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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Up to 20,000 attend
2:01 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Officials Say Vilas County Fair A Success

Fun at the fair
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Good weather brought out tens of thousands of visitors to the Vilas County Fair which ended Sunday in Eagle River.


Fair Assistant Secretary Debra Eicher says the turnout was heavy...


 



"...it was very successful. We had so many new events. We had great attendance, somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand(visitors) as best as we could tell because we have free admission..."


She says the public came forward with exhibits...


 

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$500,000 in question
11:23 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To 17 Embezzlement, Tax Fraud Charges

Oneida county courthouse
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A woman charged with 17 felonies relating to her time working at Aqualand Manufacturing has entered not guilty pleas to all charges.


46 year old Lisa Saykally is charged with allegedly using company funds to pay off personal accounts when she was employed at the Woodruff firm from 1995 to 2011. She is the daughter of Aqualand's owners. Court documents indicate the amount of money involved is alleged to be more than $500,000 dollars. Most of the charges are felonies, including state tax fraud.

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Sheriff's investigation leads to charges
9:40 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Elcho Clerk-Treasurer Faces 43 Charges

The town of Elcho's clerk-treasurer has been charged with 43 counts of misconduct in public office and forgery in Langlade county.


Online court records indicate 43 year old Melissa Bloechl of Elcho is facing one theft charge in excess of $10,000, two counts of forgery and forty counts of misconduct in public office. The complaint was filed Wednesday.

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Casino complex proposal at Shullsburg
4:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Key Meeting For Lac du Flambeau Tribe Thursday

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The mayor of the city where the Lac du Flambeau tribe would like to build a casino says a clear majority of residents there favor building it.

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Wood county resident dies
3:12 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Fatal Traffic Crash In Oneida County

A 90 year old Wood county woman has died from a one vehicle crash in Oneida county.


The Oneida county sheriff's department reports Dorothy Tyler of Vesper died at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau of injuries sustained Tuesday morning. She died early Wednesday.


Deputies report the vehicle she was in, driven by 73 year old Ronald Tyler of Vesper, went out of control on county highway "Q" in the town of Schoepke and crashed.

Police Chief recommends locking doors
3:01 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Eagle River Businesses Hit By Burglars

Lock your doors
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It's as simple as locking the door.


Eagle River police chief Mark Vander Bloomen is reminding city businesses to make sure doors are locked at night when they go home.


Four businesses have been burglarized recently and it doesn't follow the using pattern...


 

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Monday shooting
2:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cash Bond Set For Suspect In Shooting of Uncle

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander man has been charged with the Monday shooting of his uncle.


23 year old Marcus L. Alsteens of 645 Mason Street is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon, and injury by negligent use of a dangerous weapon, all with domestic abuse.

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August 27 meeting
4:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Meeting set for U.S. 51 Reconstruction in Hazelhurst, Cassian

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The DOT has set a public hearing date for later this month to take comment on the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 51 in Hazelhurst and Cassian.

Minocqua's portion of the road work is being done this year. Hazelhurst to the south of Minocqua and Woodruff to the north have both challenged the DOT concerning plans in those towns, as has Arbor Vitae in Vilas county.

DOT Project Leader Forrest Van Asten says the meeting will give the state input... 

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September court date set
3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plea Deal Likely In Forest County Stabbing Case

A plea deal is nearing completion for a Lac du Flambeau teen charged in Forest county with attempted first-degree homicide and two other felonies.

17 year old Christian Soulier was charged in January after a man was allegedly stabbed at Soulier's mothers home. The victim recovered.

At a final pre-trial hearing in Crandon Tuesday, District Attorney Charles Simino asked to delay any action... 

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20,000 visitors to Rhinelander
7:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

City Gives Oneida County Fair Leaders A Thank You

Credit UW-Extension

The Rhinelander city council has given a tribute to a successful 2013 Oneida County Fair.


The fair is held at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander and finished 10 days ago.


Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns Monday night gave Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig, also representing many volunteers, a plaque to say job well done...


 



"...whereas Nancy Gehrig and many, many fair volunteers gave so much time and effort to make the 2013 Oneida County Fair a booming success...and we really mean that..."

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