Sarah Bignall

Director of Operations

If you need to know the words to a particular song ask Sarah Bignall, the Director of Operations for Northern Community Radio.  She claims to know the words to all songs played on KAXE/KBXE.  Sarah is deeply involved with the day to day operation of the station assuring that things run efficiently and effectively.  She brings a particularly impressive expertise in marketing and graphic design to the job.  Sarah grew up in Grand Rapids and continues to live there with her husband and their two children…well…three if you include her favorite, the one with four legs.  Sarah is the go to person when you need a straight direct answer or opinion.  She continues to work to perfect  her “indoor voice”.

Ways to Connect

The KAXE tower and transmitter are in need of replacing.  Maggie Montgomery and Kari Hedlund talked about the history of the existing tower, including when a gravel truck knocked down our first tower in 1984. 

Dan Houg, Station Engineer, spoke with Kari and Maggie about the scope of the tower and transmitter project and provides a 101 of HOW radio waves are transferred.

Maggie spoke with Loren Solberg to better explain the bonding process.

Maggie, Kari, John and Sarah talked about funding options and how listeners can help support us.

On the Border News Roundup, Marshall Helmberger, Editor of the Timberjay, shared a story about Lamppa Manufacturing of Tower, MN -  maker of an eco-friendly and efficient woodstove.  Marshall told us about his trip to view the total solar eclipse with family in Nebraska.

The Chisholm Downtown Revitalization Project (CDRP) was created as a grassroots effort to enhance the vitality of the heart of Chisholm.  Jessalyn Sabin is a member of the CDRP committee and shared what the committee has been up to like the establishment of a "pocket park" and a historic walking town.

More information can can be found on the CDRP facebook page.

There are men and women across northern Minnesota who volunteer their time to make sure the rest of us stay safe.  Kurt Erickson is a volunteer on the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.  Kurt shared with us what the Rescue Squad has been up to this summer and some tips to keep us safe on the lakes and trails in the northland.

For more information visit the St. Louis County website.  Have a question you'd like us to ask, send it along to

Northern Community Radio- KAXE/KBXE and the Reif Performing Art Center in Grand Rapids are again collaborating for the 2nd Season of CenterStage Minnesota Concert Series.  These concerts will take place the third Thursday of every month thru May 2018.

The opening act on September 21st is critically acclaimed Fathom Lane.  Complete schedule is as follows:

9/21/17 – Fathom Lane

10/19/17 -  Gaelyn Lea