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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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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Causes lung cancer
4:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

January A Good Time For Radon Testing

Radon test kit
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

 January is National Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have an even larger threat of developing lung cancer if radon is present in their surroundings.

Charlotte Ahrens from the Oneida County Health Department describes radon...

 

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Economy slowly recovering
4:54 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local, state taxes down, federal taxes up-WTA

Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

2013 state and local taxes fell slightly and federal taxes rose according to a tax watchdog group.

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has a new report on 2013 tax collections.

Stephanie Rubin is a WISTAX research analyst...

 

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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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