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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota%27s_8th_congressional_district

This time Chuck and Aaron dig into District 8 by discussing some of the campaign mudslinging, on a personal level.  

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"the margin of error is 4.2%"  "Polls are neck and neck!"  "Your candidate is ahead!" 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota%27s_8th_congressional_district

This time Aaron and Chuck tell us about the politics of health care as it relates to one of the most watched Congressional races in the U.S. - MN's District 8.  

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I was knocked out by Sarah Smarsh's new book "Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth".  It woke me up to the fact that most of what is written about women, written about being rural, is coming from white men.  Sarah doesn't shy away from the fact that she is white, and what that means to her growing up.  But she looks at things like what the term white trash implies.  What being a teenage mother does to a woman in a rural area.  One of my favorite parts of our conversation was at the end wh

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All the Minnesota House of Representative members are up for reelection this year.  Julie Sandstede currently serves as the DFL Representative for House District 6A.  Her Republican challenger is Guy Anderson.  You can hear about their campaigns and how they would govern here!

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