppl of the Ministry Health Care Memory Diagnostic Clinic says as an example, many people forget someone's name...

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Rhinelander's city council recently approved a five-year plan designed to provide a type of business plan for future grant writing.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the plan is designed to help the city look at outdoor recreation for the next five years. It gives a background on the type of outdoor recreation the city has had in the past,what now exists and future objectives....

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Favorable energy prices have resulted in Wisconsin Public Service customers seeing slightly lower average bills next year.

The utility is regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The utility had asked to raise electric rates by nearly 10 percent and natural gas rates by just under three percent.

State spokesperson Elise Nelson says regulators sharply cut the request...

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