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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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
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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
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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

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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
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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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Coordinate in event like Oak Creek
3:18 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Northwoods Emergency Response Team Proposed

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Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes would like to see emergency responders ready to go if there's an incident in the city.

There's a proposal before the city council to authorize their portion of the North Central Emergency Response Team. The planning would enable officers to more quickly respond to an emergency...

 

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Early New Year's day
11:09 am
Wed January 1, 2014

One Person Dead, Another Injured In Downtown Rhinelander

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One person has died and another was injured in an early Wednesday morning disturbance at a downtown Rhinelander tavern.

Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes reports they were called shortly after midnight to Sackett's Bar at 66 North Brown Street. When officers arrived, two individuals were on the floor. A 48 year old man died at the scene. The other person on the floor was transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.

Family members are being notified before the deceased person's name is released.

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Cold snap continues
3:04 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Don't Forget Pets And Your Safety In The Bitter Cold

Even the Iditarod dogs are protected
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The cold snap can cause problems for not only humans but pets and a Division of Emergency Management spokesperson says just because they have fur doesn't mean they're cold-proof.

Tod Pritchard says there are a few things to remember....

"....dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, and nose and of course their paws are especially vulnerable to not only the cold but to other things like salt we put down on our sidewalk, and to anti-freeze which people know is very deadly to pets and that sometimes can leak out...."

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E-cigs not F.D.A. approved to end smoking
9:52 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants

E-cigarette designed to look like a filtered tobacco cigarette
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A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.

Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....

 

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