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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WPS Foundation
2:30 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Deadline Nearing For First Responder Grants

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There's  one month to go for area emergency responders to get grant money from Wisconsin Public Service.
Wisconsin Public Service's Foundation is celebrating 50 years with a special effort...says spokesperson Leah Van Zile...

"....August 1st is the deadline for emergency responders to apply for our new safety grant. We'll be awarding 25 grants(in the service area) of $2,000 to area responders in the public service area...."

The total grant amount totals $50,000 for the WPS service area...

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New study cites Northwoods
8:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Broadband Can Tap New Revenue: Vacation Homes

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A University of Wisconsin and Extension study says the economic impact of second homes in Wisconsin is large and is often forgotten as an economic driver. While the study had a component in southern Wisconsin, it also had key results from the Northwoods.

Professor Russ Kashian at UW-Whitewater and Professor Andy Lewis from UW-Extension looked at the impacts of connecting second homes with high speed internet. The lack of such connectivity has been cited as a potential loss of revenue in some parts of the Northwoods.

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Long time events coordinator
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Emerson Named Eagle River Chamber Leader

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center has a new Executive Director who is a familiar name to area residents.

The Board of Directors has named Kim Emerson as the new director. Emerson joined the Chamber 13 years ago as Events Coordinator.

Emerson says the community is very important to her...

"...this is a wonderful community to work with...the businesses in the area, the visitors to the area. Just being who we are is an important part of what we've done in the past and I look forward to doing in the future...."

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300 in attendance
9:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Electors Say No To Torpy Park Pavilion Proposal

The pavilion vote count
Credit WXPR

Minocqua town electors have turned down a proposal to build a new pavilion in Torpy Park.

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DNR operating order
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Two Meetings Friday On Rest Lake Dam Proposal

Two public information meetings take place this Friday in Manitowish Waters concerning the controversial operating order for the Rest Lake Dam.

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Vilas Bd. to decide
2:44 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Phelps Tries One More Time For ATV trails

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The Phelps town board has asked Vilas county for one more chance to open town and county roads to ATV's.

The board recently approved an ordinance allowing ATV traffic for a two-year trial period. The ordinance would need the approval of the Vilas county board.

Phelps town chair Colin Snook says the ordinance is largely the same proposal that the county board rejected two years ago.

"...basically what we're looking to do is make some connections as proposed to get us out on(county)_"A" and hookup with other trails in connecting counties....."

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No injuries reported
12:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Standoff In Rhinelander Ends After Six Hours

Law enforcement, including Special Response Team, at Pelican Street residence Tuesday evening.
Credit WXPR

A six hour standoff with Rhinelander police and members of the Oneida County Special Response Team ended late Tuesday when a man gave himself up.

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Marinette county
2:38 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pellet Manufacturer Fined By State of Wisconsin

Wood pellets
Credit Tom Bruton-en.wikipedia.org

A Marinette county wood pellet maker has been fined by the state for violating its air pollution control permit.

The Attorney General's office announced the $50,000 fine against Wood Fibers, Inc.

According to the complaint, Wood Fibers conducted emissions stack tests at its facility on September 14 and 15, 2011, and September 10, 2013.  At both stack tests, Wood Fibers exceeded its hourly particulate matter emissions limitation rates.  At one of the  tests, Wood Fibers’ measured particulate matter emissions were nearly five times its allowed rate.

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Local concerns about road, traffic
1:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Driscoll Rd. Development Approved By City Council

Rhinelander city hall
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Six, 12 unit apartments at the end of Driscoll Road were approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday evening, but some near by residents don't like it.

Premier Driscoll Road LLC asked the city for needed permits to build the apartment complex. Local residents objected to the possibility of many more cars heading up and down the narrow street next to a cemetery.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says the council and the developer worked out a development agreement. He says they listened to the concerns of residents along the road...

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Stopped for speeding
1:18 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

High Speed Chase Results In Fatal Crash Near Rhinelander

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A 27 year old man has died after a high speed chase ended with a crash just outside the Rhinelander city limits in the town of Newbold.

Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes says Monday evening an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Davenport Street. Steffes says the driver made no attempt to stop for the officer and sped up in an apparent attempt to flee.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of county highway "K" and Forest Loop Road where the suspect's vehicle left the road and stopped in the ditch. The man died at the scene of the accident.

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