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On the Friday Morning Show Heidi Holtan talks with Marshall Helmberger editor and publisher of the Timberjay Newspaper.  This week they talk about the St. Louis County Rescue Squad dealing with the busiest summer they have ever had, particularly in the Boundary Waters where there has been a rise in traffic due to the pandemic.  Marshall also talks about the Effie Rodeo protest, the order issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court that underground seepage from Minntac be subject to regulations, the cancellation of the Ely Harvest Moon Festival and a report on the blueberries.

M. Brian Hartz

Though it has been 4 years since the death of their mother, 17 year-old twins Savannah and Thomas McClair, and their grandmother Maggie, still mourn her loss. In search of answers and family ties, Savannah and Thomas attempt to search for their biological father, documenting the process through a podcast -- hoping it will help get answers to a seemingly fruitless search. The podcast goes viral, but they are shocked to see how their search ignites a national debate over privacy.

Sports Page: MLB Season is Underway

Aug 2, 2020

On the Thursday Morning Show Fred Freidman joins John Bauer and Heidi Holtan for the Sports Page.  They talk about how the Twins first few games have started out, the Dodgers and Astros games played, and they discuss the question on whether baseball will survive the season with all the positive Covid testing that’s happened in the league.

Early Bird Fishing Guide: Sunfish!

Aug 2, 2020

Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin joins Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show.  Jeff tells how the warm, calm weather has slowed the walleye bite down but the good news is that the sunfish are biting.  He gives us tips on these fun to catch, delicious to eat fish.  Jeff also talks about fishing Rainy Lake and the effect the full moon has on catching fish.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank Needs More Volunteers!

Aug 2, 2020

Sue Estee, executive director of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank in Grand Rapids, joins Heidi on the Monday Morning Show.  Sue talks about the effect the pandemic has had on the food bank, the community help needed, not only during the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless grant challenge, but throughout the year.  Because of the shortage of volunteers during the spread of Covid-19, Sue is letting the community know they are looking for people to help increase their volunteer workforce. 

100 Rural Women: Breakfast Club Series

Aug 2, 2020

100 Rural Women is an organization in Minnesota with the mission to serve and support rural women, based on models of networking, leadership, mentorship and civic engagement.  Their goal is to empower women in community and cultivate leadership skills.

Marshall Helmberger talks about the border in International Falls

Aug 2, 2020

On the Friday Morning Show Heidi Holtan talks with Marshall Helmberger editor and publisher of the Timberjay, an independent newspaper serving NE Minnesota.  This week they talk about the border between Minnesota and Canada in International Falls, Minnesota.  They discuss this busy crossing that ships goods back and forth via both highway and rail, and the work that is being done to try to head off potentially invasive plants and insects that may be coming into Minnesota.  Marshall also talks about the impact severe winters may have on this year’s deer hu

"This project doesn't happen without our community support" says CoHaus co-founder Megan Kellin. 

CoHaus describes their project as:

CoHaus is a collective workspace where you can work independently alongside other creatives and professionals. It’s where work meets play. You focus on growing your business, we’ll handle the rest. Get furnished, move-in ready workspaces with the infrastructure you need and premier amenities. Be a part of an inspirational community and network with other members.

Each story during "these times" is similar.  How do we reimagine what we once used to do?


Jul 31, 2020

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Every week our resident phenologist John Latimer takes a close look at the natural world around us.  This week John discusses the fact that we are in the hottest part of summer and that corresponds with the coldest part of the winter 6 months from now.   In his report he digs into butterflies, blooms, bogs, kingbirds, berries and much more!