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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Boxes From Home
2:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Care Packages Sent to Overseas Military

AT&T is donating money to help send care packages to U.S. Troops deployed overseas. 

The nonprofit Military Support group is mailing nearly 50 packages to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. 

AT&T Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the company announced the $2250 award Saturday at the Veterans Center in Rhinelander.             

“There’s actually going to be volunteers, as well as Representative Rob Swearingin, that are going to be on hand packing care packages, so we’re going to be packing probably about 30 tomorrow.” 

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Careful Mapping of Town Roads
11:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Three Lakes Gathers Detailed Info About Terrestrial Invasives

A recent roadside survey found only five locations of purple loosestrife in Three Lakes, WI.
Credit Stefan Czapski / http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2559210

Three Lakes has completed a detailed survey of terrestrial invasive species in the town. 

The data was collected by one individual: Baerbel Ehrig walked and biked 260 miles in Three Lakes last year…on both sides of each and every town road. 

Ehrig explains the purpose is to better understand which invasives are present on a local level, and how many of them there are.  And roads are a good place to start. 

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Adventure Racing in the Northwoods
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Stubborn Mule Challenges Teams to Keep Going, and Not Get Lost

A race this weekend near Tomahawk will test endurance and problem-solving.  The Stubborn Mule Adventure race asks teams to compete in a kind of off road triathlon that lasts either 12 or 30 hours. 

Race Director Paula Waite says the race requires navigating on foot, on bikes, and in a canoe. 

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70 Years Since D-Day
3:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson, 90 years old, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. military.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This month marks 70 years since D-Day, the landing operations at Normandy during World War 2.  

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White Nose Is Major Threat
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

USFWS Delays Listing Decision for Threatened Bat Species

Northern long-eared bats are listed as threatened in Wisconsin, and may receive a federal listing as well.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delay its decision on whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered.  The decision was set to come in October, but the agency will wait six more months before making the final call. 

Natural resource departments in Wisconsin and three other Midwestern states requested the delay

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Citizens Testified in Rhinelander
12:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the quota of 156 wolves for this hunting season.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Wisconsin’s wolf hunt will go forward with a quota of 156 wolves this winter.  

The state’s Natural Resources Board has approved the Wolf Advisory Committee’s recommendation.  The board met in Milwaukee but took live video testimony from Rhinelander, where about a dozen people gathered to voice their opinions. 

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Plan for Revamped Indian Bowl
5:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Arts and Cultural Center Lands Sizable Grant

An arts and cultural center planned for Lac du Flambeau is getting a financial boost. 

The USDA has awarded the project $88,000 towards job training for the Living Arts and Cultural Center. 

The center is being planned to replace the Indian Bowl, a venue that’s currently in disrepair. 

Georgine Brown is chair of the project’s board of directors.  She says the grant will lay the groundwork for staffing once the center is built.

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Expecting a Rebound
4:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Home Sales Remain Slow, Despite Warmer Temps

For the fifth month in a row Wisconsin’s housing market is looking sluggish compared to last year.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show statewide sales fell almost seven percent in May, compared to 2013.  In the Northern part of the state sales dropped by less than four percent, though the region has seen slower sales for 2014 as a whole.    

Marquette University Economist David Clark says the May numbers reveal that the weather hasn’t been the only factor dampening home sales this year. 

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Two Utilities Becoming One
2:26 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

WPS Plans to Merge With WE Energies

Two of Wisconsin's largest utilities plan to merge, if a deal announced Monday is approved.
Credit Arnoldius via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coal_power_plant_Knepper_1.jpg

Wisconsin Public Service says customers won’t see rate changes as a result of two utility companies merging. 

The parent company of WE Energies plans to buy Integrys Energy Group, the parent company of WPS, in a deal totaling $9 billion. 

  The new company will be called Wisconsin Electric Corporation or W-E-C Energy, and will serve over 4.3 million gas and electric customers.

WPS Spokesperson Lisa Prunty says the merger will make for a stronger company. 

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Grants May Depend on Specifics
10:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

DNR Wants More Details On Off-Road Park

The nonprofit that wants to build an off-road park in Forest County thinks vehicle use is compatible with timber management.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The DNR says it needs more information to determine whether an off road park in Forest County would be eligible for certain grants. 

The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to buy the land for a 10,000-acre park. 

The group is pitching the project as a good deal for the county, saying park tourism and timber management on the land could generate revenue, while the purchase of the land could be fifty percent paid-for by DNR stewardship grants. 

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