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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Sales Slowing Down
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Home Prices Continue to Climb

An economist says a high inventory is keeping prices from soaring.
Credit Bill McChesney

Home prices went up again last month, but the number of sales remained flat. 

Wisconsin Realtors Association reports median sale prices are up seven and a half percent so far this year...compared to 2012.  Economist David Clark says a high market inventory should keep prices from skyrocketing.

“I think those increases will moderate as we go forward.  And that ought to keep housing relatively affordable.”

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New Pantry Could Double Food Aid
4:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Food Pantry On the Table for Rhinelander

Ruby's Pantry collects extra food from big grocery stores and distributes it in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Credit Salvation Army USA West

A new food pantry could be coming to town, if a Rhinelander woman can find the right distribution space.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Chrissie Peterson who thinks Ruby’s Pantry would benefit the Northwoods.  

Chrissie Peterson says Ruby’s Pantry would be held one day a month, and would serve working class families.

“The target market that I think Ruby’s pantry is for is those familes less fortunate that live paycheck to paycheck.  With Ruby’s Pantry you pay 15 dollars for roughly 100 dollars worth of food.”

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Best Six in the State
3:30 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Langlade County Supplies Fine Firs for State Capitol

Jim Draeger is donating a 25-foot balsam fir for the state capitol rotunda.
Credit Justin Russell

A grower in Langlade County is sending a fleet of Christmas trees to Madison Tuesday morning to decorate the state capitol. Jim Draeger says his trees were selected for their shape, color and height.

“I was kind of proud that they picked my trees .  I mean you never tell a mother her baby’s homely, you always say they look good.  If someone tells you they look really good, you’re even happier.”

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Public Opinion May Be Mixed
4:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Michigan Wolf Hunt Begins, Not Without Some Controversy

Hunters in Michigan's first wolf hunt will take up to 43 wolves.
Credit Caninest via http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4029/4394675343_2e347e32c6.jpg

Michigan’s first wolf hunt has begun.  At least one advocacy group is not happy about it. 

The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is claiming Michigan DNR officials ignored thousands of emailed comments protesting the state’s wolf hunting plan.  The group’s Great Lakes Section Leader Nancy Warren says about 1200 comments were from Michigan residents, and only 13 supported the plan.

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Preventing Spread of Invasives
3:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Deer Hunters: Leave Firewood At Home

State officials urge hunters to buy local firewood to prevent the spread of invasive pests.
Credit Grendel Kahn via http://farm1.staticflickr.com/51/116682013_5e2114243e.jpg

The “buy where you burn” principle still applies in hunting season.  

The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding hunters not to haul firewood long distances when they head to their deer camps. 

Department spokesperson Donna Gilson says doing so could introduce new pests to an area. 

“There’s always that temptation to bring firewood with you because you’ve got some right in your backyard. IT’s never a good idea to haul firewood around the state.  And in some cases it may actually be illegal to do so.”

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High Speed Access Plan Gets Pushback
3:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum

The town of Phelps has little high-speed internet access outside of downtown.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower.  

A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.  But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.

Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy. 

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Going Against the Grain
4:51 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Study Reveals Nuances of Aquatic Invasive Behavior

Invasive species like eurasian water milfoil can be a big problem.
Credit BerndH via Wikimedia Commons

We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.  

But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption.  It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.  

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Hoping for Tourism Dollars
4:34 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Wolf River Scenic Byway Plan Moves Forward

A proposed scenic byway would skirt parts of the Wolf River.
Credit Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons

A plan for a Scenic Byway in Forest County is just one step away from becoming a reality.  

The Wolf River Heritage Corridor would follow Highway 55, north from Langlade to Nelma near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The more than one hundred mile route bisects the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community.  It also includes a loop near Three Lakes. 

Forest County Economic Development Director Jim Schuessler says getting the scenic byway designation is a rigorous process. 

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Proposed Changes to DNR Review Process
3:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

High Capacity Wells Bill Moves to Senate

Some groups worry proposed rule changes could lead to an increase in high capacity wells.
Credit John Poyser

A bill changing the approval process for high capacity wells has passed a Senate committee.  Some environmental groups are up in arms.  

 The bill limits the DNR’s powers in reviewing commercial wells that pump over 100,000 gallons per day.  For example a property with a well on it could be sold without having to get a new well permit.  And applications not acted upon within 65 days would get approved by default. 

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Career Development Focus
3:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

High School Jobs Program Lands Grant

AT&T presented the $30,000 check to students and teachers at Rhinelander High School.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander High School is getting a grant to fund a career training program.  

AT&T is donating $30,000 to fund the Jobs for America’s Graduates – or JAG—program. 

Regional JAG coordinator Sandy Sobek Leslie says it’s a national career development program, aimed especially at students who are at risk for not graduating.

“We try to integrate right into the school day, so the kids are in our classrooms as part of their curriculum that they’re already involved in. So we find our way into homerooms, or advisories.”

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