Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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March 26 is Purple Day
4:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Wearing Purple For Epilepsy Awareness

Bryan and Lynne Wakely have learned a lot about epilepsy while raising their son Eli.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Rhinelander students wore purple on Wednesday to spread awareness about epilepsy. 

Lynne and Bryan Wakely have an 18-year-old son named Eli who has frequent seizures.  In his case, he also needs help with daily routines, and has to be monitored 24 hours a day.  But his mom will be the first to tell you, their son nothing short of awesome. 

“He’s always, no matter how many seizures he has at night, he wakes up with a smile on his face, ready for the next day.” 

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Exercising Treaty Rights
4:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up

Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members and others have maintained a presence near a proposed iron mine since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Education and Learning Project plan to rotate in and out of the site to comply with Iron County rules. 

Earlier this month the Iron County Board of Supervisors gave Harvest Camp residents six business days to leave, saying they were in violation of a 14-day camping limit. 

Camp spokesperson Paul DeMain says the site will remain as it is, but longterm residents will follow the rules by leaving every two weeks for at least 24 hours. 

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Conversation with Entomologist
4:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How Ticks Spread Disease, and Why There Won't Be Fewer of Them This Year

Ticks can transmit diseases that rodents carry to humans.
Credit NOAA

With summer and tick season coming up in the next few months, today we talk with entomologist Phil Pellitteri…who ran the Insect Lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison for 35 years.  He’ll be a guest at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about Wisconsin’s tick situation.

Phil Pellitteri will be talking more about preventing tick-borne illnesses at Science on Tap in Minocqua next week, along with pediatrician Holly Frost from Marshfield Clinic.  

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Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
3:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

April Crane Count Tracks Numbers, Whereabouts

Sandhill crane populations have rebounded in Wisconsin. Last year almost 9,000 cranes were counted in six Midwestern states.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Volunteers are getting ready to count Wisconsin’s cranes.  The Midwest Crane Count happens April 12th, organized by the International Crane Foundation.

The count happens early in the morning, between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.  Oneida County coordinator Bob Dall says volunteers look and listen for a crane’s call at about 40 known nesting sites in the county.   

“Some of our local wildlife areas like Thunder Marsh, areas near open flowages and wetland bogs.  Cranberry marshes are very popular for cranes, they love to feed or nest there.” 

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Uninsured Will Face Penalty
1:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Health Insurance Deadline Draws Near

People who need health insurance have just about one week left to sign up on the online health exchange. 

The open enrollment period ends March 31st. 

Mary Testin at Wausau’s Bridge Clinic is healthcare Regional Coordinator for Central Wisconsin.  She says a lot of people may have been putting off their decision until now.   

“It seems like people are waking up, because my phone is just ringing off the hook.  The deadline is real, it is not extended.  March 31st is the day, everyone must have healthcare or they’ll get a penalty.”

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Launching New Projector
10:53 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Theater Goes Digital in Three Lakes

The Three Lakes Center for the Arts will debut a new digital film projector this weekend. 

The center raised $50,000 for a digital projector and sound system after their 35 millimeter projector broke last year. 

Technical Director and projectionist Paul Johnson says the new equipment offers a big change in quality. 

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First Show of the Year
3:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

"WisconsinCity" Opens at ArtStart

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander’s ArtStart gallery is open with its first exhibit of the year.

Entitled “WisconsinCity” the show features the work of contemporary artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley. 

ArtStart President Ken Juon says it came out of a curiosity to see what emerging Wisconsin artists were up to. 

“We were interested in it just to see who was doing what.  We wanted to put together a survey – that’s what we like to do here, is put together group shows, surveys to give a broad range of art experiences to the viewer that comes in.” 

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DNR May Restrict Anglers
2:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tribes Reserve More Walleye for Spearing

Chippewa tribal members spear walleye in springtime, when the fish swim into the shallows to spawn.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply.  The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year.  As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.  

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Plans for a Cycling Hub in Eagle River
2:41 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Trail Groups Land $15K Grant for Bike Path Segment

A print by Dick Bonkoski called “Farewell to The Fisherman." C&NW train No. 228, a special from Chicago in the 1930s, was called The Fisherman.
Credit Used courtesy of the Eagle River Historical Society.

A bike trail project has netted a $15,000 matching grant to complete a short stretch of trail. 

The Three Eagle Trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River.  It’s being extended by less than a quarter mile through a congested part of Eagle River to the old train depot.  The grant comes from Tara Lila, a company that specializes in land conservation and trail construction.  It will match community donations up to $15,000 in hopes of covering the $30,000 cost of the construction. 

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Examining the Deer-Forest Relationship
3:33 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

DNR Plans 900-Acre Deer Study in Vilas County

A DNR study will involve twelve forest parcels with different levels of deer and available forage.
Credit Rennett Stowe

DNR officials are planning a long term study to look at how deer density and forest composition affect each other.  

The study would divide 900 acres in Vilas County into several fenced areas, containing different numbers of deer and amounts of available forage. 

Some areas will contain no deer at all.  Low density enclosures will contain 3 deer over 120 acres.  Moderate densities will be 90 acres and contain four deer.  High density ones will include 5 deer in an 80 acre parcel.

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