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

For many of us summer is a time to read, but read a little differently.  I just went on a road trip and picked up some new books to read - and I purposely chose things I don't always read.  I've got a few books going, but my favorite right now is David Sedaris's "Theft By Finding Diaries 1977-2002".  Most of us first fell for David Sedaris with his amazing holiday time NPR Santaland Diaries.  Or on

www.outfront.org

 Outfront MN has a mission to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. 

In May Outfront visited schools in northern MN and stopped by our studios. 

Aaron Brown has been a strong advocate for rural broadband.  Chuck?  Not quite as much.  Listen to this conversation and let us know what you think! 

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In our second Dig Deep conversation this week we talk transportation.  Conservative commentator Chuck Marohn posed this:  Are we trying to connect places or are we trying to build places?  He and liberal commentator Aaron Brown dig deep into roads and highways and what the costs are to our communities. 

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MN Historical Society

Infrastructure can mean a lot of things - roads, sewers, power, broadband.  This week we begin our Dig Deep series with liberal Aaron Brown and conservative Chuck Marohn.  We begin the conversation by talking about the history of infrastructure in our region.  When did the roads get paved?  When did sewers come in?  How was it paid for? 

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