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.

Pages

Slated for October
2:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Food Pantry Prepares for Move

The former Golden Harvest building will soon house the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is beginning renovations on its new space.  But as WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s still waiting for state approval to move ahead with some structural changes planned for the building.

The Rhinelander food pantry is moving to a larger location on Coon Street, in a building vacated by the natural foods grocery store Golden Harvest. 

Food Pantry Manager Jane Motowski says there’s a lot of work to be done to make the space ready. 

Read more
Natural Resources
4:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Raising Bigger, Stronger Weevils for a Better Tomorrow

Researcher Amy Thorstenson hopes lake groups will be able to raise weevils and use them as a biocontrol for Eurasian water milfoil.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

As many property owners and lake groups know, Eurasian water milfoil is a problem without a great solution.  It’s an invasive plant that grows in dense mats in lakes throughout Wisconsin.  It can be treated with chemicals to keep the growth down, but that comes with side effects as well as a hefty price tag.  But some researchers think there could be a way to use tiny bugs called milfoil weevils as a biocontrol on some lakes.  But the idea is more complicated than it seems. 

Read more
Community Health
3:16 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Northwoods LEAN to Promote Gardens, Produce at School

Oneida and Vilas Counties are looking to school gardens to improve community health.

The chronic disease prevention coalition called Northwoods LEAN has a new $400,000 grant from the UW School of Medicine Partnership program.  It supports a variety of community health initiatives including a push to expose kids to eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski says the coalition plans to have a broad reach. 

Read more
Some Tribes Opposed to New Gaming Facility
1:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

A Year After Federal Approval, Kenosha Casino Plan Still In Limbo

It’s been a year since the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs gave the green light to the Menominee tribe’s proposal for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

But Governor Scott Walker has yet to weigh in on the plan, which needs state approval to move forward.  Walker has said he wants all of the state’s eleven tribes to support the project before he says yes.

Read more
Mining and Other Great Lakes Issues
3:29 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Tribes Feel Positive Takeaway from EPA Meetings

At least one tribal leader is optimistic after the recent meetings between Midwest tribes and the EPA this week.

Lac du Flambeau Spokesperson Brandon Thoms says according to tribal President Maulson, the discussions were positive. 

“It showed that there’s definitely a willingness between the EPA to work with the tribes, and President Maulson indicated that the tribes are understood that they have a vested interest.” 

Read more
Growing Food at School
5:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Gardeners, Teachers Talk School Gardens for Health and Education

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Educators and gardeners from around the Northwoods gathered this week to talk about school gardens.  The conference happened at University of Stevens Point’s Natural Resources Education Center, Treehaven. 

For two days presenters shared tips on things like seed saving, mulching, and planning kid-friendly garden activities. 

Donelle Scaffidi organized the School Garden Symposium as part of her graduate work at UWSP.  She says it’s provided a chance to brainstorm solutions to common problems…like finding funding and how to manage school gardens over summer vacation. 

Read more
Science and Hydrology
3:23 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Presentations to Examine Penokee Wetlands

Two presentations this week will focus on the wetlands around the Penokee Hills. 

Tracy Hames, Executive Director of Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will be giving a talk in Mercer on Thursday, and Hazelhurst on Friday.

Hames says his group has been researching the hydrology of the Penokee Hills, in hopes of understanding the possible impacts of an iron mine proposed for the area. 

Read more
Draw for Tourists and Locals
2:47 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Bearskin-Hiawatha Connection Opens

Cyclists can ride more easily between Tomahawk and Minocqua, now that the Bearskin and Hiawatha trails are connected.

The DNR has finished building a six-mile connector stretch that joins the two major trails together. 

Local business owner Jim Wise has been working to make it happen for more than two decades.  He says while it’s taken a while to secure funding, he has high hopes for the finished trail.

Read more
Penokee Mine One Top Issue
1:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Tribes To Talk Mining, Great Lakes Funding With EPA

Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal isn’t the only topic the state’s Chippewa tribes plan to discuss when they meet with the EPA this week.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Chairman Chris McGeshick  says the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is also on the agenda. 

McGeshick says the initiative hopes to focus its dollars within Great Lakes basins, but he hopes to clarify that the tribes can apply for other projects as well.

Read more
Supporting More Cutting
7:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Sen. Johnson Tours County, National Forest Lands

Sen. Johnson toured an aspen clear cut in Forest county to see its regeneration.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Another U.S. Senator was in the Northwoods Tuesday to talk about forestry issues.

Senator Ron Johnson toured Forest County and National forest land with representatives from the Great lakes Timber Professionals. 

Johnson says opportunities for harvesting timber in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are being wasted.  He says he plans to put together some numbers estimating what kind of revenue that forest could generate, and says changes should be made in the way national forest management is funded.

Read more

Pages