Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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Transportation Service Rare in Northwoods
6:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

The new transit service will be up and running on Monday.
Credit Lac du Flambeau

Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.  

  The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area.  Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.

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Sticking It Out for the Winter
5:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

LCO Harvest Camp Giving Thanks

Above: the Harvest Camp has been going strong through spring and summer.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is celebrating a feast day Thursday.  

The camp formed in the spring of this year in response to a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.  

Five people are spending the winter at the camp…which has already seen more than a foot of snow.  Spokesman Paul DeMain says the camp has visitors every day, and several dozen people could attend the feast.                       

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Preventing Food Poisoning
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Food Safety Reminders From Local Health Officials

An improperly cooked turkey could be an opportunity for food-borne illness.
Credit Sharon Mollerus

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be a big production, and so can following proper food safety procedures.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney to find out how to minimize risk of food poisoning…from things like salmonella. 

TAG: That’s Jody McKinney, Sanitarian for the Oneida County Health Department. 

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No Photos, Please
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Up Close: Iron Mining in the Upper Peninsula

Iron pellets from Empire and Tilden mines is sent to the Marquette Ore Docks on Lake Superior.
Credit P. Gordon / http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgordon/5264273065/sizes/m/in/photolist-92bLYH/

Controversy continues over a proposed iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties.  

While Wisconsin hasn’t seen an open pit mine in a while, some neighboring states have.  Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a pair of open pit iron mines that have been operating for several decades.   

Standing on the edge of Empire Mine is like looking into an amphitheater far too big for any performance.  It’s a mile wide and a mile across.  1200 feet deep.  I start wondering how many swimming pools it would take to fill it. 

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Environmental Education Trip
2:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Northwoods Native Paddles Down Mississippi

Eleven paddlers are nearing the end of their 70-day journey in New Orleans.
Credit Paddle Forward

A Northwoods native is expecting to finish a 70-day paddle of the Mississippi River Tuesday.  

Raised in Woodruff, Eric Immeler left northern Minnesota with 10 others in mid-September.  The group has been traveling the length of the Mississippi by canoe and is set to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday. 

Immeler says the purpose of the trip is to understand the role the Mississippi plays in people’s lives.               

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Wave of Northwoods Drug Arrests
4:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Law Enforcement Busts 19 For Drugs in Oneida County

Oneida county and regional law enforcement officials report nearly 20 new arrests this week for drug-related crimes. This follows another large number of drug-related arrests earlier this week in Forest county.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group made the nineteen arrests as part of a continued investigation.

Most charges relate to possession and distribution of methamphetamines and prescription drugs. Other charges include child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Thanksgiving Day Preparations
1:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Don't Forget to Thaw the Turkey

Before cooking your turkey, food safety calls for proper thawing procedures.
Credit Rene Schwietzke

If you’re planning to cook a big turkey this Thanksgiving, you may need to start thawing it this weekend. 

Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says the best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the fridge, but you have to allow one day of thawing for every five pounds of turkey. 

“Therefore if you’re going to serve a large turkey approximately 20 pounds, plan at least four to five days in the refrigerator for thawing.” 

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Pets Without Homes
2:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Cats Crowd Humane Society

The Oneida County Humane Society is offering a discount for adopting cats like Tucker.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida County Humane Society has too many cats.  It’s running a discount on adopting adult cats to try and get some of them into homes before the holidays. 

“We come in at about eight in the morning, give them their canned food treat…”

Director Bria Swartout leads me into the humane society’s cat community room, where about sixty cats of all colors and sizes share space.  About thirty more are down the hall, being checked in or getting medical care.  Swartout says the shelter has been over capacity since May.

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Natural Resources
2:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff

Oak wilt may be spreading north in Wisconsin.
Credit Ronald Billings / Texas Forest Service

A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.  Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.  But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. 

DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.               

“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”

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Hoping to Lower Cancer Risks
2:12 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Quit Smoking for Smoke Out Day

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
Credit Thomas Leuthard

Quit smoking for a day, and see if you can stick with it.  

That’s the message from the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smoke Out Thursday.  On this day the organization encourages smokers nationwide to quit the habit for a single day…or use it to jump start their plans to quit permanently.

Spokeswoman Diane Hapka in Lake Tomahawk says it’s not easy. 

“It is very difficult for people to quit.  But it is something that we try to have people do at least for that one day.”

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