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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$520,000 in 2006
5:06 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Sustainability Park" Killed By Oneida County Board

Oneida county courthouse
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In 2006, Oneida county invested more than a half-million dollars in what promoters said would be a sustainable business park on Rhinelander's west side. Tuesday the Oneida County Board of Supervisors officially killed it.

The county purchased 272 acres in the hopes of attracting modern manufacturers and young entrepreneurs. A feasibility study discovered problems getting enough tax revenue back and also access problems to the site. Area trout fishers also worried about a well-regarded trout stream on the property.

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$4 million purchase price
4:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Langlade County Buys 2300 Wooded Acres

Langlade county courthouse
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The Langlade County Board of Supervisors made a major land purchase Tuesday.

The board purchased 2352 acres of what's called prime woodland from Plum Creek Land Company for a price tag of just under $4 million. The land is all within the town of Langlade in the eastern part of the county.

County Forest Administrator Eric Rantala says the county received a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant for half, or just under $2 million dollars. Rantala says it's a great timber resource...

 

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Affects two county departments
3:37 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Rejects Offers To Buy WPS Building

Three proposals to purchase the former WPS building near the Oneida county courthouse by a Rhinelander businessman were rejected by the county board Tuesday, but it might not be the end of bargaining. That rejection also had a bearing on the location of two county departments.

Mike Boyd's offers included Oneida county paying to use some of the office space he would construct. One of the options was to locate the county UW- Extension and possibly Land and Water Conservation departments in the new building.

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Merit pay among proposals
3:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Oneida Co. Board Considers New Employee Pay Plan

Oneida county courthouse
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The Oneida County Board heard the first run through of a potential comprehensive change how the county pays most of its employees.

Consultant Charles Carlson outlined a plan using private market factors...among other considerations... in determining a median wage scale. It also sets up pay based on performance for department heads rather than just time served, and finding a way to bring Oneida county closer to state average on benefit costs, most notably health insurance.

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Focus on Drunk Driving
12:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Richards Joins Open A.G. Race

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced he won't run for another term. With the first open race since 2002, a number of candidates are entering the race.

One candidate is legislator and lawyer, Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee. Richards has been in the legislature for 14 years.

One key issue to him is strengthening Wisconsin's drunk driving laws.

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'single-stream' use grows
7:15 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Recycling Numbers Growing In Wisconsin

Where your can of soda goes
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Wisconsin continues to be among the leaders in recycling.

DNR Recycling Coordinator Cynthia Moore says the demand for recycled products continues to rise...

 

"....this material has real value...I think some people are really surprised that(recycled material) has value on the global market and the local market..."

She says one reason for growing recycling is the process has been made easier....

 

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Safety Week Observance
6:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Eddy: Most Snowmobile Crashes Preventable

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With the World Championship Snowmobile Derby ending Sunday in Eagle River, many enthusiasts are in the Northwoods to enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in years. This is also International Snowmobile Safety Week.

DNR Snowmobile Administrator Warden Gary Eddy says with busy trails, always keep in mind safety...

 

"....some of the traditional complaints we have out there when it is busy are snowmobilers cutting corners, not staying on the right side of the trail, speeding and just overall reckless operation...."

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Drug counteracts heroin overdoses
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Legislator Says More EMT's Should Administer Narcan

Rep. John Nygren(R-Marinette)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

State Representative John Nygren of Marinette nearly lost his daughter to a heroin overdose in 2009. The state Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved  measures making it easier for emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses. 

The bills also enable callers to remain anonymous when calling in an overdose to medical personnel. Nygren talked to Ken Krall about how this move will save lives.

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Part of Walleye Initiative
7:31 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Anglers Still Can Determine Where Walleyes Will Go

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Anglers are asked to go to the DNR website and fill out a form on what waters they should consider for stocking under the new "Wisconsin Walleye Initiative".

 

The state has spent $8.2 million for infrastructure improvements and $1.3 million each year for annual operating costs to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production is projected to increase 60,000 to 120,000 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016. The young walleye will be larger than previously in the hope of having more survivability to adulthood.

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Misconduct charges
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

England Agrees To Plea Bargain With State

Traci England booking photo 2012
Credit Oneida County Sheriff

Two years ago, Oneida County's Medical Examiner was arrested for allegedly keeping human tissue from autopsies to train a cadaver dog. Friday, 46 year old Traci England entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors.

England was found guilty by Judge Leon Stenz of two counts of felony Misconduct in Public Office.

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