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Community Matters: Dr. Colleen Iversen and the intersection of science, art, and community.

Colleen Iversen strawberries embroidery
Created and photographed by Dr. Colleen Iversen
Wild strawberries in watercolor and embroidery

Listen to a conversation with enthusiasm for science, art, and community.

In an occasionally emotional segment Tuesday morning, John invited his friend (and collaborator/boss) Dr. Colleen Iverson to discuss her enthusiasm for science, art, and community. In addition to her 'day job' as a Senior Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colleen also creates breathtaking multimedia embroidery featuring her scientific subjects, special places, and the interests of her friends and family. Their discussion ranges from the biology of root growth (why do roots sometimes die back in a healthy plant?), how Covid-19 inspired her art, and the deep meaning of a gift of wild strawberries. It's an incredible radio segment, and a written transcript won't do it justice. Please enjoy, and Colleen, we hope to hear from you again soon!

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.
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.
Sarah Mitchell (she/they) joined the KAXE team in February of 2022. Sarah creates the Season Watch Newsletter, writes segment summaries for the website, and coordinates our Engaging Minnesotans with Phenology project. With a background in wildlife biology, Sarah enjoys learning a little bit about everything, whether it's plants, mushrooms, aquatic invertebrates, or the short-tailed shrew (did you know they can echolocate?).