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Artist Mary Corwin Honors Veterans and Their Dogs


Lon Hodge and his dog Gander were back in our studios today getting ready for the opening reception tonight at the Reif Center Gallery for Grand Rapids artist Mary Corwin.

Mary's exhibit is called Barnabas 22. The number 22 signifies how many veterans die by suicide in our country every day.  Yes, every day. 

Mary has 22 portraits of service dogs of veterans on display.  The opening reception will take place on Oct. 22 from 5 – 7 p.m and the exhibit runs until November 20th

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. 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. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.