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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Bicyclists get discount
3:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bicyclists Show Vilas Co. Businesses Their Green

Credit Great Headwaters Trails

Bicyclists in the Northwoods have an opportunity to show  their preferred recreation has an economic impact.

Vilas Bike Bands offer green, silicon wristbands to participants purchased from participating businesses in Vilas county.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says in February they talked with area businesses in the process of applying for state grant to fund trail construction. From those meetings the idea for the wristband took hold...

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Embezzlement from Northwoods Animal Hospital
3:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Bound Over For Trial

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A former office manager at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua has been bound over for trial.

47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth of Arbor Vitae is charged with theft from a business over $10,000. The criminal complaint says  Wigglesworth allegedly started writing improper checks in 2008. She was employed at the animal hospital until 2013. Investigators say the amount of money allegedly improperly written to her is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Four decades of development
5:24 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Trail Nearing Completion

Bearskin Trail
Credit wi.dnr.gov

A popular state hiking, biking and snowmobile trail in Lincoln and Oneida counties will soon be finished and when that happens, users can go from Tomahawk to Minocqua on the trail.

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce announced the first phase of the Hiawatha-Bearskin Trail in nearing completion. The 18 mile Bearskin trail was completed in the 1970's and the Hiawatha Trail portion in 1989. The trails use a former railroad bed. There is a six-mile section being completed that will link the two trails  says spokesperson Jim Wise...

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Another committe, county board need to approve
5:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Vilas Committee Signs Off On Phelps ATV Request

Credit en.wikipedia.org

In 2004, Vilas county voters said they did not want the county to allow ATV trails on county lands and forests. Two years ago, the town of Phelps approved an ordinance allowing the ATV's on town roads, but needed approval by Vilas county to use county road "A", a key route. The county board rejected Phelps' request then.  Recently the town board approved a similar request as the one two years ago and again forwarded it to Vilas county.

One of two Vilas county committees has approved the town's request and sent it onto the other.

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Foul play not suspected
3:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Human Remains Near Rhinelander Identified

The skeletal remains found near Rhinelander earlier this week have been identified.

The Oneida County Sheriff's office says the remains are  Steven Boron of Oneida county. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. Boron was reported as absconding from his probation and parole in May, 2013.

Officials say no foul play is suspected in Boron's death.

The remains were discovered in a wooded area near Lake Julia in the town of Pelican. The Sheriff's department and the Medical Examiner are investigating circumstances surrounding Boron's death.

Less travel for patients
2:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic Adds Cardiac Rehab

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
Credit Aspirus

Aspirus  Rhinelander Clinic recently expanded its cardiac rehab and therapy services.

The clinic opened on Rhinelander's north side in March, 2008. Regional Director for Aspirus Clinics, Rob Fabich says the clinic has had the therapy department open for more than three years. He says they found a need for a new physical therapist.  At the same time they determined they also needed more help with the cardiac rehab offerings...

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Get more public input
2:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Survey Asks OC Residents About Night Or Day Meetings

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

County residents can help determine when the Oneida county board holds its meetings.

Recently,  the board directed a committee and UW-Extension to put together a survey to help resolve an ongoing debate about meeting times. Twice in the last several months resolutions came to the floor to alter the standard meeting time of 9:30 a.m on the third Tuesday to a later time.

Oneida County UW-Extension agent Tim Brown says some would like to see later in the day meetings...

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Vilas county steep drop
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Most Northwoods Counties See Unemployment Drop

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Lower Northwoods jobless numbers reflect a slowly growing economy and traditional summer hiring practices.

The Department of Workforce Development late last week released the local unemployment rates. Price county had the area's lowest rate at 5.6 percent. Lincoln county at 6.7 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Langlade at 7.4 percent, Forest at 7.9 percent and Vilas at 8.1 percent. Iron county had the states second highest rate at 11.3 percent.

State economist Scott Hodek says businesses hurt by a slow economy and the weather saw an increase...

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
2:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

10,000 Acres of Public Land To Be Sold

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A Democrat thinks a move last week by the Natural Resources Board to sell off 10,000 acres of state land funded by the Stewardship program is not well thought out.

 Republicans ordered the move as part of the state budget they passed a year ago. Their goal is to reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of Stewardship lands. It was noted that the ten-thousand acres represent only a small share of the one-point-eight million acres of state-owned nature lands.

The DNR's Doug Haag  says under the law, all parcels had to be located outside of project boundaries...

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College Foundation
2:38 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Record Number Of Scholarships At Nicolet College

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A record 308  scholarships for the  upcoming academic year have been awarded by the Nicolet College Foundation. The number is  nearly double the number awarded 10 years ago.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says exceptional students qualify...

"....our scholarships range from $500 up to $2,500 and they're for students in any and all of our programs...."

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