Maggie Montgomery

General Manager

Maggie is a rural public radio guru; someone who can get you through both minor jams and near catastrophes and still come out ahead of the game. She pens our grants, reports to the Board of Directors and helps guide our station into the dawn of a new era. Maggie is a locavore to the max (as evidenced on Wednesday mornings), brings in months’ worth of kale each fall, has heat on in her office 12 months a year, and drinks coffee out of a plastic 1987 KAXE mug every day. Doting parents and grandparents, she and her husband Dennis live in the asphalt jungle of East Nary.

Ways to Connect

In every part of Minnesota case numbers for COVID-19 are rising. And as the infections rise, so do the hospitalizations. We had been wondering how the hospitals that serve our communities are doing. So we reached out to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and were able to check in with Dr. Colleen Swank.

Dr. Swank is a pediatrician and Sanford Health Vice President of Clinics for northern Minnesota. Maggie Montgomery and Dan Houg spoke with Dr. Swank on the Wednesday 10/14/20 KAXE/KBXE Morning Show. The audio of this interview is below; the interview has also been transcribed.

This is an interview with Cynthia Borgen, Director of Beltrami County Public Health, that took place Wednesday September 30. She spoke with Northern Community Radio’s Maggie Montgomery and Dan Houg about free testing that continues Thursday October 1st at the Bemidji Armory until 6 p.m. and the status of Covid-19 infections in Beltrami County

Maggie Montgomery:

Tell us about the COVID-19 testing that's going on at the armory in Bemidji.  

Cynthia Borgen:

The following is a conversation with economist Pat Welle as part of our Vote 2020 series. Pat has talked with local candidates who have made filing errors on their campaign finance reports, and takes a positive and proactive approach to improving public disclosure. He talked with Maggie Montgomery and Dan Houg about "red flags" in campaign finance reports, how everyday citizens can take a look at the reports, and how campaign finance laws are (and aren't) enforced.

Maggie Montgomery (with Dan Houg):

The first Grow Bemidji Virtual Garden Fair starts next week. Everyone is welcome.

Organizer Vivienne Morgan, musician Kristi Miller, parent/grower/maker Shannon Westrum, and artist/homesteader Marilyn Lee met together over Zoom to speak with Maggie Montgomery about the fair and the Grow Bemidji Facebook page on KAXE/KBXE (you can listen to the conversation below).

St Regis Paper Company operated a wood preserving site in Cass Lake from 1957-1985. The site consists of 125 acres on the Leech Lake Reservation, within the Chippewa National Forest, in the City of Cass Lake. It is now a designated superfund site.

Groundwater, surface water, sediment and soil on and nearby the site are contaminated with dioxin and other chemicals as a result of the wood preserving process and waste disposal activities. 

Cynthia Borgen is Director of Beltrami County Public Health. She spoke with Northern Community Radio’s Dan  Houg and Maggie Montgomery right after 4th of July weekend when Covid-19 cases started rising in Beltrami County, and gave them an update this morning (July 29th) on the Wednesday Morning Show.

With a last-ditch community effort, a group of alumni from the old Bemidji High School managed to save one of the building’s archways when the old school was razed in 2008. They have been working for 12 years to find the funds and space to reconstruct the arch, with a goal to recognize the old high school’s meaning to the community and bring it together with the new school.

This morning (7/8/20) Cynthia Borgen, Director of Beltrami County Public Health updated Dan Houg and Maggie Montgomery about the jump in the number of Covid-19 cases in Beltrami county over the last few days. Here is a transcript of that interview (audio below):

There were three different types of treaties that were negotiated here in the U.S. There were peace treaties …there were a land cession treaties…and there were treaties that created reservations… it says in the Constitution of the United States that treaties are “the supreme law of the land”…Without these land cession treaties, much of what is now in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, as well as many other areas throughout the country, could not legally exist…