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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Impact TBD
3:39 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Court Decision Mixed Bag for DNR Regulatory Power

The state Supreme Court issued a decision limiting the DNR's power under the public trust doctrine.
Credit Richard Hurd

 

 Conservation advocates say it’s not clear how lakes will be impacted, now that the state supreme court has narrowly interpreted the DNR’s regulatory power under the public trust doctrine. 

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Science in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Small Lake, Big Picture

Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

Say you’re a scientist who studies lakes.  How do you choose which one to to study?  Chances are you’ll pick one that’s a pretty good size…like Trout Lake, or Crystal Lake.  You might pick one with a lot of species of fish, or one the public uses for recreation.  But what about the tiny lakes…the backyard ones so small they may not even have names, or the ones that dry up completely when it doesn’t rain for a while?

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Mine Guards Removed Until Licensed

Guards carrying semi-automatic weapons have been temporarily removed from the GTac drill site.
Credit Rob Ganson

Mining company Gogebic Taconite has removed heavily armed guards stationed at its drill site in Iron County.  The move comes after revelations that the Arizona-based security company that supplied the guards is not licensed in Wisconsin. 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
3:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

DNR: Mine Security Out of Its Jurisdiction

Resident Pete Rasmussen says guards were not displaying their machine guns Wednesday.
Credit Pete Rasmussen

Heavily armed and masked guards at the Gogebic Taconite mine site have raised the hackles of some Northwoods residents and lawmakers.  But state regulators with the Department of Natural Resources don’t see a problem with the new security force.  

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor

Shown: down the road from the mine proposed mine site near Upson, WI.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County. 

The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.  Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area. 

“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”

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Business & Industry
3:02 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Fest Wields Economic Clout

The Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday.
Credit Matt Clark

Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event. 

  The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.  Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.

“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”

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Art School for Adults
2:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Registration Still Open for Upcoming School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from painting to cooking.
Credit Liana Kyle

It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander.  That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison. 

“Actually make that two vans.  And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”

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Changing Wolf Populations
3:41 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Wolves' Social Structure Means Dynamic Population Changes

Wisconsin's gray wolf population has rebounded most strongly in the last 15 years.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year.  

But in the 1970s the wolf population was a fraction of that number, leading to their protection under federal and state legislation.  Jennifer Steinglein studies wolf population dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She says the recent population growth didn’t happen all at once.  Its strongest increase came within the last two decades.              

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Milwaukee man
3:22 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Name Of Crash Victim Released

Credit Channel3000.com

The Vilas County Sheriff's office has identified the victim of a fatal crash as James Luedtke. Only one vehicle was involved in the Fourth of July accident that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. in the town of  Presque Isle, near the intersection of County Highways P and W. The driver, 22 year old Luedtke from Milwaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Independence Day
6:22 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Parade Crowds Bring Reflection, and a Business Boost

Rhinelander's Fourth of July Parade featured several clowns.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade.  Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.  

Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.  

Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade.  Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year.  He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.  

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