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City Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Branding Northern Community Radio
Frequency 91.7 MHz
Translator(s) see below
Repeater(s) 90.5 KBXE (Bagley)
First air date 1976
Format Community/Public
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 140 meters
Class C1
Callsign meaning KAXE "The Cutting Edge"
Affiliations NPR, AMPERS
Owner Northern Community Radio
Webcast Listen Live
Website kaxe.org

KAXE (91.7 FM) is a community licensed public radio station serving Northern Minnesota communities, including Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Bemidji, Virginia, Chisholm and Hibbing. The station airs locally produced news, talk, and music programming. It is a member of Ampers, a group of public radio stations in Minnesota that are not affiliated with Minnesota Public Radio. It is also a member of National Public Radio, and is the only full NPR member in the state that is not an MPR affiliate.

In May 2005, the station moved into a new, larger studio space on the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids (previously, the station had been based at Itasca Community College, the local community college). There are two additional translators located in Brainerd (K210DR 89.9 FM) and Ely (K280AT 103.9 FM).

As of March 2012, KAXE has a sister station, KBXE. Licensed to Bagley, KBXE's studios are at 305 America Ave NW in Bemidji. It broadcasts on a frequency of 90.5 and has a 50,000 watt transmitter.The broadcast tower is west of Bemidji, near Shevlin.

KAXE Transmitters[edit]

Call sign/Frequency Location Power Class
KAXE 91.7 MHz Grand Rapids 100,000 watts C1
KBXE 90.5 MHz Bagley 50,000 watts C2
K210DR 89.9 MHz Brainerd 115 watts D
K280AT 103.9 MHz Ely 117 watts D

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Coordinates: 47°15′18″N 93°26′02″W / 47.255°N 93.434°W / 47.255; -93.434