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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Frozen Road Declaration
2:19 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Heavier Trucks Allowed On Northern Roads Friday

Heavier hauls
Credit Wis. Dept. of Transportation

The very cold weather in the north has enabled state officials to begin the Frozen Road Declaration for this winter.

The declaration enables haulers to increase weights on the roadways. In zones 1 and 2...roughly the northern half of the state.... the declaration begins Friday morning.

 

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$14 million dollars
12:24 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Antigo Cheesemaker To Expand, Jobs Added

Credit sartoricheese.com

A $14 million expansion and renovation project at the Sartori cheese facilities in Antigo and Plymouth was announced Wednesday by the state.

The expansion is expected to bring 53 new jobs to the two facilities.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation spokesperson Mark Maley(mail-lee) says the project will enable the fourth-generation family-owned company to update equipment in its 100-year-old facility in Antigo, improve employee working conditions, enhance safety and sustainability initiatives while expanding capacity....

 

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Oneida county case
11:37 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Bible Camp Rehearing Request Denied By Court

Credit Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has denied a rehearing on a decision against a family hoping to build a bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake.

The Jaros Family has tried for nearly a decade to build the facility on family owned land in the town of Woodboro, Oneida county. Oneida county and the town of Woodboro, along with the Oneida County Board of Adjustment have all denied needed permits.

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Must follow judge's orders
1:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Teen Avoids Prison Time In Stabbing Incident

A Lac du Flambeau teen has avoided prison time in connection with the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.

17 year old Christian Soulier had entered a no contest plea to amended felony charges concerning a January incident at his mother's home in Forest county. He initially had been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but entered into a plea agreement with the state in return to a guilty plea to lesser charges.

V.A. and private sector
1:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Veterans Without Dental Ins. Can Join New Program

Veteran getting dental care
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Veterans have another dental option as part of their VA healthcare.

V.A. spokesperson Brad Nelson says they're now offering dental isnurance at reduced premiums. He says veterans now get comprehensive dental benefits if they meet stringent eligibility standards, including total disability. But Nelson says the majority of veterans don't have full care. He says the VA has contracted with private companies MetLife and Delta Dental to provide insurance. He says the VA website has a link...

 

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Alleges city improperly tossed tent. agreement
3:25 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

City Union Files Suit Against City of Rhinlander

A city of Rhinelander union has filed suit against the city, accusing it of rejecting what had been considered a tentative agreement.

The suit alleges the city illegally struck down the agreement that was reached in December, 2012.

 

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Roads not ready yet
5:21 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

DOT Frozen Road Law Changed For Northern Haulers

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

  

Though temperatures have been cold, it's still several days before Wisconsin's Frozen Road Law will kick in. That word from the D.O.T.... but a new way of looking at hat roads are covered under the law has been announced.

The D.O.T.'s Mike Sproul says they've worked with the trucking industry to establish new boundaries for four of the state’s five frost zones....

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Cost savings or living up to a contract?
5:15 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Eagle River, Town of Lincoln, DOT Battle Over Street Lights

Credit en.wikipedia.org

City officials in Eagle River and the Vilas county town of Lincoln are upset with the Department of Transportation about lighting along highways. The state says it's a matter of keeping past agreements and safety.

In Eagle River, in city areas officials think are "over lit" they have turned off 27 lights. A couple of lights were turned back on after people complained. But local governments would like to save more money by turning off some of the lights along the state-maintained roadways.

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Held at Boom Lake in June
4:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Rhinelander Event Celebrates Logging Heritage

The logging boom.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A new event promoting northern Wisconsin's logging heritage is coming to Rhinelander next summer.

Ken Krall talked with Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed about the Boom Lake Log Jam.

Reed says there will be things to do for the whole family.

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Leader says it's the "new normal"
10:46 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Cities, Villages Adjusting Services To Budgets

Credit facebook.com

Austerity is the apparently the "new normal" for Wisconsin communities as 2014 budgets have been finalized.

That message from Dan Thompson, Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin municipalities. The League is an umbrella group for the state's cities and villages.

Thompson says the League each community has different budget situations. But, in general, he says leaders have a similar reaction...

 

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