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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Committee recommends remodeling
6:45 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Nicolet Board To Consider Possible LRC Remodel Referendum

Nicolet College LRC building
Credit campusexplorer.com

No decision was made, but a work team has recommended a possible referendum involving three projects deemed critical and five other projects at the Nicolet College LRC building.

The Board of Trustees assembled the team this summer after a proposal arose to use the maximum allowed borrowing authority without a referendum to remodel parts of the Learning Resources Center. When opposition to that approach surfaced, the work team met to recommend a course.

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More arrests likely
3:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

16 People Arrested In Forest County Drug Sting

Sheriff John Dennee
Credit forestcountysheriff.org

16 people have been arrested and three more are being sought in connection with an undercover drug investigation in Forest county.

Sheriff John Dennee reports confidential informants allegedly purchase marijuana, cocaine, and prescription meds from county residents and people not in Forest county.

Nine of the suspects are from Crandon ...Steven Polar, Laurie Olds, Kyler Williams,Mackenzi McGhesick, Candice Holmes, Alexander VanZile, Ahshoni Daniels, Tonya Malone and Jodie Burnett. Two others are from Wabeno.. John Powless and Sheenah White.

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Tomahawk Venison Feed
3:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Venison Burgers Renew Nearly Half-Century Tradition

Credit en.wikipedia.org

They're cooking them until their gone....the 48th Annual Venison Feed is Friday in downtown Tomahawk.

Chamber Executive Director Tamra Anderson says they are ready for hungry hunters...

 

"...it's our free feed in downtown Tomahawk. This year we're going to give away about 1600 venison burgers....we fire up 5 grills starting at about 10:00 o'clock and we start serving burgers around 11:30....."

The event is free. She says its a way to say thanks to the community...

 

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Parkinson to retire in December
1:49 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miljevich Named As Rhinelander City Attorney

After 33 years, Rhinelander will have a new city attorney beginning next month.

The city council Monday night hired Carrie Miljevich of Rhinelander to succeed Phil Parkinson. Parkinson began as city attorney in 1980 and is retiring next month.

Mayor Dick Johns says Miljevich is qualified for the position..

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Program next weekend
10:22 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Alzheimer's Panel Discusses The Disease On WXPR

The panel November 14 at the White Pine Room
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. Earlier this month, WXPR public radio gathered experts at its studios to talk about the disease, the warning signs, treatment and research, support services and how caregivers cope with a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. The one-hour program will be broadcast twice: Friday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. and again Sunday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.

WXPR is heard at 91.7 FM, 100.9 FM near Ironwood-Hurley, and 91.9 FM in central Wisconsin. More information is available at 715-362-6000.

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Higher assessment replenishes fund
6:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rhinelander Holds Line On City Budget

Rhinelander city hall
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A higher than expected city assessed value  has helped the Rhinelander city council  keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.

The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn...

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4 of 5 dollars stays locally
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Red Kettle Volunteers On Duty

Bell ringers will be out front of stores in the next few weeks.
Credit Salvation Army

Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but the Salvation Army has begun it's annual bell ringers campaign at points across the Northwoods.

Ken Krall talks with Tom Bremer the Field Representative for the Salvation Army, about where the money goes that gets put in the Red Kettles.

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Elcho, Antigo possible
3:53 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible

Credit wisconsinsfuture.org

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.

Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...

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Look at Northwoods resources
3:01 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

AUDIO: WXPR Program Focuses On Alzheimer's Disease

From left, Julie St. Pierre, Dr. Chris Koeppl, Ken Krall, Jim Brust
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WXPR gathered a panel of experts to talk about the disease.  

Hear the full one-hour broadcast below:

One of the panelists is Dr. Chris Koeppl, Director of the Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Center at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander.

He says people should prepare for the possibility of getting Alzheimer's as they would other issues...

 

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Delay up to a year
9:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Backups Slow Northwoods Veterans Claims

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters
Credit Oneida county

Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...

 

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