Katie Carter

We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.  Each week our resident phenologist John Latimer provides a complete Phenology Report giving listeners a comprehensive look at what's  happening in nature here in northern Minnesota. And, a lot is happening out in nature in northern Minnesota right now!

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Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.  Our last classroom reports for the year are included in these talkbacks. We've absolutely loved hearing from our student reporters this year and we'll miss them dearly this summer.  Hopefully they will continue to be observant and send their observations along to us via email!

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Cynthia Booth has been creating dark fiction for decades.  She's authored and co-authored dozens of short stories, novels and plays.  She recently won an international award for her short story One Date is Danger and her novella Leviathan of Lost Lake, set in Grand Rapids, MN, will be available to the public this summer.  She stopped by Northern Community Radio recently and chatted about her life as a writer.

Milt Lee talks to artist and entrepreneur Wesley May about his community based art studio and t-shirt manufaturing plant, Wesley May Arts, in Red Lake, MN.

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In the summertime we get lots of visitors to northern MN from other places.  Part of the beauty of being on the banks of the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids is that we often get to met the folks who are making the big trek from the Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico.  Today was our first group of adventurers from 2018 - 3 college students who work on a paddleboat in New Orleans who wanted to prove what they heard their boss say every day - that you could still paddle the length of the Mississippi in this country. 

Grant Frashier

The Youth Water Summit in Grand Rapids brought together 450 area 5th graders and 100 volunteers for a day of fun and education about our most valuable resource.

 

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Program 71:  "What Happened to the Blandin Foundation?" A Worthy First Project, 1943 - 48

A radio series produced by historian Don Boese.   Don is the author of eight books dealing with local history in Itasca County, including "John C. Greenway and the Opening of the Western Mesabi", and the main source for this series,  "Papermakers: the Blandin Paper Company and Grand Rapids, Minnesota".

AURE, Minnesota, May 25 - "Like every normal person does!" With those words, Natalie Corcoran of Aure established herself as Heidi and John's future morning show replacement after being asked how she eats her egg. Natalie joined Heidi and John for What's For Breakfast amidst the big hustle of getting ready to leave for New Jersey. She took little time to offer up a simple breakfast idea of eggs and toast, and a lot of time to run through an awesome Madlib about bullfighting. Don't miss that and more from Natalie, a 2nd grader, who knows her stuff.

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Tune in for our weekly conversation with Marshall Helmberger about the news in NE MN from the Timberjay newspaper. 

Laura Packer is a professional story-teller, writer, coach and self proclaimed "real-time dreamer." Passionate about the power of storytelling  to build empathy,  cultivate relationships and create connection between humans, Packer uses her gifts to help others.  She facilitates workshops to help others use storytelling as a way to share experiences and ultimately help build community and understanding. 

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The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.

With chants of "families united" and "free our children now," hundreds of people marched from El Paso, Texas, to the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, where children have been detained for immigration violations.

The Father's Day march was primarily organized by Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, who is also running for Senate. He says the march was the brainchild of Veronica Escobar, who is running to fill his seat in the House, as well as other community leaders.

In her first interview since resigning in May, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, gives a blistering critique of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration agenda. Jacobson tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro enforcement actions that result in children being separated from their parents, as well as a recent decision to narrow the definition of what qualifies someone for asylum, are "draconian" and "un-American."

Tom Krall lives on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the west end of the island, high on a ridge. That's where he was in September when Hurricane Irma roared through.

"We had the full blast," Krall says. "Twenty of the 30 houses in my neighborhood lost their roofs or worse."

The National Hurricane Center says Irma had sustained winds of 185 mph when it hit the Virgin Islands with gusts of 200 mph or higher. They were the most powerful winds ever recorded in that part of the Caribbean.

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But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.

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