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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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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BadgerCare money debated
3:33 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Federal Dollars For Medicare Still Available-Kane

Badgercare rally
Credit Wisconsinwave.org

People just above the poverty line and soon to be bounced off BadgerCare will be informed that the money to fund the additional program benefits is still available.


The recently-signed state budget doesn't include money offered by the federal government to fund BadgerCare for people close, but just above, the federal poverty line.


But Kevin Kane from Citizen Action Wisconsin says there will be an effort to let people know that the money rejected by Governor Walker is still available from the federal government...

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WPS, Red Cross with info
3:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Plenty Of Power During Hot Weather, Stay Cool

Cool Canine
Credit petfinder.com

The mid-summer heat and humidity will stay for a couple of days and the American Red Cross says don't  over do it.


Among the tips they provide is drink lots of water and avoid caffiene and alcohol, try to move activities to the cooler parts of the day, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothes. If you get too hot, find a public building that has air-conditioning. Always check to see pets are protected from the sun's rays and have plenty of water. Health-threatening heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on quickly.

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Ongoing investigation
10:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Incident In Forest County Leads To Two Teen Arrests

Bradley McGeshick
Credit Forest County Sheriff

  


  Two teenagers were arrested by Forest county authorites after an alleged stabbing incident.


The Sheriff's department report being called Saturday night after a report of an altercation. They contacted 17 year old Bradley McGeshick who deputies say had superficial wounds. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, substantial battery, obstructing law enforcement and probation violation.

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Trend in education
6:22 am
Sat July 13, 2013

More Money For Youth, Adult Apprenticeships

Credit EEOC

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It's designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.


This one or two year elective program combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.

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Willow, Rainbow Flowages too
6:16 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Changes In NHAL Plan Lead To Public Comment

Credit Wisconsin DNR

Comments are being sought on proposed changes to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Willow Flowage master plans.


State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says they are making some adjustments to previous master plans because of some recent changes...

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Same as boats
4:05 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Paddleboarders Need Lifejackets-DNR

Lifejackets required
Credit Ingrid Taylor

The growing popularity of paddleboards on Wisconsin's waters has prompted a DNR warden to remind users that a lifejacket is required.


Conservation warden Todd Schaller outlines the lifejacket requirement..



"....they are growing in popularity, it's a great way to enjoy Wisconsin's waterways. But they are considered a boat, so they require a lifejacket to be on the paddleboard and we would encourage them to wear the lifejacket..."

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New Year's 2012 fatality
4:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Polar Sentenced For Man's Death

Norbert Polar

A 47 year old Crandon man has been sentenced to prison for the New Years Day 2012 death of a pedestrian in Forest county.


Norbert Polar was sentenced Friday by Judge Leon Stenz to seven years in prison and eight additional years of extended supervision for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.


41 year old Klynt Decorah was walking on Highway 55 near Mole Lake when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. Polar's car was later found in a ditch. Polar was found guilty of five of six counts during a jury trial May 10.

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