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

https://www.maisrc.umn.edu/ais-detector

Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community?  Sometimes that might mean being an usher at your church or working at the food shelf or hosting a program on KAXE/KBXE.  If you are a scientist, there is a new program that could use your help in combating Aquatic Invasive Species like zebra mussels, starry stonewort and others.

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Rural Minnesota is facing a crisis of childcare.  The problems?  Availability and affordability.  Tuesday May 23rd Circles of Support in Grand Rapids is holding a lunchtime conversation" Child Care in Itasca County - Needs, Options, Affordability & Resources.  It's from 11-1pm at the Grand Rapids Area Library - free pizza - RSVP to 999-5883. 

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The Grand Rapids Chapter of NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing TV and Movie actress Mary Pat Gleason to Grand Rapids (Thursday May 25 at the Reif Center) for her one-woman show about living with bi-polar disorder called "Stopping Traffic"

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Each Friday morning at 7:20 we check in with Marshall Helmberger to find out about the stories that he and his team of reporters have been covering in northeastern MN.  This week the top story is Congressman Rick Nolan's continued support of the Twin Metals Copper Nickel mining project.  Marshall explains the complications of this story and what he thinks are the far reaching implications.  Also Ely's take on the lifting of the Sunday liquor laws and opening fishing o

Briana Bierschbach - Minn Post

We continued our Making Sausage conversation today to try to make sense of what is happening at the MN Legislature at the end of session.  Briana Bierschbach covers politics and policy for Minn Post and recently wrote "With an Eye Toward His Legacy, Dayton Digs in on the budget".  She gave us a feel for how Governor Dayton is different this budget year than at the beginning of his time as governor.  Briana also has an update on the Governor's signing of the Real ID bill - M

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