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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Salvation Army Northwoods totals
11:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Mother Nature, Calendar and Internet Slowed Donations

Credit Rhinelander Salvation Army

The fundraising totals across the Northwoods were down during this years Salvation Army bell-ringing time. Ken Krall reports Mother Nature, the calendar and the Internet worked against the effort this year.

Salvation Army spokesperson Tom Bremer) oversees the collections for the Northwoods.....

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Fundraiser for trail support
5:12 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

RASTA Offers Snowshoe Competition

Handmade snowshoe
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association is hosting an event next weekend near Rhinelander to raise money for area silent sport trails.

RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory talks about the Snowshoe hare race...

"...it's a great opportunity for folks who have never snowshoed before, or folks who are doing it a lot and doing different races to come out and enjoy the day. It's January 11 and it will be at Holiday Acres...."

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Issues with rural schools
4:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Task Force Coming To Antigo, Elcho This Wednesday

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools is holding its fourth public hearing Wednesday afternoon(Jan. 8) at the Antigo high school.

Task Force Chair, Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, says they wanted to start with a meeting in Rhinelander. He says after going to other parts of the state, they come back to this region...

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SportFit program
5:05 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Packers Foundation Funds Athletes In Antigo

Langlade Hospital Center for Health and Performance
Credit langladehospital.org

The Langlade Hospital Center For Health and Performance has received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation which should help local athletes be in top shape.

Center Supervisor Greg Renfro says the $2,000 grant will enable them to purchase equipment for the "SportFit" program...

 

"....the program is set up so student athletes can come into our facility. We design a program for whatever their sport is...lets say baseball...we design a program that is designed to help that individual perform optimally as a baseball player..."

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Deadline in March
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Session This Week To Sign Up For the ACA

The President's signature on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

While one deadline to enroll in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed, another deadline is approaching in March. People needing help to enroll in Obamacare can meet with experts this week who can help.

Mary Testin is the Regional Enrollment Network lead person for this region.....

 

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Cold could be life -threatening
3:51 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Warming Shelters Set Up In Northwoods

Frostbitten hands
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The Oneida and Vilas Public Health and Emergency Management Departments have released a list of facilities open 24 hours that people could go to if they need to warm up in the extreme cold.

In Oneida county, Trig's Riverwalk Centre and Wal-Mart...both in Rhinelander... are facilities that are open 24 hours. In Minocqua, Trig's and WalMart along Highway 70 are open 24 hours, as is Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff..

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Admitted to addiction problems
2:53 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Former Teacher Sentenced On Theft, Drug Charges

Juergens at the time of his arrest.
Credit Oneida County Sheriff

A former Rhinelander high school English teacher has been sentenced for theft and drugs.

As part of a plea bargain to include several charges, 35 year old Joshua Juergens was given four years probation, and 31 additional days in jail. Juergens was arrested in September after a disturbance at his residence. Later a search warrant was served by police who found a computer belonging to Rhinelander high school and a marijuana grow operation. District Attorney Michael Schiek said four charges were dismissed after Juergens entered guilty pleas to theft and drug charges...

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Charges unknown at this point
3:29 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Brief Skirmish Led To Death Says Police Chief

Credit WXPR

A brief skirmish in a downtown Rhinelander bar led to the death of a man early New Year's day, another man being injured with a third man involved.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the person who died at Sackett's Bar on Brown Street was 48 year old James R. Tanner. The injured man was 62 year old John Klucarich. Both are from Rhinelander.

Steffes says Tanner and Klucarich were having a conversation when witnesses say Tanner threw a punch...

 

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86 cents of each dollar stays locally
11:45 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Weather Affected 2013 Rhinelander Bell Ringing

Rhinelander area bell ringer
Credit Salvation Army/Facebook

Bell ringers for the Salvation Army faced brutal temperatures this year to raise money for local charitable needs. Ken Krall talked with Kim Swisher, a coordinator for the Rhinelander area efforts, about the results of this year's campaign.  

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No longer made
3:28 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Phasing Out 60 and 40 Watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

Lights out on the 40 and 60 watt'ers
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

2014 begins the next "phase" of slowly eliminating incandescent light bulbs.

A new federal law ends the production of 60 and 40 watt bulbs. A prior law already has banned the production of 100 and 75 watt bulbs.

The federal government wants consumers to move to the more energy efficient halogen or compact flourescent bulbs.

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