Strong Women

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

Ways to Connect

John Bauer

Kathleen Blake from Grand Rapids joined us to talk about this time of the year, and how tough it can be for those who are grieving loved ones.  Especially those who have lost children.  It's a good reminder to find ways to be kind to those who are struggling at the holidays.

There are events going on in the Grand rapids area to help parents including:

 ...if we can't find what we want, we'll just do it ourselves. And we've done this for years...all of our products have really unique features that you won't see in other places. And there's kind of a story behind each piece about what what we were looking for and we couldn't find... - Rose Heim discussing the winter women's wear line she designs and manufactures with her daughter Gretchen, Heim-Made

When you tune into KAXE/KBXE you hear the voices and the stories of our communities in northern Minnesota.  Sometimes those stories aren't easy to tell, but that doesn't mean we should tell them.

We worked with Advocates for Family Peace in the past to hear the real stories of people who have lived with domestic violence, people who have had the strength to tell their stories  so that others will understand. 

If you are in a crisis situation call 1-800-909-8336. 

...Emelie didn't think about running for office until someone said to her, "you should run for office.  You're very passionate about these issues."...she's got a very good voice around equity. And people saw that value that she could bring to the table and so they encouraged her to run…. The same was true of Faith with her path.  And I would also say that is true of me that people encouraged… and said, “ You need to run for mayor we want you to run for mayor.” – Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht on women’s paths to leadership positions.

Deer Hunting continues through the week in northern Minnesota - did you get yer deer yet? 

We talked with local hunter Heather Hansen about her traditions and how she gets ready for the season. 

Today we featured 3 Strong Women on KAXE/KBXE - Teresa Kittridge from 100 Rural Women and Erica Bjelland and Rachel Juritsch from RREAL

They told us about the creating of a new mentorship program.  Who mentored you?  What did it add to your life - email us your stories!


In this podcast-only Strong Women conversation Heidi Holtan and Laura Connelly talk about books targeted to women's self esteem and podcasts they are listening to that break down the power structures in our country - Dolly Parton's America from WNYC and 1619 from the New York Times. 

Today we heard a conversation about many conversations between women invited to participate in our Strong Women segment.  These are the ideas we began with:

What are our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power, influence and authority and how does this show up in the way we talk?

The position women are placed in the socially defined hierarchy of power impacts and affects all aspects of our lives, our thoughts, our passions, the way we conduct ourselves, the way we talk and also the conduct of others towards us.

Domestic Violence affects millions – women, children and men.  Domestic violence effects people of every race, religion, sexual and gender orientation and economic status.

There’s a stereotype that domestic violence is ONLY black eyes and physical violence….it’s also yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation.  Stealing a paycheck, constant texting and so many other methods are used to control others.