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.

Ways to Connect

The One Vegetable One Community project aims to inspire gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook, and come together around one specific vegetable.  The results of these efforts include more people gardening, more people eating healthy foods,  and more people of all socioeconomic levels who have regular access to good food.  This year's feature vegetable for Itasca County is carrots! Jesse Davis from the Grand Rapids Farmers' Market and Carmen Griggs, Itasca County SNAP Coordinator, stopped by the studio to talk about the initiative and of course about carrots!

The One Vegetable One Community project aims to inspire gardeners of all levels to plant, grow, cook, and come together around one specific vegetable.  The results of these efforts include more people gardening, more people eating healthy foods,  and more people of all socioecomic levels who have regular access to good food.  This year's feature vegetable for Beltrami County is squash!  Deb Dilley, Betrami County Extension Educator, and Becky Livermore, master gardener and author of Becky's Bloomers: a garden year in the Northland, stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about the initiative and of course about squash!

Lake Winnibigoshish and zebra mussels were the main topics of a public meeting held by the Minnesota DNR in Grand Rapids this week. Lake Winnibigoshish large lake fisheries specialist Gerry Albert was there to lead the discussion with over 100 individuals in attendance. People wanted to know how zebra mussels got into Lake Winnie, what impact they have on the lake, and what the future impacts might be.

Farm Market Cafe

Barb Eller and Pat Root met at a local farmers' market. Barb had gotten Pat's name from a mutual friend and gave her a call to ask if she'd come to the market's organizing meeting. Pat never thought she'd really participate in a farmers' market, but came to the meeting anyway. She found herself raising her hand and saying "yes," she'd be at that first market. She ended up developing a successful bread business.

Growing Together Virginia Community Gardens

Growing Together Virginia Community Gardens Coordinator Dawn Traxel has been starting the seeds for her own garden for almost 15 years. She and farmer Janna Goerdt from the Fat Chicken Farm in Embarrass are presenting a workshop on starting veggie plants from seed on Thursday March 15 at the Olcott Park Greenhouse in Virginia.

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