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

On this week's Statewide Conversation with Minnesota’s state officials on COVID-19, Maggie Montgomery welcomed MDH Director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division – Kris Ehresmann. 

Every week this is an opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, update on vaccine distribution, comments on gathering for Easter and more!  Sign up for the vaccine connector through the state of Minnsota. 


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Louis Saxton is a gifted musician who graduated high school in Bemidji during the pandemic year and went off to college to study cello in Boulder Colorado. This week, a shooter killed 10 people at a grocery store across the street from where Louis lives as a student. On the Wednesday Morning Show Louis's dad, Robert Saxton, told us what it was like to discover that his son was in the grocery store when the shooting began, how he was able to survive the event, and how their family is coping with their feelings in the aftermath.

Stromberg's Chicks and Game Birds

According to Eric Stromberg, now is the time to order baby chicks. “In fact,” he said, “you can’t order them soon enough right now. With COVID, people really started to get into the backyard hobbies, and that includes buying baby chicks and raising chickens. So, something that they’ve wanted to get into, and now they’re jumping in. We’ve seen a huge increase in orders.”

Penguin Random House

Gary Taubes is an investigative journalist who has written several books and articles about the science of nutrition, health, and obesity. His new book is The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating.

Sanford Health

This week, our country passed the sad milestone of more than 300,000 people having died from COVID-19. But also last weekend, the first shipments of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine rolled out of its warehouse in Michigan. We heard reports that vaccine had arrived at Sanford Health in Bemidji very quickly after that, on Monday.

Cynthia Borgen is Director of Beltrami County Public Health. In the past several weeks COVID-19 numbers have been risng rapidly in Beltrami County as they have across the entire region. She spoke with Maggie Montgomery and Dan Houg from 91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE on Wednesday November 11th to give an update and some advice for the holidays.

Maggie Montgomery:

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).