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

I serve everybody...I'm a servant leader... I humbly walk alongside the people, not in front of them. And that's kind of where I'm at. -Audrey Thayer, Bemidji's first Indigenous City Councilwoman


As leadership professor at Leech Lake Tribal College, Audrey Thayer inspires and empowers her students to make positive change in the world. Her life experience has given her a unique perspective on societal stereotypes, limiting systems, and navigating both legal and political platforms. In this Area Voices segment, learn about the path that led her to using her voice for change, what she hopes to accomplish in the next four years as Bemidji’s first Indigenous City Councilwoman, and the importance of diversity at the policymaking table.

It's really a different kind of music...you learn Irish music all by ear. All the music is just in the musicians’ memories...And I loved that about it...I also love the rhythm and the drive to it... and it’s so joyful...I'm really attracted to that drive and groove and rhythm… - Norah Rendell


In my point of view,  what I see out there is different. Some people will go and just post the signs, but there's no meaning to the picture...Where I am, I always try to go to the back, the back of the crowd... because that's where you find your most interesting shot..the people on the back are just as important than the people in the front. I like to tell the entire story. - Nedahness Rose Greene



I can't look at my life and see the opportunities that I've had, the health that I've had, my education... How do I look at that and then look at the people in Turtle Mountain, in Red Lake and Leech Lake and Pine Ridge and not see the completely different story?...Growing up, I never learned about any of this...We don't want to make the connection between us, the land and native people, and poverty. We're unwilling because it's a hard thing to face...that's a much bigger conversation that we're just not having...But for me, it's pretty simple. It's all about land.

About a year and a half ago, we began to realize that our reserve fund was shrinking every year... And we felt that we had maybe three or four years before we really were going to end up in the red if we didn't do something...And then Covid came along...Tim Lutz, Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent

In this segment of Let's Visit, Tim Lutz, Superintendent of Bemidji Area Schools since 2018, breaks down some complicated factors affecting his district’s budget and future financial security. Lutz also discusses effects Covid-19 has had on funding sources, costs associated with the virus, and lessons learned by navigating these uncharted waters.


Katie Carter

...never give up... have compassion for others and be slow and steady... think about the relationships more than the issues. And if you can slowly and steadily get through those issues, then your relationships will get stronger. - Dr. Donna Pawlowski, BSU Communications Studies

Joe Rossi via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

You get to be where everything is happening, the sorts of experiences that you would get that... a member of the public would never...-Joe Rossi on perks of photojournalism


Joe Rossi’s career as a photojournalist led him to fascinating places close to home in Minnesota and across the globe.  Ten years ago he published Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet with author David LaRochelle. The book combines LaRochelle’s inspiring, educational  text alongside Rossi’s fascinating images that encourage the reader to see differently - think of a T in the wing patterns of an orange barred carpet moth or a B in the pattern of a turtle shell. The harmonious combination motivates kids and adults to look a bit more closely and creatively at the natural world around them. In this Area Voices segment, Joe discusses his journey as a photojournalist, Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet, and coming full circle, retiring up north on property he cherished as a kid. 

50 years ago this summer, I took some of my first pictures in that bog. So it's like it's this whole circle thing. And I think the reason why I still do photography is if I take a picture or a set of pictures that I really like, it brings me joy.... it's sort of a deep down joy...  - Joe Rossi



I just really believe that it's kind of our responsibilities as citizens to make sure that we we do everything we can to make our voices heard. Because, you know, that's how we we keep democracy working, is  sure we're holding people accountable  and making sure that that they're... doing the things that will benefit us as a whole. And so I think that's really important.  - Alya Nimis Ibrahim, BHS Sophomore

Dr. Martin Luther King...provided so much hope and inspiration for all of humanity. And for me, when I think about the impact he had on my life, I think about him being an advocate for people that he never even got an opportunity to meet and how he still had the courage to be able to build community and build relationships...not just about his own race...I feel like Dr. Martin Luther King's life provided me with the roadmap on how I could strive to do some of the same things that he did and try to be that community builder, not focusing so much on the negative things about our society, but looking at the positive and figuring out how I could do my part to emulate some of that. - Dr. Gabriel Warren


...if you give students an opportunity to be brilliant, they will be brilliant most of the time, but you have to give them the chance to do this. And I really think this activity provides a venue and provides an opportunity for these students to to really experience great growth in their communication and their creativity... - Tom Lucas, Bemidji High School Speech Coach