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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Golden Harvest To Build New Store
3:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RAFP Eyeing Golden Harvest Store For New Facility

Guy Hansen(right)
Credit rhinelanderareafoodpantry.org

After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.

Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...

 

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Budget frozen for next year
3:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Towns, City Reject Rhinelander Library Budget Increase

Rhinelander District Library
Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

No increase in budget could result in fewer employees and reduced hours at the Rhinelander District Library.

The government partners voted no to a $40,000 increase during an arbitration hearing this week. If the towns of Newbold, Pine Lake, Crescent, and Pelican, along with the city of Rhinelander object to a proposed budget, they can ask for a hearing. . The government partners voted against the increase. Oneida County also helps with funding. Hughes says the library's budget is close to $900,000.

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Asbestos found in building
4:58 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rhinelander Moving Forward On Former Lindey Property

Credit WXPR news

The former Lindey Cleaners in Rhinelander could eventually be leveled and more parking put in it's place.

That outcome started in motion this week when a Rhinelander city committee approved the money to hire consultants to look at what needs to be done to clean up the long-time dry cleaning company property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn says there could be more than one environmental problem at the site...

 

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Groundbreaking possibly in spring
3:56 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Chicago Foundation Puts Olson Library Drive Over Goal

Walter E. Olson Memorial Library
Credit librarytechnology.org

A $1.6 million dollar grant from a Chicago Foundation has propelled the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library renovation project past it's financial goal.

The Tawani Foundation money is said to be paid over five years.

Capital committee co-chair Phil Jensen says they have been hoping to hear from the foundation...

 

",.,.it's something we've been working on for the better part of a year. Our first contact with them was last winter just about January. We've been in conversation with them ever since..."

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Eighth Graders Consider Manufacturing Careers
3:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Heavy Metal" Appeals to Students

Northwoods 8th graders learn welding on the "Tour"
Credit Terry Rutlin-Nicolet College

WXPR's Ken Krall took a look at the future with some Northwoods 8th graders  at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. He took the "Heavy Metal Tour."

Not a rock band, but a job fair of sorts: the "Heavy Metal Tour" is sponsored by Nicolet College,  North Central Technical College, 27 manufacturing employers, and boards and alliances.

Rene Daniels from North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board says the goal is to give 8th graders a look at careers they might not have considered.

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Public welcome
2:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rural School Task Force Meets First In Rhinelander

Rural Task Force meeting at RHS
Credit rhinelander.k12.wi.us

Rhinelander  will host the first of four statewide public hearings on the future of rural schools.

Chaired by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, the task force was called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look at challenges unique to rural education.

Swearingen says the Task Force is the result of a visit to the Capitol by Rhinelander school district representatives. He said the visit made an impression on Voss...

 

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Changes way to oppose use of images
3:58 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

GLITC Opposes Changes In School Mascot Law

Credit glitc.org

The Wisconsin legislature is considering changes to a law that could soften rules concerning racially-based mascots and logos at schools. The bill would require a school district have at least ten percent of the district's members support the change. The bill also puts the burden on the person filing the complaint to prove that the mascot or logo proved harmful, and give a 120 day time limit to the process.

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Alcohol a factor in half of deaths
2:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

ATV Deaths Concern DNR Officials

Credit world-of-atvs.com

An ATV operator's death in Sawyer county last week has drawn attention to a growing number of deaths this year.

DNR Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says 18 people have lost their lives in ATV-UTV mishaps. He says some similiarities come out of the accident reports...

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Seasonal Northwoods Festival
12:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Cranberryfest Mostly Undaunted By Rain

Cranberryfest typically brings 40,000 visitors to Eagle River
Credit Liz West

The weather didn't cooperate as desired, but an organizer for Cranberryfest in Eagle River said the event went well. 

The event is held the first weekend in October at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.  The Chamber of Commerce's Kim Emerson talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about the two-day event.

Emerson says volunteers were again critical to the success of Cranberryfest and she thanked them all.

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Shooting in Rhinelander
11:47 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Alsteens Pleads Not Guilty

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide charge has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

24 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested after a September 13 shooting incident at a home on Mason Street he shared with a cousin. Justin Alsteens was hospitalized but is recovering.

Alsteens is charged with attempted first degree homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon and injury by negligent use of a weapon, all charges have an additional domestic abuse provision.

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