Iron Range

Heidi:  It is time for Making Sausage on the Thursday Morning Show. It is where we look at the messy business of politics. I'm Heidi Holtan and joining me now is Aaron Brown, a frequent contributor to KAXE/KBXE.

He is the  liberal arm of Dig Deep. He's lived his life on the Iron Range. He's an author, blogger, podcaster, Great Northern Radio Show host and instructor at Hibbing Community College.

Aaron Brown on the Changing Local Media Landscape

Jul 13, 2020

Aaron Brown is a journalist, college instructor and radio producer, he joins Heidi and John on the Friday Morning Show to talk about the changes in the local media landscape.  Aaron talks about the changes that have effected newspaper revenue due to the internet and business shut down during the pandemic, and how local papers are dealing with this through consolidation, reduction in size and number of days printed.

Episode 2: El Pulpo 

What will Victor Power do next? Beaming, yet cautious after an “impossible” victory defending an immigrant miner against a murder charge for winning a pistol duel, Now “Fightin’ Vic” confronts the massive corporation that rules the small village of Hibbing, Minnesota.

We begin this episode in an unexpected place: Mexico. We end with explosions, animals attacking humans, and the rise of Victor Power.

UPDATE as of 4pm, 06/25/20:

Commissioner Phillips approves $250,000 grant for Fond du Lac water tower project

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Commissioner Mark Phillips today approved a $250,000 grant to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Funds will be used toward a new water tower to serve the communities of Mahnomen and Brookston. The first phase of the project is $1.3 million and includes the construction of the water tower. The total project cost for all phases of the water treatment system is $11.93 million.

Grant Frashier

Today on our extra hour of the Morning Show we talked with Aaron Brown.  Aaron is an instructor at Hibbing Community College, he writes the blog Minnesota Brown, is a cohost of Dig Deep on KAXE/KBXE as well as being a dad and all around good guy.  We covered a lot - from school to kids to sisters to iron mining to restaurants and a whole lot more.  Stay connected with us - COVID-19 is a whole new world and connection thru radio and online media can help. 

Grant Frashier

Host Grant Frashier attended the open housr at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Coleraine Jane Brenamen and Director Kevin Kangas.

Mona Abel is a cookbook author, recipe diva, former go-go dancer and self appointed mayor of Side Lake, MN.  She's got a new cookbook out and it, and Mona, are a hoot! 

Grant Frashier

Host Grant Frashier talked with Oscar Forsman about the Park and it's recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Grant Frashier

Close to Home went on a tour of Hill Annex Mine State Park in Calument.

This week Timberjay editor Marshall Helmberger broke the story that questions the IRRR's hiring of Joe Radinovich for a non-political position. 

Marshall Helmberger