COLUMN: Piecing together our past

This is my Sunday column for the Nov. 11, 2012 edition of the Hibbing Daily Tribune. A version of this piece aired yesterday on KAXE’s “Between You and Me.” Piecing together our pastBy Aaron J. Brown Memory reconstructs the past, rather than replicating it. There’s just no way around memory’s fundamental flaws; in fact, this… Read More →

Enjoy Great Northern Radio Show podcast, live from Eveleth

Please listen to the podcast of the Eveleth Great Northern Radio Show from our Oct. 20 live broadcast on KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio. This was our fourth show and, arguably, our best yet. I think you’ll find this to be an excellent listen, funny, sincere and with some of the best music we’ve ever shared…. Read More →

Persell, Howes to square off Thursday morning on Northern Community Radio

The final KAXE “Making Sausage” legislative forum between Reps. John Persell (DFL-Bemidji) and Larry Howes (R-Walker) in District 5A will take place Thursday morning from 8:15 to 9 a.m. on 91.7 KAXE Grand Rapids/90.5 KBXE Bemidji/89.9 Brainerd and Tune in for what has been an interesting series of open format discussions between the candidates… Read More →

Great Northern Radio Show rebroadcast will be Sunday at 11a

Last Saturday we broadcast a new episode of the Great Northern Radio Show from the Boardman Auditorium at Eveleth-Gilbert High School in Eveleth, Minnesota. It was two hours of laughs, tears and some of the best music we’ve ever featured. I’m proud of all our shows, but I’m particularly proud of how the program continues… Read More →

Watch the debates in bellwether MN-LEG northern district

KAXE’s series of non-traditional radio forums in the hotly contested MN Senate District 5 continue Thursday morning at 8:15 with a District 5B conversation between Reps. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township) and Carolyn McElfatrick (R-Deer River). The segment begins at 8:15 a.m. on 91.7 KAXE/Northern Community Radio, streaming at This is the district featuring three… Read More →

Great Northern Radio Show TONIGHT, 5-7p, on

Tune to the Great Northern Radio Show tonight at 5 p.m. on 91.7 KAXE Grand Rapids (89.9 Brainerd) and 90.5 KBXE Bemidji. It’s streaming live all over the world at If you can, please attend the live broadcast by arriving at the Boardman Auditorium at Eveleth-Gilbert High School by 4:30 p.m. Admission is free… Read More →

A Great Northern Radio Show for the ages

From a post in the Atlantic: 1956 is not terribly long ago. People born then and after are still working. Their parents are often still alive. Their grandparents, if alive, would be in their 90s. But the above clip from a 1956 TV show includes a 96-year-old man who saw John Wilkes Booth shoot Abraham… Read More →

KAXE to air pivotal MN-LEG forums for SD5, 5A & 5B

All told, I don’t think you’ll find a more interesting combination of legislative races than in the new District 5 in northern Minnesota. Two incumbent senators were paired together by redistricting and four incumbent representatives were paired in the respective House districts. All three races sport local issues, unique candidates and a tight, “could-go-either-way” partisan… Read More →

Week brings political sparring, radio showmanship

I’ve been underground for a couple days, on the mend from a bad cold and ear infection. I’m not all the way back yet but aim to be ready for the busy week ahead. Later this morning I’ll post the live feed for the third debate between Chip Cravaack and Rick Nolan in Minnesota’s Eighth… Read More →

AUDIO: Movies and typewriter time travel

Saturday morning’s “Between You and Me” on 91.7 KAXE will share “movie moments.” Film professor Jack Nachbar and KAXE “Mom of Pop Culture” Julie Crabb will take nominations for great movie moments and lead a discussion of how our lives intersect with these moments. The show runs 10 a.m. to noon on 91.7 FM in… Read More →