Ken Krall

News Director - Interim Station Manager

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 residents asked to step forward
3:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Vilas Vision Seeking New Leadership Candidates

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A program to develop the next generation of leaders in Vilas county is looking for candidates.
Since it's inception in 2003, Vilas Vision has graduated more than 100 candidates. It is a cooperative arrangement between Vilas County UW-Extension and the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

UW-Extension agent Chris Stark says the program hopes to help people build a better future for themselves and the community...

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Too much money to traditional political parties
3:20 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

McCabe Says The Public Needs To Form A "First Party"

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A new book calls for the forming of not a third political party, but what the author calls a "First Party" to bring about reforms to what he calls a broken political system.

Mike McCabe is Executive Director of the non-partisan  watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. His book is called "Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Make Over of American Politics". McCabe says he senses a majority of Americans have become discontented with government run by both major political parties...

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Fast Forward program
3:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Manufacturers Sought By DWD For Worker Training

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A former long-time Minocqua area resident is an assistant Deputy Secretary at the state Department of Workforce Development. He thinks there soon will be more workers to help fill a jobs gap for skilled manufacturers.

David Anderson was in the Northwoods recently to let businesses know more training money soon will be available through the "Fast Forward" program...

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VA offers services
3:21 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Higher ALS Rates For Veterans Compared To Population

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A nationwide craze has seen many folks dumping ice water on their heads as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS ,commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Oneida County Veteran's Service Officer Tammy Walters says there's a link involving a higher incidence of ALS and veterans....

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Narrow the choice of candidates
5:59 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Voters To Host Primary Election

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Voters go to the polls today in Lac du Flambeau to narrow down the list of candidates  on the primary ballot for the fall election.

Three persons are challenging incumbent President Tom Maulson. Beverly LaBarge, Henry "Butch" St. Germain, Sr., and Joseph Wildcat, Sr. are on the ballot.

For tribal Vice-President, three candidates include Mike Allen, Sr., Melissa Christiansen, and Ruben(Wayman) Santiesteban.

31 candidates are running for 12 positions on the tribal council.

Polls are open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the William Wildcat community center.

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
5:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

St. Germain Electors To Vote Wed. On Land Purchase

Electors in the Vilas county town of St. Germain will vote Wednesday whether to have the town purchase 237 acres that adjoins town property.

Integrys Energy Group, the parent of Wisconsin Public Service, is offering the land for purchase.

Town Chair Walt Camp says the purchase price is just under $500,000, but the state Knowles-Nelson  Stewardship fund is available for about half for the purchase. Camp says this is a rare opportunity for St. Germain...

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Meeting Sept. 25
5:38 am
Mon September 1, 2014

10 Years Of Fighting Aquatic Invasive Species--What's Next?

Ted Ritter
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A meeting later this month will celebrate 10 years of Northwoods efforts to fight aquatic invasive species, but a spokesperson says the gathering will also look at challenges for the next decade.

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Labor Day
4:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Enjoy The Day Off But Remember History Says Leader

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It's Labor Day in the U.S. and a labor activist says it's perfectly o.k. to take the day off...

"...it is a break from work. That's the point. To recognize people who toil for a living. So enjoy the day!...."

That's Bill Brockmiller,  president of the western Wisconsin AFL-CIO. He says he hopes workers take a moment to recognize the things they have because of the effort of organized labor...

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Numbers back to pre-recession levels
10:41 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Lots Of Travelers This Labor Day, Gas Prices Down

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There's more of us on the roads this Labor Day holiday weekend according to Wisconsin Triple-A.
Spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says expect to see many people with you on the roads...

"....we're going to have the highest travel volume since 2008. Nationally, that's going to mean about 35 million folks hitting the roads. Locally, here in Wisconsin were looking at 731,000 residents will be traveling...."

Jarmusz says nationally, it will be the highest travel volume since 2008. Jarmusz says stability in gas prices is also leading travelers to hit the roads...

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Critics say measure circumvents vote
4:16 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Michigan In Debate Over Wolf Hunt, Referendums

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As Wisconsin is preparing for its second wolf hunt,  Michigan residents are protesting a move by that state's legislature that some feel is designed to preempt two November referendum questions.

This week the Republican-led state House approved a law that allows the state to name games species and establish hunting seasons without the Governor's signature. This could signal a second U.P. wolf hunt.

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