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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Invasive Species Threatens Native Art
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Black Ash Baskets: Weaving Resistance to Invasive Species

Eleven-year-old AJ pounds a black ash log, as Jarrod Stone Dahl steadies it.
Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

The emerald ash borer is having a big impact on forest landscapes and some commercial interests, as it continues to wipe out ash trees in Wisconsin and other parts of the U.S.  It also threatens a traditional Native American style of basket weaving. 

It can be easy to forget that a wooden basket comes from a tree.    

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Art Show and Sale
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artarama Comes to Eagle River for 42nd Year

Eagle River is hosting a long-running art show and sale this weekend.  About a hundred exhibitors will participate in the 42nd year of Artarama, the juried fine art event. 

Artarama chairperson Lori Hahn says it’s a competitive process to get into the show, and a committee tries to select a diverse representation of art forms.

“We jury the artwork in March, and we try to pick a number of artists in several different media.  It ranges from painters to potters, woodworkers, chainsaw carving, metal sculpture…” 

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Exploration, Data Gathering Continues
1:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

DNR Approves More Exploratory Drilling in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite can continue with exploratory drilling this summer. 

The DNR has authorized the mining company to drill six additional holes, and approved its request to renew two exploration licenses within a 4-mile area of the Penokee Range.   

The DNR has also granted a stormwater permit so the company can make improvements to an existing road used to access some of the drill sites.

The DNR originally granted the first license in May of last year, and the second one in January.  GTac has already drilled more than 20 holes in the proposed iron mine site area. 

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Over Five Hundred Entries
2:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Artists Compete in Northern National Exhibit

The Northern National art show opens next week at the Nicolet College gallery.  It features almost ninety works from artists around the country, including several from Wisconsin and the Northwoods.

Lac du Flambeau artist Christine Alfery says after moving to the Northwoods from Madison…she finds national shows like this one offer important exposure…and a chance to be inspired by other artists. 

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Maintenance on Pipeline
12:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

WPS Flares Natural Gas in Three Lakes

Wisconsin Public Service is flaring natural gas in Three Lakes this week to prepare for some pipeline maintenance.

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says some parts of the pipeline are being refitted to allow for easier maintenance, and the natural gas needs to be cleared out first. 

“Basically what we’re doing is we’ve taken the pressure down as low as we possibly can in that section of the pipeline, the remaining gas is purged out of that pipeline, and burned at the one valve in the Three Lakes area.”

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Warming Up Cold Water Habitat
2:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake

The contraptions used to mix Crystal Lake are called GELIs, short for "Gradual Lake Entrainment Inverters."
Credit Colin Smith / Trout Lake Station

A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study.  The Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.

The mixing project began two years ago at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Trout Lake Station.  Its main goal was to stir up the layers of Crystal Lake, warming the bottom and making it inhospitable for cold-water-loving smelt, which were harming native populations of walleye and yellow perch.

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Taking to the Streets
2:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

About fifteen firefighters from the Rhinelander Fire Department are hoping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander.  For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.

On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.  Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Keeping Shorelines Wild
11:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Fish Sticks and Half-Submerged Logs: Restoring Woody Shorelines

Fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for wildlife.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Oneida County is holding two workshops on the value of maintaining woody habitat along lake shorelines.  

Rosie Page from the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department says fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife…but that habitat is being greatly reduced. 

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Staying Safe on the Water
4:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Paddleboarders Need to Be Visible, Bring Life Jackets

Stand up paddleboarding has been growing more and more common in the Northwoods.
Credit http://www.charlottesgotalot.com/outdoors-sports-recreation

Paddleboards are showing up more and more often on northern lakes.  With their popularity skyrocketing over the past decade, the DNR is stressing good water safety practices. 

DNR Recreational Safety Warden Mark Little says a life jacket is required when paddleboarding.    

“It doesn’t have to be worn, although we encourage you to wear it.  Most people strap it down or bungee cord it down so it’s at least with them.” 

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Gathering Data By Night
4:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Citizen Bat Monitors: Turning Up the Volume On Silence

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The deadly bat disease called white nose syndrome was found in Wisconsin earlier this year.  That’s bad news for bats, but it hasn’t stopped the Department of Natural Resources from investing in bat monitoring efforts.  In fact, biologists say collecting data on bats is more important than ever.  

At nightfall on the end of a pier in Eagle River, DNR Biologist Paul White is standing with his arm outstretched, rubbing his fingers together. 

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