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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Government
6:25 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Drug Arrests In Forest County

Andrew Phillips
Credit Forest County Sheriff's Department

Two arrests during an early Wednesday raid at a residence in the town of Laona. Forest county deputies and Crandon Police arrested 37 year old Andrew Phillips and 19 year old Taylor Labarge when authorities came with a search warrant shortly after 2:00 a.m.


Phillips and LaBarge were arrested for delivery and possession of cocaine, possessing marijuana and keeping a drug house.


Authorities indicate more arrests are likely.

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Had face attempted homicide
4:38 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Teen Pleas To Amended Charge In Stabbing

A Lac du Flambeau teenager has entered a plea to reduced charges concerning the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.


17 year old Christian Soulier was arrested in January after an incident at his mother's boyfriend's home in Forest county. The victim was said to have been stabbed four times.


In court Tuesday Soulier pled no contest to an amended charge of aggravated battery. Soulier's attorney Suzanne O'Neal said Soulier could be waived back into juvenile court, but she waived that possibility to move forward with the amended charge.

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Tours Northwoods
3:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

State PSC Chair Says Broadband A Public-Private Effort

PSC Chairman Phil Montgomery
Credit wisgov.state.wi.us

Developing better high-speed internet in the Northwoods must be a public-private partnership...so says the Chairman of the state utilitiy regulator, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

While more highly populated areas often have sufficient broadband access, many rural areas have very slow internet if it's available at all. A group in Three Lakes is promoting the efforts of that town to show how they were able to get access to most of their residents.

PSC Chair Phil Montgomery says the way faster internet will get to underserved areas is through local action...

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Northwoods growth not as rapid
3:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Home Sales Continue To Rise

Homes sales on the rise
Credit invest-smart.org

Home sales and prices in Wisconsin continue to rise though the Northwoods isn't rising as fast as some regions.


Economist David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association...


 



"...when you look at August, the existing state sales were up about 13 percent and that's a good solid number in a month(August) that is a pretty high-volume month...median prices were up about 6.3 percent..."

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August shooting in Rhinelander
12:12 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Alsteens Bound Over For Trial

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida county

A Rhinelander man has been bound over for trial for the shooting of a relative.


23 year old Marcus Alsteens is charged with attempted first-degree homicide for the August 12 incident at a home he shared with his uncle, Justin Alsteens. Police allege a fight over doing housechores led to the shooting.

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40,000 people expected
9:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Volunteers Needed For CranberryFest

The cranberry harvest
Credit netstate.com

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many Northwoods events and Eagle River's main fall event needs some people to step forward.

The 34th Annual CranberryFest is set for the weekend of October 5 and 6 at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Kim Emerson says preparations are moving forward, but they need a few more hands...

 

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Another production record
5:05 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Cranberry Crop Nearing Harvest

Massachusetts used to be the top cranberry producing state. About two decades ago Wisconsin over took Massachusetts and now the Badger state is poised for another record crop.


Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says this years cold spring and unusual summer weather didn't slow down production....


 

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Weinermobile to lead parade
5:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beef-A-Rama Comes To Minocqua For 49th Year

The Weinermobile To Lead Beef-A-Rama's "Parade of Beef"
Credit rrstar.com

More than 15 thousand people will gather in Minocqua next weekend to pay tribute to.... the beef roast.


For the 49th time, Minocqua merchants say thank you to customers and travelers with "Beef-A-Rama". Initially held in the spring to lure those going fishing, the event moved to the fall and features beef, a parade, crafts, music and demonstrations.


Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus says the event is a favorite...


 

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Citing treatys signed with U.S. government
4:00 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Six Chippewa Bands Ask Pres. Obama To Intervene On Mine

Credit Lac du Flambeau Tribal Communications

Wisconsin's six Ojibwe tribes have jointly written a letter to President Obama asking him to intervene to halt construction of the Penokee mine in Iron and Ashland counties.


Late last month, the tribes sent President Obama a letter requesting the Department of the Interior prepare litigation to protect the wetlands, fisheries, waters and wildlife from mining.

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Unknown if related to missing woman
1:51 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Vilas County Search Underway After Clothing Found In Woods

Credit odmp.org

A ground search in Vilas county has begun after a hunter turned up a jacket and a shoe in the town of Plum Lake.


Sheriff Joe Fath reports the hunter said he saw a child's or smaller adult jacket and a shoe along a snowmobile trail. Fath reports the hunter thought it was strange that the clothing was there. It appears to have been there for awhile.


A ground search in the area is looking for other evidence.

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