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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County "M" to "W"
4:02 am
Sat July 20, 2013

15 Miles In Vilas County To Be Repaved In 2014

Wisconsin paving crew
Credit Fond du Lac county

The public is invited to a meeting called by the Department of Transportation concerning the repaving of 15 miles of road in Vilas county next year.


DOT Project Manager Dan Erva outlines what the DOT would like to do...



"....in Vilas county from county highway "M" to county highway "W". The DOT is planning on resurfacing the highway to address the deteriorating pavement. Construction is scheduled for the summer of 2014..."



The stretch from county "M" to "W" is about 15 miles.


 

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EEE likely fatal
4:01 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Horse Owners Warned To Get Animals Vaccinated

Credit CDC.gov

The outbreak of mosquitoes this summer is prompting state officials to remind horse owners to get their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.


Dr. Darlene Konkle from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the disease's onset is sudden...

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Sheboygan outbreak contained
4:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

TB Outbreak In Northwoods Highly Unlikely

TB test
Credit Wikipedia.org

National Public Radio recently reported a number of tuberculosis cases were confirmed in the Sheboygan area this spring. A Northwoods public health nurse says there is no widespread outbreak and nothing reported here.


 


The Sheboygan outbreak was found in an immigrant family. Officials quickly jumped in, and now think it's contained. Officials think Sheboygan could end up with 15 symptomatic cases and up to 200 people infected with the resistant strain but not yet showing symptoms.

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West Nile Virus found
3:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Vilas Co. Joins Oneida With Dead Bird

Credit Bingham Memorial Hospital

The Vilas County Public Health Department reports a dead crow found in Vilas County on Tuesday and has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Vilas County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. A dead crow was also found this week in Oneida county.

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Last of seven meetings since March
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Deer Trustee Report Meeting In Stevens Point Saturday

Bucks battle
Credit themotherco.com

The final Deer Trustee implementation meeting is set for Saturday in Stevens Point and the public is invited to attend. There have been six prior meetings working toward an action plan for 2014's deer season.


The DNR's report coordinator Eric Lobner outlines what the final meeting will do...



"...basically taking the recommendations from the Deer Trustee Report and converting them to action on the ground....proposals the (DNR) will use to write the rules for the 2014 deer season..."

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A Virus' Annual Debut
4:53 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

West Nile Turns Up in Oneida Co.

Infected mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus.
Credit Karunakar Rayker

Oneida County health officials have detected West Nile virus in a dead crow.  It’s the virus’s first appearance in the county this year.  

  Health director Linda Conlon says officials have regularly found the virus in previous years, and it’s a sign that residents should try to limit exposure to mosquito bites.

“So what that means is the residents of Oneida county need to use more precaution when they’re outside and make sure that they utilize protective measures to prevent mosquito bites.”

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$17 million project
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WPS Seeking Upgraded Coal Dust Collection System

WPS power plants south of Wausau
Credit OSHA

Wisconsin Public Service has asked the state for authority to upgrade an existing on-site coal dust collection system at the utility's Weston Power Plant south of Wausau.


WPS spokesperson Kelly Zagrzebski says the upgrade will make for safer working conditions and reduce emissions..


"...it will intersect all of the plants on site...is safer (working) conditions and better for the environment..."


The original coal dust collection system was installed in 1981....

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Likely to refile
3:08 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Springer Withdraws Request For Treatment Release

Credit co.wichita.tx.us

A former Rhinelander resident has withdrawn a petition for a hearing on whether he remains a sexually violent person.


In 1994, Walter E. Springer was convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual assault. He served 10 years in prison and was released in May, 2004. The state then filed a petition under the state sexual predator law to keep Springer in a secure mental facility for treatment. He has tried several times to be released from care without success.

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41st year
11:48 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Artarama Saturday In Eagle River

Credit art-linx.com

One of Eagle River's oldest events is set for Saturday.


The 41st Artarama is set for Riverside Park from 9 to 3 p.m.


Event chair Lori Hahn says Artarama is geared toward more of a fine art show than a craft show...



"....the public will see more than 100 artists in their booths and the mediums range from pottery to metal sculptures, they have many woodworkers from small items to big furniture..."


They also have photography, fused glass and jewelry. Participants are judged in the morning....

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Defeating cancer is focus
11:41 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Relay For Life Friday-Saturday In Minocqua

Luminarias
Credit Minocqua Chamber of Commerce

The next in a series of events designed to raise money to fight cancer happens Friday evening through Saturday morning in Minocqua.


The Relay For Life Northern Lights takes place at Lakeland Union High School.


American Cancer Society spokesperson Diane Hapka says participants will be at the school track from 6 p.m. Friday afternoon until Saturday morning....

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