Harmony Food Co-op

Maggie Montgomery

Minnesotans are sheltering in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. This means we mostly stay home. We are allowed to go out to a few places – to get medicines, or gas, or groceries. Grocery workers are among those who don’t stay home. In fact, Minnesota grocery workers are classified as “emergency personnel.”

This week KAXE/KBXE Cheese Queen Mackenzie Lindahl officially declared 2019 the Year of the Cheese Ball!

Mackenzie loves cheese. That fact and many years’ experience as a cheese buyer and local cheese aficionado is why she is the Cheese Queen.

To announce and celebrate this pronouncement, her majesty brought a homemade cheese ball to the KBXE studio, made of four of Harmony Food Co-op’s most popular-selling cheeses. The tasty, light greenish-blue ball included:


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Mackenzie Lindahl is Bemidji Minnesota’s very own Cheese Queen and a favorite on 91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE’s Morning Show. Mackenzie is cheese buyer and perishables manager at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op, where she has worked for 17 years. She earned her crown because…well…she loves cheese!

Mackenzie Lindahl lights up when she talks about cheese. “I love talking about cheese,” she says with a laugh. That’s one of the reasons Mackenzie is considered Bemidji’s “Cheese Queen.” She is also cheese buyer and perishables manager at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op. The job includes frozen foods, meats, baked goods and dairy—which includes cheese—and cheese is the part of the job that has most captured her heart. “I’m responsible for selecting, purchasing, pricing, sampling, talking about cheese.”