Maggie Montgomery

General Manager

Maggie is a rural public radio guru; someone who can get you through both minor jams and near catastrophes and still come out ahead of the game. She pens our grants, reports to the Board of Directors and helps guide our station into the dawn of a new era. Maggie is a locavore to the max (as evidenced on Wednesday mornings), brings in months’ worth of kale each fall, has heat on in her office 12 months a year, and drinks coffee out of a plastic 1987 KAXE mug every day. Doting parents and grandparents, she and her husband Dennis live in the asphalt jungle of East Nary.

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Jesse Davis

This year's cool summer has been great for growing rhubarb, a versatile plant that is taking a starring role this week at the Grand Rapids Farmers' Market. The idea came Patti and Arnold Schmidt from Schmidt Family Farm . Arnie and Patti are known for growing monster rhubarb, and they've challenged other farmers, gardeners and market customers to a "biggest rhubarb leaf" contest.

Cook Minnesota is located at the intersection of US Highway 53 and MN Hwy 1 in St Louis County. Cook is the western gateway to Lake Vermilion country . This small town is known for resorts, stores, and restaurants—but not necessarily for its growing season.

When Tim O'Brien looks around the vegetable house at Prairie River Greenhouse, he sees  "a sea of tomatoes." This makes sense; he and his wife Lynn are offering 70 varieties of heirloom tomatoes this year at their 2-person operation located on a city lot in the town of LaPrairie MN.

"Are you a tugger or a cutter?" According to Star Tribune feature writer Kim Ode, these are the two methods  people use to harvest rhubarb. Ode is a tugger, as was her mother. And even though the spring has been unusually cool, the rhubarb is thriving!

locallylaid.com

Agriculture is not an easy line of business .  Lucie Amundson blames her husband Jason for their leap into poultry.  How did a freelance writer and a grant writer start Locally Laid?  It was what Lucie calls a "farmgument". 

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