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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Trust Fund Monies
3:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Rhinelander Awarded $2 Million For Redevelopment

Credit wikimedia.org

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved more than $2 million in state trust fund loans for 7 city projects.


Three of the news loans refinance existing debt, while four involve tax incremental districts, including the downtown upgrade project.


Board Executive Director Tia Nelson says this array of loans help fund local economic development...

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Shots fired in house
11:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Schaller Avoids Prison For February Incident

Forrest Schaller
Credit Forest County Sheriff

An Armstrong Creek man has avoided prison time but will be jailed for a February incident at his home in Forest County.

A first-degree attempted homicide charge was dropped against 52 year old Forrest Schaller. Schaller was arrested after gunshots were fired February 3 at a Dallman Road residence. Two people were found unhurt in the home.

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Prices off in May
3:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Northwoods Home Sales Continue Long Climb

Uptick in home sales
Credit Jeffrey Turner

Another strong sales report from a realtor's group shows that market sector is recovering from the recession.


The monthly Wisconsin Realtors Association report shows statewide, the sale of existing homes in May increased 18 percent over May 2012. That's the 23rd straight month of sales growth in Wisconsin.


Economist David Clark says a key factor is the diminishing number of available homes to buy...



"....we're down to under 10 months of supply and it was about 13 months this time last year....."

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Only person certified in UW System
2:41 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

McReynolds Achieves Top Facilitator Certificate

Corky McReynolds
Credit Linked In

A Northwoods environmental education leader has achieved a rare certification.


Dr. Corky McReynolds....Director at UW-Stevens Point Treehaven near Tomahawk has been certified by the International Association of Facilitators as as a Certified Professional Facilitator....



 

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Date stays the same
12:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

OC Board Sets Flexible Meeting Times

The Oneida County board has approved the option of having flexible meeting times.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.

Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.

Administration committee chair Dave Hintz....

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Veterans
5:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Nine Hired at VA Med. Center

A spokesperson says The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has hired nine mental health professionals to meet the demand.

Those hires are part of more than 1,600 new mental health hires within the VA system.

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says four of the new hires are under an Executive Order signed by President Obama to meet the needs of veterans and their families. He says with more than a decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the need is there.

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Open Mic
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Open Mic To Feature Northwoods Stories, Songs

The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, Lumberjack RC&D and UW-Extension are inviting people with a need to talk about the Northwoods to an open microphone this Thursday evening in Three Lakes.

County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the new event is called "Northwoods Expressions."

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Construction
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Kemp St. Construction May Disrupt Traffic Flow

Construction is coming soon to Rhinelander's Kemp Street.
Credit Grant Hollingworth

A main artery into Rhinelander will be closing soon and will be shut down for several weeks.

The city of Rhinelander is doing new utility lines and will extend the work down Kemp Street. Kemp is the southernmost of three bridges over the Wisconsin River in Rhinelander.

Water and Wastewater Superintendent Tim Kingman gives us an update as to closure dates.

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Affordable Housing
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Grants Set to Boost Local Housing Initiatives

More than $2 million has been awarded to this area to improve housing conditions.

The state Division of Housing spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the money in this area is part of $15 million administered through the state for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program is designed to provide money to address affordable housing and community development.

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Museums
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Museum Raising Funds for Train Restoration

The Rhinelander Logging Museum hopes to raise money to protect an historic train.
Credit Erin DeYoung

A fund drive is underway to repair and preserve the train at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander. The Logging Museum complex includes the historic train and boxcars as a reminder of the Northwoods Logging era.

Mayor Dick Johns and others are hoping citizens step forward to contribute to the restoration of the train and to build a roof over the top to help preserve the attraction.

Mayor Johns says the wooden cars and the train need immediate attention.

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