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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Leaders meet at WXPR
3:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Forum Focuses on Northwoods Broadband Needs

Live from the White Pine - Broadband in the Northwoods Panel Discussion airs Saturday August 3 at 4 pm and Sunday August 4 at noon.
Peg Arnold

Putting together ways to provide faster internet to underserved areas of the Northwoods was the topic of a forum held recently in the White Pine Room at WXPR.

People from a private Internet provider, government, non-profit coalitions, tribal representatives, and education discussed the need for economic development and connecting to the outside world.

Rob Riordan from Cellcom says in the early days of telephone, the government required a little extra from customers to be able to help serve areas without service. That model could work for broadband...

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DNR survey through September
3:22 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Public Invited To Do A Deer Nose Count

Doe and fawn count for two
Credit animals.nationalgeographic.com

Operation Deer Watch is beginning and for the next 60 days, the DNR would like citizens to send them information on the deer they see.

DNR surveys coordinator Brian Dhuey says the count helps the DNR determine herd size...

"...is for the public to tell us the types of deer they are seeing and where they are seeing the deer....does, bucks and fawns. The reason we are looking for this type of information is it helps us to monitor the reproductive status of the deer herd...."

Dhuey says to report all deer you see...

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Four-day run
3:05 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Oneida Fair Next In The Northwoods

Langlade  and Lincoln counties have just concluded highly successful fairs, and Oneida county begins its four-day event  Aug. 1.

This year's fair is again at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander and features the things you expect....food, entertainment, animals, vendors, and carnival rides.

One main exhibit belongs to the 4-H. Youth Development agent Lynn Feldman says they have an exhibit court area where the large 4-H tent is located .... 

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In state budget
2:41 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Local Governments Handcuffed Regulating Cell Tower Locations

Cell towers in Wisconsin
Credit celltowerinfo.com

A little-known provision of the recently-passed state budget bill puts severe restraints on local governments and citizens trying to stop placement of new cell towers.

Local governments can no longer deny wireless tower permits soley for aesthetic reasons, or limit the height of the towers under 200 feet or require them to be on public property.

UW-Madison Telecommunications Professor Barry Orton says the changes were done without public notice...

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Miazga donation
11:03 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Historic Rhinelander Stone Pillars Get Restored

One side of Highview Parkway/Pelican pillars
Credit Ken Krall WXPR

An entrance into a Rhinelander residential area with an historic background is getting a facelift thanks to the donation from a Rhinelander benefactor.

Two stone pillars at the intersection of Highview Parkway and Pelican Street in Rhinelander are being updated after falling into disrepair. Mayor Dick Johns said the city was approached by a resident who wanted to know if something could be done to fix the entrance. While the concensus was the crumbling stone needed work, Johns said they didn't have any extra money. That was solved...

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State needs to agree
4:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Effort To Get Counties BadgerCare Money

Credit drsforamerica.org

Oneida and Lincoln county are two of twenty counties asking the state to help run a pilot program supporting health care for poor people.


The state of Wisconsin refused to accept additional dollars from the federal government to cover the cost of a portion of BadgerCare, or Medicaid.


Following the lead from Ohio, the 20 counties would like the state to allow the money to flow directly to the counties.


Kevin Kane Wisconsin Citizen Action says Wisconsin has a long history of this type of funding...

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Second in Vilas county
4:18 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Business Incubator Opens Saturday In Manitowish Waters

Credit Vilas County Economic Development/Facebook

The second Vilas county business incubator gets launched Saturday in Manitowish Waters.


A business incubator is established as a location where startups have the chance to setup their new venture with lower costs than if they went about it alone. Nicolet College also helps in mentoring the new businesses.


Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Egan says there has been talk that most Vilas county development centers around Eagle River. That will change Saturday...

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On busy U.S. 51
4:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

HAWK Signal To Begin July 31 In Minocqua

Mid-block pedestrian signal "HAWK"
Credit Wikipedia

Motorists and pedestrians in Minocqua Wednesday will be seeing a new pedestrian crossing device called a "HAWK".


The High-Intensity Activated Cross-Walk has been installed south of Rogers Drive-U.S. 51 intersection near Minocqua Furniture. D.O.T. engineer Joanna Bush says as a pedestrian or bicyclist touches an activation button, a different lighting system begins for motorists...


 

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Uncertain future
8:43 am
Sat July 27, 2013

U.S. House Sub-committee Recommends Cutting Arts Funding

Anne Katz
Credit nonprofit-day.org

A state arts leader is calling attention to a proposed funding cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment For the Arts.


The U.S. House Interior Appropriations subcommittee has passed a measure cutting funding for those agencies by 50 percent for 2014.


Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says the cuts would take away about $75 million dollars for each agency.

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Each Friday
7:52 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Minocqua's Farmer's Market Growing

At the market
Credit Minocqua Farmers Market/Facebook

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has named August 4-10 as National Farmers Market Week.


In Minocqua, promoters are hoping the public stops by to see their "growing" event.


During August, the Minocqua Farmers Market will also have special activities along with what you expect at a Farmer's Market says Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus...


 

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