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.

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  It's very whimsical, very wild...It's totally just about embracing the beauty of the wild world exactly as as it is, but also kind of how it feels when you go out there... it's realistic-ish, but it's also super design-y and illustrative. And that's kind of how I see the world when I go out into it... really beautiful, magical things. I try to capture that..And it's supposed to make folks who are looking at it see kind of that part of nature, the part that when the leaves, when they're laying a shadow down, it kind of looks like a light show at a at a music festival or something like the way that the shadows move...That's what Wild Whimsy is about.


Richard Thompson is an influential British singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Thompson co-founded the folk rock group Fairport Convention in 1967 and was its lead guitarist and songwriter. He has released 18 solo studio albums and three live albums, plus several additional collaborations. Rolling Stone magazine considers him one of the top 20 guitarists of all time.

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


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.”

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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.