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Maxwell Philbrook


Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.

  • Great Tails Animal Rescue is an animal rescue serving northern Minnesota. The group is currently raising funds for construction of a permanent shelter space. Shannon Antilla, GRAR co-founder and Board Member, along with volunteer foster parent, Janelle and the adoptable dog of the week, Luna, joined Kari Hedlund and John Bauer to discuss the great need need and great reward that comes with this type of rescue organization. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full conversation.
  • The 4th annual Iron Range Pasty Fest is serving up hot pasty dinners on Sunday, October 9th 2022 to benefit the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS). Free electronics recycling will be on-site, accepting laptops, desktops, monitors, and some televisions. This fund-raiser dinner features a homemade beef or pork pasty, made with locally-grown potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, and thyme. IRPS Board of Directors Member and Rutabaga Project Liaison, Marlise Riffel, joined Heidi Holtan on the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show to talk pasties and sustainability. Click the "Listen" player at the top of the page to hear the full conversation.
  • University of MN scientist Diana Karwan studies the quality of water where it flows over and through forest landscapes. She takes water from our streams and medium sized rivers to identify what she calls the “chemical fingerprints” of these waters. Dr. Karwan is a member of the University of MN’s Departments of Forestry, and Soil, Water and Climate. Dr. Karwan will discuss the impact different forest landscapes have on water quality in a free, online program hosted by Itasca Waters tomorrow at noon. She joined Heidi Holtan on the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show to discuss her research and preview the latest installment of Itasca Water's "Practical Water Wisdom" series. You can hear the full conversation by clicking the "Listen" player above.
  • Tova Friedman is one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz concentration camp and uses her vivid memories to write and speak against anti-Semitism and prejudice. She has written a new book with veteran correspondent Malcom Brabant called The Daughter of Auschwitz: My Story of Resilience, Survival, and Hope. She joined the host of KAXE/KBXE's Morning Show, Heidi Holtan, to talk about her experience, her new book, and Jewish culture. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full conversation.
  • Andrew Downing is a multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with artists across the spectrum of genres. He produces and records in his home studio, and he recently collaborated with Mary Gauthier and John Bauer on "Today". Downing stopped by the KAXE studio to chat with Kari Hedlund on his new musical directions and what it means to have success in the music industry. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full conversation.
  • Annie Knight is the conservation specialist and grants manager for Northern Waters Land Trust and has been co producing KAXE/KBXE's Conservation Conversation series. Knight joined Heidi Holtan for a conversation about her work with NWLT and what gives her passion to work in the field of conservation. To hear the full conversation, click the "Listen" player at the top of the page.
  • The Itasca Economic Development Corporation seeks to grow the Itasca County economy through education, research, and outreach that creates business opportunities. To do so, the IEDC organizes events and initiatives around northern Minnesota. Joining Heidi Holtan on the KAXE Morning Show is the President and CEO of the IEDC, Tamara Lowney. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full conversation
  • On Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm the Rural Voices series, hosted by MPR's Kerri Miller, will host an event called "Growing Good Gigs: Educating and Training a Creative Rural Workforce." The event takes place at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm and seeks to inspire conversations about the rewards and challenges of making a home in rural America. Trent Janezich, Director of Advancement and Customized Training Solutions at Minnesota North College, joined Heidi Holtan to discuss the event and what the newly-formed college contributes to the rural workforce of northeastern Minnesota. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full conversation.
  • Lynn Anderson is a member of Tamarack Water Alliance, a group that opposes Talon Metals proposed nickel mine in Aitkin County, Minnesota. Talon is looking to expand domestic sources of nickel, a key element in batteries used in the electric vehicle industry. Anderson joined Heidi Holtan on the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show to explain Tamarack Water Alliance's opposition to the proposed mine. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full interview.
  • Second Harvest North Central Food Bank is hosting events around northern Minnesota as part of their "It Takes Us All" campaign. The organization's Executive Director, Sue Estee, recently stopped by the KAXE studio to inform Scott Hall and John Latimer about these events and explain why bringing together communities to end hunger today is so important now more than ever. Click the "Listen" player at the top of the page to hear the full conversation. Or click here to visit the "It Takes Us All" page on the Second Harvest North Central website.