Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

Natalie came to the station in 2013.  She moved to the Northwoods from Providence, Rhode Island where she worked at Rhode Island Public Radio.  She studied Environmental Studies at Brown University, and learned radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. 

As Community Features Editor, Natalie spends time reporting, interviewing, and working with volunteer contributors.  She also hosts All Things Considered on Friday afternoons. 

When she's not rushing to and from an interview, she enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, and skiing to survive the winter.

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Wisconsin Public Service crews have begun to extend a natural gas pipeline from Crandon to the Forest County Potawatomi Community. 

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the project involves about five miles of both new construction and upgrades to existing infrastructure. 

“If we’re looking for any additional expansion beyond the Forest County Potawatomi governmental buildings there, we do need to make sure that our system has enough pressure and is built to the specifications necessary to do any expansions.” 

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A new cooperative effort to fund more management on the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is bearing fruit.

Harvest has begun on a timber sale in Forest County as part of a stewardship agreement.  That means money earned from the sale will go towards conservation and management on the forest, instead of to the general budget. 

As Director of the nonprofit Sustainable Resources Initiative Don Peterson explains, it’s thanks to the efforts of a group called the Stewardship Steering Committee. 

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Many Northwoods property owners know the importance of getting their land surveyed. 

As President of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Jeff DeMuth describes, surveying can become especially prominent in determining boundaries of shore land properties, which are often limited in space. 

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County deer advisory councils will be meeting again this month to help determine antlerless deer quotas. 

DNR wildlife biologist Melinda Nelson says each council will recommend a specific number anterless tags.

“Looking at a variety of metrics including winter severity, 2014 deer harvest numbers and taking public input, and deciding how many antlerless tags they want out on the landscape.”

Nelson says the local management units will make initial recommendations, and then take feedback from the public. 

Wildfire season is getting an early start in Wisconsin, thanks to the recent snow melt.

DNR Forester Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says April and May are typically the most active months for forest fires in Wisconsin. 

“This year seems to be coming a little bit before that time, in March.  And certainly my counterparts in the southern part of the state are already active in suppressing forest fires.”

Gillen says fire season in northern Wisconsin shouldn’t be far behind, if the warm weather continues. 

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A domestic violence victim support agency is holding a candlelight vigil in Rhinelander Thursday night for the three children who survived the apparent homicide of Thomas and Jennifer Ayers.

Law enforcement believes the three young girls were locked in a room while Jennifer Ayers’ 17-year-old daughter Ashlee Martinson killed her mother and step-father.  The couple was found dead Sunday. 

Shellie Holmes, Director of Tri County Council on Domestic Violence, says the agency is holding a vigil and collecting donations for the children.

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Snowmobile trails in Oneida and Vilas counties are closed as of Thursday afternoon.

John Bilogan, Director of the Oneida County Forestry Department says warm weather has melted most of the snow. 

"If you get into the woods, the trails probably would still be ridable.  But it gets to the point where intersections and areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, a lot of them are bare."

Bilogan says riding on bare ground can cause safety issues or damage to trails.

Iron County’s unemployment rate went up by more than a percentage point in January, giving it one of the highest jobless rates in the state at 10.8 percent. 

Menominee, Door and Bayfield Counties did the worst, tied with unemployment rates of 11 percent…according to the preliminary unadjusted figures from the state’s workforce development agency. 

Vilas County’s unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, with Forest County coming in a 9.1.

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The Oneida County Sheriff’s office says its investigation into a pair of deaths in Oneida County is far from complete. 

At a press conference Wednesday, Sheriff Grady Hartman said his office would be careful about any further information released to the public. 

“This is an ongoing investigation that only began three days ago.  There is still a great deal that needs to be accomplished before the investigation is complete.  Releasing any more information may compromise the case, and hinder Martinson’s right to a fair trial.”

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A Madison-based songwriter is performing on the Nicolet stage on Friday.  WXPR is hosting the Corey Mathew Hart band.

Hart grew up in Wisconsin lived for some time in North Carolina before returning to Madison. 

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Hart to find out more about his life and music.  

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