Mississippi River

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.

Dam Tender Jeff Cook on the Tuesday Morning Show

Apr 8, 2020

Jeff Cook, Park Ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, talks with John Latimer and Heidi Holtan on the Tuesday Morning Show.  Jeff talks about his job as dam tender running both the Pokegema Dam and the Winnibigoshish Lake Dam here in Northen Minnesota.  Jeff gives an update on how the spring melt is going for these areas.

Cohasset, MN - Supporters of Our Mississippi Our Future are holding a community forum on Thursday, January 23 at the Cohasset Community Center from 5:00-7:30pm. This event is free, open to the public and a light meal will be served. Registration is requested. You can find registration links at ourmississippiourfuture.org/events or on our Facebook page.  There will also be an event in Bemidji on Sunday January 26th at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji from 3-5pm. 


This morning we had the chance to meet and talk with MN artist Nicole Camene.  Listen to our conversation and read a little more about her work to create a temporary public art installation at the new Grand Rapids pedestrian bridge, just in time for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit coming up October 3-5th, put on by Springboard for the Arts.  Check out the

Heidi Holtan

Today we visited with Erik Elsea from Cape Coral, FL - he's paddling the length of the Mississippi River to raise money for ShelterBox USA.  ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes.  ShelterBox USA is a rotary club project. 

Find information at Mississippi Expedition

thanks to Sandy for sending this!

In the summertime we get lots of visitors to northern MN from other places.  Part of the beauty of being on the banks of the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids is that we often get to met the folks who are making the big trek from the Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico.  Today was our first group of adventurers from 2018 - 3 college students who work on a paddleboat in New Orleans who wanted to prove what they heard their boss say every day - that you could still paddle the length of the Mississippi in this country. 

Paddle Minnesota: Interview with Jim Crigler

May 3, 2017

Producer Jim Gallagher talks with Viet Nam veteran and author Jim Crigler about his mission to paddle the length of the Mississippi River to honor Gold Star families.