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KAXE Tower Hit By Lightning Friday Night & Storms Hit Northern Minnesota Especially Red Lake and Grand Rapids Monday MORE Severe Weather Possible Today

Due to a lightning strike on Friday night, KAXE's tower is operating at diminished capacity. You can stream us or listen to us on the NPR News app, we hope to be back at 100,00 watts by Thursday or Friday. This means those out side of Grand Rapids and at our translator in Brainerd at 89.9 fm are'nt able to hear us until the new parts arrive and are installed. Thanks for your patience and please stream our broadcasts!

Update from Tornado Bob on the morning of 7/28/21:
These are predicted rotation tracks for thunderstorms passing through the region today. They won’t be in these exact locations, but the risk for severe storms will extend from north central Minnesota through northwestern Wisconsin. The tornado risk is a bit higher than it was on Monday because of more low-level shear and more humid air. Definitely pay attention to weather warnings today.

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Monday saw some terrible storms move through northern Minnesota - causing down trees, destruction and power outages around the region. KDLH Channel 3 in Duluth covered the story. Watch until the end to see our very own John Bauer.

KAXE had no power for the Tuesday Morning Show - which meant no internet or connection to NPR - so KBXE took over for the broadcast and other listeners saw a couple of strange facebook live videos of John Latimer on the phone for Phenology and Tornado Bob's synopsis on the Big Weather Picture as well. Many in the region are still without power, our heartfelt thanks to all the people working round the clock.

GR Rapids residents
There are three brush dump sites within the city.
1: 14th Street NW by the Crystal Lake Townhomes
2: 29th Street SE off of Airport Road.
3: Itasca County Fairgrounds
If you need to report powerlines or trees down,
please call 218-326-3464
Grand Rapids Public Utilities - 218-326-7024
Grand Rapids Public Works - 218-326-7659
Police/Fire - 218-326-3464

A tornado ripped through The Red Lake Nation Monday as well - the dangerous system was moving east at about 35 mph with several reports of golf-ball sized hail and damaging winds that had desecrated homes and vehicles and much destruction to the community gardens according to David Manuel.

The storm, which likely had wind speeds of more than 60 mph, hit Redby and Red Lake particularly hard. The towns of Blackduck, Tenstrike and Pennington, along with parts of southeast Beltrami and Cass County also experienced the severe weather, National Weather Service Grand Forks meteorologist Carl Jones said.

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Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.