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

Adam Wagner

Vertical Malt is a craft malting company located in the Red River Valley in the Crookston area near Fisher MN. They offer a range of malt products including roasted, toasted, and smoked malts made from barley grown on their family farm. Their customers use the malt to brew craft beer.

Justice Anne McKeig recently spent a couple of days visiting the courts in Bemidji and Walker as part of the Minnesota Supreme Court judicial "ride along" program.  Justice McKeig grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in the Sugar Point and Federal Dam areas.  She graduated from Northland High School in Remer before attending the College of St. Catherine and the Hamline School of Law.

Bemidji Brewing

Imagine a rich, dark beer that tastes like a black forest cake or a chocolate covered cherry--made with local malted barley, oatmeal, tart cherries, and chocolate nibs. That describes this year's holiday ale from Bemidji Brewing

Where do you listen to KAXE or KBXE? This week we're collecting photos of radios from across northern Minnesota. Show us your radio or take a radio-bombed selfie. Do you listen online? in the car? to a stereo? on a tabletop or desktop unit? Send your radio photo to and we'll share it right here in our photo gallery. If you aren't a member yet, take some time to join Northern Community Radio.

Warren Alto and Jesse Davis own Trout Lake Garlic, a 4th generation farm in Trout Lake Township, near Grand Rapids. Late fall is planting season for garlic, which sends down roots and then waits until spring to send green shoots through the mulch. Garlic isn't mulched to keep it warm, but to moderate the temperature so the cloves won't succumb to constant freezing and thawing over the winter.