Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Buzz around KAXE: post Groundhog Day

by Jennifer Poenix

KBXE - Spread the Love!

THIS Saturday at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji, KBXE will "Spread the Love" with fun, info, love-themed trivia hosted by Brandon Chase and some rockin' blues with The BEERDS which includes KAXE Volunteer Steve Ross on bass along with local legend Rob York on guitar, Chris Carter on drums and Shane Corning on guitar and vocals.

We'll have a chocolate fountain with dip-ables, and trivia prizes like chocolates, roses and honey (for your honey) [Thanks to KD Floral and Gardens, Chocolates Plus, Bar Bell Bee Ranch, Harmony Food Co-op and Lueken's Village Foods]. But mainly, we'll have the answer to, "What is KBXE?" plus a really good time.If you're interested in helping spread the word about KBXE, let us know! There are committees you can join and there is plenty of work to be done. The KBXE Publicity Committee meets Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 at the former People's Natural Gas building at 2nd and Minnesota, downtown Bemidji.

Get more KBXE info at, or check out the KBXE Facebook page.


KAXE's "spring" fundraiser will take place February 19-26. We are looking for people who are willing to either answer phones or bring food. There are many opportunities for phone answering on Saturday, February 20th, as well as during the morning show on Friday, February 19th and the following week, February 22-26. We are also looking for people during the evenings those dates.

If you can help, please call KAXE at 218-326-1234, or email Thanks!

Didja miss anything?

There are all KINDS of audio highlights at, including an interview with Pam Brunfeld about the Milford Mine disaster on the Cuyuna Range in 1942 and the Last Word on bread from Michael Goldberg.

More happenings:

This weekend:

The 7th annual Crosslake Winterfest is this Friday and Saturday. Highlights include a medallion hunt, arts/crafts/bake sale, bonfire, pond skating, s'mores, hay rides, and a whole lot more. See for more info.

The annual Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Loon Lake Community Center in Palo (ten miles south of Aurora). There will be Finnish crafts and customs, music and sports, and of course, lots of sliding. Admission is free.

Buena Vista Logging Days are this Saturday at Buena Vista Ski Area, just north of Bemidji. There will be old-time logging demonstrations, live music, sleigh rides, a lumberjack meal and more. See for more info.

There is a pancake breakfast on Saturday at Applebee's in Grand Rapids from 8-10 to benefit the Star of the North Humane Society.

Bridges Kinship Mentoring is holding their annual Chili Bowl Saturday from 11-2 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids to support their programs for kids in Itasca County. Area Rotary clubs make and serve chili to hundreds of people from venison, white and even pb & j sandwiches for the non-chili folks.


A Chef's Gala for Second Harvest" will serve up gourmet food for hunger relief, Wednesday, February 10 at the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids. There will also be an auction, with proceeds going to the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. Activities begin at 5:30, and four area chefs will serve a four-course meal starting at 7:00.

On Thursday, February 11th, Harry Hutchins and other sports enthusiasts will present a guide to Olympic events like curling, biathlon, snowboarding, ski jumping, and Nordic combined skiing. The program is at 7pm at the Grand Rapids Area Library.

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