Thursday, October 29, 2009


Thanks for asking! KAXE is a grassroots organization that isn’t part of any other larger corporation like Minnesota Public Radio, WWF, HGTV or Oprah’s vast media empire. When you tune in you hear the voices of the people who make up this unique place where we live. Bobbie Kleffmann shares her love of horses with us on All Things Equine John Latimer lets us into his fascinating world of trees and bugs and critters in the world outside our windows – Dan Houg shares his experience building and driving his French fry grease/biodiesel powered car and John Bauer. John Bauer. Sigh. Where else will you hear someone grumble about throwing cigarette butts on the ground or tell a story of a car chase to chew out a lady for running over a turtle? KAXE has a mission to build community in Northern Minnesota. The way we do it is to ask you to go beyond listening and become members.

We put together our budget every year and ask our members for the amount we need to keep KAXE on the air.Some of our bills include our membership to National Public Radio. This enables us to bring you great programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The World Café and Car Talk. These programs alone (with satellite costs) are $32,569.

Did you ever wonder what it costs to operate a radio tower?Our yearly tower bills add up to $24,388.

This fall we’ve condensed our fundraiser from 12 days into 6 and are well on our way to by Saturday night. Our current total is $27,785 and we need all of you to renew or become new members to KAXE!

We all feel so lucky at KAXE, not only do our members come through for us during our fundraisers, but supporters go above and beyond the call and donate items that they hope will entice other people to support KAXE. These gifts alone show you what the community of KAXE is like. Sometimes it’s hard to get across on the air what the items are, so here’s a list of what YOU can get when you become a member of KAXE.

Green Man Organic Garlic. Thanks to Lowell Johnson in Brainerd for donating 5 lbs of German Extra Hardy Organic Garlic to KAXE. Right now is the perfect time to get your garlic in the ground to get a good crop by July 2010.

Minnesota Gopher Basketball tickets. Thanks to Rod Moberg for donating 2 tickets for the MN v Tennessee Tech game on 11/13/09 2 tickest for the MN v Stephen F. Austin on 11/16/09.

Crow Wing Food Coop Gift Certificate for $25. Any new member is eligible for this when you pledge

4 Course Dinner for 4 at The Front Parlour. Thanks to Terri for donating this! See their website here.

Thank to Bonnie the Plant Lady from Sunshine Gardens for donating some basil to bring some green into your Minnesota winter!

Homemade Brats from Willow Sedge Farm. Thanks to Jane Grimsbo Jewett for donating her farm fresh brats

Peter and the Wolf at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. Thanks to David at the Reif for donating tickets to Peter and the Wolf on Friday November 6th at 7pm. Go here for more information.

All of these thank you gifts are available at our $10/month $120/year or above! DO IT YOURSELF and SUPPORT KAXE! Call us at 800-662-5799 or 218-326-1234. Go online to and become a member of something you believe in!

Join us tonight! Tonight at 6pm KAXE welcomes Timmy Haus & Friends for a special live audience edition of Centerstage MN. Timmy Haus* is a blues, roots and folk rock singer/songwriter originally from McGregor. He was a founding member of Friends of Yoder and has been performing throughout MN and the Midwest for over 10 years. Join us in person or on the airwaves tonight!!!

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