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Back to Basics Conference: A Conversation with Jenny Hill

Happy Dancing Turtle

Jenny Hill hopped on air to discuss Happy Dancing Turtle's 17th annual Back to Basics Conference! It's going to be a great day (especially for the lucky folks attending John Latimer and Sarah Mitchell's Phenology Workshop- wink wink nudge nudge). The event runs 8-5 on Saturday February 11th, and is held at Pine River-Backus school. We hope to see you there!

From Happy Dancing Turtle's website:
"Back to Basics is the premier sustainable living event of north-central Minnesota! It combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more to bring roughly 400 people together to share ideas on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and resiliency. In addition to 40+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The keynote event and vendor area are open to the public for free. Participants who want to take workshops must register--please [go here]."

KAXE/KBXE Senior Correspondent
Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
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.
Charlie Mitchell (she/they) joined the KAXE team in February of 2022. Charlie 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, she 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?).