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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Vilas, Forest counties
6:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Homicide, Child Porn Cases In Northwoods

A Manitowoc man charged with 13 counts of Possession of Child Pornography has reached a plea bargain with the state in Forest County Circuit Court.

55 year old John Lang was charged nearly a year ago after a state Department of Justice investigation.

The criminal complaint says Lang allegedly kept images of children engaging in explicit sexual conduct. The charges stem from May, 2007 in the town of Wabeno.

The investigation began with an individual in Arkansas that led investigators to Lang by checking internet connections.

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Registrations still open
4:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

School of Arts Classes Filling Up

Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

While much of this week is dedicated to the Hodag Country Festival, in less than two weeks, another multi-day event begins in Rhinelander.

The 51st School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins July 19 through the 23rd at James Williams Middle School. It's sponsored by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Department.

The school is open to anyone with an interest in writing, music,  performing, cooking, spiritual enhancement, painting,  and other arts.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says they too have some headliners...

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Show begins Thursday
1:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Millions $$$$ From Country Festival Visitors

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Many of the 'FESTERS' are already in the Rhinelander area as the 37th Hodag County Festival begins Thursday. A local official says the economic impact is large.
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Dana DeMet says they have seen much increased traffic at the chamber. He says estimates are that the city's population quadruples in size for the week of the festival....

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Open-pit mine bill
10:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Conservation Group Gives Northwoods Legislator Low Grades

Open-pit iron ore mine
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

One Northwoods legislator has gotten low marks from a conservation group.

The League of Conservation Voters each year rates how the legislature votes on conservation-related issues. League Program Director Anne Sayers says overall it was a mixed session for conservation. She says half  of the pro-conservation bills supported by them were signed into law. Conservation interests were successful three-fourths of the time in halting what they saw as anti-conservation measures. Sayers says this shows public pressure can change things..

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Would be first public landing
3:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set

A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.
Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54  acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...

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Gun control not answer says Kippers
3:05 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

School Safety Key Education Issue: WEAC Leader

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Increased safety following the many tragic incidents at schools across the nation is a priority,  says a state teacher's union leader.

A Racine physical education teacher, Betsy Kippers in President of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Speaking from a national meeting last week, Kippers says educators across the country want to find workable safety solutions, but were disappointed Congress didn't act....

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Jump start on career
2:47 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

High School Students Get Technical Degrees

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Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique  is  all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes  held  in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.

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Adults fared better in harsh winter
2:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality

Credit Emery Way, commons.wikimedia.org

Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.

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Says Income Security Key Issue
2:29 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Westlund Walks The 7th Congressional District

Kelly Westlund
Credit Kelly Westlund For Congress

Friday she worked four Fourth of July  parades  located in the 7th Congressional District.  She walked Rhinelander's holiday parade among them.

Democrat Kelly Westlund of Ashland is challenging incumbent Republican Sean Duffy from Weston for a seat in Congress.

Westlund says she's been talking about a variety of issues...

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Deficit in Medicaid fund
9:42 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Report Decries Not Taking Federal Medicaid Money

A report by the Democratic-leaning Citizen Action of Wisconsin challenges Governor Scott Walker's refusal to accept federal Medicaid money for BadgerCare has resulted in higher health insurance costs here than elsewhere.

During a media call with reporters this week, Citizen Action Director Robert Kraig said with increased transparency from Obamacare, they were able to gather data  on what other states are paying versus here. He says three conclusions came out of the data..

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