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

Minn Post

Award-winning Minn Post reporter Sam Brodey helped us understand what happened last week on the federal level with the American Health Care Act in the House.  20 Republicans joined Democrats in voting no on the bill but  MN's Republicans Reps Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer supported the bill at the 11th hour

Craig Minozzi grew up in the Nashwauk schools and went on to become a superintendent in both Minnesota and Iowa.  He sat down with us today to give us an overview of the things he follows in the education world. 

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Patty Holycross joined us in the studios today to talk about Mental Health awareness.  She's part of the Grand Rapids chapter of NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Along with the recent Stomp on Stigma walk/run that was a huge success, there are other events in the community including the May 25th one-woman show by actress Mary Pat Gleason called "Stopping Traffic".   Tune in Friday May 19th at 8:40am for a conversation with Mary Pat Gleason

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This week on our political conversation Making Sausage DFL Commentator Colleen Nardone and I had the chance to talk about the end of the MN Legislative Session with the House Minority Leader Representative Melissa Hortman.  She gave us the inside scoop and we also talked with her about the speech she gave on the floor of the MN House that got her national recognition. 

We finished up our health care conversation with Chuck Marohn's 4 point plan.  Listen in to find out his ideas and what Aaron Brown thinks of them.   Check out this article on Malcolm Gladwell that Chuck mentions on this episode of Dig Deep. 

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