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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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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Big Day For Business
2:37 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Black Friday Tide Lifts All Boats

Manager Chris Turk says was good Friday at Hodag Pawn and Gun.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Shoppers were out in force today as big box stores featured discounts and sales.   It was a good day even for businesses that weren’t offering deals.

“It is noticeably busier, but we do nothing different with our prices.  There is definitely more foot traffic on black Friday.”

So says Chris Turk, manager of Hodag Gun and Pawn in Rhinelander, which sells pawned used items and new guns.  Turk says many of the customers today have been hunters and people buying holiday gifts.           

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Reflections on Past and Future
4:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Native American Heritage Day: "We Are An Enduring People"

It’s Native American Heritage Day.  One Lac du Flambeau tribal member says it’s an opportunity to reflect on the tribe’s history and future. 

WXPR's Natalie Jablonski spoke with Richard Jack, a member of Lac du Flambeau Constitution Committee, involved in tribal governance and planning.  

Jack says Native people’s contribution to broader society has not been returned equally. 

“We always have to fight for everything that we get.  But to be grateful for the challenge.  We are still here.  We are an enduring people.” 

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Transportation Service Rare in Northwoods
6:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

The new transit service will be up and running on Monday.
Credit Lac du Flambeau

Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.  

  The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area.  Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.

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Sticking It Out for the Winter
5:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

LCO Harvest Camp Giving Thanks

Above: the Harvest Camp has been going strong through spring and summer.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is celebrating a feast day Thursday.  

The camp formed in the spring of this year in response to a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.  

Five people are spending the winter at the camp…which has already seen more than a foot of snow.  Spokesman Paul DeMain says the camp has visitors every day, and several dozen people could attend the feast.                       

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Preventing Food Poisoning
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Food Safety Reminders From Local Health Officials

An improperly cooked turkey could be an opportunity for food-borne illness.
Credit Sharon Mollerus

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be a big production, and so can following proper food safety procedures.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney to find out how to minimize risk of food poisoning…from things like salmonella. 

TAG: That’s Jody McKinney, Sanitarian for the Oneida County Health Department. 

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