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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Saturday in Rhinelander
1:37 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hospice Fundraiser Spotlights Near Death Needs

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An event this weekend benefits Ministry Home Care-Hospice program.

Volunteer community outreach coordinator Melissa Houg says the Seventh Annual "Christmas From the Heart" is Saturday at Ministry-Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. She says the fundraiser helps people who either don't have insurance or are underinsured and need help paying for care at the end of life...

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Overages applied to rates
11:41 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State Regulator Denies WPS Rate Increase

Credit psc.wi.gov

State utility regulator, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, is proposing that a utility serving much of central and northern Wisconsin cut rates.

Wisconsin Public Service had proposed a six percent electric rate increase and a four percent natural gas increase. Public Service Commission attorney Cindy Smith talked with Ken Krall about the Commission's decision.

Smith says the Commission should have the final order in place after public input sometime later this month.

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U.S. Grand Jury indictment
8:23 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Northwoods Postal Worker Charged

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A St. Germain postal worker is facing charges concerning alleged mail theft.

A federal grand jury in Madison returned an indictment against 26 year old Katie Dassow . She's charged with removing articles contained in a letter intended to be conveyed by mail, while a U.S. Postal Service employee. The indictment alleges that she committed the theft from a piece of mail on June 8, 2013.

If convicted, Dassow faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

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Arts & Life
4:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Local Charity Says Holidays Are Time to Help Needy Families

Rhinelander Salvation Army is kicking off its holiday bell ringing.
Credit Sage Ross

November and December is a big time for shopping.  It’s also a critical time for people who need assistance. The Rhinelander Salvation Army is seeking bell-ringers to stand outside big stores and collect donations. 

WXPR’s Ken Krall sat down with coordinator Kim Swisher.

 Swisher says 86 cents out of every dollar goes to help needy families in Rhinelander.

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Leadership Oneida County
3:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oneida County Non-Profits Can Get Free Help

The deadline is approaching for Oneida county non-profits to get some free volunteer help.

Each year Leadership Oneida County needs projects from non-profits. The effort is jointly sponsored by UW-Extension and Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. This year 16 professionals are learning about the business, education, medical, media and other aspects of Oneida county life with an eye toward finding a new generation of leaders here.

Chamber Director Lara Reed says they need at least five more non-profits to submit entries to have enough for the prospects...

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Three deaths in Wisconsin
3:25 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

DNR-Take A Friend When Setting Up Tree Stands

A successful perch
Credit dnr.wi.gov

Statewide, three hunters have died this year after they fell out of treestands. A DNR leader says most injuries and fatalities are preventable.

Jon King is DNR Hunter Education Administrator. He says for a purchased stand, take the time to read all the directions. He says setting it up alone is not advised...

 

"....we encouraging using the buddy system. Take somebody with you while you do this. When you're climbing in a tree stand and it's not attached to the tree, it could fall over on you and end up injuring you...."

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Strong bookings for the holidays
3:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

More Passengers Flying From ROCA

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
Credit fly-rhi.org

More of us are flying from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says the switch to the Delta-connect airline SkyWest has improved the number of passengers flying out of Rhinelander...

 

"...through the first ten months of the year we're running about a 53 percent load factor. We started out slow in the first quarter. We had a very strong summer where (the number of passengers) were running in the high eighties..."

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Arts & Life
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Soup For Shelter Set For November 9

Frederick Place homeless shelter Rhinelander
Credit nathnorthwoods.com

A key fundraiser for the Northwoods homeless shelter happens this Saturday.

The annual "Soup For Shelter" supports the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and the shelter, Frederick Place, in Rhinelander. The shelter is used by persons from Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Forest and Langlade counties.

Director Tammy Modic says the event nourishes everyone involved...

 

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Tribal meeting in Mole Lake
3:11 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

U.S.D.A. Looking To Help Tribes Supply Broadband

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A U.S.D.A. spokesperson says they're ready to help Native American tribes gear up to fulfill high-speed internet needs.

Representatives of the state's tribes met last week in Mole Lake with the U.S.D.A's Leslie Wheelock, who directs the Office of Tribal Relations in the nation's capitol.

She noted much of rural America is in need of high-speed internet access, especially on native lands. She says progress has been slow...

 

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Increase possible next year
3:01 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

No Levy Increase For Minocqua Taxpayers

The island
Credit thepointhouseinn.com

Minocqua  taxpayers will not see a levy increase for the fifth year in a row, but it probably can't stay that way for next year.

That's the assessment of town chair Mark Hartzheim as the town prepares for a budget hearing later this month...

 

"...for the fifth straight year we were able to put a levy together with zero increase. the levy will be $3,630,015. The board worked very hard..."

Hartzheim says while this year's levy is frozen, next year's probably won't be as they can't keep putting off needed purchases.

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