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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Three deaths in Wisconsin
3:25 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

DNR-Take A Friend When Setting Up Tree Stands

A successful perch
Credit dnr.wi.gov

Statewide, three hunters have died this year after they fell out of treestands. A DNR leader says most injuries and fatalities are preventable.

Jon King is DNR Hunter Education Administrator. He says for a purchased stand, take the time to read all the directions. He says setting it up alone is not advised...

 

"....we encouraging using the buddy system. Take somebody with you while you do this. When you're climbing in a tree stand and it's not attached to the tree, it could fall over on you and end up injuring you...."

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Strong bookings for the holidays
3:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

More Passengers Flying From ROCA

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
Credit fly-rhi.org

More of us are flying from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says the switch to the Delta-connect airline SkyWest has improved the number of passengers flying out of Rhinelander...

 

"...through the first ten months of the year we're running about a 53 percent load factor. We started out slow in the first quarter. We had a very strong summer where (the number of passengers) were running in the high eighties..."

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Arts & Life
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Soup For Shelter Set For November 9

Frederick Place homeless shelter Rhinelander
Credit nathnorthwoods.com

A key fundraiser for the Northwoods homeless shelter happens this Saturday.

The annual "Soup For Shelter" supports the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and the shelter, Frederick Place, in Rhinelander. The shelter is used by persons from Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Forest and Langlade counties.

Director Tammy Modic says the event nourishes everyone involved...

 

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Tribal meeting in Mole Lake
3:11 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

U.S.D.A. Looking To Help Tribes Supply Broadband

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A U.S.D.A. spokesperson says they're ready to help Native American tribes gear up to fulfill high-speed internet needs.

Representatives of the state's tribes met last week in Mole Lake with the U.S.D.A's Leslie Wheelock, who directs the Office of Tribal Relations in the nation's capitol.

She noted much of rural America is in need of high-speed internet access, especially on native lands. She says progress has been slow...

 

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Increase possible next year
3:01 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

No Levy Increase For Minocqua Taxpayers

The island
Credit thepointhouseinn.com

Minocqua  taxpayers will not see a levy increase for the fifth year in a row, but it probably can't stay that way for next year.

That's the assessment of town chair Mark Hartzheim as the town prepares for a budget hearing later this month...

 

"...for the fifth straight year we were able to put a levy together with zero increase. the levy will be $3,630,015. The board worked very hard..."

Hartzheim says while this year's levy is frozen, next year's probably won't be as they can't keep putting off needed purchases.

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Settlement with town
2:10 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Chief Gee Resigns From Minocqua Police

Andrew Gee
Credit wdtimes.com

The police chief in Minocqua has resigned, after the town reached a settlement with his former administrative assistant. The town board accepted Andy Gee's resignation last night after six years as chief. The town reached a 100-thousand dollar settlement with his former aide Julie Mager. Media reports said Mager accused the chief of shouting so loudly at her, it could be heard throughout the police station. She claimed Gee discriminated against her, and intimidated her. Lieutenant Dave Jaeger will temporarily head up the Minocqua police department until permanent chief can be hired.

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Dispute began in 2004
11:49 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Court Backs Decision To Deny Bible Camp Permits

Squash Lake, Oneida county
Credit americanlisted.com

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has backed a federal judges decision concerning a family's plan to build a religious camp on Squash Lake near Rhinelander.

 

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Sunday, Nov.3 at 4:06 p.m.
11:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

WXPR To Broadcast ACA Information Program

As the debate continues in Washington, D.C. over the  implementation  of the Affordable Care Act, the law begins in full on January 1.  In mid-October, Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action Wisconsin gave a presentation at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Rhinelander on how the ACA will work. He discussed how people can sign up, who it affects and costs.

The program will be broadcast Sunday, November 3 at 4:06 p.m. after a short NPR newscast. All Things Considered will not be heard this Sunday only.

Oneida County vs. Rhinelander
4:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Dispatch Dispute Comes Back to Life

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With Halloween here, local governments are proving that some things can come back from the dead. 

"I thought this thing was dead and buried"....

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Broadband, better communication key
3:33 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

U.S.D.A. Official Meets With Wisconsin Tribes

Leslie Wheelock, Office of Tribal Relations, U.S.D.A.
Credit Ken Hammond-U.S.D.A.

A top official says she hopes to create a better dialog between tribal governments in Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tribal Relations Director Leslie Wheelock met in Mole Lake with tribal representatives and organizations in the region under the U.S.D.A. umbrella.

She says they want to get the word out about what they have to offer concerning economic development and a host of programs. She says that communication is one of the most difficult parts of her job as she has to get the word out to 566 tribal governments on all issues.....

 

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