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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Northwoods Research Summit
5:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Economic Models Are Changing To "Local Development"

Eagle River downtown
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  There's a change going on in local economies, centering on more "micro" and less "macro". The 7th annual Northwoods Research Summit opened Thursday UWSP-Treehaven near Tomahawk. Keynote speaker was Jerry Hembd, Professor of Business and Economics at UW-Superior. Hembd says there's a shift happening between how we economically relate to the environment and the environment. He says current thinking is a short-term dynamic,  that we can continue to grow infinitely, and  technology has all the answers...  

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Towards next Assembly session
4:11 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Assembly To Discuss Rural Education Issues

Dr. Mike Ritchie
Credit Northland Pines School District

  Educators are optimistic some key points brought out during the recent Rural School Task Force will be part of the agenda in coming legislative sessions. Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says while it's too late for a bill this session,  as Thursday is likely the final day for the Assembly this term, he says the discussion will set the stage for a focus on three key issues. He says one idea is similar to what happens for doctors who choose to work in rural areas...  

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National "Fix A Leak" Week
3:58 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Fix A Leak, Save Water, Money and Energy

Save money, fix it!
Credit en.wikipedia.org

   City of Rhinelander residents have been asked to run their water until further notice to keep lines from freezing up. The state Public Service Commission is asking you to check your other plumbing to make sure you're not wasting water. This is "Fix A Leak Week". The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is partnering with the E.P.A.'s WaterSense program to draw attention to the water leaks. Denise Schmidt...the PSC's Water Conservation Coordinator...says the amount of water wasted each year is enormous...  

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New cards beginning in April
3:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New VA Health Card Designed To Cut Identity Theft

Credit Veterans Administration

  A new and more secure  Health Identification card will soon be given to enrolled veterans. A spokesperson for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain says the new card helps protect a veterans' identity. Brad Nelson says the older cards had information on them that could be stolen...  

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Shidell proposal
3:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

More Study For Smaller OC Board, County Administrator

Oneida county courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

   As a parting move, Oneida County Board Supervisor Jerry Shidell offered two resolutions to hire a County Administrator and cut the size of the county board from 21 members to 9.When the board sent both resolutions back to committee to study, Libertarian Shidell felt the move summarized why he was not running for re-election next month...  

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Purchased in 2008
2:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oneida Co. Sells Former WPS Building For $340K Loss

The former WPS building near the courthouse
Credit WXPR

  After several years of sitting idle and just a few offers, the Oneida county board accepted a bid Tuesday authorizing the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse. The original asking price was more than $500,000 in 2008. The county sold the building to Midwest Lease, LLC for $185,000. The  vote was 15-3 to sell the building. County Land Information Director Mike Romportl said Midwest Lease owner Leo Krivikas could not attend the meeting, but told Romportl the reason for the lower asking price was the building needs work...  

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Tracts in six counties
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northwoods Land Trust Protecting More Land

Credit Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust reports another successful year preserving lands for future generations.

The Northwoods Land Trust  is a non-profit conservation organization  in Eagle River. They work with property owners, accepting conservation easements on property with natural or scenic resource values. After conservation easement is granted, the land trust provides long-term stewardship following the landowner's wishes.

Ken Krall spoke with Trust Executive Director Bryan Pierce. He says it was a good year.

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Feinstein Funds
5:50 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Gets Matching Funds

Unloading donations
Credit FEMA

   The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is participating in a $1 million national challenge to raise money for local pantries. Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Alan Feinstein Foundation will grant to the Rhinelander pantry in proportion to what is raised locally during March and April. Hansen says the donations include cash, checks and food items...  

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Bipartisan trip
5:38 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Sen. Johnson Says Ukraine Trip To Support Protestors

Ukranian protests
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson joined Senate colleague John McCain and others this past weekend on a fact-finding tour to Ukraine. Tensions have been high as the nation has been divided as to bend it's loyalty toward Europe, or to neighboring Russia. During an interview with WXPR last week, Johnson says they hope to find out what the people are feeling...  

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City to redo Brown Street
5:28 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Facade Update In Downtown Rhinelander's 2016 Plan

Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

  Last week, the Rhinelander city council approved a $20,000 commitment to bolster an effort to help businesses downtown redo their facades. The money is contingent on another $60,000 state grant being available. The city is also planning a major utility upgrade down Brown Street in 2016. The street would also have a new look after construction. Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated Director Maggie Steffen says that group is working toward an eventual $250,000 program so downtown businesses can redo the front of their buildings if they choose...  

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