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

Jane Grimsbo Jewett

Jane Grimsbo Jewett and her husband Joe own Willow Sedge Farm in Palisade. They raise chickens, beef cattle and pigs, and sell the meat at the local farmers’ market in Grand Rapids. They also sell online or at monthly “meat ups” during the winter months when the market isn’t operating.

Team photo from MN Cup Competition at Carlson School of Management
Dani Pieratos

Harvest Nation has developed an indoor, aeroponic CSA farm that will serve the Iron Range and Bois Forte Reservation communities. The family-owned/women-owned/Native-owned company recently completed a feasibility study. Next they’re moving into a pilot project for which they are seeking customers.

Brian Livermore

If you live in northern Minnesota, you know that April is generally way too early to get out in the garden. Nevertheless, Beltrami County Master Gardener Becky Livermore offers some things we can do right now – while sheltering in place - to get ready for the upcoming garden season.

Andrew Kringen

Dawnette Davis is a retired teacher and Grand Rapids artist who makes hand-dyed silk garments and shawls. She sells her art at sales and shows around Minnesota. But Covid-19 has shut down many upcoming arts events. These days Dawnette is using some of her talent, some leftover cotton fabric, and her serging sewing machine to produce cloth facemasks. She talked with Heidi Holtan on the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show.

Maggie Montgomery

Minnesotans are sheltering in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. This means we mostly stay home. We are allowed to go out to a few places – to get medicines, or gas, or groceries. Grocery workers are among those who don’t stay home. In fact, Minnesota grocery workers are classified as “emergency personnel.”

Nature's Edge Garden Center

Chad Museus loves his business. “Being in the greenhouse in the spring is one of the most exciting things you can do,” he says. "It’s the most fun environment you could ever work in…People always come in happy!” 

Many public libraries are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Northern Community Radio's What We're Reading producer and Bemidji State University librarian Tammy Bobrowsky teamed up this Tuesday morning to help you find free books online and recommend some reading.

Listen to the interview and then follow the link to Tammy's post below to find ways to download audio or e-books for free!

Check out Tammy's suggestions for free e-books and audio books here!

Farmers in Minnesota and around the country are struggling. Especially for small farmers, issues like severe weather, globalization, low commodity prices, and trade wars have made it hard to make a living. One bright spot may come from new methods of sustainable farming that strengthen soil health. These new methods allow multiple uses for the same acreage, strengthen resiliency against severe weather, and lower the number of “inputs” (such as fertilizer) needed to grow a robust crop.

Growers and farmers from around northern Minnesota are invited to a free meeting at Central Lakes College in Brainerd on February 25th to find out about the potential of growing a new crop: hazelnuts. These are not the hazelnuts that lots of us find growing wild in our forests and fields. These are brand new hybrids that can be grown as a cash crop.

Jackie Clay/Seed Treasures

Jackie Clay Atkinson is a homesteader, writer, and blogger from Angora MN. She writes for Backwoods Home Magazine. She and her husband Will also grow and sell heirloom and open pollinated seeds through their seed catalog, Seed Treasures.

Jackie talked to us on the Wednesday Morning Show.

Maggie Montgomery (MM): Tell us about your place in Angora.

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