Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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A Different Way to Be Outside
10:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Crossing a Snowy Landscape, by Candlelight

Organizers say a one-mile trail lined with candles can make for a magical outdoor experience.
Credit Helena Jacoba

Winter brings a special evening opportunity for snow enthusiasts: skiing and snowshoeing by candlelight.

The events are common across the state of Wisconsin, some organized by the DNR and others by independent groups.

MECCA, the Mercer Cross Country Association will host one such event this Saturday night, with hundreds of candles set along a mile-long loop. 

Spokesman Dan Bormann says it’s a lot of work to set up but it’s worth it. 

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More People Reading in 2013
3:54 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

E-Books On the Rise, But So Are Paper Ones

E-books are on the rise, but may not be replacing print formats.
Credit Johan Larsson

Old-fashioned books are holding their own in a world of e-readers, according to a new online survey. 

The Pew Research Center reports that in 2013, a bigger percentage of American adults read e-books.  But there also appears to be more people reading more print books.   That could indicate people aren’t necessarily giving up one for the other. 

Rhinelander Library Director Ed Hughes says the findings are surprising.

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Recycling Just Got More Efficient
4:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Eagle River's Great Green Machine

Plastic bottles head up a conveyor belt to be crushed into bales.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

State of the art sorting technology has arrived in the Northwoods.  Eagle River Waste and Recycling has opened a new facility that sorts different types recyclables locally, instead of having to be shipped far away to places like Whitewater.  

The green and yellow painted machine looks kind of like a playground for recycling:   instead of kids going down slides, it’s flattened bottles and cans headed up and down on conveyor belts.

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Remediating Vacant Lot
4:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Argonne to Clean Up Site of Abandoned School

Argonne School, pictured here about a hundred years ago, closed in 1991.

The town of Argonne is planning to remediate the site of its former elementary school.  And a new grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will cover a quarter of the expected cost. 

Town clerk Don Gordon says the 3-acre site next to the town hall is currently a vacant and overgrown lot. 

“There is extensive cleanup that has to be done – there’s a lot of bricks and trees and what have you, that all have to be leveled, cleaned and taken away.”

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Traditional Method Less Efficient
4:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Electronic Deer Registration Could Hurt Tavern Business, Owners Argue

A proposed switch to electronic deer registration has some business owners up in arms.
Credit Ken Thomas

The state Natural Resources Board will consider new rules tomorrow for how the state handles deer registration.  But some tavern owners are complaining the rules will hurt business.       

      

The governor’s so-called deer czar James Kroll has recommended a switch to registering deer online or by phone, instead of in person like at a gas station or bar. 

Steve Moran owns Moran’s Landing in Nokomis.  He says registration brings in a sizable portion of business during deer season. 

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Better-Suited for Northwoods Conditions
3:45 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Never Too Early to Plan for Native Flowers, Grasses, Trees

Black-eyed susans are one of a variety of native species encouraged by Iron County natural resources officials.
Credit Jack W. Pearce

It’s still the middle of winter - but for some gardeners it’s not too early to look ahead to spring.  

The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department runs a program to promote native plants for gardens and yards.  The program includes a mid-winter sale, where gardeners can pre-order native varieties for pick-up in May or June.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to the department’s Heather Palmquist about the native plants program.  

Palmquist says native plants are well-suited for Northwoods growing conditions. 

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Historical Connections to Present
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

ACLU Speaker to Highlight Voting Rights

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  A representative from the Wisconsin Chapter of the ACLU is here in the Northwoods.  Youth and Program Director Emilio De Torre is speaking tonight at the Woodruff Community Center.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to him about how the voting rights struggle of the 1960s plays out today. 

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Less Than a Quarter Vaccinated
12:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Flu Hitting Younger Adults

The Oneida County Health Department says this year's flu shot is a good match with the most common strain.
Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

Flu cases are rampant in Wisconsin and locally this time of year.  The state ranks as one of the lowest in the country in terms of vaccination rates. 

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says officials are seeing higher rates of incidence for young and middle aged adults.  That’s because the most common strain this year is the H1N1 swine flu.

“That strain does attack certain populations.  And as the year goes one, we will probably see another 1-2 peaks in the rates of influenza infection.”

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Faster Than Ever
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century

Vintage snowmobiles come in all stripes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands.  But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing.  

Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles?  That I had not heard of before moving to the Northwoods. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship. 

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The Mill Retrospective
5:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Paper on Display: Exhibit at Nicolet

A gallery exhibition at Nicolet College closes Friday. It features paper and book arts made by people involved with the Mill, an arts nonprofit based in Rhinelander. 

Executive Director Daniel Goscha says the show is a kind of retrospective of the nonprofit’s first year. 

“It is a very diverse show.  There’s examples of book arts, of printmaking, of letterpress and cyanotype.  So it really is a broad show in terms of featuring paper making and book arts and all of the many facets that can take.” 

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