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

Winter Storm Warning in effect across the entire region - expected to last until 6pm this evening in NW MN - until midgnight in Itasca/Cass/Crow Wing counties and until 6am in NE MN - St. Louis Counties.

Heavy snow falling up 1 inch per hour - snow and ice covered roads and visibility less than a quarter mile.  Exercise caution if you must travel - and definitely allow extra time if you MUST travel.

Temps in the low to mid 30s and blowing snow up to 45 mph possible.

Have a snow day!  Be careful out there!

Today on our weekly local food segment we talked with Marlise Riffel from the Iron Range Sustainability Project.  They are hosting an event Thursday November 17th with Chef Jenna Ballinger on local, vegetarian cooking for Thanksgiving. 

IRPS facilitates collaboration towards a sustainable and thriving Iron Range.

The goal of IRPS is to build connections between community, economy, and environment to promote sustainable living in northeastern Minnesota.

DNR / http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/terrestrialplants/woody/glossybuckthorn.html

We talked with Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator for the DNR Laura Van Riper about what buckthorn is and how to control it.  Laura gave us an idea of how to control and get rid of buckthorn if you have it in your yard. 

in concert this Thursday at Reif Center!
Grant Frashier

Thanks for listening and thanks for coming to the Great Northern Radio Show!  It was a great community event and we thank KUMD - Duluth Public Radio  for their partnership.  We'll be airing a rebroadcast soon and you'll be able to listen at the Great Northern Radio Show website...

Timberjay newspaper www.timberjay.com

Each Friday morning Marshall Helmberger talks with us about the news that his NE MN  newspaper covered this week.  This week the election was the big news as President-elect Donald Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to sweep the Range.  We also talk about water pollution from MinnTac and a new lawsuit.  And, big news in 9-man football!  2 undefeated teams Ely Timberwolves and the Cromwell Cardinals play Friday night in the state to

www.juliaturshen.com

What's your weekend cocktail?  Email us or try this from cookbook author Julia Turshen.  She was our guest on the Friday Morning Show.

 

Here's the recipe from Julia's book "Small Victories"

Ingredients

Aaron Brown - MinnesotaBrown.com

It's been a big week in the United States, as well as northern MN.  We've had coverage from NPR as well as local commentaries and analysis on the impact on where we live in terms of our local and regional elections.  Listen to these conversations and let us know your thoughts.  

Republican Analyst Greg Peppin and Minnesota Brown blogger Aaron Brown review northern MN election results

EU Media Futures Forum

KAXE's Senior Correspondent Scott Hall reflects on the 2016 election and the role of media on its outcome.  What are your thoughts?  Listen and  email us your comments.

https://www.homesteadmills.com/

Each week we call one of our members and ask them "What's For Breakfast?".  Today, after many flubbed phone calls by John Bauer we talked to Chris who was in Brandywine, Maryland.  Thanks to Homestead Mills for sponsoring What's For Breakfast every Friday! 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  What you eat matters and what you choose for media matters!  Thanks for listening, and thanks for being a member...Call us if you and become a member, and a guest on What's For Breakfast.  800-662-5799.

On our weekly segment Making Sausage we find out about the messy business of government and politics.  We also meet our elected officials and find out about elections and voting.  This week, longtime DFL commentator and election judge Colleen Nardone on what the constitutional amendment on the ballot is all about.  One thing we know:  if you don't vote for it you are voting NO.  The questions is:  should MN Legislators have the ability to raise their own salaries?

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