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 15 years.

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The city of Rhinelander has given Oneida county an alternative offer concerning the Heal Creek property that is for sale.

A decade ago the county wanted to open a new type of industrial park on 272-acres next to the Northwood Golf Course on Rhinelander's far west side. The golf course is owned by the city.

Three proposals have come in: a joint city of Rhinelander-town of Crescent proposal including a parcel of property and cash. The town of Crescent has added $10,000. Two other proposals are from an adjacent property owner, the Hodag Sports Club.

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The Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting Tuesday(3/17) evening to spell out its plan for improvements to U.S. 51 between 3rd Street and Wisconsin 70 east in the towns of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae.

A Project Manager for the D.O.T., Jed Peters, says the meeting is to present their preferred alternative that addresses Highway 51's pavement and operational needs.

He says they would like to reconstruct Highway 51 to five lanes similar to what was done in Minocqua...

 

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Downtown Rhinelander will likely be seeing a business incubator soon.

As part of moving Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. offices to a building they own on 30 West Davenport Street, Board President Dan Kuzlik says they will start a business incubator in the unused office space. This will be the first business incubator in Rhinelander.....

 

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For basketball fans, U-W Madison men's coach Bo Ryan is a familiar face. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has contracted with Ryan to make sure his image is associated with fun times in the Badger state.

Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett talks about the new summer Tourism ad campaign designed to bring travelers to Wisconsin....

 

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The 52nd School of the Arts at Rhinelander is taking registrations, and leaders are saying they have another full program this summer.

School of the Arts Director Lynn Tarnoff says the school will be back the third weekend in July. Last year they adopted a weekend format instead of a full week to see if more people were available to attend and this year the school will be held July 17-19. Tarnoff says there are 40 different classes and workshops to choose from....

 

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A warning from Wisconsin Public Service concerning recreating too close to dams and open water during the spring runoff time.

Warming temperatures means snow melt and that melt swells the Wisconsin River. WPS operates dams between Eagle River and Wausau along the river.

WPS spokesperson Lisa Prunty says heed the posted warning signs...

 

NY Renaissance Faire

Fair maidens and Knights of the Round Table will be seen in the Northwoods this fall.

Tommy O's Playhouse in Hazelhurst is hosting a Medieval Faire the weekend of September 10-13.

Don Sidlowski of Three Lakes wrote the state grant application for the event. He says the these types of Faires are popular and this event would be unique to the Northwoods. He says the closest similar event at least three hours away...

 

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In a speech to the Wisconsin legislature last week, Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa tribal chair Chris McGeshick asked the legislature to consider allowing the formation of charter schools on Wisconsin native lands. The matter was heard before the legislature(today) Tuesday.

State Representative Jeff Mursau introduced a bill to change the law...

 

"....right now, a tribe cannot have a charter school. It allows a tribe or tribal college to create a charter school on their reservations...."

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Two retired veterans of the U.S. Congress say the cooperation they experienced in the People's House has vanished and it's to the detriment of the country.

Democrat David Obey and Republican Tom Petri stopped at Nicolet College Tuesday as part of a series of stops to discuss the lack of civility and polarization in the public arena.

Richard Ackley, Jr.

Many smiles Tuesday morning in Crandon as Richard Ackley, Sr. was presented with a citation from the Wisconsin legislature as he celebrated his 92 birthday. The citation was given to Ackley by state Representative Jeff Mursau who worked the honor through the legislature to say thank you for Ackley's military service.

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