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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Timber Sales Fund School District
3:27 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Laona School Forest Kicks Off Three-Year Management Plan

Managers say Laona's school forest has too many aging pines and invasive buckthorn.
Credit UFORA

State foresters are set to begin a three-year timber management project in the Laona School Forest.  DNR officials and Laona students gathered Wednesday to kick off the project. 

DNR Forestry Supervisor Craig Williams says the project will benefit forest health. He says some of the trees in the oldest school forest in the country are aging, and are being affected by invasive buckthorn.

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Old Becomes New
4:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Letterpress: An Antiquated Art, Or Maybe Not

Daniel Goscha is at work printing end-of-year cards for Arts Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

During the holiday season, you might be receiving more cards in the mail than you normally do.  But how many of those cards are printed by hand?  One Rhinelander arts organization is an expert in doing just that.  The technique is a combination of old and new techniques.   

Daniel Goscha’s tiny printing studio has a cabin-like feel and smells of wood smoke.

He’s standing over an antique letterpress.  It’s kind of like a hundred year old copy machine…except it’s made out of metal and…well, there are some other differences too.

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Statewide Arts Contest
4:23 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Park Sticker Contest Opens - But Please, Only Four Colors

The DNR has held its annual state park sticker contest since 1991.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Next year’s state park stickers are now on sale.  And the DNR is taking submissions for the sticker’s artwork for the following year.  

The 2015 state park sticker contest is open to all high school students throughout the state. 

DNR spokesperson Paul Holtan says judges are looking for designs that evoke the Wisconsin outdoors. 

“We want it to be representative of the parks experience.  Whether it’s outdoor activities, wildlife watching, beautiful scenes of the state parks – what they feel is the most important part of visiting our parks.”

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Holiday Community Event
4:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Bring a Box, the Wrapping's Free

A youth program in Rhinelander is hosting two free gift wrapping nights.  Young people who are turning to Forward Service Corporation for help finding jobs will be giving back to their community by wrapping presents for free.

Youth program coordinator Serena Adler says there are multiple benefits for the young gift wrappers. 

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Big Winter Business
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork

Snowmobile trails need frozen ground and the permission of landowners in order to open.
Credit Manfred Werner

Snow has started to pile up here in the Northwoods, and that’s good news for snowmobilers. 

Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan says conditions could be frozen enough in a few days.  But he’s guessing it will be about two weeks before the state-funded trails actually open. 

“It’s all the paperwork side of things – the insurance policies, private land easements, land-use agreements, all have to be in place from the snowmobile clubs and on file in our forestry office.”

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Fishermen Use Caution
2:35 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Beware the Perils of Thin Ice

Once covered in snow, it can be hard to tell if an icy lake is frozen enough to walk or drive on.
Credit Joisey Shawaa

Intrepid ice fishermen are already hitting the frozen lakes.  But unstable conditions can make it dangerous. 

Antigo DNR Recreational safety warden Jeff Dauterman says ice thickness can vary even within the same lake…and visual checks are not reliable. 

“You got ice out there, once there’s some snow on it you don’t know if it’s once inch thick or two feet thick.  It can vary that much within a single lake. So you’ve always got to remain cautious.”

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Education
9:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future

The University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to make its presence felt throughout the state.
Credit J. A. Fagan Publishing Co., Madison, Wis., 1930-1945 / Courtesy of Boston Public Library

The Wisconsin Idea is a guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin System, that says the university should have an impact in all parts of the state.  

Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. 

She’s also the guest at this month’s informal science discussion series Science on Tap. 

She says one goal of her talk is to hear from community members about what role the university should play in the Northwoods. 

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Half Self-Inflicted
2:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Deer Season Gun Injuries Up, But Only Slightly

Eight people were injured in firearm accidents during the gun deer season that closed Sunday.
Credit Ken Thomas

Total firearm accidents during the gun-deer season number eight, one more than last year. 

Six happened during opening weekend, and two more were reported last week.  None of those were fatal, but a hunter shot Thanksgiving Day was seriously injured.

DNR hunter education specialist Jon King says it happened in Dunn County.                       

“The victim in this point was shot by a member in his deer drive, and he was shot in the stomach.  So he was airlifted from the scene.”

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Fourth Year of Program
11:51 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Rhinelander Police Gear Up to Shop With Kids

Rhinelander Police are asking for donations to take a group of underprivileged kids shopping. 

It’s the fourth year of the Shop with a Cop program.  Police and other law enforcement officials will pair up with kids…and take them shopping at Walmart.

Rhinelander Police Officer Chad Brown says the goal is to give each kid at least a hundred dollars to spend. 

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Holiday Activities
9:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Families Can Go Tree Hunting in the Chequamegon Nicolet

A five dollar permit can get you a holiday tree from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Credit MDuchek via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NicoletNF.jpg

Deer hunters may be lamenting the end of the gun season…but there’s still plenty of time for tree hunting. 

Individuals searching for a Christmas tree can cut one in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest…with a five dollar permit.  Spokeswoman Megan Healy says part of the appeal of cutting your own tree is the experience. 

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