John Bauer

Development Director

John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director since 1995. You can hear him on the Morning Show on Thursdays and Fridays. He is also the women’s basketball coach at Itasca Community College. John loves animals, golf, and complaining about the Minnesota Twins.

Ways to Connect

I've definitely gone through a bit of a mourning period...I was performing anywhere between one to four shows a week, for the last seven, eight years. So..., it's just been so devastating in so many ways for any artist that does it for a living...It's been stressful, but at the same time, to be able to use technology to still  play in some capacity and then, of course, to be writing music...it's been a bit of a saving grace, if that makes sense. ... So it's kind of been all the things - it's been terrible and also amazing .- Jillian Rae on the pandemic impact


I feel like the art is sort of a vehicle for showing that connection that I have, but because it's so hands on and you're working with natural materials... in a way it is sort of a natural experience just creating it. - Kristen Anderson 


...through through the pandemic, we really, really saw how committed our staff was. And just the way that they stepped up was just incredible and dealt with all the uncertainty and all the changing guidelines. And ....what are the things that we could do that are going to be the most impactful on people's long term quality of life? And these are these are some of the  jumping off points that we decided on. - Jake Robinson, Brigid's Irish Pub

We spoke with artist John Pearson earlier this month about his photography exhibit on display at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.   He educated us on the photogravure process,  his journey as an photographer and artist, how story is captured in each moment of photography and of course his Invisible Valley collection on display at the Watermark. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

Michael Meuers

The Red Lake Nation has exercised its soverignty in adopting a number of policies to protect its members from Covid-19. Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. spoke with KAXE/KBXE's Heidi Holtan and John Bauer about specific steps he and the tribal council have taken in the effort to keep Red Lake members safe.

Heidi and John visit with Tobi Aiyedun, a 2020 graduate from Bemidji State University with a masters degree in Biology.  Tobi explains how a virtual graduation works, and how she felt about it compared to other graduations she has experienced in the past.  She talks about the difficulties of finishing out the school year virtually and gives other 2020 graduates encouragment in these trying times.

Our Early Bird Fishing Guide, Jeff Sundin, says on good authority, the Minnesota fishing opener, without a doubt, will happen! 

Hear the whole conversation here.

Listen every week on Thursday mornings about 6:20 for tips and suggestions from Jeff Sundin on the KAXE/KBXE Thursday Morning Show on Northern Community Radio.

The Reif Center and the MacRostie Art Center connected with ICTV to make  First Friday happen despite  people's inability to visit the galleries.  Everyone is invited to watch a first ever virtual First Friday celebration in Grand Rapids.  You can find it on ICTV Facebook and Youtube channels as well as Mediacom 2 & 7 and Paul Buny

Nate Lane is manager of Super One Foods South in Grand Rapids. Grocery workers are in contact with the public every day, so during a pandemic safety for both shoppers and staff is a big concern.

John Bauer talked with Nate about store safety, the supply chain, and employment opportunities at Super One. You can hear the full interview below (did you know pickles are in short supply?)

The Walking Tourists

Even though sports aren't happening right now, Fred Friedman and Kyle Erickson still had plenty to talk about on Thursday's Morning Show, including college eligibility, the Olympics postponement, and trivia.

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