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Maxwell Philbrook


Max Philbrook 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.

  • On June 23rd, 2022, the Medical Staff at Grand Itasca Hospital and Clinic honored KAXE for our dedication to community health during the Covid 19 pandemic in northern Minnesota. Click the player above to hear Heidi Holtan and Kari Hedlund interview Dr. Simon Lick of Grand Itasca.
  • Last month, KAXE/KBXE held its annual meeting to celebrate another year of connecting its listeners to the communities of northern Minnesota. An important part of the annual meeting is recognizing the community members and volunteers that do the work that makes KAXE/KBXE possible. With deep gratitude to everyone who has contributed their time, effort, and talent over the years, it is a pleasure to announce the winners of the 2022 KAXE/KBXE Community and Volunteer awards.
  • In the season finale of Northern Voices, Leah travels to the Grand Rapids Farmers market to chat with Colleen from Cherry Corner Produce and Farm. Colleen and her sister are using items that too-often end up in the trash to craft every-day items and toys. Northern Voices can be heard on KAXE/KBXE and on KAXE.org.
  • Northern Minnesota is probably best known for hockey, but summer reminds us that baseball enjoys a rich history here as well. Our contributor Aaron Brown found a remarkable story connecting one Iron Range town to a fascinating piece of baseball history.
  • Luke Gorski has been to every state park in South Dakota and Iowa. This summer, Gorski has a goal to visit all 66 state parks in Minnesota. Heidi Holtan and John Latimer have been visiting with Luke each week as he treks across the state in pursuit of his goal to find out what Luke is seeing, which trails he is hiking, and how bad the mosquitos are. Join Luke, Heidi, and John as they learn more about Luke's adventures in our KAXE/KBXE series Just a Day in the Park.
  • Traveler Luke Gorski continues his pilgrimage to visit all 66 Minnesota State Parks this summer. After checking in with Heidi and John in past weeks from the central and south-eastern parts of the state, Luke continues his journey onward and upward into the south-western reaches. The KAXE/KBXE morning show is connecting you with the people making news in northern Minnesota this summer.
  • Wild Horses is headlining the Festival Rialto at Rapids Brewing Co. on Saturday, June 4th. Ahead of the festival, the band stopped by the KAXE studio in Grand Rapids and played a special live, in-studio set. Click the player above to listen to the whole set and get yourself thoroughly excited for the Festival on Saturday.
  • If you missed the on-air broadcast of Northern Voices, or if you'd like to listen again to Leah and Heidi chatting about Story Art & Museum, click the player at the top of the page to hear more. Here is Leah's introduction to this week's episode:
  • On Saturday, June 4th, Grand Rapids band Wild Horses, is headlining Festival Rialto. The all-day festival features bands from around northern Minnesota (and beyond), and will take place at Rapids Brewing Co. in downtown Grand Rapids, MN. To learn more about how the festival came to be and why live music is served best with cold beer, Heidi Holtan and Kari Hedlund were joined in the studio by Bill Martinetto, General Manager at Rapids Brewing, and three members of the Wild Horses: Jed, Arianna, and JJ. Click the player at the top of the page to hear the entire conversation.