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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High Speed Access for More Areas
4:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Oneida County Committee Optimistic About Broadband Funding

The Oneida County Technology Committee is seeking funding from federal and state sources…to help fuel broadband development. 

Chair Don Sidlowski says the committee is filing preliminary paperwork Friday for a grant program through the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. 

“It turns out that all of Oneida County, with the exception of Rhinelander, qualifies and so there’s a lot of places we can look in Oneida County for the federal dollars.”

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Skill Building with Mock Trial
4:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mock Trial Team Prepares for State Competition

High school seniors Lydia O'Brien and Amber Sheth are captains of the Rhinelander Mock Trial Team.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team is heading to the state competition in Madison this weekend.  The team won has won state 16 times, including last year.  

Team captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien have been with the team for the past four years.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with them to find out more about why they participate in mock trial, and how it works.     

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Senate Education Committee Hearing
3:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on Changes to Education Standards

State lawmakers are expected to hear testimony Thursday on a bill that could spell changes for Common Core education standards. 

State Superintendent Tony Evers is appealing to parents and educators to speak out against the legislation, which would put standards in the hands of a legislative committee. 

In a video message Evers called this a Waterloo moment in Wisconsin education. 

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Youth Art Month
5:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Land O' Lakes Art Show Spotlights Youth Work

Youth Art Month coordinators hope showcasing young people's art will let them know that creativity matters.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/averagejane/7624350518/sizes/m/

March is national Youth Art Month.  Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, or LOLA, is putting the spotlight on young artists’ work with a gallery exhibit. 

The show features almost ninety works from local elementary and homeschooled students. 

LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz says she’s busy framing the art pieces…which are loosely inspired by the four seasons. 

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Fragmentation Helps Some, Not All
4:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wisconsin's Birds Face Changing Habitat

Black-throated green warbler
Credit Dan Pancamo / http://www.flickr.com/photos/pancamo/5682217366/sizes/m/

Anna Pidgeon is an avian ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Pidgeon about her research on how habitat loss and climate events may influence the range of some songbirds.

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Avid Group of Birders
4:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wisconsin Home to Plethora of Birds and Birders

Trumpeter swans one species many birders may travel to see in Wisconsin.
Credit USFWS Mountain Prairie

A third of Wisconsin residents age 16 and over are birders.  That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which ranks Wisconsin’s percentage of birders second highest in the nation, tied with West Virginia. 

The report defined birders as those who traveled at least one mile to watch birds, or reported paying close attention to the birds around their house. 

Ryan Brady, research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR in Ashland, says he’s not surprised by the high number. 

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Announced Last Week
4:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New Chamber Director Takes the Reins

Dana DeMet had his first day on the job as Executive Director of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday.  Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show. 

He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit. 

“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals.  I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.” 

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Meager Food Available
9:47 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Birds Face Shrinking Winter Food Supply

Robins returning in time for spring may be unprepared for wintry conditions.
Credit Marc Evans

Deer aren’t the only wildlife having a hard time finding food this winter.  

Wildlife rehabilitator Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says she’s worried about many of the region’s birds.  She says the rehab center near Antigo is seeing birds like red-tailed hawks, chickadees and even robins.    

“What is unusual is the way that they’re coming in.  People are finding them really not moving very much – they’re kind of in a hypothermic state.  Their breathing is slowed, their heartrate is slowed, and they go into almost a torpor state.” 

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Not Well Adapted
3:02 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Wild Turkeys Face Difficulty Finding Food in Severe Winter

Wild turkeys have a hard time finding food in deep snow.
Credit Robert Engbert

Many wild turkeys may be struggling to survive the harsh winter in northern Wisconsin.

Bird expert Laura Erickson says in an average winter, turkeys are protected by their fat reserves.  But a severe winter like this one is another matter. 

“The problem is that they need a lot of food.  And with the deep snows we’ve been having, it’s virtually impossible for them to find the acorns or other food items that they would normally get on the ground.”   

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Promoting School and Community
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Will Build Sign to Get the Word Out

Three Lakes will soon be home to a new digital message board.  The Three Lakes School District and the Chamber of Commerce are putting up a fourteen-foot sign that will feature community events and announcements. 

School District Administrator George Karling says one of its goals is to get more exposure for Three Lakes Schools.

“We’ve had people move into the outer fringes, and they’ve told us later, we weren’t aware there was a school here.  We thought you went to school in one of the neighboring communities.”

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