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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Final Deadline Approaching
5:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Rhinelander Health Insurance Sign-Ups Scheduled

Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace.  Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help. 

The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care. 

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Road Construction No Longer Needed
5:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

GTac Set to Begin Bulk Sampling

Gogebic Taconite plans to do bulk sampling at three sites in the Penokee Range.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Gogebic Taconite could begin bulk sampling in the Penokee Range at any time.  The DNR has finished reviewing the sampling plan and has no further questions or requirements.

GTac’s original plan involved building a new road to provide access to some of the sites.  DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says the company submitted a revised plan last week, since frozen roads make that access easier. 

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Team Holds Records
12:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

RHS Mock Trial Team Advances to State

Nine of the sixteen members of RHS Mock Trial were on the team that took first place at Regionals.
Credit Rhinelander School District

Rhinelander High School’s Mock Trial team won the regional championships at Wisconsin Rapids last weekend.  It now heads to the state competition. 

Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says Rhinelander could face stiff competition, with teams from around the state getting better and better every year.

“You never go into the state tournament with high hopes, you can be cautiously optimistic.  With this team, there are so many new people to the team this year – but they surprised me at regionals.”

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Beyond the Folk Circuit
4:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Mike and Ruthy: On Pete Seeger and Colliding At a Christmas Party

Formerly of the Mammals, Mike and Ruthy are a duo on stage and at home.
Credit Thomas Schnaidt

Mike and Ruthy are a folk duo and married couple, former members of the band the Mammals.  

  They're headed to the Northwoods this week, appearing on the WXPR stage at Nicolet College.  To find out a little more about their background, WXPR’s Natalie spoke to the two from their kitchen in upstate New York.  

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Expanding Broadband Capacities
4:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Northwoods Libraries to See Better Internet

More than 300 libraries across Wisconsin will receive better broadband access this year.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/i_look/2286514304/sizes/m/

Several Northwoods libraries are set to see improved broadband service by November. 

The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction have announced a 4.2 million dollar expansion of BadgerNet through a partnership with several private companies.  The expansion will increase internet speeds for almost two thirds of the state’s libraries, including in Three Lakes, Eagle River, Crandon, and Mercer.  Libraries in Land o Lakes and Hurley will also benefit. 

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Arts Workshops Annually
2:00 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Registration Opens for School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from visual to culinary arts.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Summer might feel far away, but organizers of School of the Arts Rhinelander are already looking ahead to this July's programming. 

The 51st year of the program will offer five days of art workshops at a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says registration is open for more than 50 courses.

“And we have five different tracks for people to take.  We have scheduling that is weekend-only, and scheduling that can be Saturday through Wednesday.”

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Boat Rides for Seniors, Vets, Disabled
10:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Let's Go Fishing Seeks Boom Lake Mooring Space

The Northwoods chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is running into some obstacles leading up to its second season. 

The group formed last year to take seniors, veterans, and disabled people on boat rides, free of charge. The trips leave from Hodag Park in Rhinelander, as it’s close to many care facilities.   

But chapter Vice President Mark Schroeder says the program faces the problem of where to store the 33-foot pontoon boat between rides. 

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Looking For Financial Sustainability
3:41 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Northland Pines to Take Over Eagle River YMCA

The YMCA of the Northwoods is stepping away from its facility in Eagle River.  As of March 1st the Northland Pines School District will run the fitness center that’s housed at Northland Pines High School.

YMCA Interim CEO Laurie Schlitt says the Eagle River facility has been operating at an average loss of $15,000 a year, subsidized by fundraising and the Rhinelander location. 

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Roasting Beans on Demand
4:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Rio Lobo: Small Town Roaster

Rio Lobo's Sivetz roaster hails from Corvallis, Oregon.

Artisan coffee is a trend that’s has pretty much swept the nation's cities.  It’s no surprise to find local roasters in Milwaukee or Madison.  But where you might not expect to find one…is in a garage in the tiny town of Hiles, Wisconsin.  

Dave Roberts is working on an espresso blend for his company Rio Lobo coffee.  But he hasn’t always been a roaster.  At the age of 55, he made an unusual career change. 

“My family had a logging business, and a sawmill business," Roberts explained. "We were about to sell that – that’s when I kind of gravitated toward coffee roasting."

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Monday Morning Blaze
5:43 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Officials ID Fire Victim

A victim in a fatal fire earlier this week has been identified by forensic autopsy as 24-year-old Seth J. Fehr of Tomahawk. 

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department responded to the call early Monday morning.  The residence at 3892 Woodland Trail in Cassian was completely in flames when firefighters arrived. 

Three others escaped from the house.  One was flown to a Madison burn center for treatment. 

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