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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Oneida county crash
4:37 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Motorcycle Crash Victim Dies

One of the two motorcyclists injured in a crash last weekend north of Tomahawk has died.


The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 50-year-old Benjamin J. Guite, Sr. of Merrill died Wednesday at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The second motorcyclist, 49 year old Lynette A. Haman of Elkhorn, Wisconsin was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Her condition was not released.

Officials recommend vaccination
4:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Flu Season Is Underway In Northwoods

Flu Shot Bug
Credit oneidacountyhealthdepartment.org

Besides the beginning of the football season, it's also the beginning of the flu season. Health officials say it's a good time to consider a flu shot.


Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Van Den Heuvel has some tips....


 



"....recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months and if they are under six months, they cannot get a flu shot. It's really important that anyone that has a small infant, daycare, or works with a small infant gets their flu shots...."


 

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Decent Grades
3:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Northern Schools Fare Well By State Standards

Report cards are out for all Wisconsin schools and districts.
Credit Basheer Tome

School report cards are in, and Northwoods school districts are on track or exceeding expectations. 

The statewide performance report ranks schools on measures like student achievement, attendance and college readiness. Schools get placed in one of five categories between "failing" and "significantly exceeding expectations."

Northland Pines schools in Eagle River was rated as "exceeding expectations". District Administrator Dr.  Mike Richie says the numbers are positive.

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Designed for information sharing
2:31 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Ministry Health Care Collaborates With Health System

Credit Ministry Health Care

Ministry Health Care and Quality Health Solutions have announced a partnership that a spokesperson says should help both organizations improve patient care.


 


Quality Health Solutions a collaborative group of Wisconsin health care systems and the Medical College of Wisconsin. QHS is expanding its accountable care network.


Ministry Health Care senior vice-president Ronald Mahorek says the partnership is an effort to improve quality and lower costs through an accountable care organization. He gives an example...


 

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Committee to be formed
8:33 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Nicolet College Board Postpones LRC Decision

Peter Christiansen Dental Clinic where Nicolet College Board meeting was held
Credit WXPR

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has voted to postpone a decision on sending proposals to remodel the Learning Resources Center to the state for review.


Meeting last night in Lac du Flambeau, the board decided it was better to put a community committee together to decide the best course of action.

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Weston Plant Not A Finalist
3:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

WPS Looking For More Electric Power By 2019

An eagle by the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Wisconsin Public Service officials say by 2019 they will need more power for this region. The utility serving much of the Northwoods says they have two options: buy power or generate more power. And if they decide to generate more power they've narrowed down to possible sites.


WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees....


 

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Moved to November meeting
3:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

No Decision On Boathouse Roof Change

A Northwoods boathouse
Credit topix.com

A resolution that would allow flat roofs on boathouses in Oneida county was postponed at Tuesday's county board meeting.


Planning and Development chair Scott Holowinski asked for the postponement after department Director Karl Jenrich heard from the DNR....


 



"....we submitted it to DNR to comment on the rule and Karl, this morning, got an email(from the DNR) with some changes that the committee should talk about before we debate this. So what I'd like to do is table this...."


 

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Joins other county boards
3:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

OC Board Asks For More National Forest Cutting

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Credit fs.usda.gov

The Oneida county board has joined other counties asking the U.S. Forest Service and Congress to make changes in policy allowing more cutting in Wisconsin's national forest and other forests.

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Middle East stability key
4:03 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Gas Prices Could Fall To $3.00 A Gallon

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

A gas price expert says the good news is fuel prices will be dropping this fall, the bad news is U.S. drivers spent $3 billion dollars more this summer on gas than in 2012.


Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski from the website gasbuddy.com......


 

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First meeting in Rhinlelander
4:02 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Swearingen To Chair Legislative Panel On Rural Schools

Rep. Rob Swearingen (34th Assembly) Rhinelander
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.


The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.


He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...


 

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