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

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.

The Watermark Art Center in Bemidji has a new exhibit opening today, a photography exhibit celebrating the kids and their animals who came in last at their county fair competitions back in 2016.  RJ Kern's The Unchosen Ones is an unusual photographic social experiment that has resulted in a series of  large-scale images (43" x 53") that are personal, majestic, and humble.  His master-manipulation of light in a non-studio atmosphere creates  a photographic style reminiscent of Eu

John Bauer

Golf courses in Minnesota are currently closed due to concerns related to Covid-19. But golf associations and pros like Bob Cahill are working together to plan how they might open safely and give golfers the option to get outside and play their sport. There is still a foot of snow on the city-owned Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids, so it isn't time to open yet! Northern Community Radio's John Bauer, himself an avid golfer, talked with "Bogey" Bob about the possibilities.

We caught up with our Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin this morning!  According to MN Governor Tim Walz's website, FISHING is specifically listed as one of the permissible activities during the stay at home order, so find some bait - many bait shops will still be open for business tomorrow - and get out fishing... at least six feet from your buddies of course.