Strong Women

Conversations with women about their lived experience in northern Minnesota.  Search your podcast sources for Strong Women.

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I just really believe that it's kind of our responsibilities as citizens to make sure that we we do everything we can to make our voices heard. Because, you know, that's how we we keep democracy working, is  sure we're holding people accountable  and making sure that that they're... doing the things that will benefit us as a whole. And so I think that's really important.  - Alya Nimis Ibrahim, BHS Sophomore

Kandace Creel Falcón

I really hope people just take away a little bit more curiosity about thinking about their own self in relationship to their space and in relationship to their public and private personas and what that means for their own gender identities and what that means for visioning futures where we all can be our fullest and most authentic selves. - Kandace Creel Falcón


This week, our regular guest Minnesota's Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan is away – she is visiting two community clinics in Mpls to highlight their efforts to distribute the vaccine – especially to communities of color and Native communities.

Each week during our Statewide Conversation is your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This week our guest is Dr. Ruth Lynfield. She’s the State Epidemiologist and Medical Director as well as an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.

We continued our conversation for Strong Women on KAXE/KBXE with Simone Senogles and Dawn Goodwin.  Last time they told us about getting arrested, treaties and why they are there.  In our latest we hear about the land of Palisade, MN and the Mississippi River and why they believe it is the role of Indigenous women to protect it as well as

Jen Sincero is a badass.  She was always cool – she once played in a punk band called Crotch and worked at a record company – but she became a true badass when she took control of her financial struggles and created the life she truly wanted for herself.  Since then, she’s authored several badass books: You are a Badass, You are a Badass Every Day, You are a Badass at Making Money, and her latest book Badass Habits.  In this Area Voices segment, Sincero talks with host Katie Carter about her shift from punk band member to life coach, inspirational speaker, and now best-selling author. She also shares solid advice from Badass Habits, a collection of wisdom and a step-by-step guide for readers committed to ditching habits that don’t serve them and developing the habits necessary for the life they want to live. 

It actually changes your brain. It changes your body, your perception of your body, and it changes your spirit, too. - Gabrielle Congrave Baggenstoss, Support Within Reach


Support Within Reach is an area nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of sexual violence.  Gabrielle Congrave Baggenstoss is a Regional Navigator for Support Within Reach. In this Area Voices segment, she discusses her work, explains sexual exploitation and who is at greatest risk, discusses the prevalence of sex trafficking in our region, addresses date rape, and educates on both the psychological effects of sexual violence and how to help individuals who’ve been traumatized it.

This week for our Strong Women series we had the chance to talk with 2 women from Bemidji.  Dawn Goodwin is cofounder of RISE coalition; she is a Representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Simone Senogles is the Food Sovereignty Program Coordinat

Today we featured local mom, wife, daughter and business owner (Itasca Dog Lodge) Tiffiney Bartz.  She has begun something she calls the #joymovementmn.  Besides providing good cheer on facebook, she has been raising money for people in need and publicizing local organizations and groups that are doing good in the community like yesterday's conversation with

Iron Range cookbook author Mona Abel joins Heidi and John on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about her new cookbook “Let’s Party”.  Mona tells us about her love for making and eating pasties, when to enjoy cocktail hour, she shares some new recipes and old favorites and most importantly answers the question of gravy or no gravy with pasties.

You can find out more about purchasing “Let’s Party” and listen to Mona’s blogs at

Louise Waakaa'igan spent 16 years in prison.  During that time, she leaned on a coping mechanism she developed in her early teens - poetry.   Inspired and encouraged by the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop,  she honed her writing skills while incarcerated.