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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Slower than anticipated
1:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Wisconsin's Economic Indicators Show Growth

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Even though unemployment in the Northwoods remains stubborly high compared to other parts of the state, an economist says leading indicators are pointing up.

Scott Hodek is based in Eau Claire for the Department of Workforce Development.

Hodek says they look at the numbers like the manufacturing work week and inventories...

 

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Free rides for patrons
1:07 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Safe Ride Home Program Heavily Used In Oneida County

Counties with a Safe Ride Home Program
Credit Tavern League of Wisconsin

While revelers go out to ring in the new year, a program is there year round to make sure patrons get home safely.

Aaron Schultz is the vice-president of the Oneida County Tavern League and coordinates the Safe Ride Home Program...

 

"....it is no cost to the patron and it is funded by the Oneida County Tavern League through our fundraising efforts and money from the state....if your establishment is a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, you're able to offer this service to your customers...."

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Site of historic battle
1:31 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

LDF Tribe Purchases Strawberry Island

President Tom Maulson(with papers) and the LDF Tribal Council at the transfer of Strawberry Island to the tribe.
Credit LDF Tribal Communications

In 1745, the Ojibwe defeated the Lakota Sioux in a battle at a place called Strawberry Island, now on  the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa reservation in Vilas county. It ended the Sioux dominance in this region. The island had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but to the Chippewa, it was a place of significant cultural and spiritual meaning that they did not own, until Monday.

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Domestic Production On Rise
4:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Analyst: Gas Prices To Remain Stable In 2014

Patrick, DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst
Credit GasBuddy.com

Just before Christmas, gas prices took a jump after falling to about $3.11.  

Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst for the website Gas Buddy.com told Ken Krall this likely is a short-term rise.

DeHaan says another factor in rising gas prices, tension in the oil-producting Middle East, is beginning to lessen. He says that factor also is stabilizing prices.

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Two year study
5:38 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Large Grant To Study Declining Forest Products Industry

Vintage picture of logging
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A $600,000 state grant will enable a study as to why Wisconsin's forest products industry is declining while at the same time the number of trees has grown.

The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...headquartered in Rhinelander...and the Wisconsin County Forests Association are administering the grant. The funding came from an amendment put into the state budget by State Senator Tom Tiffany.

 

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Big changes in 2014
2:36 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Still Time For Year End Tax Planning

Credit irs.com

There's still a few things you can do to save yourself from the tax bite before 2014 comes this Wednesday .

Certified Public Accountant Mary Schwaiger from Reach and Schwaiger in Eagle River...

 

"....if you're itemizing deductions, it does make sense to make more charitable contributions before the end of the year, pay your property taxes ahead of time. Paying the property taxes also gives you a credit on the state of Wisconsin, so that helps on both ends..."

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Thursday afternoon fire
11:49 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Name Of Antigo Fire Victim Released

The name of the woman who died in a house fire in Antigo has been released. The Antigo Fire Department says 85 year old Thelma Bula died in the fire at her home on Arctic Street about 2 p.m.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, heavy smoke was pouring from the home. It took over four hours to control the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

WPS, UPPCO crew members
4:56 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Northwoods Power Crews Heading To Lower Michigan

Power lines down
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  

Wisconsin Public Service employees from the Northwoods are among the crew members heading to Flint, Michigan to restore power.

Southern Michigan all the way to the east coast was hit with icing conditions last weekend, leading to millions of people without power.

WPS spokesperson Lisa Prunty says some of the crew members heading to lower Michigan are from the Northwoods...

 

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Rate drops in other counties
2:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Jobless Rate Higher In Northern Counties

Looking for work
Credit en.wikipedia.org

While Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate continues to drop, Northwoods unemployment continues above state average. In Iron county's situation, they have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

State numbers released Thursday show Iron county at 13.2 percent, Vilas is fourth highest at 9.5 percent, Forest is at 8.1 percent, but Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties are lower in the 7 percent range. Price county is at 5.3 percent. Wisconsin's average is 5.8 percent.

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More money but contracts to change
1:11 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Mental Health Contracts Based On Performance Possible

Human Service Center office in Rhinelander
Credit thehumanservicecenter.org

A consultant has been hired to help the three-county Human Service Center develop outcome-based contracts for local counseling providers.

Board President Bill Korrer said Center staff contacted the three partner counties about getting a pay hike for providers, something Korrer says hadn't been done for a long time...

 

"....we've had the rates frozen for a number of years now, and a lot of the smaller providers haven't had the luxury of a rate increase...."

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