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

www.timberjay.com

Tune in for our weekly conversation with Marshall Helmberger about the news in NE MN from the Timberjay newspaper. 

Laura Packer is a professional story-teller, writer, coach and self proclaimed "real-time dreamer." Passionate about the power of storytelling  to build empathy,  cultivate relationships and create connection between humans, Packer uses her gifts to help others.  She facilitates workshops to help others use storytelling as a way to share experiences and ultimately help build community and understanding. 

Heidi Holtan and Scott Hall spoke with Deb Noethe about an upcoming training at the Blandin Foundation.  Debbie is the president of  the Garrett Bethke Foundation.  An organization whos mission is to make an impact and a difference in our community, led by people with a desire to help other families struggling with addiction.

Erin Hinrichs MinnPost

This week Itasca Community College provost Bart Johnson introduced us to the new MN State System of Colleges and Universities Chancellor Devinder Malhotra.  He talked about the need for a "major rethink". 

dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html

Heidi and John spoke with Paul Lundgren State of Minnesota Wildfire Section Manager about:

  • Burning restrictions and why they contribute to wildfire prevention (30 percent reduction in Minnesota wildfires during the last decade).
  • Consequences of an escaped burn pile – injury and property destruction
  • Number of wildfires and acres burned so far in spring 2018

Information on Burning Restrictions visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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