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Learning About Galls with Sam Guida

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Almost everyone has seen the lump in the middle of goldenrods but did it move you to study and find out more? That's what happened to Sam Guida as a naturalist at Wolf Ridge. Sam grew up listening to John Latimer on KAXE/KBXE and had Mr. Perry at Forestview Middle School Bird Club that inspired him to work outdoors.

As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.
Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.