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Chronic Wasting Disease: What It Is, Mandatory Testing and How You Can Help (even if you aren't a hunter!)

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MN DNR's Dr. Michelle Carstensen, Wildlife Health Group Leader

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a neurological disease affecting the
cervid family – deer, elk, moose, reindeer and caribou. It causes
characteristic spongy degeneration in the brain of an infected animal.

Dr. Michelle Carstensen from the MN DNR was back with us to talk about CWD. There's an upcoming meeting at Minnesota North - Itasca (ICC) on Tuesday August 23rd at the Chukar Auditorium from 6-8pm.

DNR staff with the wildlife health and big game programs will share information about hunting regulation changes and Chronic Wasting Disease management. Zoom links are available through the MN DNR.

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.
John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director from 1995-2022. Now semi-retired and writing, sculpting and enjoying the good life, you can hear him on the Morning Show Fridays.