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Meet Ashley Hanson and Joy Dolo: Strong Women in the Arts in Minnesota

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Today in our Strong Women series on KAXE/KBXE we met Ashley Hanson and Joy Dolo.  They are in Grand Rapids this week learning about the town and working with local actors to put together a production at the Reif Center tonight, August 16th at 7pm.  It's the fictionalized story of the ruby slippers getting stolen, and a whole lot more - community identity, loss.... besides this production with Sod House Theater and PlaceBased Productions , both of these Strong Women have a passion for the work they do, you'll want to take a listen to our conversation! 

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.