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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775 votes cast
9:21 am
Wed October 2, 2013

LDF Officers And Council Members Elected

Credit Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Communications

Lac du Flambeau tribal voters yesterday elected four of eight candidates to the tribal council and elected a secretary and treasurer.

The top four candidates for the council were Henry "Butch" St. Germaine with 363 votes, Alice Soulier with 330 votes, Betty Jo Graveen with 323, and Eric Chapman, Sr. with 292.

Jamie Armstrong defeated Vicki Doud for Secretary and Mary Peterson defeated Barry LeSieur(lah-soor) for Treasurer. There were a total of 307 write-in votes in all races that did not affect the outcomes.

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New Statewide Numbers
4:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Domestic Violence Real in Northern Wisconsin

A new report says 89 deaths in Wisconsin were the result of domestic violence in the past two years. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's Shellie Holmes about the report from the statewide advocacy group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. She says the report is numbers, but the people involved are real as are the impacts.

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Next year is #50
4:01 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

10,000 Attend Beef-A-Rama

Credit eatwisconsin.wordpress.com

 

There were plenty of beef roasts, one Weinermobile and lots of visitors.

It's the last description that makes the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce folks happy. The 49th annual Beef-A-Rama celebration found large crowds and generally good weather with a bit of rain.

Director Kim Baltus...

 

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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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