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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20,000 visitors to Rhinelander
7:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

City Gives Oneida County Fair Leaders A Thank You

Credit UW-Extension

The Rhinelander city council has given a tribute to a successful 2013 Oneida County Fair.


The fair is held at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander and finished 10 days ago.


Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns Monday night gave Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig, also representing many volunteers, a plaque to say job well done...


 



"...whereas Nancy Gehrig and many, many fair volunteers gave so much time and effort to make the 2013 Oneida County Fair a booming success...and we really mean that..."

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Rhinelander city council action
7:26 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Downtown Revitalization Planning Grant Approved

Rhinelander city council 8/12
Credit Ken Krall

The effort to update Rhinelander's downtown got a boost last night as the city council approved going after federal dollars administered by the state.

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:13 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment

The public has a chance to comment on a proposed mine in Iron County.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week. 

The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15th in Hurley.  Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis.  DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication. 

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Lake Tomahawk facility
4:03 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Camp American Legion Gets More Funding

Credit myarmyonesource.com

Tuesday, Wisconsin's Department of Veteran's Affairs Secretary John Scocos will be in the Northwoods to talk about upgrades to Camp American Legion.


Scocos says from the recent budget, the veteran's camp in Lake Tomahawk will receive $50,000 to help the camp continue to serve military members and families with physical or psychological conditions...


 

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Cell towers less regulated
4:01 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Towers Critical For More Broadband Coverage: Consultant

Cell tower array
Credit steelintheair.com

Recent reports detailed how a previously little-known portion of the state budget bill heavily restricts local governments from stopping placement of new cellular telephone towers. But participants in a WXPR forum on broadband says changes could help get more local cell service to under served areas.


Former Three Lakes town chair Don Sidlowski says they were able to work with a private provider...Cellcom...to get tower placements...


 

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Iron county second in state
4:00 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Northwoods Jobless Rate Near Double Lowest State Rate

Credit danieljmitchell.wordpress.com

The jobless rate in the Northwoods remains nearly double of some other areas of Wisconsin.


Unemployment numbers released last month by the state showed June joblessness in the region at 11.2 percent in Iron county, 9.6 precent in Forest county, 9.2 percent in both Langlade and Lincoln counties, 8.4 percent in Vilas county, 8 percent in Oneida county. Price county had the areas lowest rate at 6.4 percent.


State economist Tom Walsh in Wausau says statewide, unemployment usually rises in May and June due to the number of students entering the workforce....

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Early Thursday morning
4:50 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Name Of Vilas County Traffic Victim Released

Credit thethirdcity.org

Vilas  county authorities have released the name of the man who died in a crash early Thursday morning in the town of Manitowish Waters.


20 year old Ezekiel Jonas of Manitowish Waters was killed in the single-vehicle wreck.


The crash happened near the intersection of Alder Lkae Road and Powell Road. When emergency responders arrived, they found a pickup truck had struck a tree. officials used a metal-cutting tool to pull the truck's driver from the vehicle. The driver was alone in the vehicle.

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Some BadgerCare funding in doubt
4:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Group Still Hoping For Walker Medicaid Reversal

Credit insurekidsnow.gov

20 counties, including Oneida and Lincoln, have asked Governor Walker to allow them to access Medicaid money from the federal government to offset local health care expenses.


Earlier this year, Governor Walker notified the Obama Administration he would not be taking money for Wisconsin's version called BadgerCare from the Affordable Health Care Act to offset those costs.

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Captain and crew needed
3:39 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Volunteers Needed for "Lets Go Fishing"

Credit 322variety.com

After a successful launch recently, the "Lets Go Fishing Northwoods" chapter is hoping to find some volunteer help to keep the program going. The program is for seniors and others who aren't likely to get a chance to fish. The boat is launched from the landing on Boom Lake in Rhinelander.


Stephanie Schroeder says they are hoping volunteers step forward for an upcoming training. They're looking for captains...


 

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Meeting this month
5:23 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Tribe's Shullsburg Proposal Returns

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

After little action for a long time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is beginning gathering information for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lac du Flambeau Tribe's fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Shullsburg is located near the Illinois border near Platteville.

The tribe would like to operate a gaming facility at Shullsburg, along with it's operation in Lac du Flambeau.

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