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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Says recent bills proof of power play
4:47 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Legislator Says Local Communities Losing Power

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit wisconsin.gov

A legislator is concerned about the centralization of control being pushed on local units of government by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Democratic State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland says the majority party is showing a tendency to want more power focused in Madison...

 

"....fact we want to have a say in what we want in our own communities. Ironically, we're seeing with the majority that is in now, they want to erode local control, they want to focus power in Madison on many issues...."

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Printed and online
5:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New "PAL" Shows State Recreational Opportunities

Public Access Lands Atlas(PAL)
Credit Wisconsin DNR

A new DNR Public Access Lands Atlas...with the acronym "PAL"... is now available online and in a printable format. The atlas highlights the significant increase in public access to Wisconsin lands made possible through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, as well as other lands open to the public for outdoor recreation.

The atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary, and extensive contact information to help you connect with land managers to learn more about the properties.

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Wednesday evening fire
3:01 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Fire Kills Two In Mercer

Credit fr.wikipedia.org

A 37 year old woman and a 24 year old man have died in a house fire in Iron county.

The Sheriff's Department said the call came in just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night. Mercer Fire and Rescue went to the home on Old Highway 51 Road in Mercer.

The home was completely ablaze when help arrived.

Names are being withheld until relatives are notified.

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Long dispute nearing end
2:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

LDF Tribe Agrees To Buy Strawberry Island

Credit ldftribe.com

A long time standoff between the owner of Strawberry Island in Lac du Flambeau and the tribe is a step closer to being resolved.

This week the tribe's Land Management Office told the tribal council they had come to an agreement to acquire Strawberry Island for $250,000. The tribal council passed a resolution approving the sale.

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Other counties using model
4:59 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Business Incubator For Oneida County?

Oneida county would like to follow Vilas county with a business incubator
Credit Vilas County Economic Development Corporation

Business incubators have been started in at least two Northwoods counties and Oneida county might also be looking into it.

An incubator works by putting several mostly new small businesses in one building, sharing relatively low rent and utilities with the idea toward growth and eventually leaving the nest.

During this week's Board of Supervisor's meeting, Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Director Roger Luce said critics say the incubator's compete with private sector rentals. He disputes that...

 

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U.P. health provider
4:47 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Aspirus, Northstar Form Affiliation

NorthStar Iron River, Michigan
Credit Aspirus

NORTHSTAR Health System and Aspirus Health System have announced an affiliation agreement.

 

Based in Iron River, Michigan NORTHSTAR includes a 25-bed critical access hospital with clinics in Iron River, Marenisco and Crystal Falls. They also have home health and hospice services. NORTHSTAR has 370 employees. Aspirus is based in Wausau. The transaction is expected to be done in late January.

Connie Koutouzos, NORTHSTAR Chief Executive Officer says the juncture will help them do more...

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High schoolers taking college training
4:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Youth Apprenticeship Bill In Rhinelander

Gov. Walker and Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster
Credit Ken Krall-WXPR

Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill in Rhinelander that he says will help employers get more skilled workers to companies. Youth Apprenticeship integrates high school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in skills defined by Wisconsin industries. It works with local school districts and the area technical colleges.

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Baier died Sunday
3:37 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Long Time Oneida Co. Bd. Member Remembered

Gary Baier's District 20 seat Tuesday morning
Credit Ken Krall-WXPR

The Oneida County Board remembered one of their own Tuesday. 69 year old Gary Baier, who represented the towns of Nokomis and Little Rice died Sunday after battling cancer.

Board Chair Ted Cushing said Baier was a mentor to him when he joined the board...

 

"...with Gary you knew where you stood. He had a position and he stuck by it..and I admire him for that..."

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Oneida county board
2:47 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Property Rights Versus Public Rights Debate Resurfaces

A photoshopped version of what Crescent Lake near Rhinelander might look like if the proposed boathouse changes were enacted. Others disputed this portrayal as not realistic.
Credit Joel Knutson-Crescent Lake

The Oneida County Board has tabled a move to allow boathouses  at the water's edge.

A two-hour debate ensued, centering around the long-time flashpoint of property rights versus the water rights of all residents.

A public hearing in July asked whether to allow boathouses at the water's edge for storage and whether those structures could have flat roofs.

Lake protection groups have said the area near a lakeshore is crucial to maintaining a healthy lake, with runoff a problem.

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Fundraising to start soon
10:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Rhinelander Library Project Close To Approval

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

A draft proposal for an addition to the Rhinelander District Library is nearing a decision by its Board.

The board has been working with an architect to provide additional space, especially meeting rooms says Library Director Ed Hughes...

 

"....I saw what was supposed to be the penultimate drawing for the plan, this is long before the final one, but I'm looking at it and I think there's some things in there that need to be fixed in my opinion. It's looking really good. If it was ready tomorrow I'd say, 'go ahead'.....

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