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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Parade Friday evening
1:43 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

As Riders Arrive, MDA A Focus Of Fall Ride In Tomahawk

Credit rumblinpride.com

The annual Fall Ride is underway in Tomahawk, an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association led by one of it's top contributors, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, with a plant in Tomahawk.


40,000 visitors are expected and the sound of motorcycles across the Northwoods will be heard most of the weekend.


Director Tamra Anderson from the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says while all the visitors bring a surge to the local businesses, there is a reason for the ride...


 

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The DOT's "REF" At Fall Ride
12:22 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Thousands Of Motorcycles, One Simulator

Tomahawk Fall Ride
Credit traveltomahawk.com

The Ref has arrived in the Northwoods...and we're not talking about a football game.


The Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility...THE REF...is operated by the state DOT's Motorcycle Safety Program.


With the Fall Ride in Tomahawk expecting to attract 40,000 people this weekend, many on motorcycles, DOT officials bring the motorcycle simulator and trainer to give people a perspective on motorcycles and safety.


Spokesperson Peggy Drinsinger says the idea is to cut down on accidents with more education...


 

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International travel a focus
2:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Mole Lake To Host 2015 Native American Tourism Conference

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community in Forest county has been selected to host an event in 2015 that continues to highlight the growing interest in Native American tourism.


The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference travels each year to another of the 11 state tribal sites.


NATOW vice-chairwoman and Mole Lake Lodge and Conference Center Manager Carmen McGeshick says the gathering each year is designed to raise tourism awareness. The consortium recently took a step forward with the hiring of a new director...


 

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Recent Iron County Citizen's Forum meeting
2:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Water Data Needed For Mine EIS

Bad River Watershed
Credit basineducation.uwex.edu

There's been a call to gather data over a longer period of time to see the impact of mining on water bodies near the proposed G-TAC (Gogebic Taconite) mine.


At a recent Iron County Citizen's Forum, Matt Hudson from Northland College in Ashland and Tony Janisch from the Bad River Watershed Association made presentations about the need for more science before a decision is made on mining.


Terry Daulton from the Citizen's Forum says Hudson talked about the need to gather data...


 

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Double the 2012 numbers
2:14 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Hunting Dogs Killed That Mix With Wolves

Credit ifaw.org

20 hunting dogs have been killed since July as they come into contact with wolves.


Typically, the dogs are trained to hunt bear in July and August. During that time, the dogs are in the woods and come into contact with wolves who have young, especially near what are called rendezvous sites.


DNR Large Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the depredation numbers are up...


 

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Troubling Trend
3:26 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Activist Equates Solitary Confinement to Torture

The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Woodruff September 15 is hosting a speaker who says the way prisoners are housed in prolonged solitary confinement in this country amounts to a form of torture.

Linda Gustitus is President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Today, one out of every 100 American adults is behind bars and many are in solitary. Gustitus talked with WXPR News Director Ken Krall about the increased use of solitary confinement that has caught the attention of some rights activists.

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Northern Wisconsin walks underway
2:29 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease Affects 5 Million Americans

Credit alz.org

September is a busy time for Alzheimer's Associations across Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. with fundraising walks.


Area chapter spokesperson Diana Butz(butts) says nationally, nearly 600 walks take place this time of year....


 



"....we use these events to increase awareness and funding for Alzheimers programs and research. And right here in our chapter area we have 30 walks taking place throughout northern and northeast Wisconsin...."

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Doesn't get paid for council meetings
1:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Glitch In Rules Discovered For Rhinelander Mayor's Pay

Rhinelander city hall
Credit royalbroil/commons.wikimedia.org

What Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier calls a "glitch" has been discovered concerning how Rhinelander pays its mayor.


The part-time mayor gets paid $1,000 a month, plus travel expenses when he or she is representing the city, plus per diem for committee meetings attended, same as council members. While the mayor doesn't vote during committee meetings, he or she gathers in the information. The mayor is often the point person with the public.


But Pelletier says one very important meeting has been left off....


 

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Religious freedom vs. local control
8:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. 7th Circuit To Hear Oneida County Case

Squash Lake, Oneida county
Credit lakeplace.com

A federal appeals court is hearing an Oneida county case involving a local government's ability to regulate private property designated for religious purposes.


 

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Mistake leads to arbitration hearing
7:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Health Costs Put Hurdle In Way Of Rhinelander Dist. Library

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

The Rhinelander city council has voted to send the Rhinelander District library's budget to the town partners for arbitration.


Library Director Ed Hughes told the council while preparing the budget, they noticed they should have been paying more for health insurance...


 



"...we were caught last year by surprise. We weren't covering some people that needed to be covered by insurance. It was an honest mistake, but it's costing us $40,000 to $42,000 a year..."

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