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Minnesota’s Largest Wildfire Training Event: 20th MN Wildfire Academy in Grand Rapids

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Minnesota wildland firefighters returned last week to the Grand Rapids area for the 20th Minnesota Wildfire Academy after a two-year postponement due to the COVID pandemic. The academy event was hosted at the Itasca Community College campus from June 6 through 10, 2022.

The week-long training sessions drew in nearly 600 students attending 23 courses focused on wildland fire planning, operations, safety and leadership.

The Minnesota Wildfire Academy is one of the largest wildland fire
training events held in Minnesota. Since 2001, the academy has become
the primary training model for cultivating new talent. Students are
exposed to knowledge, career opportunities, and a network of
professionals who can support their career goals

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.
KAXE/KBXE Senior Correspondent