Heidi Holtan

News and Public Affairs Director

Heidi Holtan is News and Public Affairs Director for Northern Community Radio. She is on-air host and executive producer for the Morning Show and is also responsible for our local presence on All Things Considered and As It Happens. She produces thoughtful segments like Dig Deep and Strong Women.

On the job, Heidi is smart and creative. She’s an innovator and collaborator who works closely with news hosts and producers to help them achieve the best on-air sound possible.

In her personal life Heidi is a Minnesota Lynx fan, a Blandin Leadership grad, a self-professed bookaholic, a lover of cooking shows, and a former member of the Iron Range Maidens roller derby team. Heidi grew up on a resort near Brainerd, and used to “play radio” when she was a kid. She presently lives on a lake in Grand Rapids with her husband Tom and cat-dog Aiko.

Ways to Connect

Tammy Bobrowsky

February can be a long cold month to get through in northern Minnesota.  We think the best way we can get through it is to band together as a community and....READ!  How many books do you think we can read? 100?  500?  How many books do you read in a month? 

Aaron Brown - MinnesotaBrown.com

In this  conversation Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn talk about where rural towns are right now, and where they think they are going.  And yes, they have hope.

Aaron Brown - MinnesotaBrown.com

Part 2 of our Dig Deep conversation this week gets into how the presidential campaigns of 2016 spoke to people in rural areas and also asks the question "does anybody outside of here really care?" 

Aaron Brown - MinnesotaBrown.com

This morning we introduced our new morning show segment and podcast, Dig Deep.  Our commentators - Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn began the conversation about the State of Rural by telling us about their upbringing, political beginnings and why they choose to live in rural Minnesota.  Tune in Wednesday at 8:10am  for our next installment where we delve a little more into the 2016 election season and the idea of a rural voter. 

Every Friday morning we call up one of our members, pull up a chair to their kitchen table and get to know them a little better.  Today, we met longtime member Sharon Olson, who just so happens to live in a 32 sided house with fancy Japanese toilets. 

Thanks to Homestead Mills for their sponsorship of this program. 

What did you have for breakfast? 

Leopold Foundtion

Tuesday mornings at 7:50 forest ecologist Harry Hutchins joins staff phenologist John Latimer for "A Talk On The Wild Side".  This week Harry took the opportunity to wish Aldo Leopold a happy birthday and also remind us to find our mentors.  When you meet people who know more than you, spend time with them.  Amazing things can happen.  Harry talks here about the people he met early in his career that lead him to what he has spent his life studying.  Who are your mentors?  What are the moments in your life that lead you to where you are?  Email us!

https://www.facebook.com/HolmMadeWildRice/

If you’ve ever traveled Hwy 2 between Bemidji and Grand Rapids   you’ve probably seen a stand in Ball Club.  It was operated for over 30 years by the late Tim Holm from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  Tim’s family, friends and community continue to mourn his loss – but there is also a loss of culture and tradition that came with Tim selling smoked whitefish and wild rice from that stand. 

Last week we talked with one of our members (you know the drill:  we pulled up a chair to one of our member's kitchen tables and we got to know them a little bit better) from north of Nashwauk. 

I knew it would be fun when I saw the look on John Bauer's face when he heard the word "kefir".  Kim was so much fun, we talked about the bionic woman, sign language interpreting, and Kim's band Hobo Revival

Bemidji Pioneer

Earlier today Scott Hall reported on an informational meeting held by Enbridge Energy regarding the Line 3 pipeline.

The Canadian oil pipeline company, Enbridge Energy, wants to build another pipeline across northern MN.The company currently operates six lines that carry oil from Clearbrook - along a route that roughly follows highway 2.  The lines deliver oil to refineries in Superior, Wisconsin and beyond. 

Our largest source of funding is our listeners, people like YOU, who become members. 

It's almost the end of 2016 and this Friday we will bring you the Flash Drive Marathon. 

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