Heidi Holtan

News and Public Affairs Director

Heidi Holtan is News and Public Affairs Director for Northern Community Radio. She is on-air host and executive producer for the Morning Show and the Give and Take, and is also responsible for our local presence on All Things Considered and As It Happens. She produces a popular Minnesota book feature called RealGoodWords.

On the job, Heidi is smart and creative. She’s an innovator and collaborator who works closely with news hosts and producers to help them achieve the best on-air sound possible.

In her personal life Heidi is a Minnesota Lynx fan, a Blandin Leadership grad, a self-professed bookaholic, a lover of cooking shows, and a former member of the Iron Range Maidens roller derby team. Heidi grew up on a resort near Brainerd, and used to “play radio” when she was a kid. She presently lives on a lake in Grand Rapids with her husband Tom and two cats, Jasper and Aiko.

Ways to Connect

Marshall Helmberger

Every Friday Marshall and I get a chance to talk... this week we continued the conversation about the election of Minnesota's District 8.  Since the talk we've had other's join the race.  But you'll want to hear the WHOLE conversation as Marshall tells us about a new kinds of woodpeckers spotted near his home in Tower.

As of right now, here's who is running for the District 8 Congressional seat:

DFL

Best-selling author Brad Meltzer's mysteries have garnered national attention, accolades and loyal followers for years.  Now that he's ventured into the world of children's books, he's attracting a whole new population of readers.  His series "Ordinary People Change The World" features historical figures who've done incredible things, but Meltzer presents them in ways kids can readily relate to.  True stories from their childhoods shine new light on people

www.timberjay.com

The Timberjay's editor Marshall Helmberger joins us Friday mornings to fill us in on the stories in NE MN they've been covering.  This week:  precinct caucus surprises, arts impact on the economy of NE MN, winter severity index and kudos to the Northwoods Grizzlies Boys Basketball team

Minnesota is a hockey state and there's a lot to talk about.  Whether it' s the 218 boys or girls hockey teams or the professional teams or the beginning of the Olympics,  there is excitement there, especially if you listen to Dan Anderson from Hockey House in Brainerd. 

Once a month we get to check in with Film and Pop Culture Professor Jack Nachbar.  He hosts a classic movie series at the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork, MN.  Bigfork has a population of 446 people and the community and visitors are treated to not only a film, but a cartoon from the same year.

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