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.


Training is key
3:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Barry: A Million Jobs Open In Wisconsin By 2020

Jonathan Barry with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

The newly passed state budget will put $100 million dollars more into workforce development and a state leader says it's designed to help local people get jobs.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Jonathan Barry says the new state budget for the first time puts state money into workforce development. He says the budget funds a new way to analyze the state's workforce, giving technical colleges, job centers and employers better data...


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Clinic serves region
3:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rhinelander, LDF Dentist Gets State Recognition

Dr. Paco Fralick
Credit You Tube skabewis

A Northwoods dentist has been honored for his work to build a dental clinic in Lac du Flambeau.

Dr. Paco Fralick is also a member of the Lac du Flambeau tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa. At the Wisconsin Technical College System Board meeting this week in Rhinelander, Fralick was honored for his work in birthing the state-of-the-art Peter Christiansen Dental Clinic and training facility. The clinic has 20 chairs in a 36,000 square foot building that is open to the public and tribal members.

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor

Shown: down the road from the mine proposed mine site near Upson, WI.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County. 

The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.  Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area. 

“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”

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Non-profits asked to enter
3:41 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Third WPS Energy Challenge Announced

Solar Panels Saving Energy
Credit WPS

Wisconsin Public Service has put an August 23 deadline for Northwoods non-profits to enter the "2013 Energy Challenge". This is the third year WPS is sponsoring the challenge.

Up to 20 selected non-profits could earn up to $1,500 for their conservation efforts and also help the community save energy.

WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the challenge is designed to have non-profits do tasks that save energy...

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Site will be city boat launch in 2014
3:32 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

DNR, Rhinelander Agree On Former Ranger Station

Abandoned DNR Ranger Station
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

The city of Rhinelander and the DNR have reached an agreement concerning the former ranger station on Boyce Drive.

The city has plans to build a boat launch on the site. The state had proposed demolishing the building at a cost of just over $13,000 but as City Administrator Blaine Oborn told the city council Monday, it looks like the city will get a check from the state. The city then will take care of the demo. He says the city would like to use the building as a training site first for the police department, then let the firefighters at it to train...

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Small Business Roundtable
3:26 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Lt. Governor Says Many Hurdles Exist For Businesses

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor sat in on a Small Business Roundtable in Rhinelander Tuesday.

Several area business owners discussed a series of on-going concerns including state and federal regulations...the lack of skilled workers in some trades...and more high-speed internet.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says the majority of new hiring comes from small businesses....

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Says city funding has changed
7:34 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Rhinelander City Attorney Phil Parkinson To Retire

Phil Parkinson
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

After more than 30 years with the city of Rhinelander, Phil Parkinson will retire as City Attorney December 31.

The Rhinelander city council last night approved Parkinson's resignation, effective the end of the year. Parkinson began his job in 1980. He says the job has evolved to the present day, but says "it's time" to retire....

"....I'm ready to spend winters in some place warmer than northern Wisconsin..."

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Smartphone options for hunters
4:03 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Hunting Times Are "APP"-ropriate


Hunters will have an improved "app" for their smart phones courtesy the Wisconsin DNR.

Law Enforcement Division Deputy Chief Karl Brooks says the Sunrise-Sunset hunting app gives Android and iPhone users access to information out in the woods without carrying all the printed regulations..


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Speeds large species growth
4:02 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Musky Clubs Donate To Northwoods Hatchery

The musky is Wisconsin's state fish.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Donations from the Musky Clubs Alliance have helped the Art Oehmcke state fish hatchery in Woodruff.

Last month, the state Natural Resources Board accepted $21,000 dollars from the Alliance. This is the second donation this year. Earlier, the club donated more than $7,000.

The DNR's Tim Simonson says the recent larger donation will help the young fish. He says the cost of feed minnows for the muskies has sharply risen.

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Increasing debt from borrowing
4:00 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Tax Watchdog Group Criticizes Transportation Fund Borrowing

WTA President Todd Berry
Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

New state budget plans to borrow almost $1 billion to pay for proposed transportation programs is sending a fiscal warning.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says borrowing to pay for transportation projects accounts for 16 percent of road revenues compared to 6 percent ten years ago. He says Governors and legislators transferred money to the general fund when the transportation fund was flush, leaving the state needing to borrow to finish projects...

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