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.


Changing Deer Patterns
4:38 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Snow Could Be Both Challenge and Aid To Deer Hunters

Biologists say deer may already been in mid-winter mode because of how much snow has already fallen.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Hunters may want to do some extra scouting before the gun-deer season opens this Saturday. Deep snow conditions are likely to change how deer are moving around. 

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says snow on the ground will help hunters see and track deer, but several feet of snow could make it challenging to traverse the terrain.  He says it will also affect where the deer are to be found.

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October Surge
4:31 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Northern Home Sales Outpace Rest of State And Surpass 2013

Strong sales in October have put northern Wisconsin’s housing market ahead of where it was last year. 

Though sales had been lagging behind 2013 numbers, a burst of activity in October helped put the northern region about two percent over where it was at this time last year. 

Economist Dave Clark says more available housing stock is also helping other rural parts of the state do well. 

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Slow At First, Spread Is Inevitable
8:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Northwoods Prepares for EAB Spread

Thirty eight counties, including Oneida, are under firewood quarantine because of the emerald ash borer.
Credit USDA

Forestry experts were on hand in Rhinelander last night to answer questions from the public about the emerald ash borer.

Though Oneida County has a relatively low abundance of ash trees, DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator Don Kissinger says the greatest impact will be in cities, where ash trees are some of the most popular to line streets and backyards. 

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Widespread Among Students
1:31 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

No Criminal Charges in Student Photo-Sharing Incident

Authorities won’t be filing criminal charges against Rhinelander students who shared explicit photos on cell phones. 

The joint investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the school district has concluded most of the sharing happened outside of school hours and property. 

Several students who did share photos while at school were given a one-day suspension, while those participating in athletics also served game suspensions as required by the athletics code. 

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Snowy Hurdle
1:29 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Still Unfrozen, Snow-Covered Roads Prove Challenging

Snow is insulated roads and trails that haven't frozen solid.
Credit Sylvia Duckworth

Snow is already piled high in the Northwoods, and it’s providing insulation for ground that hasn’t frozen over yet.  That's a problem for the logging industry and some recreational trails.

A thick blanket of snow will likely prevent the ground underneath from freezing solid, or at least slow down the process. 

Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says with soft and wet ground conditions, loggers are having to clear or pack down the snow before bringing in trucks and equipment. 

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One of top three in Wisconsin
4:34 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Potawatomi Tribe Recycles At High Rate

Single-stream recycling and twice-weekly pick-up has helped the Potawatomi recycle more than 560 pounds of material per person each year.
Credit Tom Morris

The Wisconsin DNR is giving an award to the Forest County Potawatomi Community for having one of the three highest rates of recycling in the state in 2013. The tribe recycles more than 500 pounds of material per person per year.

The Forest County Potawatomi’s per capita rate of recycling is more than twice the state average of about 240 pounds. 

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Long-Lived Birds
1:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Loons Show Signs of Aging

Data from the Loon Project indicate loons do suffer with age.
Credit Mike Baird via

A researcher working in the Northwoods has found evidence that loons age.  Scientists haven’t been able to demonstrate this until now because of how long loons live. 

Chapman University’s Walter Piper has been studying loon behavior for the past twenty two years, through research in Oneida County called the Loon Project.

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Snow Brings Skiers
3:21 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Ski Resorts and Trails Prep for Winter Recreation

Ski trails typically won't be groomed until after the gun-deer season.

All this snow is likely to make for some good skiing conditions.  Many downhill runs are opening for business, while cross country skiers may have to wait longer for groomed trails. 

Rib Mountain’s Granite Peak is set to open this weekend, while Ski Brule near Iron River, Michigan has already opened a few of its runs.

But Operations Manager Jessica Polich says more snow falling from the sky doesn’t actually make trails open any faster.  Ski Brule just needs cold temperatures to run its snow making machines 24/7.

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Hazardous November Weather
6:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

It's Snowing in November In the Northwoods

Snow is blanketing the Northwoods, in a storm that could bring as many as 22 inches to some areas.
Credit Pixabay

With several inches falling throughout the day Monday, significantly more snow is in the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.

Forecasters are predicting another 3-6 inches for the Rhinelander area Monday night, with higher amounts near the Upper Michigan border.

An additional 3-5 inches are forecast for Tuesday, with snow likely to continue into Tuesday night in the Upper Peninsula.  

Many area schools let out early Monday afternoon, and most organizations canceled public meetings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.  

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Year Two of Federal Health Exchange
6:04 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Health Insurance Enrollment Period Opens Saturday

If you don’t have health insurance, you’ll have another chance starting this weekend to sign up on the health exchange, the online marketplace for health insurance.

The open enrollment period opens this Saturday, November 15th, and runs through February 15th.

Many hospitals and health care providers offer help signing up.

Ellen Humberston, Certified Application Counselor at the Bridge Community Health Clinic says there are several enrollment sessions where people can get help.

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