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

Rural Electric Coops

Feb 9, 2017
Beltrami Electric Coop Facebook Page

We talked with the CEO/General Manager Jared Echternacht and board member Charlie Parson of Beltrami Electric Coop about the differences of rural vs. urban energy.  They helped us understand how rates are controlled, how renewable energy fits into the picture, and how people can get involved in their own energy cooperatives.

http://donnessbook.com

In 2014 The city of Duluth was named the best town in America by Outside magazine.  Their mayor, Don Ness, had a lot to do with that.  Elected to the Duluth city council when he was 25, he was mayor of Duluth beginning in 2008.

www.startribune.com

Lt. Governor Tina Smith talked with us today about some of the issues she and Governor Mark Dayton are concentrating on including making childcare more affordable, rural broadband and property tax relief for agricultural lands.  What are your concerns this legislative session?  Send them our way

There are so many topics to be covered when it comes to the Minnesota Legislature - whether it's the Governor's budget, health insurance assistance, bonding....Briana Biershbach from MinnPost covers the Legislature and gives us insight on the complicated subject of the Public Utilities Commission.  Right now there are many bills going through the Legislature involving the PUC that deal with a new natural gas plant, change in how citizens can publicly comment, pipeline issues and man

Fresh Energy

Our high energy lifestyles and high-speed, high-tech 21st century economy still rely, in great part, on 19th century fuels - coal, oil and natural gas.  While we still have abundant sources of those fuels, they aren't renewable and require vast infrastructures of pipelines, power lines, ships, rain and trucks to deliver, refine and distribute.  We hear about clean energy, but is it working in our state? 

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