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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Boon for Log Haulers
5:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Frozen Road Law Takes Effect Saturday, Earlier Than Ever

Frozen roads mean fewer restrictions for log haulers.
Credit Wis. Dept. of Transporation

Colder than normal weather will enable log and forest product haulers to move heavier loads sooner.

Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect Saturday in the northern part of Wisconsin.  That area includes Highway 8 along with numbered state and federal highways north of US 8.

Department of Transportation Permit Chief Kathleen Nichols says the declaration is happening much earlier than usual. 

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Substantial Drop Attributed To Winterkill
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Harvests Twenty Percent Fewer Bucks

Last year's harsh winter may have impacted this year's gun-deer harvest.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Harvest totals from the gun-deer season in northern Wisconsin were down even more than the state average.

Statewide, hunters shot 9 percent fewer bucks than last year, but up north the harvest was 21 percent lower. 

Though there were some challenging weather conditions during this year’s nine-day gun season, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says the major factor has been last winter’s extreme cold and snow. 

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How People Use and Value Road System
5:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

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After Muzzle-Loader Season Wraps Up
4:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Snowmobile Riders Wait for Trail Opener

While trails aren't open yet, authorities warn snowmobilers to beware of crossing thin ice on lakes.
Credit Joe Ross

Snowmobilers are awaiting the opening of trail systems, which is still at least ten days away. 

Oneida County Forester John Bilagon says agreements with private landowners dictate the trails can’t open until after the muzzle-loader deer season. 

“Then of course we have to have adequate conditions to open the trail.  Typically that means both a combination of snow cover and frozen conditions.”  

Early snow that’s insulating some marshes could be a challenge for snowmobile clubs who want trails to open as soon as possible. 

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Paying for Outdated Power Plant
3:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Regulators Ask For More Details in Upper Michigan Power Dispute

Upper Peninsula customers won’t see an electric rate increase this week, as federal regulators wait for more information about the region’s electricity use. 

When mining company Cliffs Natural Resources switched to a cheaper source of power, there wasn’t much demand left for WE Energies’ Presque Isle Power Plant near Marquette.  But a regional regulator called MISO said the plant couldn’t shut down it would compromise the reliability of the grid.

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A Day For Donations
4:51 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

'Giving Tuesday' Boosts Local Organizations

Nonprofits and charities are hoping to have their day of holiday spending attention on Giving Tuesday. 

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday…Giving Tuesday hopes to draw a rush of charitable giving, instead of buying. 

Nancy Heykes of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin…says it’s a way to give back to your community. 

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On and Off Reservation
4:47 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

LDF Seeks Foster Families For Respite Homes

Lac du Flambeau is recruiting foster families on the reservation and other parts of Vilas County.

Family Services Manager Kristin Allen supervises the tribe’s foster care licensing program.

She says the program is especially in need of families to provide short-term respite homes. 

 “And respite homes are families that are willing to provide a weekend or evening for some of our foster homes – so that if they want a night out or a weekend for a family getaway, things like that – that they would be allowed that time alone.”

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Natural Resources
10:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

A Look At Abundant Water Systems in the Northwoods

Lakes, streams and wetlands are abundant in Wisconsin's Northwoods.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Two speakers coming to the Northwoods this week will discuss water relationships in northern Wisconsin. 

Emily Stanley from UW Madison’s Center for Limnology says the water resources here are intricately linked, and are really one resource. 

“Surface water today is ground water next year; and really trying to isolate one lake and how we think of it, and how it fits within the Northwoods – you really can’t view it in isolation, these systems really are a part of one big interactive system.” 

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Have a Heart Donation Program
11:53 am
Fri November 28, 2014

What To Do With a Deer Heart? Give It To An Eagle, Says REGI

Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

With just a few days left in Wisconsin’s gun deer season, hunters who do get a deer may be looking for a use for its heart.

Marge Gibson of Antigo’s Raptor Education Group says that organ is an ideal food for eagles and other raptors. 

“The deer heart is a perfect food for our birds.  We currently have 42 bald eagles in our care, and they go through an awful lot of food.  So it’s an excellent source of protein for them, and it’s hunters helping hunters.” 

Every year the wildlife rehabilitation center asks for donations of deer hearts.

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Helping to Stabilize Market
4:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

USDA Cranberry Purchase Good News For Growers

Last year saw a record crop fro Wisconsin's cranberry growers.
Credit James Lake Cranberry Marsh

Cranberry growers are pleased with the news that the USDA will start purchasing millions of pounds of surplus cranberries. 

High yields have driven prices down to as low as 10 to 19 cents a pound for processed fruit.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Director Tom Lochner says at that price growers can’t break even.

 “It’s been declining.  We’ve seen the downward pressure on grower returns for three or four years now.  So hopefully we’ve reached the bottom and we’ll start to see signs that things are improving.”

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