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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Sentence far longer than recommendation
3:01 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

England Sentenced To Jail For Misconduct In Office

Traci J. England
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida and Forest County's former Medical Examiner will spend a year in jail as part of a plea bargain to end a case that has lasted more than two years.

47 year old Traci England was arrested in January, 2012 after a sheriff's detective heard her talking about bringing home parts of autopsied bodies to train a cadaver dog, referring to it as a 'doggie bag'. England had no authorization to take the parts.

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Community Education speaker
4:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Former Educator Seeks Positive Student Attitudes

Credit Rhinelander School District

Rhinelander School District Community Education Program is sponsoring a talk by a Rhinelander native who is hoping to show young people what a positive attitude can do for them. 

Tom Montgomery has a  long background in private business, but he also taught  at Wausau West high school for many years before retiring. He talked with Ken Krall to preview an upcoming talk at Rhinelander High School.

Tom's  father was Duke Montgomery, who is honored at the Logging Museum at Pioneer Park with the Duke Montgomery Antique Outboard and Fishing Museum.

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Workshops offered
3:38 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Nicolet Offering Scholarships For Students

Heather Schallock
Credit Facebook.com

Nicolet College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for students hoping to get money to attend Nicolet.

Last year the Foundation awarded scholarships ranging in value from $400 dollars to $3,000.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says students should be thinking about how they're going to be paying for college in the upcoming school year....

 

"....I want people to know there is help. We have more than 250 scholarships available for students, but you have to apply....."

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Forest County proposal
6:03 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Off-Road Park Draws Opposition At Public Hearing

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A proposed 10,000-acre off-road vehicle park in Forest county drew opposition at a Saturday public hearing in Laona, along with calls for a referendum.

About 60 people attended the first gathering called by the Forest county board.. A private non-profit organization, Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc wants to develop the large facility but has not produced on the record details where the park would be located, saying it could be in seven possible locations.

One speaker asked a series of questions to the four committee members present...

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Travelers coming north
3:49 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Silent Sports Study Shows Large Impact in North

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A recent study shows the increasing economic impact of silent sports in northern Wisconsin.

The report was authored by three UW-Extension researchers, a bicycle industry consultant and a former graduate student.

The study surveyed Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties in 2012. The authors administered a year-long set of surveys.

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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
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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!

Credit en.wikipedia.org

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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