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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Northern Minnesota is expecting actual temperatures in the teens below zero for most of this week, with wind chills reaching -25 or -30. In temperatures like these many hardy souls are stoking up their sauna stoves, pouring on the steam, and ultimately stepping out the door into what would otherwise be painful cold with sighs of relief. Steam rolls off the body, and there is a magical period when you can feel that the air is cold are not cold. If it's night you can stand in your robe or towel to look at the stars. You can roll in the snow. Some folks jump in a lake!

Erika Bailey-Johnson was recently appointed to Governor Dayton's Committee on Pollinator Protection. In this interview, she explains what the committee will do, speaks to the status of pollinators in Minnesota, and reveals how she was appointed. Erika is Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University. Besides protecting pollinators she has worked toward sustainability with students for many years. Students are launching a "fossil fuel-free fish house" this year and are engaged in learning skills to live sustainably.