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

The Jaques Art Center has been bringing visual art experiences to the Aitkin area for 22 years.  This weekend kicked off their latest exhibit, Community Canvas, created by people who live in and love the Aitkin area.  We spoke with Barden Heft the President of the Jaques Board of Directors.  He told us the history of the Jaques Art Center, explained the Community Canvas project and talked about what the Jaques Art Center brings to Aitkin. 

Listen to part 3 of our Dig Deep conversation on education with liberal commentator Aaron Brown and conservative Chuck Marohn.  Chuck has an idea for a new system for teachers.  Aaron IS a teacher and has some of his own ideas to offer. 

Send us your thoughts on Dig Deep on Education.  And don't forget to sign up for the  podcast of Dig Deep, via iTunes.

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Lorna Landvik  has been many things in her life - an actress, a comedian, a temp worker at the Playboy mansion....but what she is loved for in Minnesota is her novels.  22 years later, she's written a sequel to her very first book Patty Jane's House of Curl and it's just been published by the University of MN Press.  Lorna Landvik will b

We continue our series of conversations on Making Sausage with Governor candidates.  MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto  stopped by our studios recently to tell us why she is running in 2018.

Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn continue the conversation on education in this next episode. 

Most school districts in northern Minnesota find themselves in situations that involve their older buildings with failing infrastructure.  But where do the models for the future of schools come from?  How come most school districts have the same answer to their problems - leaving old buildings for larger, consolidated buildings on the edge of towns?  What COULD we do instead? 

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