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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Program next weekend
10:22 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Alzheimer's Panel Discusses The Disease On WXPR

The panel November 14 at the White Pine Room
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. Earlier this month, WXPR public radio gathered experts at its studios to talk about the disease, the warning signs, treatment and research, support services and how caregivers cope with a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. The one-hour program will be broadcast twice: Friday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. and again Sunday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.

WXPR is heard at 91.7 FM, 100.9 FM near Ironwood-Hurley, and 91.9 FM in central Wisconsin. More information is available at 715-362-6000.

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Higher assessment replenishes fund
6:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rhinelander Holds Line On City Budget

Rhinelander city hall
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A higher than expected city assessed value  has helped the Rhinelander city council  keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.

The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn...

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4 of 5 dollars stays locally
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Red Kettle Volunteers On Duty

Bell ringers will be out front of stores in the next few weeks.
Credit Salvation Army

Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but the Salvation Army has begun it's annual bell ringers campaign at points across the Northwoods.

Ken Krall talks with Tom Bremer the Field Representative for the Salvation Army, about where the money goes that gets put in the Red Kettles.

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Elcho, Antigo possible
3:53 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible

Credit wisconsinsfuture.org

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.

Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...

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Look at Northwoods resources
3:01 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

AUDIO: WXPR Program Focuses On Alzheimer's Disease

From left, Julie St. Pierre, Dr. Chris Koeppl, Ken Krall, Jim Brust
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WXPR gathered a panel of experts to talk about the disease.  

Hear the full one-hour broadcast below:

One of the panelists is Dr. Chris Koeppl, Director of the Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Center at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander.

He says people should prepare for the possibility of getting Alzheimer's as they would other issues...

 

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Delay up to a year
9:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Backups Slow Northwoods Veterans Claims

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters
Credit Oneida county

Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...

 

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87 year old woman
6:08 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Pedestrian Fatality Friday In Eagle River

Credit flickr

  

Eagle River police report a pedestrian fatality Friday afternoon.

Police Chief Mark VanderBloomen reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old man was westbound on East Pine Street or Highway 70. At the intersection with South Second Street, his vehicle struck and 87 year old woman crossing East Pine Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened just before 4 p.m.

Eagle River police and Vilas county authorities are investigating the fatality. Names will be released when relatives are notified.

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Town Budget Stays the Same
2:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Minocqua Budget Frozen Again

Minocqua passed its budget last week.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

With little fanfare, the town board in Minocqua passed it's 2014 budget Thursday evening. 

WXPR's  Ken Krall talked with Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim about the budget which will remain frozen for another year. Oneida county helped November 12 by restoring funding for the Minocqua police dispatch.

The levy was set at $3.6 million dollars and the mill rate at $2.48 per thousand.

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$50,000 cash bond
3:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Brecht Facing Escape Charge In Oneida County

Brecht mugshot

A convicted murderer who allegedly walked away from the minimum-security McNaughton Correctional Center near Lake Tomahawk in October and was apprehended in Florida has been assigned an attorney.

 

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Attorney says he will get treatment
2:31 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Bond Set For RHS Teacher Accused of Theft, Drugs

The Rhinelander high school teacher accused of theft and marijuana manufacturing will be allowed out of jail to seek drug treatment.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond for Joshua Jurgens. Public Defender Maggie Hogan said arrangements had been made for treatment December 9....

 

"....we have secured a bed for him at Koinonia that is available for him on December 9. I would also request the court consider to modify his bond to allow treatment..."

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