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

www.timberjay.com/

Heidi Holtan: [00:00:07] Time now for the board news roundup. Friday mornings we get a chance to check in with Marshall Helmberger. He's the publisher and editor of the timber gaits a newspaper serving northeastern Minnesota. Marshall joins us now. Thanks for being here.

Marshall Helmberger: [00:00:21] Happy to be here.

Gaelynn Lea is a singer, a songwriter, a musician and a woman living with a disability.   Since the age of 2, her electric wheelchair has moved her through the world as a result of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease.  For the past 24 years, she's been playing the violin.  Her profound talent has become a successful, globetrotting career as a musician.  In recent years, Gaelynn has become a passionate and public advocate for people with disabilities, promoting positive social change in terms of how individuals and societies understand the experience of living with disabilities. This weekend, Gaelynn will perform her music at the Iron Range Earth Fest and she will host a presentation titled "ABCs of Disability: Raising awareness, eliminating barriers and shaping cultures."

Melanie Quillin

Conversations can lead to places you never expected.  On the Thursday Morning Show we were introducing a NPR Morning Edition story on Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures are Powerful Enough to Mix Oceans. 

via Minnsota Brown credit: Jake Janski

 Sam Brodey is the Washington DC correspondent for Minn Post.  He was in Duluth Saturday April 14th to cover the lengthy DFL District 8 convention where after 10 rounds, no endorsement was made.  This is one of the most expensive and most watched races in the nation. 

Marilyn Lee via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.

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