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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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A former Rhinelander resident has withdrawn a petition for a hearing on whether he remains a sexually violent person.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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Find air conditioning
5:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Careful In The Heat For Lung and Heart Patients

Credit top100doctors.com

People with lung-related health problems really have a hard time in heat and humidity. An official from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Lung Association says people with lung conditions should take extra precautions.


Dona Wininesky says it's not so much the heat and humidity as it is the byproducts of those conditions...


 

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In Affordable Healthcare Act
5:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Digital Medical Records Change Healthcare Landscape

Paper to digital
Credit electronichealthrecordrescue.com

This week National Public Radio has had stories about the digitalization of medical records. Supporters say patients get better service, and it's easier for doctors, but it does raise security concerns.


At Aspirus in Wausau Chief Information Officer Todd Richardson says in the former paper process it was more difficult to get records to the right place at the right time...


 

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Committee skeptical
5:11 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Realtors Want Exception to Oneida Co. Sign Ordinance

Credit National Association of Realtors

The Northwoods Realtors Association would like Oneida county to loosen it's rules about signs on roadways. But that proposal is opposed by one government body, and met with skepticism by another.


The county controls signage through ordinance. Small signs pointing to a spot are allowed, but the realtors would like to display larger off-premis directional arrows to properties for sale.


At the county Planning and Development meeting, the proposal was met with opposition from committee member and realtor Jack Sorenson...

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North or east?
3:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Rhinelander Library Deciding Building Direction

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

Is it north or is it east? Those appear to be the expansion choices as the Rhinelander District Library moves forward on a possible expansion.


Library Director Ed Hughes says HBM Architects from Cleveland met with the library board to help factor in as much as possible into a design...


 




"...we picked them because they had extensive experience working with older Carnegie libraries. As everyone knows in this community, that old Carnegie library is well-loved...."


 

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Link found between cancer, Alheimer's
3:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Conference Reveals New Alzheimer's Efforts

Credit Alzheimer's Association

Some significant announcements are coming out of a national meeting on Alzheimer's Disease and a local spokesperson says more are coming.


The Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston this week made headlines this week says Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association...



".....one of the big things that came out this week is the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and cancer and what their finding is if you have Alzheimer's you have a lower rate of cancer(and vice versa)...."

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