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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At Nicolet College
5:30 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Student Financial Aid Explained At Free Event

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Students looking for college money can get free help with the process at the annual College Goal Wisconsin event at Nicolet College February 23.

Nicolet College director of Financial Aid, Jill Price says students and parents can get help with the package...

 

"....it's an event for students who need to fill out their FAFSA or their free application for federal student aid, which is the essential piece to getting financial aid for their college education...."

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America Saves Week
5:20 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Turning Spenders Into Savers Is Northwoods Saves Goal

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

 

  

Next week is noted as a week for folks to become more thrifty.

America Saves Week begins February 24. A local chapter of America Saves....Northwoods Saves...is encouraging people to get into the saving habit.

Program and Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Beckman says besides having more money, there are other benefits...

 

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Critical time for wildlife
5:11 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

People Mimic Wildlife In Winter Habits

Newborn black bear cubs
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The winter has been a rough one for wildlife, but a DNR biologist says they find a way to cope.

Jeremy Holtz says the extended cold and deeper than recent winters snow totals place a challenge on wildlife....

 

"....every late winter they've struggled through the cold and the snow and the lack of food. Just like people, they're ready for spring...."

He says deer are specially adaptive to the winter...

 

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No other CWD deer reported
5:03 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Fencing Around Eland CWD Deer Without Problems

A healthy fawn
Credit fr.wikipedia.org

A DNR spokesperson says they have worked standard protocols to contain Chronic Wasting Disease from a deer at a farm south of Antigo.

81 deer from Wilderness Whitetails shooting preserve near Eland have been quarantined by the state. A five year old buck at the preserve tested positive for CWD after it was shot last November.

DNR Wildlife Section Chief Tami Ryan says they checked the fences at the farm at Eland and a related farm in Portage county and the fences were in good shape....

 

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Slick roads
4:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Seven Injured In Two Vilas County Crashes

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Seven people have been injured in two separate traffic crashes in Vilas county. Both were reported Friday morning.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 a.m. on Highway 70 near Eagle River. The Vilas Sheriff's office reports three people were injured and taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

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Not considered
1:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Deduction For Propane Cost Killed In Legislature

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

A Northwoods legislator is upset the Republican majority in the Assembly ignored an amendment she proposed to help people heating with propane. The amendment asked to send a bit of the budget surplus to provide a direct income tax deduction for every dollar spent in excess of two dollars per gallon of propane.

Ashland Democrat Janet Bewley says many of the downstate legislators don't have an idea so many people heat with propane..

 

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Under investigation
1:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Crash West Of Rhinelander Kills One

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One person died, two others injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 10 a.m. to a crash involving a passenger car and a van on Highway 8 and Shady Rest Road in the Town of Woodboro.

One person died at the scene and two others were transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

Several emergency response groups were at the scene. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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Multiple issues defined in speech
3:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Of The Tribes Highlights Differences, Goals

Menominee Nation Chairperson Laurie Boivin(left)
Credit menominee.edu

The new leader of the Menominee Nation told Wisconsin lawmakers that while deep differences exist on many issues, including the environment, cooperation is the goal.

While not directly addressing a proposed Kenosha casino by the Menominee Tribe....which is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community... Chairwoman Laurie Boivin says dialog with the state concerning gambling compacts is positive for both sides...

 

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Department of Social Services
2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Propane Help For Lower-Income Residents Offered

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Business has been brisk at the Oneida County Department of Social Services office as they try to get relief to qualifying persons heating with propane.

Support Programs Supervisor Amy Mayo says people who think they qualify for financial help paying for propane should see them..

 

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Changes in rules
2:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Farm Bill Helps Forest Products Producers

Federal Forest Highway 13 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Credit en.wikipedia.org

While most of the bill resolved issues concerning farming, food programs, subsidies and crop insurance, the recently-signed federal Farm Bill also affected the nation's forest industry.

Executive Director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...Henry Schienebeck says it clarifies some issues concerning federal forests. There was a question concerning whether loggers would need to file for permits for non-point pollution run-off on forest roads. He says that's not part of the bill...

 

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