Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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Decent Grades
3:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Northern Schools Fare Well By State Standards

Report cards are out for all Wisconsin schools and districts.
Credit Basheer Tome

School report cards are in, and Northwoods school districts are on track or exceeding expectations. 

The statewide performance report ranks schools on measures like student achievement, attendance and college readiness. Schools get placed in one of five categories between "failing" and "significantly exceeding expectations."

Northland Pines schools in Eagle River was rated as "exceeding expectations". District Administrator Dr.  Mike Richie says the numbers are positive.

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Too Many Trees?
3:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Tiffany Echoes County's Desire For More Cutting

Tom Tiffany is calling for bigger timber harvests in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.
Credit US Forest Service / WXPR News

State Senator Tom Tiffany is supporting Oneida County’s call for increased cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.  

The county board passed a resolution Tuesday asking federal officials and members of Congress to bring the national forest harvest up to its allowable level.  Senator Tiffany says after widespread clear-cutting a hundred years ago, the pendulum has now swung too far the other way.

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Managers' Meeting
2:54 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Foresters Talk Northern Hardwoods at Annual Conference

This year's Wisconsin Society of American Foresters Conference is focusing on northern hardwoods.
Credit Joshua Mayer

More than a hundred and sixty foresters are gathering in northern Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday to talk about northern hardwoods.  

Minocqua is hosting the annual conference for the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters.  Organizer Carmen Hardin from the DNR’s Division of Forestry says this year’s topic is timely.

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A Question of Safety?
4:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law

Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine sits off Highway 77, near the town of Anderson.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.  

The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation.  Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access. 

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Art From An Age Gone By
6:04 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Botanical Photogravures Hang in New Glass-Walled Gallery

New work is up at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.  It’s the first show since the gallery has built a glass wall for the front gallery.   That newly finished room now features black-and white images from German photographer Karl Blossfeldt.  President of the Board of Directors Ken Juon says Blossfeldt invented his own camera in order to take close-up pictures of natural forms. 

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Most pass first time
4:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nicolet College EMT's, Firefighters At High Percentage

Credit Nicolet Area Techincal College


Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.


 

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Mining Example in Michigan
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Can a Community Keep a Mine Safe for the Environment?

Mine Superintendent John Mason drives out of Eagle Mine.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

On the shores of Lake Superior, the nonprofit Superior Watershed Partnership has spent years working to protect and restore watersheds around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

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New Exhibition Opens This Week
4:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Photography and Antiques at Nicolet

Photos in the new exhibit at the Nicolet College Gallery range in subject from heirloom tomatoes to adobe structures.
Credit Karen Isebrands Brown

A new show is set to open at the Nicolet College Gallery.  

It features photography by Karen Isebrands Brown, plus antique domestic artifacts.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Isebrands Brown to talk about the show.

That opening is from 5-7 Thursday, September 12th.

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Shifting Patterns of Development
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Documenting Land Use Change, Around the World

Radeloff looks at satellite images like this one of the Rospuda Valley, Poland.
Credit NASA Landsat

We turn now to a conversation with Volker Radeloff, a University of Wisconsin Professor who studies how land use policy affects wildlife.  

Radeloff was the guest at last week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski caught up with him afterwards.  

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A Finnicky Plant
6:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sparse Season For Lac du Flambeau Wild Rice

Wild rice production may have already peaked in the Lac du Flambeau area.
Credit Superior National Forest

Wild rice production looks below average in the Lac du Flambeau reservation area.  

Scott Smith and the other two wild rice chiefs for the Lac du Flambeau reservation check lakes daily to monitor the rice as it ripens.  Smith says the peak of the harvest has probably already passed. 

“Usually 5 to 10 percent ripens per day.  So there are a few lakes left that still have rice – where it’s more dense, they still have rice to harvest.”

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