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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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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July 8 deadline
3:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Northwood Homeless Shelter Needs Support

Homeless hands
Credit Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing

The Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing has entered a contest which could help put a new roof on the Frederick Place homeless shelter and a possibly a new bathroom. A NATH spokesperson says the public's help is needed today.

NATH Board member Carol Miller says the organic products company "Tom's of Maine" is sponsoring an effort called "50 States of Good". Miller says the company give's $10,000 grants to non-profits....

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Both refused medical treatment
1:29 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Two Arrested After ATV Crash Near Tomahawk

ATV driver
Credit survivalcache.com

Two Tomahawk area ATV drivers were arrested Thursday after both of their vehicles collided near Tomahawk.


A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy reported seeing the pair westbound on county "A" at the U.S. 51 intersection. The deputy lost sight of the operators but found them crashed at Moodig Road.


The report indicates both drivers lost control at the Moodig intersection, with the first driver trying to turn sharply and losing control and the second driver crashing into the first ATV.


Both operators...Ronald J.

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Airlifted to Wausau
8:57 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Man Injured Early Thursday Near Tomahawk

Credit govtfraudlawyer.blogspot.com

  



A 24 year old man has received serious injuries after falling off a golf cart early Thursday morning.


The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports a call around 2:30 a.m. to Chapman Cove Road in the town of Bradley. Deputies found the man fell off the moving cart while operating on private property. The victim suffered neck and face injuries. He was first taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk, then airlifted to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. His name and identity were not released.

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Pukall Lumber
4:53 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Fire At Long-Time Arbor Vitae Business

Fire severely damaged a main building at Pukall Lumber on Highway 70 in Arbor Vitae Wednesday afternoon.


Firefighters from Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Minocqua, Plum Lake, St. Germain. Little Rice and Lake Tomahawk were on the scene after the call came in shortly after 3:00 p.m.


Reports indicate the fire was in one of the older buildings at the well-known business, which housed a panel shop, molding and floor planer.


No injuries were reported. Highway 70 was closed for about an hour while fire units were arriving.

Building the Local Workforce
2:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nicolet Ramps Up Welding Program

Nicolet Area Technical College is partnering with manufacturing company Oldenburg Group.
Credit Ryan Neuls

Nicolet Area Technical College is working with Oldenburg Group, which has a facility west of  Rhinelander, to get more welders in the workforce.

Oldenburg makes equipment for military operations and mining.

Dean of Trades and Industry at Nicolet, Brigitte Parsons says the increased emphasis on programs like welding shows a growing need in the marketplace.

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Budget Woes
2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Democrats Critical of Budget, School District Cuts

While Governor Walker is traveling the state touting the benefits of the recently signed state budget, Democrats say the document promotes Walker's friends while leaving many behind.

In a prepared address, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says the budget forgets much about Wisconsin's past.

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Gas Prices
1:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gas Prices Fall In Time For July Fourth Travel

Gas prices have fallen more than almost 50 cents since last month.
Credit Andrew Taylor

Wisconsin gas prices continue to fall, and that’s great news for July Fourth holiday travelers.

Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com, Gregg Laskoski, says the national average has fallen has fallen from $3.64 to $3.49 per gallon.  In Wisconsin the decrease has been more dramatic, from $3.93 a month ago down to $3.44 today.

"Wisconsin was hit hard as part of the Great Lakes region and the Plains states that really had tremendous refinery and supply problems from mid-May up until recent weeks..."

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Changes Accelerate In 20-14
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Chamber Hosts Affordable Care Act Session

Lara Reed
Credit StarJournalNow.com

 


The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting an information session for area businesses on the unfolding provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


Executive Director Lara Reed outlines the "Lunch and Learn" gathering...



  


"...the whole idea is to take a look at the bill...what it means for small businesses. Things you need to know, how it will apply to your business and what (businesses) can do to be ready when it is implemented in 2014...."

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A community mourns
2:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northwoods USFS Worker At Arizona Fire

Yarnell Fire
Credit KTLA TV

A U.S. Forest Service worker from Rhinelander is at the scene of the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters last weekend. These firefighters were part of an elite team sent in to fight this type of blaze. The fire changed direction and engulfed the team.


Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory was in Colorado monitoring those fires when she was asked to come to the Arizona fire...


 

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