Sarah Bignall

Director of Operations

If you need to know the words to a particular song ask Sarah Bignall, the Director of Operations for Northern Community Radio.  She claims to know the words to all songs played on KAXE/KBXE.  Sarah is deeply involved with the day to day operation of the station assuring that things run efficiently and effectively.  She brings a particularly impressive expertise in marketing and graphic design to the job.  Sarah grew up in Grand Rapids and continues to live there with her husband and their two children…well…three if you include her favorite, the one with four legs.  Sarah is the go to person when you need a straight direct answer or opinion.  She continues to work to perfect  her “indoor voice”.

Ways to Connect

There are men and women across northern Minnesota who volunteer their time to make sure the rest of us stay safe.  Kurt Erickson is a volunteer on the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.  Kurt shared with us what the Rescue Squad has been up to this summer and some tips to keep us safe on the lakes and trails in the northland.

For more information visit the St. Louis County website.  Have a question you'd like us to ask, send it along to

Northern Community Radio- KAXE/KBXE and the Reif Performing Art Center in Grand Rapids are again collaborating for the 2nd Season of CenterStage Minnesota Concert Series.  These concerts will take place the third Thursday of every month thru May 2018.

The opening act on September 21st is critically acclaimed Fathom Lane.  Complete schedule is as follows:

9/21/17 – Fathom Lane

10/19/17 -  Gaelyn Lea

During the Friday Morning Show, John Bauer and Heidi Holtan spoke with Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, Matt Massman.  As Commissioner, Matt Massman leads dozens of administrative serves service divisions including the department that is overseeing the Minnesota State Capitol 2017 Grand Opening. 

KAXE  will be off- air on Sunday, July 30th in the afternoon for some routine maintenance on the tower. 

During the outage, the online stream will still be available at

Summer Reading Recommendations

Jun 27, 2017

Need recommendations for our Summer “Read for the Cycle” Challenge? Here’s what our community of readers recommend! Also check out the results of our Winter Reading Challenge for more recommendations: