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

http://www.marjieshrimpton.com

Grand Rapids native Marjie Shrimpton is back home to bring her caberet originially performed in New York "What Would Judy Do?" to the Reif Center stage. Marjie weaves stories and song from Judy's life with her own - Caberet Scenes Magazine wrote "Shrimpton really shined, showing her magnificent potential as a performer.”

MN DNR

We talked with Rich Rezanka this morning about the News Release on the connected lakes to the Blandin Reservoir being added to the infested waters list.  This includes Pokegama, Jay Gould and Little Jay Gould lakes. 

Zebra mussels confirmed in Blandin Reservoir near Grand Rapids September 24, 2018

Several connected lakes also added to infested waters list

Peter Callaghan

It is an interesting election year across the nation, and Minnesota is no different.  MinnPost reporter Peter Callaghan covers state government and joined us to talk about some of the campaign stories he's written recently. 

MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota.

https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/82-civic-center-expansion-articles/792-master-plan

Lack of childcare in rural MN is widespread and complex.  Often deemed as just a family issue, it affects the health of a small community and its ability to grow and welcome new workers to the regioin. 

Aaron J. Brown / www.minnesotabrown.com

There is an unresolved and complicated story right now that has the biggest steel companies in North America and the world fighting over valuable ore deposits near Nashwauk.  Though not exactly the same issue it's also interesting to note that steelworkers unions at three of the mines have authorized a strike vote.  It's complex and a messy story, so of course we enlisted

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