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.


Kenosha Casino Deadline Approaches
4:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Menominee, Potawatomi Tribes At Odds Interpreting BIA Decision

The Menominee tribe says its proposal for a Kenosha casino is getting closer to reality, now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an amendment between the state and the Forest County Potawatomi. 

But the Potawatomi say the state could still owe the tribe money if the Kenosha casino moves forward.  

The amendment would have put the state and the Menominee tribe on the hook to make up any Potawatomi losses as a result of a new casino in nearby Kenosha. 

Gary Besaw is Chair of the Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority. 

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Looking Back on Earthquake Aftermath
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Five Years Later, Analyzing Relief in Haiti

A earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale wracked Haiti five years ago, January 12, 2010.
Credit UN Photo/Logan Abassi / United Nations Development Programme

Monday marks five years since a massive earthquake in Haiti.

We’re going to talk with Northwoods native Kate Zambon, a graduate student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She recently produced an episode for the school’s 3620 Podcast… that takes a look at the legacy left behind by the swell of relief efforts in Haiti.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Zambon about the project.  

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Hoping to Reach More Scientists, Partners
5:31 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Forest Research Farm Seeks Experimental Forest Designation

The Harshaw Forest Research Farm has been used for research on biofuels and the impact of climate change factors on tree health.
Credit US Forest Service

A U.S. Forest Service research farm near Rhinelander is hoping to join a national network of experimental forests.  

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Lowest in Years
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Natural Gas Prices Fall In Time For Peak Heating Season

Natural gas customers are likely to pay less this winter, thanks to falling prices.

Gasoline prices aren’t the only ones falling. Natural gas prices are also dropping.

Residential rates are about thirty percent lower this January than they were last year.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says it depends on how much you use, but you’ll likely see a lower bill. 

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No Foul Play Suspected
2:32 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Details Emerge After Presque Isle Death

A woman found dead in Presque Isle on Friday was walking a neighbor’s dog home the night that she died.

After leaving her residence behind the Townhouse Store Thursday night, 61-year-old Corinne Gerster did not return home. 

Her body was found the next morning with some marks and injuries, and her clothing had been torn off. 

Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath says the man she was living with is not under investigation. 

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Wastewater Treament Plant Requires Upgrades
2:29 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Tomahawk Residents Face 25 Percent Sewer Rate Hike

Tomahawk residents are paying more for their wastewater treatment. The average user will pay about a hundred dollars more each year in sewer bills. 

The city of Tomahawk has approved a 25 percent sewer rate increase that went into effect January 1st.  The extra money will help pay for upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, which dates back to the 1950s. 

Public Works Director Mike Tolvstad says the first phase of the project began when the roof of the solid waste digester was found to be structurally unsound. 

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RASTA event this weekend
2:01 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Snowshoe Hare Race Should Find Good Trail Conditions

Cold weather should mean good trail conditions for this weekend's Snowshoe Hare race.
Credit Andy Arthur

Snowshoers have a chance to hit the trails this weekend in the Snowshoe Hare Run/Walk race.

Rhinelander Area Silent Sports Association, or RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory says it’s an event for all ages and levels. 

“We’re hoping for a couple hundred people, each year there’s more participation which is great.  And it’s just – you can really choose whether to walk, or run the whole way, it really is up to you.” 

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Fiddlers and Logging Camp Singers
8:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Folk Music Collection Features Northwoods Performers of 1930s, 40s

Leizime Brusoe with Rube Tronson and His Texas Cowboys, (L-R): Leizime Brusoe, Rube Tronson, Wally Van Trees, Al Mee, Ted Simons, and Tom Johnson; WLS Barn Dance, 1933.
Credit Courtesy of Mills Music Library, University of Wisconsin.

A UW Madison professor is producing a collection of archival field recordings performed by musicians from northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan more than 70 years ago. The music ranges from polkas to waltzes and fiddle tunes.  

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Searching for Economic Solutions
4:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Red Cliff Tribe Hosts Summit on Mining Alternatives

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes are organizing a conference on economic alternatives to mining January 7-9.  

Red Cliff Mining Resources Specialist Sandy Gokee says the tribes are inviting specialists to talk about the impacts of iron mining, as well as explore the potential of other economic drivers. 

“We wanted them to share their knowledge about the effects of mining.  Viable alternatives to extraction, cultural knowledge; because we wanted to kind of bring it all together with our native world view.” 

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Often perched on poles and signs
4:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Snowy Owls Make Another Rare Appearance in Northern Wisconsin

Snowy owls spend most of their time in the Arctic, but will sometimes venture south in search of food.
Credit Sylvia Duckworth

A substantial number of snowy owls are spending the winter in Wisconsin again.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says for the third year in a row the owls are venturing south from their arctic homes in search of food. 

He says the birds prefer to perch in high places near open areas. 

“In general, you think about owls being rodent eaters, so typically they’re going to set up shop in places where they’re gonna have a good view, and they can pick up small rodents that are moving around on top of the snow.” 

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