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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D.A.--Evidence didn't fit charges
5:28 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

No Charges In New Year's Day Death At Rhinelander Bar

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek
Credit WXPR

No charges will be filed concerning the New Year's day death of a Rhinelander man at a downtown Rhinelander bar.

Thursday afternoon, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced after gathering more than 23 interviews and autopsy evidence he would not charge 59 year old Gregory Dryden for the death of James Tanner.

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"Big Bundle Up" concludes
3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wis.-Mich. Mitten Battle Helps The Needy Again

The "mittens" from space
Credit en.wikipedia.org

More than 11,000 items were donated during the Department of Tourism's recent "Big Bundle Up" campaign. including items from the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Minocqua and St. Germain Chambers of Commerce.

Tourism spokesperson Danielle Johnson says the campaign came about after a Wisconsin Tourism promotion made the state look like a mitten. Michigan's Tourism Department was annoyed, saying Michigan looks more like a mitten than Wisconsin. Both states agreed to resolve the dispute by gathering warm clothes for the needy.

Johnson says this year's effort was a success...

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Concern about runways
3:49 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

No Decision On Eagle River Airport Property Purchase

No decision was made Tuesday by the Eagle River city council on the possiblity of purchasing some property near the Eagle River airport.

Mayor Jeff Hyslop says officials would like to buy the Tsevas property using a Federal Aviation Administration grant near the airport as the property is in line with the runways...

 

"....and if that property were to develop and a building go up....it could create a dangerous situation. The Bureau of Aeronautics has some interest in purchasing the property and it's just a matter if we would want to participate or not.

Residents Moving To Friendly Village
3:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Taylor Park Rehabilitation In Rhinelander To Close

Taylor Park in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

One of Rhinelander's long time nursing home facilities will close in 2014.

Taylor Park Rehabilitation Administrator John Ley confirmed in an email that the facility will be closing later this year. He says a comprehensive resident relocation plan has been approved by the state. Both Taylor Park and adjacent Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation are owned by Prestige Health Care.

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Car-propane tanker
4:04 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Three Victims In Fatal Oneida Co. Crash Identified

A Minocqua propane truck driver and two young women died in a two-vehicle wreck on slippery U.S. 51 in the town of Cassian Tuesday afternoon.

Killed in the crash was propane truck driver, 22 year old Jeremy J. Ritchie of Minocqua. Two occupants in the passenger car, Justine Ringberg of Bayfield, Wisconsin and Raquel Nunez of New York city were also killed. Both women also were 22 years of age.

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Five-year commitment
3:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Ministry Health Care Finding Rural Doctors With $$ Help

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The enrollment period has opened again for medical students to get tuition money from Ministry Health Care.

The Medical Student Loan Repayment program enables students to get up to $200,000 wile they're enrolled in a medical education program. In turn, Ministry asks the student to commit to at least five years practicing at one of the groups' medical facilities.

Medical education program manager Brant Bergeron says this program helps bring in doctors to rural areas, where he says it's difficult to find enough doctors...

 

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TransCanada and WPS
2:52 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Trees For Tomorrow Lands Large Grant

The Dining Hall at Trees For Tomorrow
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Trees for Tomorrow Tuesday received the first installment of a $60,000, three-year commitment to further education at the Eagle River campus.

TransCanada Corporation provided a matching grant to the $60,000 committed over three years by Wisconsin Public Service Foundation in Green Bay, totaling $120,000.

Trees For Tomorrow's Operations Manager Cheryl Todea says the funds will help Trees For Tomorrow continue its mission...

 

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Town of Nokomis
10:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Montana Sex Offender Released In Oneida County

A convicted sex offender from Montana is living in the town of Nokomis, Oneida county.

 

The Sheriff's Department reports 46 year old Todd Ames will be living at 9862 Siemering Drive. It's listed as Tomahawk, though the address is in the town of Nokomis, Oneida county.

Ames was convicted in Montana of Sexual Assault in 2009. He has had his parole transferred to Oneida county.

City council action
7:20 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Mutual Aid Pact, Memorial Approved For Rhinelander P.D.

Credit Rhinelander PD

Officials said it hopefully will never need to be used...but the Rhinelander city council has approved its portion of North Central Emergency Response Team mutual aid agreement.

The pact enables area full-time police departments to be ready to go should a large problem like a tornado occur in an area. City Council member Alex Young outlines the pact....

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March 12 in Madison
4:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Wisconsin Arts and Economic Development

Credit artswisconsin.org

Artists from all over Wisconsin will gather in March to remind legislators that Wisconsin has a thriving arts community.

Arts Day 2014 is set for March 12 at the new central library in Madison.

Anne Katz is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin. She says it's the only big arts conference in Wisconsin.....

 

"....we have people coming from around the state to meet with their legislators. That's the main part of the day. The point is for the people to come to the capitol and tell their stories...

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