Strong Women

Laura Connelly is the facilitator of the Strong Women Project at KAXE/KBXE, funded by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  She had this to say about latest virtual gathering: 

Strong Women Focus Group: How are you holding up? How was 2020?

Mar 20, 2021

Strong Women facilitator Laura Connelly joins Heidi Holtan to discuss the recent women’s focus group they held to ask women how they are holding up during this past year.  With the pandemic, the political divide and racial inequities, women ended up with more responsibilities then they had before.  They gathered via Zoom to talk about their challenges with additional work in caregiving, home schooling and trying to understand all the things they have had to deal with in 2020. 

Strong Women: Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools

Mar 19, 2021

Lauren Nickish is a retired music educator, an actress and a playwright.  She joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Friday Morning Show to talk about this year’s inductees into the Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools hall of fame.

Each year a committee of women induct legendary women into the archives of legendary women of Brainerd public schools.  Lauren talks about the nine women chosen by the committee this year, some of their accomplishments and what impact it has on young students and educators at Brainerd High School.

Last year was phenomenal.   We had 960 gallons of sap and then that of course boiled down to 20+  gallons of syrup. I don't know what to expect this year... The frost isn't out of the ground yet, but we've already started boiling. It could be really big or it could...It could be one and done, one big run and then they shut down and and you have to stop collecting sap. - Mur Gilman

Minnesota’s education gaps are widening. The gaps have persisted for decades despite the policies from the last two decades that were designed to close them.  Do all Minnesota children have a right to a quality education?  Justice Page and Nevada Littlewolf think so. 

Our Children MN

Following Justice Page’s partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Our Children started hearing from Minnesota parents, students and student

100 Rural Women sees a future where more rural women lead positive change for themselves, their family, their communities, the nation and, of course, the world...We're really committed to building leadership through networks, mentorship, education and civic engagement. And I think most importantly, our organization is nonprofit, nonpartisan. We're all about finding ways for women to connect...

Maya Dusenbery was our guest on the KAXE/KBXE Morning Show for our Strong Women Series made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  We talked about gender bias in medicine.  You can watch a facebook live event through the Brainerd Public Library's Friends of the Library Brown Bag Lunch series on Monday February 1st at noon.  Free and open to the public. 

We continued our conversation for Strong Women on KAXE/KBXE with Simone Senogles and Dawn Goodwin.  Last time they told us about getting arrested, treaties and why they are there.  In our latest we hear about the land of Palisade, MN and the Mississippi River and why they believe it is the role of Indigenous women to protect it as well as

This week for our Strong Women series we had the chance to talk with 2 women from Bemidji.  Dawn Goodwin is cofounder of RISE coalition; she is a Representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Simone Senogles is the Food Sovereignty Program Coordinat

Today we featured local mom, wife, daughter and business owner (Itasca Dog Lodge) Tiffiney Bartz.  She has begun something she calls the #joymovementmn.  Besides providing good cheer on facebook, she has been raising money for people in need and publicizing local organizations and groups that are doing good in the community like yesterday's conversation with