Katie Carter


Katie is our Area Voices producer.  

She gets to share the arts, culture and history stories of northern Minnesota. 

She also helps with website content, pinch hits on the morning show and whatever else needs to be done around the station. 

She worked in a one- year grant funded position for KAXE back in '08 and has been back at the mother ship since July 2016. 

Ways to Connect

Area Voices producer Katie Carter clues us in on exhibits and opportunities for artists in Bemidji, Park Rapids, Brainerd and Virginia in this segment!  

It's Mother's Day this Sunday... buy the mom in your life some locally crafted art! 

...hundreds of 17 year old girls at the Minnesota State Capitol. And...OK, we need to go. We need to get out of here... Everyone knew that the protests were coming. They kind of just hurried us on the bus and drove us back to camp. We were in this big auditorium and we just sat there and prayed. And to me, that was the first time I was like...Why is the system so against us? Then I started studying Criminal Justice. - Zoe Carrasco

You can always withdraw consent.  Whether you initiate or whether you initally  consented.  You can stop... it's really important for kids to know that they can withdraw consent at any time. And if their partner doesn't respect that, that is sexual assault...  Nobody is entitled to somebody else, ever. - Gabrielle Congrave Baggenstoss, Support Within Reach


I think art is the highest form of hope and everyone needs hope no matter where they are in life. - Amanda Davenport, BAAE VP


...every time I see a replay of George Floyd or I see a Breonna Taylor or I see a Daunte Wright

one of the things that I think about is once I step out of my office, when I take off my fancy clothes, I am my brother, my sister who just lost their lives....but racism just doesn't impact my body because I'm a minority, it impacts all of us - Steven Parker, BSU Diversity Officer


Steven Parker is Bemidji State University’s Diversity Officer.  He joined the morning show to discuss his work, the impact police related deaths have on the minoritized populations he serves, and he shared his thoughts regarding  a potential path to healing.  


...it's just so incredible, the matrix in nature...when I see a bird, I see the bird. I see the shape of it but at the same time I see the history and the biology and the beauty … and they feel like poetry to me. - Kellie Rae Theiss

Nature gives us hope.  Art gives us hope. Inspired people give us hope.  We are celebrating hope this week and Kellie Rae Theiss is a painter who gives us hope.



...moving to Minnesota introduced me to a lot of new things, one of them was the ceramic tradition here...that became very interesting to me. And as a graphic designer, everything is very flat...I began to feel sort of disassociation with actual feeling, tactile experiences...I was searching for something to get my hands into, literally, and actually feel an art medium.

I was very unaware of what went into drag and being able to express myself with like minded people, I was able to learn more about myself as a person and…learn more about my identity. And it was through drag that I was able to find myself and find my gender that fits best with me and find the best way to express myself- in and out of drag. – Alex Pfannenstein/Dakota Hunter

Energy is a trillion dollar industry. Gaming is a billion dollar industry...Distributed, renewable-energy micro-grids are the future. - Bob Blake


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