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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Attorney says he will get treatment
2:31 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Bond Set For RHS Teacher Accused of Theft, Drugs

The Rhinelander high school teacher accused of theft and marijuana manufacturing will be allowed out of jail to seek drug treatment.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond for Joshua Jurgens. Public Defender Maggie Hogan said arrangements had been made for treatment December 9....

 

"....we have secured a bed for him at Koinonia that is available for him on December 9. I would also request the court consider to modify his bond to allow treatment..."

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Says court should look at other law
9:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Family Petitions U.S. Court For Reconsideration

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An Oneida county property owner has asked for a federal court reconsideration on a recent decision concerning a religious facility.

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Winter hours only
4:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Budget Cuts Means Less Rhinelander Library Hours

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

The Rhinelander District Library Board has agreed to cut hours to make up a budget shortfall.

This fall, Director Ed Hughes told the Rhinelander city council his budget was overdrawn because of an error made concerning employee health insurance last year. With the city and supporting towns experiencing tight fiscal times, they rejected an increase to cover the loss.

Hughes says the library board agreed to not fill a vacant position and cut hours...

 

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New one at Highways 8 & 47
3:22 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Digital Boards For Rhinelander?

Digital billboard examples
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Rhinelander  will soon have its second digital billboard but some on the city council think it could set a precedent.

The Laska brothers would like to open an auction house at the corner of Highways 8 and 47 on Rhinelander's west side at the site currently being used as a recycling center.

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Social Program Feels the Pinch
2:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Sequester Cuts Impacting Meals For Seniors

Diane Jacobson
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Much was debated in Congress about mandatory across the board  budget cuts called sequestration. The impacts the federal sequester made in areas such as air traffic controllers and military bands were widely reported,  but the  cuts are having an impact on meals delivered to senior citizens.  

Ken Krall talks with Dianne Jacobson, the Director of the Oneida County Department on Aging about tough times for the Senior Nutrition Program.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson. More information is available at the office in Rhinelander.

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Oneida County Treasurer's Report
4:33 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Tax Delinquencies Down, But Foreclosures Up

Oneida county foreclosures up
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The mixed economic news reflects on figures given to the Oneida county board on delinquent taxes and foreclosures.

County Treasurer Kris Osterman said the number of tax delinquencies last year were down which usually shows people have enough money to pay their taxes. But other parts of her report showed tough times...

"....we had the same foreclosures this year as we had last year. We finished foreclosing on 24 properties which is a record ever since I've been here, we've never had that many properties...."

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Levy up 2.4%
4:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

OC Budget: Lots Of Debate, Cuts Mostly Restored

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As money gets tighter at the local level, governments are wrestling with balancing their budgets. The Oneida County Board passed a 2014 budget that saw an unexpected windfall give some space to reduce budget cuts.

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Heated exchange at meeting
7:55 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Rhinelander Council Ok's Mayor Meeting Pay

Mayor Dick Johns at Rhinelander Brewing event
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The Rhinelander city council last night fixed a loophole regarding the mayor's pay. It got a little heated.

The mayor gets a thousand dollars a month, plus paid for committee meetings. But a loophole in the pay regimen found the mayor runs the city council meetings, but doesn't get paid for them.

Three of eight councilmembers voted not to allow the extra pay including Alex Young, saying other employees have been asked to sacrifice...

 

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Multiple events around Northwoods
1:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Honors Those In Service

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It's Veterans Day, the day set aside to honor all who have served our country in the military.

A truce was declared on November 11, 1918 which halted World War I hostilities. The next year, President Wilson declared November 11 as "Armistice Day" to remember the Great War. After Congress officially recognized the day as a holiday in 1938, it was renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954 to bring in the veterans from World War II and Korea.

Vilas County Veterans Service Officer Michael Biszak says the sacrifices veterans endure should be remembered...

 

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Reworked health coverage
4:30 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

A Deficit To A Surplus In Three Lakes

Three Lakes Town Chair Stella Westfall
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Sharp pencils have produced a surplus from an initial budget deficit in Three Lakes.

Town chair Stella Westfall said in the early work they were about $143,000 dollars over budget. But she says staff and department heads found a way to turn that around...

 

"...they just did a great job and made recommendations to decrease our expenses. The department heads really tried to be efficient...bottom line is instead of this $143,000 deficit, we ended up with a $34,000 surplus...."

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