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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Judged with large schools
4:45 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

UW-Superior Rep Says Online Degree Ninth Ranking

UW-Superior
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Of all the colleges and universities in the nation offering some online degree programs, UW-Superior has ranked ninth in a U.S. News ranking for colleges offering bachelor's programs online.

UW-Superior has been offering distance learning for 35 years. A local university representative , Dan Kuzlik, says the ranking is a bit of a small school versus large schools....

 

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Named last Thursday
4:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local Agent Approves Of Cross As Chancellor

Erica Brewster
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

A local UW-Extension agent thinks the UW System has made a good choice for it's new Chancellor.

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Puts in place merit pay and caps
4:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Pay Plan Likely Going To Oneida County Board

Oneida county courthouse
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The Oneida County Board in February will consider a new way to pay employees which...among many other points.... sets in place merit pay for extra achievers and caps pay increases.

A committee this week recommended a multi-faceted change in how compensation is handled. Separate wage schedules were established for salaried and non-salaried employees. The schedules establish a market value. For management and professional staff, it sets a wage point pay beyond that achieved by extraordinary effort.

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Energy conservation grants
3:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Four Rhinelander Non-Profits Get Grants From WPS

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

The Rhinelander area was well represented among 15 northeastern Wisconsin non-profit groups getting energy-efficiency money from Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS's Energy Challenge asked non-profits to work toward energy efficiency and weatherization.

ArtStart Inc., of Rhinelander placed third overall, garnering a top $1,500 check. Others getting $1,000 awards are the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Northwoods Community Elementary School, and the Rhinelander Basketball Association.

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During Tomahawk Fall Ride
3:34 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Not Guilty Pleas In Oneida County Motorcycle Death

An Elkhorn, Wisconsin woman charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle has been bound over for trial.

50 year old Lynette Haman was arrested after a September 13, 2013 traffic incident with another motorcycist. The incident happened on Oneida county "L" and Prairie Rapids Road nine miles north of Tomahawk. Deputies say Haman was traveling south when her motorcycle veered in front of a motorcycle driven by 50 year old Benjamin Guite of Merrill. Both drivers were taken to hospitals in Marshfield and Wausau. Guite died from his injuries in Wausau.

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Illegal insurance claims
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Former Rhinelander Man Gets 10 Years For $1.3 Million Insurance Fraud

John Henricks III
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

A former Rhinelander man has been sentenced to just over 10 years in prison for using the U.S. Mail to defraud insurance companies and must repay more than a million dollars.

43 year old John Henricks III, now of Amherst, had pleaded guilty last August in federal court.

U.S. Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison determined Henricks was responsible for using his prior business, Custom Collision, a body repair shop in Rhinelander, to defraud 19 auto insurance companies out of more than $1.3 million by staging accidents and creating false work invoices.

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Must repay over $700,000
3:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

$660,000 Stolen Gets Woman 2 Years In Prison

A 46 year old former Woodruff-area woman has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to repay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in restitution and fines. She had entered guilty pleas to embezzling the money over several years from the family business where she worked.

Lisa Saykally admitted to stealing $660,000 from Aqualand Manufacturing in Woodruff over 8 years. With tax-related fines added in, the amount for repayment is $727,000.

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New Year's Day bar altercation
4:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Autopsy Shows Fractured Sternum Caused Man's Death

Credit WXPR

An autopsy on a Rhinelander man who died early New Year's Day after an altercation has been released.

48 year old James R. Tanner died in the ambulance outside Sackett's bar on Brown Street in Rhinelander. Police Chief Michael Steffes said minutes before Tanner had allegedly thrown a punch at 62 year old John A. Klucarich. Chief Steffes says a disc jockey at bar, 59 year old Gregory Dryden, allegedly grabbed Tanner and directed him toward the bar then put him on the floor. Klucarich received less serious injuries.

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Tuesday stop in Rhinelander
2:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Burke Says Walker Hasn't Created More Jobs

Democrat Mary Burke
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The only declared Democrat running for Governor stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday to deliver the message that she can defeat  incumbent Republican Scott Walker.

Mary Burke is the former Commerce Secretary under then Governor Jim Doyle and was an executive with Trek Bicycle from Waterloo, a company founded by her father.

Burke outlined a number of stances including, what she would have done differently to balance the state budget...

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First weekend has vintage snowmobiles
3:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Thousands Coming To Eagle River For Vintage Racing

Snowmobile running on the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota, 1910.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society

The cold weather has been a concern for some, but the cold has helped promoters get the 51st World Championship Snowmobile Derby track ready in Eagle River.

The event begins Thursday through Sunday with vintage snowmobile races, with the World Championship racing competition the following weekend.

Track owner and coordinator Chuck Decker says the cold has given them a boost...

 

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