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Relationships in Nature at Long Lake: A Conversation with Dave McMillan

Grieving Deer
Long Lake Conservation Center
A doe and her fawn visiting a fallen family member

This week, Morning Show hosts Heidi and John chatted with Dave McMillan, manager of the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade. Dave tells the touching story of a doe and her two fawns. One fawn was struck and killed on a road, and Dave dragged it into the woods and set up a trail camera by the body. He expected to see a variety of predators, which he did: an unexpected discovery, however, was that the fawn's mother and sibling came back to visit the body every day. It's a touching story, and well worth a listen: they also discuss Long Lake's mission, the value of sitting quietly in the woods, and how time in nature can be a life-changing experience! Please enjoy, and you can visit Long Lake's website here.

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.
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?).