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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Answer questions
5:25 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Rhinelander Chamber To Host ACA seminar

Credit carpenterevert.com

 

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

Director Lara Reed says many questions still exist about how the law will affect businesses and individuals...

 

  

"....a presentation about some of the basics as far as the exchange goes. Specifically more geared toward those that are individually insured. Those (persons) who don't have insurance through work, a spouse, or someone else...."

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Drug Take-Back Event
5:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

What to Do With Unused Prescriptions

Oneida County is offering opportunities to safely dispose of unused prescription.
Credit recyclemorewisconsin.org

If you're not using the prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, there's a better place to put them than down the toilet.

Area law enforcement says the 7th Annual Take Back Initiative is set for Saturday, October 26 in three Oneida county places.

Oneida County Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the unneeded drugs will be collected and destroyed....

"We'll take vitamins, we'll take prescription medications...we cannot take anything that has aerosol or something with a sharp, like some kind of injectable...."

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$1 for Mercer District taxpayers
2:14 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Dems and GOP Differ On Walker Tax Relief Plan

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th Wi)
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

Different views of the property tax relief claimed by the Walker administration last week. Governor Walker announced $100 million dollars from surplus revenue would be funneled back to taxpayers. A Northwoods Republican said about $80,000 was coming to all the schools in his district...

34th Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen...

 

"....the money was injected into the state equalization aid in terms of the school funding formula. It does do what it's supposed to do.Crandon in the (34th) does about the best...

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First Executive Director
4:04 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Beckman Leaves Northwoods United Way

Credit United Way

The Northwoods United Way has announced the resignation of it's long-time Executive Director Tracy Beckman. The organization began in 1976 and Beckman has been the only Executive Director. Beckman has accepted a position with Northwoods Saves.

The Northwoods United Way board has hired Nancy Sattler as it's interim Executive Director.

The Northwoods United Way funds human service agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

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Charges pending
2:54 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Police Arrest Three In Lincoln County Bust

Credit justice.gov

Two Lincoln county residents and one from Michigan are facing possible drug-related charges.

Merrill police report the arrest of 27 year old Michael Hedges of Tomahawk, 18 year old Jessica Rowan of Merrill and 28 year old Robert Sleik of Michigan.

Methamphetamine and multiple hypodermic syringes, and drug paraphernalia were alleged to have been found at a Tomahawk home.

The arrests come as part of a joint investigation involving Tomahawk and Merrill police departments, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and the North Central Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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Recently-Opened Government
2:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Honor Flight to Take Place As Planned

Many Honor Flight participants will head to the Korean War Monument in Washington, D.C.
Credit Expert Infantry

One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C. 

The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.

Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.

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Reason uncertain
11:49 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Gas Prices Spike In Northwoods

Gregg Laskoski
Credit gasbuddy.com

Gas prices had dropped to $3.31 per gallon this week, then Wednesday the price rapidly spiked to $3.49 per gallon in Rhinelander and Eagle River, $3.39 in Minocqua, but held at $3.30 in Antigo, according to the website gasbuddy. com

Gasbuddy.com  Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says wholesale prices are to blame for the spike after a long downward trend...

 

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Succeeds Sheila Clough
3:53 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Hilt Named President at Ministry Howard Young Health Care

Monica Hilt
Credit Ministry Health Care

A Ministry Health Care leader has been given additional duties.

Monica Hilt has been named president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff. Hilt already is president of Ministry Sacred Heart-St. Mary's hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Hilt replaces Shiela Clough who resigned in August.

Hilt says she's worked for 23 years at the two hospitals she currently oversees, but the Howard Young facility is familiar to her, having worked with Sheila Clough. She says Ministry has been working toward having officers in regional positions...

 

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Retraining Dogs and Cats
12:48 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Giving New Life to Difficult Pets

Oneida County Humane Society and McNaughton Correctional Facility work to retrain difficult dogs and cats.
Credit Pete Markham

Oneida County Humane Society is hosting an event to show how dogs and cats given a second chance can become good pets and maybe get adopted. 

The program is in conjunction with the McNaughton Correction Center in Lake Tomahawk. Organizer Maggie Hogan talks to News Director Ken Krall about the program.

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Tiffany says only need to sign up once
12:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Northwoods Legislator Proposes No-Call List Change

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List...

 

"...we're one of only 14 states that keeps a state list, the rest of them have moved it to the federal level and that is what we're going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no-call list..."

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