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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Wanting to Protect Groundwater
10:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Oneida County To Inspect Older Septic Systems

While older septic tanks were often made out of steel, newer ones are usually concrete or plastic.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Oneida County is trying to inventory and inspect older septic systems.  Until recently the county only required regular inspections on systems built after 1980.

But Oneida County Zoning Administrator Karl Jennrich says that has changed.  The county now needs to inspect all of them. 

“ Which is kind of interesting this year, because there are individuals that we’ve contacted that don’t know anything about their septic system, that may never have had it inspected or pumped – that don’t even know what they have for a system.” 

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Keeping Kids Fed
2:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rhinelander Schools Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch in Summer

School is almost out…but the Rhinelander School District wants to make sure kids get enough to eat even after the school year is over. 

It’s offering free breakfast and lunch for four weeks starting June 16th.. 

Food Service Director Pat Karaba says most of kids who attend summer school do take advantage of the summer food program.  But it’s open to all kids under the age of 18.

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Communicating Problems and Solutions
1:09 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

County Lake Associations Will Meet Friday

Each county has its own rules for protecting shorelines, so each may face different issues.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Six county lake associations are meeting on Friday in Rhinelander.

It’s a meeting that happens every other year…so groups can share ideas about protecting shorelines and waters.

Bob Martini is President of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.  He says counties face very different situations depending on how protective shoreline ordinances are.  But some issues are shared. 

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An Investigative Piece
12:16 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Al Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine

Filmmakers from 371 Productions journeyed to northern Wisconsin to gather footage for their documentary.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Controversy over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will get some national attention this weekend, when a documentary on the topic airs on Al Jazeera America’s investigative program Fault Lines.

Milwaukee-based 371 Productions filmed and edited the piece over the past nine months. 

Producers made a series of trips to northern Wisconsin to look at the impact an iron mine could have on tourism and natural resources. 

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Hoping to Strengthen Community
3:00 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Tribe Funds College Course At County Jail

Lac du Flambeau is helping offer college courses to inmates in Vilas County Jail. 

Lac du Flambeau Education and Workforce Development Director Joni Theobald says the program will be open to tribal and nontribal inmates.

She says it’s an effort to help inmates, who may lack higher education or workforce skills, to move forward.

“We see those correlations, of lack of college or even a lack of high school completion.  How can we help them make productive use, or start introducing that reintegration process? 

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Government
5:42 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Wisconsin's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.   

In her decision Friday afternoon, U.S District Judge Barbara Crabb cited the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. 

Wisconsin’s Attorney General AG Van Hollen describes it as a setback and says current law remains in force. 

Van Hollen says he will file emergency motions in federal courts to stay Judge Crabb's order, in response to reports of some county clerks already issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Biking Grows in Popularity
5:12 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Boulder Junction Awaits Bike Trail Connection

Boulder Junction offers 29 miles of paved bike trails, and soon will connect to another trail in Manitowish Waters.
Credit Pete Rondello

Boulder Junction is hoping to rally enthusiasm for its growing bike trail system this summer.

Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says the original Boulder Junction trail was built in 1994 and has been expanding ever since.  Right now there are 29 miles of paved trail connecting Boulder Junction with Sayner and St. Germaine.  And she says there’s more to come.

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Questions And Speculation
12:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Mining Forum Draws Large Crowd

Almost 400 people attended a forum hosted by Science on Tap on the proposed Penokee Mine project.

A panel of six speakers discussed the facts and context of an iron mine that Gogebic Taconite wants to build in the Penokee Range.

 

Panelists included Northland College Geology Professor Tom Fitz who detailed the different rock formations in the region. Other experts spoke about the economics and job creation associated with mining, the technologies of mine waste management, and the characteristics of the Bad River watershed.

 

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Referendum Fails
9:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes No On ATV Trail

Lac du Flambeau tribal members have voted against a plan for an ATV trail running through the reservation.

 

A referendum failed Thursday...with 126 votes against the plan and 79 votes in favor.

 

The Lakeland ATV Club had proposed to construct an 23-mile ATV trail through the reservation. Some tribal members felt the traffic and visitors would stimulate economic development. But others were concerned about the impact of an ATV trail on wildlife and air quality.

 

Controversy Over Water Levels
12:58 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

DNR Plans to Change Rest Lake Dam Flows

Lake Manitowish is part of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, which many property owners worry would be disrupted by a change at Rest Lake Dam.
Credit www.vrbo.com

DNR managers are proposing a new operating plan for the Rest Lake dam in Manitowish Waters.  But property owners want more time to give input. 

The draft order calls for reducing the fall water drawdown to 1 foot, compared to the current three-and-a-half foot drawdown.

DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski explains taking out less water in the fall means there will be more water in the winter and early spring. 

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