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Border News: Legislative effort for unemployment benefits and Northshore Mining workers

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Border News Roundup with Marshall Helmberger

On the Friday Morning Show Heidi Holtan talks with Marshall Helmberger editor and publisher of the Timberjay Newspaper. This week they talk about Rep. Rob Ecklund who has drafted legislation to extend unemployment benefits for laid off Northshore Mining workers for an additional 26 weeks.

Marshall gives an update on the Voyageurs National Park officials at Crane Lake who were confronted by local residents and the owners of resorts and other businesses that serve the park, over concerns about overzealous law enforcement and a recent tasing.

Heidi and Marshall talk about Mark Haarman from Ely who is on a mission to halt the spread of European buckthorn, an invasive shrub that is spreading throughout the region harming the forest ecology.

Listen here for more on these stories and go to timberjay.com.

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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.