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Between You & Me podcast features the stories and voices of the people of Northern Minnesota, as shared on the KAXE Morning Show. This podcast is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.


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Between You & Me podcast features the stories and voices of the people of Northern Minnesota, as shared on the KAXE Morning Show. This podcast is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.




Banned books, good librarians and romance reads: 'What We're Reading' host Tammy Bobrowsky

A broken-up couple has to fake being back together in Emily Henry's lastest novel "Happy Place," but first, we get to know a little more about "What We're Reading" host Tammy Bobrowsky, a longtime KAXE/KBXE volunteer and producer.


All Minn. students could soon be granted free overnight outdoor experiences

Outdoor School For All Minnesota is advocating for the establishment of a statewide grant program to support immersive, multi-day, accredited overnight outdoor education program experiences for students in fourth through eighth grades.


Milford mining disaster in Crosby spotlighted in new novella

Jenny Robertson grew up in the woods of Lake Shore, Minn. Her new book Hoist House: A Novella and Stories is described as weaving tales of immigrant life, worker exploitation and the tensions and dangers of growing up with the American dream.


Remembering Benesikwe: The legacy of Red Lake Nation's Shirley Nordrum

Independent audio producer Leah Lemm featured Shirley Nordrum on KAXE’s "Northern Voices" – celebrating ties to Minnesota’s northland, a series on KAXE.


Iron range art center aims for cultural sensitivity in recent 'Moana Jr.' production

Respect for Pacific Islander culture and the environment is interwoven into a youth production of "Disney’s Moana Jr." The organization connected with Enormvs (li’o) Muñoz, a New York-based performance artist born on Hawaii, who provided choreography and cultural guidance.


DNR's Andy Tri on black bear encounters at home and how to prevent them

The black bear population in most of the state is steady or slowly increasing, Tri said, after bottoming out at about 12,000 animals in 2013. Thirteen years earlier, the DNR altered hunting regulations to intentionally reduce the population from a peak of 25,000.


Intense springtime of 2023 is humbling for Hill City farmers

Akre Homestead is a fifth-generation farm in Hill City producing animals, meat and soap products at northern Minnesota farmers markets and the Night Makers Market in Grand Rapids.


Understanding bird language in your own yard

Laura Erickson’s "For the Birds" is heard on public and community radio stations throughout the Midwest, including KAXE. She’s written over 13 books about birds, including her latest, "100 Plants to Feed the Birds."


Stolen ruby slippers story grabs headlines again with federal indictment

Morning Show co-hosts Heidi Holtan and Kari Hedlund reflected on the saga of the stolen slippers the day the U.S. Justice Department announced the grand jury indictment of a Grand Rapids area man for the theft.


Minn. author Mary Casanova on hooking readers right from the start

Mary Casanova is an award-winning author of over 40 books, many set where she lives, on the border of Minnesota and Canada. From her Dog Watch chapter books, to young adult novels like Ice Out and picture books like Utterly Otter Day, she’s been charming readers of all ages for decades.


Expanded funding for rural volunteer fire departments gains bipartisan support

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith supported the Fire Grants and Safety Act to extend federal funding to support rural emergency and fire personnel. Smith joined the KAXE Morning Show in April 2023 to discuss the bipartisan legislation and its impacts on volunteer fire departments.


Creating a 'garden restaurant' for hungry Minnesota pollinators

When landscaping with native plants, it’s important to provide both nectar and pollen sources, said Heather Holm, pollinator conservationist and award-winning author. Adult bees need nectar, while bee larvae need a diet full of protein- and fat-rich pollen.


John Latimer reflects on his 40 years of phenology

KAXE's John Latimer has spent the last four decades delivering phenology reports on the airwaves, drawn from meticulous records he keeps on the plants and animals around him.


The future of electric vehicles and energy on the Iron Range

Aaron Brown discusses electric vehicles, electrification and efficient energy storage on the Iron Range.


Investigative story on Crosslake child torture case shows power of public records

On Between You & Me, KAXE News Director Chelsey Perkins discussed what it was like to report on the Brainerd Dispatch three-part investigative series “The Children Who Came Before,” published shortly after her departure.


What's it take to plan a big music festival in rural Minnesota?

Featuring headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit along with Amanda Shires, Shemekia Copeland and Dessa, Grand Rapids Riverfest is expected to draw about 3,500 people. Tickets go on sale 8 a.m. Friday, April 28, at


How do you want to die? Death doula encourages 'tender conversations'

Death doula Tanya Hanson discusses her work in the death field. Do you have ideas about how you want to die?


Women leaders of KAXE reflect on founding mothers of NPR

Author Lisa Napoli examines the role of women and public radio in American history through the lens of journalists Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg and Cokie Roberts.


What's for breakfast? Here's what Cora and James had to say on the air

The delightful chats are especially fun for Friday Morning Show hosts John Bauer and Heidi Holtan when some of KAXE's youngest listeners take part.


Dancing with the Lakes Area Stars set for 4th year in Brainerd

Eight couples and other featured dancers will show off their talents Thursday, April 20, at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd as part of the Dancing with the Lakes Area Stars. This event is the major annual fundraiser for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.