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


This week we talked with Timberjay editor Marshall Helmberger about school enrollments in NE MN and a surprising new study on copper nickel mining near the boundary waters. 

It's the first Friday of the month and that means we check in with the arts scenes across the listening area.

Indian Country Media Network

On Sunday, March 3, 1991, a pipeline owned by the Lakehead Pipeline Company ruptured just east of Grand Rapids; and spilled over forty thousand barrels of crude oil -  about one point seven million gallons in all. 

The rupture caused pressurized oil to shoot from the pipeline into the air. Nearby trees were immediately coated with oil. Within a few hours, oil had spread into a wetland area and into a storm sewer that carried it to the Prairie River about a half mile from where it flows into the Mississippi.


KAXE/KBXE focuses on the written word a lot.  Whether it's for writers with Wordish on Monday mornings at 6:50, writer essays from Steve Downing or contributors to our Sunday night program Stay Human with Michael Goldberg.....

Nevada Littlewolf joined us this morning to talk about her experiences on the Virginia City Council and her new position as CEO/President of Tiwahe Foundation.

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