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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Federal Authorities Search for Suspect
7:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Bayfield County: Three Ospreys, One Owl Dead

Ospreys are federally protected, so shootings of them are rare.
Credit Public Domain Images

An Antigo wildlife rehabilitator says the recent case of several ospreys dead in Bayfield County is a rare situation.

Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says last month her rehab center took in an adult male osprey that had been shot in the wing.  Authorities soon found the ospreys’ abandoned nest and its two chicks. 

“When the bird didn’t come back, the youngsters started calling loudly, doing food begging calls.  They were not old enough to leave the nest by themselves, and finally ended up jumping from the nest just in desperation to be fed.”

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Controversy Over Cutting
6:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Sen. Baldwin Tours Laona Sawmill, Voices Support for National Forest Timber Harvest

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin toured Nicolet Hardwoods Monday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Forest County today to learn about the economic importance of the logging industry. 

Baldwin has supported higher levels of cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, saying she wants the forest to meet its harvest goals. 

“When I hear how a well-vetted plan about how the forests in this area would be managed over the years – when I see that they haven’t even gotten close to achieving those goals, when they’ve been put together with a lot of stakeholder involvement, that’s disappointing and I want to know why.”

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Vacation Home Market Slower to Recover
6:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Strong Northern Home Sales in July Bely State Trend

Home sales fell last month in most of the state but northern Wisconsin bucked the trend.

According to the Wisconsin Realtors’ Association sales in the north were up in July compared to the year before by almost 12 percent.  Meanwhile statewide figures show a drop of about two and a half percent.

Marquette University economist Dave Clark says housing market recovery may have taken longer up north because of the influence of the second home market. 

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Art and Sustainability
11:35 am
Mon August 18, 2014

In the U.P., Dreaming Up a Place for Artists

Artists prepare clay, dug from an onsite clay pit, for ceramics workshops.
Ann Sahlstrom

In the small town of Ewen in the Upper Peninsula, a wilderness art camp is well underway.  

It’s called the Visitors Center Artists Camp.  This week about fifteen artists are gathered for the camp’s first run.  They’ll be firing ceramics and pouring metal using simple and sustainable methods, and having an arts festival at the end of the week.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with two of the organizers behind the project to hear about how it began.  

  

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Expanding Care Options
3:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Aspirus To Offer Paramedic Ambulance Service in Ontanagon

Ontanagon County will soon have a more advanced ambulance service.
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Residents in Ontanagon County Michigan will soon have more access to medical transport.  Aspirus MedEvac is establishing a paramedic ambulance service near Ontanagon Hospital. 

SONCO Ambulance will continue to serve the area. 

But as Aspirus EMS and MedEvac Operations Manager Robert Kirkley explains, the new paramedic services offer a higher level of care when the situation calls for it.

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Sports
4:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

That's Sports, That's Life: Jessie Garcia on Reporting From the Field

Jessie Garcia spent years as a sideline reporter for the Green Bay Packers.
Credit Mike Morbeck / http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Green_Bay_Packers_huddle_3.jpg

Jessie Garcia is a veteran Wisconsin sports reporter, known to many from her years as a sideline reporter for the Green Bay packers.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski caught up with Garcia when she stopped in Three Lakes this week to talk about her new book, called “My Life with the Green and Gold.”

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Concern About Downstream Pollution from Mining
4:49 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chippewa Tribes Set to Meet With EPA This Weekend

Tribal leaders are headed to Traverse City Michigan this weekend to meet with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the EPA to intervene in Gogebic Taconite’s iron mining proposal.  They say Wisconsin’s iron mining  laws don’t do enough to protect crucial downstream resources like wild rice and fish…that are protected in the ceded territory by federal treaty rights. 

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson says the tribes are in a unique position to safeguard the environment.

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Government
5:23 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Can Access Federal Dollars for Foster Care

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson shook hands with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau hopes to provide more support for families and kids in its foster care system.  The state of Wisconsin has signed an agreement allowing the tribe to access a new stream of federal funding. 

The Title IV-E program is the federal government’s foster care program. 

Until recently, funds from that program have gone to the state of Wisconsin and its counties, but have never been funneled to the tribes.  That’s changing, now that officials have signed an agreement allowing that money to flow directly to the tribe’s foster care administration. 

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Keeping and Creating Jobs
3:56 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rhinelander Community Glimpses Printpack Interior at Grand Opening

A crowd gathered for Printpack's grand opening of its new location on Highway 17.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Over 300 people had a chance to see inside Printpack’s new facility in Rhinelander.  The packaging company held public tours and a grand opening event Monday.

Printpack prints cellophane wrappers for things like candy and granola bars.  And its new 200-thousand square foot location in Rhinelander will be churning out more than twice as many wrappers as before. 

Plant manager Pat Marquart says the biggest challenge in relocating has been training employees on high-tech equipment that’s brand new to them. 

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Healthy Choices All Day
1:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

School Snacks Will Look Different This Year

School districts are preparing for changes in some of their menus…thanks to new federal nutrition guidelines for snacks that take effect this school year. 

Rhinelander Food Service Director Pat Karaba says the new rules mean less sodium and more whole grain ingredients.  And snacks must also be limited in their portion sizes and calories. 

“Say we sold Doritos or snacks along those lines or cheetos.  Those would no longer fall into that category.  So we could not sell them this coming school year.”

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