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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State needs to agree
4:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Effort To Get Counties BadgerCare Money

Credit drsforamerica.org

Oneida and Lincoln county are two of twenty counties asking the state to help run a pilot program supporting health care for poor people.


The state of Wisconsin refused to accept additional dollars from the federal government to cover the cost of a portion of BadgerCare, or Medicaid.


Following the lead from Ohio, the 20 counties would like the state to allow the money to flow directly to the counties.


Kevin Kane Wisconsin Citizen Action says Wisconsin has a long history of this type of funding...

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Second in Vilas county
4:18 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Business Incubator Opens Saturday In Manitowish Waters

Credit Vilas County Economic Development/Facebook

The second Vilas county business incubator gets launched Saturday in Manitowish Waters.


A business incubator is established as a location where startups have the chance to setup their new venture with lower costs than if they went about it alone. Nicolet College also helps in mentoring the new businesses.


Vilas County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Egan says there has been talk that most Vilas county development centers around Eagle River. That will change Saturday...

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On busy U.S. 51
4:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

HAWK Signal To Begin July 31 In Minocqua

Mid-block pedestrian signal "HAWK"
Credit Wikipedia

Motorists and pedestrians in Minocqua Wednesday will be seeing a new pedestrian crossing device called a "HAWK".


The High-Intensity Activated Cross-Walk has been installed south of Rogers Drive-U.S. 51 intersection near Minocqua Furniture. D.O.T. engineer Joanna Bush says as a pedestrian or bicyclist touches an activation button, a different lighting system begins for motorists...


 

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Uncertain future
8:43 am
Sat July 27, 2013

U.S. House Sub-committee Recommends Cutting Arts Funding

Anne Katz
Credit nonprofit-day.org

A state arts leader is calling attention to a proposed funding cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment For the Arts.


The U.S. House Interior Appropriations subcommittee has passed a measure cutting funding for those agencies by 50 percent for 2014.


Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says the cuts would take away about $75 million dollars for each agency.

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Each Friday
7:52 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Minocqua's Farmer's Market Growing

At the market
Credit Minocqua Farmers Market/Facebook

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has named August 4-10 as National Farmers Market Week.


In Minocqua, promoters are hoping the public stops by to see their "growing" event.


During August, the Minocqua Farmers Market will also have special activities along with what you expect at a Farmer's Market says Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus...


 

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Discussion Tuesday
7:43 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Changes In Wildlife Predators Near Developed Lakes

Red fox waiting
Credit animals. nationalgeographic.com

A researcher says people building near Northwoods lakes and rivers is changing what types of animals hunt near those shorelines.


A research scientist from Michigan Tech University Dan Haskell will speak Tuesday evening(7/30) at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff about his recent study.


Haskell says with more homes near lakes the larger carnivores have been replaced by smaller carnivores like fox and raccoon....

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Tomahawk one of four meetings
7:25 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Public Hearing In August On Shoreland Zoning Rules

A Wisconsin shoreline
Credit greatlakesecho.org

The DNR is hosting a public hearing in Tomahawk next month to get input on proposed changes in the shoreland zoning rules.


After revising the rules in 2009...known as NR115... some counties have complained the new rules would be difficult to implement and enforce.


The agency has several changes proposed, says Deputy Division Manager Russ Rassmussen...

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Visit to Woodruff
6:56 am
Sat July 27, 2013

DNR Secretary Highlights Money For More Walleye

Credit Wisconsin DNR

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp stopped by the Art Oemcke fish hatchery in Woodruff Friday to highlight an effort to get more young walleyes in area lakes.


The recently-passed state budget included money to enable hatcheries to keep walleye fry longer...and get them bigger...to increase the number of survivable fish in the waters.

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Former Congressional candidate
3:06 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Kreitlow Named Senator Baldwin's Northern Rep

Pat Kreitlow
Credit wikipedia.com

Former Democratic State Senator and 7th Congressional District candidate Pat Kreitlow has accepted a job as U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's northern representative.


Kreitlow lost to Republican Sean Duffy for the 7th District Congressional race in 2012.


Kreitlow says his new job enables him to meet with people on behalf of the Senator...

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$3.9 million
2:51 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Aspirus To Renovate Phillips Facility

A $3.9 million renovation project will begin at the rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility on the Aspirus Pleasant View campus in Phillips later this year.


The project is expected to begin in November and last about nine months. When enhancements are completed, the facility will feature updated patient rooms and facilities, new phone and fire alarm systems and larger commo areas.

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