Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.   Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer gathers the talkback comments and closely assesses the subtle changes happening outside.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear all about it! 

Katie Carter

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Phenology Talkbacks are an opportunity for us to hear what you are noticing outside.  This week, phenologist John Latimer heard from two classrooms who sent in stellar reports! 

Kids at Pike Lake Elementary report deer tracks, ice skating and an experiment to determine what nuts squirrels like best!  

 North Shore Community School kids report a pine marten, a flock of ducks and and they inspire John to discuss the uniqueness of the willow bud. 

This week, our regular guest Minnesota's Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan is away – she is visiting two community clinics in Mpls to highlight their efforts to distribute the vaccine – especially to communities of color and Native communities.

Each week during our Statewide Conversation is your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This week our guest is Dr. Ruth Lynfield. She’s the State Epidemiologist and Medical Director as well as an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.

In Malcolm Mitchell's newest book for kids My Very Favorite Book In The Whole Wide World we meet Henley - a good kid who hates to read.  Henley is based on Malcolm's struggle with reading in his life and reminds us that every story has a potential to become a favorite.

What's your very favorite book in the Whole Wide World?

Friday mornings during Border News Roundup we get a chance to check in with Marshall Helmberger, the editor and publisher of The Timberjay newspaper serving NE Minnesota.  This week Marshall tells us about the appointment of the interim mayor of Ely, Chuck Novak, who was defeated in the November elections by an opponent who had dropped out of the race due to health concerns.

Thursday Morning Show: Sports Page

Jan 15, 2021

Every Thursday morning John and Heidi are joined by Fred Freidman and Kyle Erickson for Sports Page.  This week they talk about the receiver for the Alabama football team, rules at the free throw line, details on Timberwolves drafting, the Wilds opening game and Gophers men’s and women’s teams.  Heidi gives an announcement from the senior correspondent about Jesse Diggins, the Minnesota cross-country skier to be the first American to win the grueling Tour de Ski race in Italy.  Heidi reads trivia this week with the theme being “Two Sport Athletes and Other Things”.  Fred mutes himself and g

Every week on KAXE/KBXE, we dig into a new release as our Album of the Week. Sometimes we hear from a musician we all know and love, sometimes it's an album I think will challenge our beliefs about what a genre sounds like (or maybe just challenging in general!), sometimes it's a release so great that every single track should be heard, and sometimes, like this week, it's an introduction to a new musician.

Attorney General Keith Ellison joined us this morning for a candid conversation on safety in Minnesota During political upheaval and a pandemic. He addresses what happened last week when rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol and he talks about the safety precautions that are in place in the state of Minnesota in the aftermath.  He addresses the need for a vigilant balance to be in place to both maintain law and order and public safety but at the same time making sure there is an avenue for protest and freedom.

Early Bird Fishing Guide: Roads Open on the Lakes

Jan 14, 2021

Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin joins John Bauer and Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show.  Jeff gives us an update on Lake Winnie with roads open on the lake out of High Banks and the Pines Resorts giving access to big rigs and wheelhouses.  He describes the evening view of the lake with the big ice houses all lit up and looking like a little city on the ice.

UMD and NRRI Researcher Matt Aro on Thermally-Modified Wood

Jan 12, 2021
https://www.nrri.umn.edu/research-groups/materials-and-bioeconomy/market-oriented-wood-technology/thermally-modified-wood

The Star Tribune recently reported on new uses for dead ash, fir and tamarack trees.  Larch beetles, caterpillars and other invasive insects have killed more than 200,000 acres of balsam fir in Minnesota and half of the state’s tamarack trees.

The dead trees left behind don’t currently have a use – and could be a fire hazard. 

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President Trump pardoned his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who was indicted for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of people in an online campaign to raise funds for a southern border wall — one of dozens of acts of clemency in the final hours of his administration.

The lengthy list of 73 pardons and 70 commutations landed after midnight. Trump is slated to leave the White House for the last time early Wednesday morning, skipping the inaugural ceremonies of his successor, President-elect Joe Biden.

Hall of Fame pitcher and long-time baseball announcer Don Sutton died Monday night in his sleep at the age of 75.

His son Daron Sutton wrote on Twitter of his father, "He worked as hard as anyone I've ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect."

Sutton's 23-year Major League Baseball career started with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966. He remained with the franchise until 1980 and would later return in 1988 for his last season.

Updated 7:10 p.m. ET

Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to head the Pentagon, went before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday in a bid to make history by being confirmed as the nation's first Black secretary of defense.

During his opening statement, Austin, 67, addressed the biggest issue hovering over his nomination.

President-elect Joe Biden teared up twice Tuesday afternoon as he said goodbye to his adopted home state of Delaware and prepared to fly to Washington, D.C., to assume the presidency.

Paraphrasing, as he often does, Irish literature, Biden paused for several moments as he told a small, socially distanced crowd at a National Guard center named after his son Beau that "when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart."

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