Strong Women

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

Ways to Connect

The Women’s Leadership Fund, a non-profit and all-volunteer effort to support and accelerate the strengths and skills of women in organizational leadership positions, is now recruiting for its WELead peer advisory Cohorts that will begin in April 2020 in Brainerd/Little Falls region.  Deadline to apply is February 1st.

Each group is made of up to 10 women leaders who meet monthly and support and advise on each other’s personal and professional goals.

The Anishinaabe have always said that there's a choice between two paths. One is well-worn but scorched and the other is not well-worn and it's green. We're always told to be arduous in our choice upon which path to walk...I feel like at this moment in time, that's where we are. And this pipeline is really about that moment of what we want to do - for the water and for the future. So this story and this film...is up to date, showing the commitment of people on the frontlines and the brutality that Enbridge has resorted to to put in a pipeline.

Project Fine

So being a refugee is like you are just a number. But you know, pretty soon when we became a number, my husband and I, we realized that we were a lucky number because we survived the war in Bosnia.  

Fatima Said is executive director of Project Fine in Winona, MN. 

Last Friday KAXE/KBXE News Director Heidi Holtan and Strong Women contributor and facilitator Laura Connelly visited with the folks at Almanac North Dennis Anderson and Julie Zenner.  We've got more Strong Women focus groups coming up in Brainerd and Grand Rapids and stay tuned for a Strong Women: Grandmothers Storytelling event as well!

Marilyn Lee

Marilyn Lee is a woman of many talents.  She's a photographer, she's a quilter and embroidery artist who conducts online workshops, she's a collector of antique sewing machines and a lover of the outdoors.

Blair Treuer's textile exhibit "Portraits" opens tomorrow night (Friday) at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  A collection of large-scale images depicting her nine children, her husband and herself, her work uses thousands of small pieces of fabric as her pallete.  A kaleidoscope of color illuminating the spirit of each of her subjects, this dreamy, textural, visual experience of an exhibit was born from the unique spiritual journey of Blair and her family.    

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Walker … it's almost like a storybook...It's still small enough that you can know everybody if you choose to. You can be private if you don't…Who would want to leave this, ever?

JoAnn Pells has spent nearly her entire life in the Walker area.  After encouragement from acquaintances, when she was nearing the age of 40, she decided to run for Cass County Commissioner. 

I'm a believer if you don't like it you, gotta dive in, try to make change. So I threw my hat in the ring and then I won…

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

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