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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More energy needed in cold snap
3:33 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Natural Gas-Electric Supply Adequate But You'll Pay More

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While propane users have been nervous about getting enough fuel during the cold snap, natural gas and electric users don't have the same worries. But your bills will likely go up.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says the amount of energy used will be higher than average...

 

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Gas prices stable
3:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Best Day Of The Week To Buy Gas? You're Probably Wrong

Credit Gasbuddy.com

What day of the week do you think has the highest prices? What day has the lowest?

The website gasbuddy.com took four years of data and guess what part of the week has the lowest prices....

 

".....we tend to find Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday were the best four days over the last four years with the exact day switching from year-to-year...."

 

That's Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. He says Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be the days where prices rise.

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8th annual conference
4:49 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Conference Honoring Caregivers Coming To Nicolet College

Honoring caregivers
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Professional and family caregivers who provide direct care services at home or in long-term care settings are invited to attend the 8th Annual Direct Caregivers Conference next month at Nicolet College.

Sandy Bishop from Nicolet College is a member of the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network. She says it's a day to celebrate those who give care to others...

 

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Slowly moving into Northwoods
4:41 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Stopping Land Invasives Focus Of Upcoming Meeting

Phragmites
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Groups are meeting next month to try to stop the spread of invasive land plants in the Northwoods.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership is hosting an open-to-the public meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.

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Department of Tourism report
4:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

1600 Jobs From Tourism In Vilas County

Downtown Eagle River
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The economic impact of tourism in Vilas county and elsewhere was shown in a recent report.

The state reported tourism accounted for more than $10 billion in visitor spending in Wisconsin in 2012, $6 billion of that on dining, retail and recreation. Cindy Burzinski, Executive Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says visitors spent a lot of money in places to stay, eat, and shop...

 

"....in 2012, visitor expenditures were at $195.4 million dollars, and that was a 10 percent increase over 2011...."

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New procedures for quick response
12:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Cold Weather Deadly if Alzheimer's Patient Wanders

Credit Alzheimer's Association

Next we hear from Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Cold weather is tough on anyone, but for a person with Alzheimer's Disease who wanders, it could be deadly. She says there's a new approach for quicker response should someone wander away from home.

Diana Butz, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association. There's an Alzheimer's Association Outreach Office in Rhinelander.

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Pelican Lake area
9:20 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Firefighters Called To Saturday Morning Fire

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  A fire in the town of Enterprise, Oneida county, destroyed a trailer home Saturday morning.

Reports indicate firefighters from Pelican Lake, Monico and Elcho were called out after 7:30 a.m.

The home was on Eagle Lake Road. No injuries were reported. No report was given on the cause of that blaze.

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Remains under investigation
11:21 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Three Fox Valley Men Die In Friday Langlade Co. Crash

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Three Appleton area men were killed Friday night in a one-vehicle crash in Langlade county.

The Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly after 9 p.m. to a rollover crash on Pickerel Lake Road near the Langlade-Forest county line. Deputies found a Jeep Cherokee overturned and partially submerged in Pickerel Creek. The driver, 69 year old Gerald Randerson, was dead, along with two passengers, 50 year old John Cohen of Combined Locks and 65 year old Daniel L.Krubeck, of Appleton.

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Looking for all ages
5:02 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UW-Extension Survey Asks "Why Do You Live In the Northwoods?"

Credit UW-Extension

A survey is underway to find out why people live in Oneida county. Survey proponents hope as many young people as possible participate.

Oneida County UW-Extension and Rhinelander Young Professionals are hosting the survey. Extension Agent Tim Brown says there is plenty of chatter why young people leave the community or stay, but little in the way of hard numbers...

 

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Successful since 2001
4:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

White Lake School District Goes To Referendum

 

Voters in the White Lake school district will go to the polls in April to decide whether to extend school district operating funds.

The Langlade county district is ending a three year approval to spend $200,000 over state limits, and District Administrator Bill Fisher says a similar request will be on the ballot...

 

"....the (White Lake) board approved going to a referendum for non-recurring purposes, $250,000 per year for three years for the purposes of maintaining basic programs...."

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