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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Meeting People and Sharing Knowledge
2:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Conference Aimed at Women in Business

A conference this week focuses on networking and skill sharing for women in business. 

It’s hosted by Nicolet College and the Northwoods Women in Business networking group.

Organizer Michelle Madl-Soehren says the one-day conference is designed for women already involved in business or thinking of starting one. 

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County Won't Budge on Camping Limit
3:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Iron County Votes to Evict Harvest Camp

The Harvest Camp, or Harvest Education Learning Project, has been in existence since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Iron County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp Thursday night, saying residents are violating a 14-day camping limit on county forest land. 

About 30 people attended the meeting, most speaking in support of what’s officially called the Harvest Education Learning Project, or HELP Village.  An hour of public comment was followed by an hour in closed session, where county supervisors consulted with legal counsel.  A motion to close the camp passed 13 votes to 0, with two members absent. 

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High-Tech Treatment, Locally
4:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can rotate to provide more accurate radiation therapy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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Response to Preapplication
2:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

DNR Outlines Permit Requirements for GTac Mine

The Wisconsin DNR has responded to Gogebic Taconite’s initial plan for an iron mine in the Penokee Range. 

The company filed its pre-application notification last June…which consisted of preliminary plans and a stated intent to file a mining permit.

The DNR has responded with a list of required permits and environmental data that the company will need to prepare. 

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Ten of Fifteen Seats Contested
5:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Iron County Group to Host Candidate Forums

Contested county board elections in Iron County have given rise to a series of candidate forums. 

The Iron County Citizen's Forum is organizing the two nonpartisan debates inspired by the League of Women Voters format. 

Organizer Terry Daulton says the controversy over a proposed iron mine has engaged more people in local politics.

“It’s very unusual to have this many people running. And it’s actually brought a lot of people into the fold thinking about what are the things our county is doing – so I think it’s actually energized the public a little bit.”

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Seventeenth State Championship
1:32 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Rhinelander Mock Trial Again Captures State Title

Rhinelander Mock Trial team with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Credit Submitted photo

Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

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Jobs, Education and Beyond
5:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research Summit Asks How to Strengthen Communities

A research summit next week looks at community development in the Northwoods.  It takes place at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven.  

Community sustainability is the theme of the 7th Northwoods Research Summit. 

Treehaven Director Corky McRenolds says presentation and discussion topics are broad…to look at all the components of a thriving community. 

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Surveying Public Perceptions
3:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

No More Lead Fishing Tackle On Three Vilas Lakes

Lead fishing tackle will no longer be allowed on Pallette Lake and two others.
Credit Joshua Mayer / http://www.flickr.com/photos/wackybadger/7967970190/sizes/m/

Lead fishing tackle won’t be allowed on three lakes in Vilas County.  Starting April 1st, the DNR is prohibiting any tackle containing lead on Escanaba, Nebish and Pallette lakes.   All three are research lakes in the Northern Highland American Legion state forest.

DNR fisheries research scientist Greg Sass is based at the Escanaba Research Station in Boulder Junction.  He says small pieces of lead like split shot and jig head can be harmful to wildlife like loons. 

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Six Mile Commute
4:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

The Answer Is to Just Keep Pedaling

Rich Sweet bikes six miles to work each day, rain, shine or snow.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With winter still holding the Northwoods in its icy grip, most of us try to avoid going out in the cold for longer than we have to.  So you might be surprised to find that one commuter relies on his bicycle to get to work all winter long, even refusing offers of car rides and choosing instead to brave the icy streets of Stevens Point.

It’s 7 a.m. on a clear morning in March, and 20 degrees below zero outside.  Rich Sweet is in his kitchen, in the process of what he calls “gearing up.”

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Fewer Officers, Higher Spending
4:49 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Spends More on Local Policing

Per capita in Wisconsin, municipal spending on policing is increasing.
Credit Edward Kimmel

Wisconsin municipalities spend more than the national average on policing, a new report finds.  The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds communities spent an average of $288 dollars per person in 2011 – the 12th highest rate in the nation. 

Stephanie Rubin, policy research analyst for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, says that spending went up more than 18 percent between 2007 and 2011. 

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