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Heidi Holtan

Walker Orenstein, state politics reporter for MinnPost, joins Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the passing of the criminal justice reform bill on Tuesday of this week.  Walker talks about the origins of the bill in the past during the regular session and the first special session and the compromises made to pass it in the second session.  He talks about the criticism on the passing of the bi

Today we welcomed back Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison.  He talked with us about the issues he and his staff are working on behalf of the State of MN including scams, fraud, international students, climate change and more. 

If you have been scammed during this pandemic call his office 800-657-3787 or email through his website. 

Complexities of Opening School This Fall - MinnPost's Erin Hinrichs

Jul 23, 2020

MinnPost education reporter Erin Hinrichs joins Heidi on the Thursday Morning Show to help us learn about the complexities of the discussions to open schools this fall.  Erin talks about bussing issues, recruiting enough bus drivers and substitute teachers, and how all this will affect the schools budget issues.  Erin tells us the decision to open will be made no later than the week of July 27th.

Kyle Erickson and Fred Friedman join Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning show for Sports Page.  They talk about tonight’s season opener for the Twins, they predict a promising season ahead for them and talk about the many changes the players will have to make from no fans to no chewing tobacco or high-fives.  They also discuss the opening of other major league sports next week and the team name changes that will be made in sports on every level.

Katie Carter

Every Tuesday during the morning show, our resident phenologist John Latimer takes a deep dive into nature...just before 7am, he shares notes and phone messages from listeners during what we call the "Talkback" segment of the Phenology show.  Then, later in the morning, around 7:20am, he shares his personal, complete phenological assessment of what's blooming, buzzing, growing, and changing here in the northwoods of Minnesota in his official, weekly Phenology Report. 

Jeff Sundin and Early Bird Fishing Guide

Jul 23, 2020

Our Early Bird Fishing Guide, Jeff Sundin , joins Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show.  This week Jeff gives an update on water temperatures and the effect it has on fishing, he tells us of a number of techniques for catching Northern Pike and he gives us tips on removing hooks for safe catch and release.

For more on fishing visit jeffsundin.com.

Mary Ellen Haupert along with Ray and Nancy Shows join Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the Bonfire Chamber Music Festival happening outdoors tonight at the IRA Civic Center Pavilion in Grand Rapids. Artaria String Quartet will be performing an eclectic program of classical favorites, tonight, Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm.  The event will be outdoors with social distancing required and masks encouraged.

Listen here for the excitement a live concert brings to a community!

In 2018 writer Hank Green debuted his book An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, where we met April May, a 23 year old New Yorker, who one night stumbles across  a giant sculpture—"like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor"—April and her best friend Andy name the sculpture Carl, they post a video on social media-- it goes viral, and they learn that other identical Carls have appeared all over the world. April finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight as she works to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

rainy day photo by Heidi Holtan

Tracy Kampa is the children’s librarian at the Grand Rapids Area Library, she joins Heidi on the Tuesday Morning Show.  Tracy tells us about the permanent Storywalk, consisting of 18 stations that run along the river walk.  Readers start the story next to the fishing pier and end at the walking bridge.  The first book is “One Dark Night” by Lisa Wheeler. 

Tracy and Heidi give us tips on how to choose books to read and they share what they have been reading to get them through the pandemic.

Marshall Helmberger is editor and publisher of the Timberjay newspaper, serving northeastern Minnesota.  Each week he joins Heidi Holtan on the Friday Morning Show for Border News Roundup.  This week he talks about the settlement with Frontier Communications, reporting on the issue of opening schools or not, the cancellation of the Ely marathon and an update on drought conditions in the area.