Strong Women

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

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This week the conversation covered the disaparities in communities of color, testing of hotspots, and large gatherings this summer.

KAXE/KBXE has teamed up with community radio stations throughout the state, in partnership with Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, and the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, to bring you COVID-19 information for the state of MN. And, give you the opportunity to ask questions of our elected officials.

Listen, our lives have been turned upside down.  All people's lives - but what about the roles women take on?  How are they coping?  Are they coping?   We held a virtual listening session with some #itascastrong women and asked them how they were. 

Laura Connelly is our facilitator - let us know if you'd like to be a part of the next focus group! 

Gaelynn Lea Visits with Katie Carter

May 1, 2020

Gaelynn Lea talks with Katie Carter on the extended hour of the Morning Show.  Gaelynn is a singer, violinist, public speaker and disability advocate from Duluth.  She shares ways that her and her family are getting through the stay at home order.  Gaelynn talks about how disabled people are effected and often misunderstood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can hear Gaelynn Lea's virtual concerts weekly on Sundays at 2:00.  For more information go to

How are all your homemade meals treating you?  Feel like trying something new?  Like Sauerkraut Soup or Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs with Hot Mustard Dust?  We talked with Amy Thielen this week to get some meal inspiration.

Amy Thielen is a cook and a 2x James Beard Award-winning writer.  Her books are  The New Midwestern Table and Give a Girl a Knife (A Memoir).

On the Friday Morning Show Lisa Desrocher from 5Rocks Distillling Co. in Brainerd talks with John and Heidi.  Lisa shares what it's like to open up a microdistillery and what led up to starting the business.  She also tells about joining the community effort against the coronavirus pandemic by making hand sanitizer and giving it out free to the public.

KAXE/KBXE's Heidi Holtan hosts a weekly statewide conversation with Minnesota State Officials. It was an opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, the Minnesota Department of Health Director, Kris Ehresmann.  

For more information on the states response to COVID-19 visit the Minnesota State's Website.

...there's a lot of innovative and exciting approaches that, quite honestly, youth are driving...the younger generation is so keyed in on our responsibilities, we're seeing some amazing efforts to protect and preserve our our environment and understand the interconnectedness and relatedness...I get hope...from seeing's an amazing thing. - Dr. Anna Carlson

Cecelia Wattles McKeig

Cecelia McKeig has been passionate about local history for as long as she can remember.  She's written several books about area locales such as Remer, Federal Dam, the Bemidji Poor Farm and Bena.  She's currently been working on a book about the history of resorts on Cass Lake that will be published this summer.  Since Covid-19 has changed our lives, she's been entertaining social media fans with her "On the Street Where you Live" posts on the "You might be from Bemidji, MN....." Facebook page.  Sharing interesti

KAXE/KBXE's Heidi Holtan hosted a statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. It was an opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, the Lt Governor provide clarification on the Peacetime State of Emergency Extension, addressed questions in regards to small businesses and other business closures, broader access to wide-spread testing, and more. 

Brigid's Pub FB

Since Covid has eliminated opportunities for entertainment, Mary Overlie found herself missing live music,  local musicians and open mic nights.  She's created a virtual experience called Songcatchers to satisfy her cravings...