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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To be signed Friday
3:28 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Farm Bill Has Positives For Cranberry Growers

Harvesting cranberries
Credit en.wikipedia.org

President Obama is set to sign the nearly one-trillion dollar Farm Bill Friday, Feb. 7 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. One leading agricultural crop in northern and central Wisconsin is cranberries, and a state organization spokesperson says there are some good things for growers in the bill.

Tom Lochner leads the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association in Wisconsin Rapids. While he's not done analyzing the bill, he says some items he's seen are positive...

 

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9th Pond Hockey Tourney
3:19 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

2,300 Participants Expected This Weekend in Eagle River

Pond hockey
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An event that began with a few teams has grown to one of the larger events in Eagle River each winter.

For the ninth consecutive year, the LaBatt Blue USAdult Hockey Pond National Championships will be held this weekend on Dollar Lake.

Revisiting hockey games of old, the lake ice is cleared to form rinks. The first event was held in 2006 and included 40 teams and 240 players. This year 33 teams with more than 2300 participants are set to appear. 30 different states will be represented.

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Working With Vilas County
3:44 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

LDF Gets State Grant For Drug Court

Brandon Thoms, Lac Du Flambeau Tribe Director of Public Relations
Credit Brandon Thoms

The Lac du Flambeau tribe has been given $130,000 for a drug court designed to keep offenders from jail.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced the award this week from the Treatment Alternative and Diversion Program. The program addresses non-violent offenders at higher risk of re-offending.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribe applied for the grant last November...

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Woman and unborn child
3:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Eagle River Man Charged With Attempted Homicide

Andrew Lee Rosner
Credit Vilas County Sheriff's Department

An Eagle River man is facing attempted homicide charges in connection with an alleged stabbing incident Saturday.

28 year old Andrew L. Rosner of 4060 Deerskin Road was arrested in the alleged knifing incident. The victims were taken to a Marshfield Hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Rosner made an appearance Wednesday in Vilas County Court....

"...the District Attorney has charged Andrew with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. One to the girlfriend, and one for the unborn child..."

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Damage to electric, gas meters
3:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Careful Where You Throw The Snow!

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The large amounts of snow around homes and businesses have led to potentially serious problems: damaging electric and gas meters.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says people have been taking snow off their roofs or plowing around meters. The impact of the snow has led to other problems...

 

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Comment period, open house set
3:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

ATV Club Wants To Run Trail Through Woodboro Lakes Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for an ATV/UTV trail to be allowed across the southeast portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area off Highway "K" west of Rhinelander. The DNR is holding an open house to get public input on the proposed trail.

DNR Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area manager Jeremy Holtz...

 

"....so we're asking folks to get more information, learn about the request, attend the meeting and share their opinions..."

 

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Town of Cassian fire
3:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Autopsy To Determine Identity Of Fire Victim

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An autopsy is being done to positively identify the victim of a Monday afternoon house fire in the Oneida county town of Cassian.

Oneida County Sheriff's officials report the fire at 3892 Woodland Trail...north of Tomahawk. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Lieutenant Dan Hess says further investigation on the body of the victim is being done...

 

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Public Comment Period Underway
3:09 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwoods Waters Listed On Impaired Waters List

A Northwestern Wisconsin lake.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The DNR is out with an update list of waters that are listed as having too much pollution in them. They are also asking for public comment on the list.

Water Resources Management Specialist Aaron Larson told Ken Krall says states are required by the EPA to develop this list every other year.

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Sometimes on snowmobile trails
5:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Fat Tire Bikes Appearing On Winter Recreational Trails

Winter biking in the woods
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Fatter-tired bikes are popping up on winter recreational trails and a DNR spokesperson says to keep in mind legalities and safety.

The bikes have ultra-wide tires for traction. Brigit Brown, state trails coordinator for the DNR, says this has led to concern over potential collisions between snowmobilers and the slower bikes. Brown says on the bikes are legal on state-owned linear trails, but can't operate on snowmobile trails not owned by the state...

 

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Downtown fundraiser
4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Taste Of Chocolate Friday Evening In Rhinelander

Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

A mid-winter event in downtown Rhinelander that has drawn big crowds happens Friday. The 7th Annual "Taste of Chocolate" gives chocolate fans a chance to sample in various downtown stores. There's also a sizeable prize to be won by a lucky patron.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.'s Maggie Steffen says besides being a good time, guests can visit stores they haven't been to...

 

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