Eau Claire Hometown MediaMay 30, 2023
Travis Hakes: Rush to Judgement or Guilty?
Scott explains why Travis Hakes shows some signs of guilt, but also why patience is necessary from community before final judgement
Area's Indigenous Population History
Frank Smoot, longtime local historian and the museum developer for the Chippewa Area History Center, visits with Jodi and Olaf. He guides us through a discussion of the area’s indigenous population heritage.
People have lived in this region for 11, 000 years yet it may be under researched and the reason why, is fascinating.
Why the Ojibwa can be considered “immigrants” to Wisconsin?
The Dakota’s history in the area.
The relationship between various white settler groups and indigenous peoples
Buying Your 1st Home 101
It’s a competitive housing market, especially in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley, but that doesn’t mean its automatically difficult for prospective first time home buyers. With the right preparation and expectations, first timers can be very successful in the market place.
- Money lending and understand there are many options
- Time frame expectations. How long does the process take
- The tax advantages to home ownership
- Is a pre-approved letter necessary?
- Is the Spring still the time to “buy & sell”?
- What is the “perfect time” to buy and sell
Mack Chat #38 - All in the Family
Sponsor Stelter Inc
Guests: Sean, Paula and Megan Hanson
The Mack Community feels like a family, and the school truly is a “family-experience” for the Hansons. Sean is the band director at McDonell. Paula teaches elementary music at Holy Ghost. Megan is a recent graduate and currently works at Holy Ghost.
How has the school, and their faith, shaped their relationship.
The interesting stories that led to Sean and Paula working at the school and why they elected to send all their kids here.
Sean and Paula also discuss their deeper dive into the Catholic faith that has occurred over the years.
The role music has played for them.
Homecoming and Chris Kroeze
A major Chris Kroeze concert, delayed from this last summer, is finally going off this weekend in Menomonie in conjunction with the MHS Homecoming Celebration. Here is how this rescheduling came to be and the partnership between MHS and the city.
In addition to the concert, hear about all the other exciting things happening around homecoming.
9/19 Talk of the Town
The talk show of record for Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley.
News out of Chippewa Valley Technical College with the announcement of a new mascot...important physical improvement at Regis High School...and the Eau Claire Area School District takes a look at graduation GPAs and what can be done to improve the numbers
The Unfiltered Game Plan presented by Valley Sports Academy
Brian Seubert, the owner of VSA, visits the podcast to give us insight on who he is.
- Who is Brian? How having his (non-sports) dream career ripped from him, gives him important perspective he can share with VSA families.
- The scope of all the businesses he owns, which goes far beyond VSA.
- His mentors and inspirations
- Where did the idea from VSA come from?
- The future plans and his end goal with VSA
Adding a Rescue Dog to Your Family
Giving a rescue dog a forever home is rewarding experience.
Heather is joined by La Crosse area accredited dog trainer Kerrie Hoar on this episode. Kerrie is the owner of the Crimson Hound, dog training service. The two discuss rescue dogs on this episode and what goes into adding one to your family.
What are key things to know when adopting a rescue dog?
Have an idea of how you see the dog working with you family. For instance, do you have children…do you want a dog that is a running partner…do you want your dog to be active or one that is more calming.
Don’t under estimate the work involved with bringing a rescue dog home.
Check out Kerrie’s business at crimsonhound.com
Law Talk presented by Herrick & Hart, SC #2
The podcast returns, introducing us to another member of the team, Allison. A native of the Upper Peninsula who was steered towards becoming a lawyer thanks to success in a unique high school extra-curricular. Her focus is family law and she details the particulars of that type of discipline.
The team then turns its attention to discussing a recent case from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals that involves a 2019 Rusk County Dispute. Wiemer vs. Zeeland Farm Services.
What is statute of limitations and how does it apply to this case?
Also, is there a difference between alimony and maintenance? How does a court go about determining the amount of alimony/maintenance?
Not all Republicans are Behind Trump
Dan is back with you today catching you up on what you need to know about the presidential candidates for the upcoming election. Dan continues to have his concerns about Trump’s ability to defeat Biden and his track record in politics the last two years hasn’t been stellar. But, will anyone else be able to rise above him?
Also, he reminds you to support the VFW on Starr Avenue which has re-opened. The Marcon crew helped raise over $1,100 dollars for the VFW and Dan encourages you to reach out to them to help with your fundraiser.
Let the Kids Play - 9/16
Derek takes at look at the Major League Baseball races and his thoughts as the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds hit week #3 of the football season at 1-1
Role Parents Can Play in Education at Home
EduCast presented by Altoona School District
Michelle Parks – Instructional coach
Jen Nelson – Instructional Coach
A pair of educators inside the Altoona School District visit to discuss ways parents can augment what kids have learned at school, back at home. Learning outside the classroom has a very valuable role.
What are specific things parents can do and the importance of being curious and simply asking questions.
A parent DOES NOT have to know everything and why engagement is the key.
They also give what they feel is the single most important piece of advice.
Changing Employer Health Insurance
A must listen for any Chippewa Valley business owner!
Dave Usher breaks down new concepts in assisting employer’s with their healthcare costs. Providing medical coverage is one of any company’s biggest budget items.
Health Roseta is one of the leaders in adopting new practices for employer’s and Dave discusses why he likes their model and what they are trying to do.
Why “not changing” is not an option.
Dunn County Sheriff
This week on the Menom Podcast The Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd joins Dustyn and Becca to talk about what it means to be a County Sheriff. How Kevin likes to have a sense of community for office and that it means to a lot to be a part of the community as an officer. How he got to become the County Sheriff. What does the County Sheriff do? That an officer in uniform will always be there for an officer in uniform to work together. A great episode about community on the Menom Podcast.
Shots at Downtown Eau Claire are Unwarranted
Scott fires back at online commentators taking shots at the way downtown Eau Claire has developed. He also discusses the City of Altoona's decision to remove "back in" parking from River Prairie
Updates on Projects in Chippewa Falls
Banker with a Beer presented by Northwestern Bank
This week’s beverage of choice: Paulaner Oktopberfest Bier
Guest Brad Hentschel – City Planner in Chippewa Falls
Exciting projects continue to develop in Chippewa Falls. Brad is here to update on what is going on and what is still to come. The Chippewa Crossing development features prominently in the conversation. It was a process, 20 years in the making.
He also provides updates on exciting downtown projects, including the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union building.
Brad details the arrival of a unique, new battery factory.
Its the Great Pumpkin, Chippewa Valley!
People, Places & Passions Podcast presented by the City of Altoona, Wisconsin
Returning to River Prairie on Saturday September 23rd is the annual Ginormous Pumpkin Festival, a full day of activities headlined by farmers showcasing the largest pumpkins they can grow.
Shannon Engel, a local farmer and member of the Wisconsin Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, visits to discuss the passion for growing “ginormous” pumpkins. What is the largest pumpkins ever grown? Scientifically, how does this happen?
Also, the other activities taking place. From baking contests, to costume contests, an artist market, Rubber Duck race and much more is in addition to the pumpkins.
Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest & Outside Events at the CF Fairgrounds
The 20th Octoberfest this weekend. Rusty Volk details working with outside promotors that bring events to the Fairgrounds. How does that relationship develop and operate?
What are the factors that ultimately create “annual” events that are desired.
Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
Update on Passenger Rail in Western Wisconsin
Scott Rogers - VP Government Affairs with Eau Claire Chamber
Gretchen Yonko - Menomonie City Council Rep for Ward 4
With plans beginning to be built for a potential passenger rail line through Western Wisconsin, two local experts join to discuss the ins and outs of the project. The current status of the project, the need for it, the benefits, and the holds ups.
Local Executive Chef John Bender
John Bender – Executive Chef & Owner of Kitchen Technique
We meet an individual who has been involved in the local service industry for many years and we hear his story to becoming a Chef and entrepreneur. The progression from washing dishes to what he does now is common, but what exactly was the “switch” that made him want to turn this into a career as opposed to a job.
He currently does local restaurant consulting, including the new Reboot Social.
The push to be creative and innovative in local kitchens. John is well known among local food creatives and his touch is on many of the local restaurants in the community.
Its not always about the money and allowing room for creativity and passion.
9/12 Talk of the Town
Scott is feeling numb and little depressed, but he picks himself up to provide commentary and the latest happenings around Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley
Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford
The Eau Claire North Huskies are showing signs of a football renaissance...UWEC football has a humbling experience but does that blunt the program's momentum...UWEC men's soccer takes on the best.
Plus, Scott talks with Chippewa Steel head coach Chris Ratzloff
Marcon Unleashed #91
Dan is back on Marcon Unleashed and catching you up on the latest with the upcoming banquet. Also Marcon is educating you on what you need to do in emergency situations and who to call for the best outcome of the situation.
Local Purple Heart Recipient Shares Story
Stu Cline is a local Army veteran, a Purple Heart recipient and a regular at Cabin Coffee. With River Prairie the home of the Veterans Tribute Trail Memorial Kelly and Joe felt it important to bring on a person whom the trail honors.
Stu is an individual who has lived a full life and he shares some of his stories with us. Losing and regaining his confidence as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Being wounded. Finding and flying in his helicopter years after the war had ended.
These stories will captivate you for the entire episode!
2023 NFL Standing Predictions
Derek tells us where he sees teams finishing (including the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings) in the 2023 NFL Standings
Did County Make Right Call with Kathryn Schauf and Best Area Breakfast Spot
Did County make right decision with Kathryn Schauf...Local Breakfast Favorites...a problem for HSHS that flew under the radar and much more Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Talk Show
The Planned Town of Ojibwa and Life in Eau Claire in the 1930s
On the debut of this new podcast series, Jodi and Olaf from the Museum are joined by Margaret Becker for a conversation about growing up in the area and in the model town of Ojibwa Pre WWII. Margaret’s father was instrumental in the planning of the town.
- Ojibwa was a model town in Seymour County, what does that mean?
- How did the town develop and the original vision?
- Traveling from Eau Claire to Ojibwa regularly and differences in living arrangements
- What was life like in Ojibwa
- “The Mall” in Ojibwa
- The story of the white Train Depot
- What was the highest population the town achieved
- The last time she visited
- What she likes about modern day Eau Claire
Coffee at the Cottage S2 E8 - Dave Schofield Director of Public Works for Menomonie
A Menomonie native, Dave took over his current role at the start of 2023 after many years working for private companies in and around the area. He updates listeners on a variety of projects that are ongoing and in the future. The challenges he faces, adapting to change and the wide array of different departments he oversees.
Get REAL w/ Brian & Linda
The first ever episode of the GET Real podcast with Brian and Linda. A podcast that will touch on real estate, but also dive into all the great aspects of what makes life great in the Chippewa Valley?
On the debut episode, we get learn more about these two realtors including how they came to meet. Let’s just say, Brian liked to play jokes that Linda didn’t always take kindly too.
- Their different areas of focus in the industry and where they share passions. - Where does the local real estate market stand and where has it changed over the last few years
Mack Chat - St. Charles School Focus
Sponsor: Thaler Oil
Guests: Krista Misener – Kindergarten teacher at St. Charles
Jamie Dodge – Principal at St. Charles
This episode turns its attention to the St. Charles Preschool & Primary School. We meet the new principal and the perspective of a veteran educator in the building.
Jamie has been in the district in a variety of roles since 2016 and is now taking over at St. Charles. Her make-up that includes being an adopted child, a mother, wife and lifelong learner. She also once struggled as a reader in her younger days and why that experience motivates her and helps in her current role.
Krista has 20 years of experience in education and is an alum of McDonell. A lifelong career in education was sparked by a trip to a daycare center in college, thus shifting her off the initial path of interior design.
9/5 Talk of the Town
Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Talk Show!
Local schools and colleges are in session...someone has decided to run for Congress seat and it should annoy us...and bragging rights for some Eau Claire residents.
The Unfiltered Game Plan presented by Valley Sports Academy
Phil and Chase welcome the community to this new podcast series. Meet two of members of the administration at Valley Sports Academy.
The goals of this podcast and the inside scoop at VSA.
On this debut episode, they interview each other and dive into the more interesting aspects of their backgrounds and their passions.
They also touch on the fact this operates as a “not for profit” wherein many of the monies from programs and community partners goes right back to the building.
“Money Should Never Stop a Kid from Playing Sports”
The experience of the staff where they come from.
Law Talk presented by Herrick & Hart, SC
Legal advice in a fun and entertaining format from this long time Chippewa Valley law firm
Marcon Unleashed #90
Dan is catching you up with the latest news on the upcoming Second Amendment Banquet and what to expect at Marc-On for the next month. Along with talking about the situation that occurred in Colorado with the child wearing a certain patch on his backpack.
Let the Kids Play Sports Podcast - 9/2
A new season of sports discussion from 12-year old Derek Montesano. On this episode he breaks down where the MLB races currently are including positions for the Twins and Brewers.
He also updates us on what he was up to this summer, including his local summer baseball team and getting ready for school soccer.
Baking Goodness - Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Alexia is back with a new season and updates everyone on her summer, including hitting some milestones in gymnastics and ice skating.
To celebrate the warm weather months, she takes us through a recent attempt at making cookie dough ice cream
EduCast - Boys and Girls Club in the Area
Dianna Fiergola – Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club
Jeff Jaeger – Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club
The Altoona School District houses a Boys and Girls Club and Heidi talks with Jeff and Dianna about what the organization is all about. The benefits to students and families as a whole. The Altoona location is one of many locations across the area.
What is the fundamental purpose of the Boys and Girls Club and the needs they fulfill?
What does a typical after-school program schedule look like?
Ways adults can be actively involved in the program (in Altoona and elsewhere).
Why the various fundraiser events, such as Lemonade Days, are much more than just opportunities to raise money. That they are experiences and opportunities for the kids in the program.
10 Ways Your Doctor is Sabotaging your Weight Loss Plan
Dr. David Usher breaks down the well-intentioned, but misguided mistakes and poor advice some doctors are giving regarding weight loss. Sniffing out the biases, the myths and more.
Its all based on a recent medical essay that came out, not just his own standpoint.
Among topics covered include not having a welcoming office, ignoring symptoms beyond physical weigh, pushing outdated advice, etc.
Menom Podcast S3 E9
This time on the Menom Podcast Dustyn and Becca invite Mike Tarr the owner of Mike’s Art & Design Supply to talk about his art shop in Mennominee. Why his art shop is needed in a small town like Menominee? How Mike was drawn to Mennominee and what made him stay. Having UW-Stout shaped his life and his business. That his shop has become “The Art Store” to everyone in Menominee. A great episode that is based around Menominee that shows why this community is so great.
Banker with a Beer - Feed My People Food Bank
This week’s beverage of choice: Abita Amber Lager
Guest Suzanne Becker with Feed My People
Food insecurity is an issue nationwide, and that includes the Chippewa Valley. Feed My People Executive Director Susan Becker stops by to talk about the issue from a local perspective.
- How does the Food Bank operate?
- Who benefits from the Food Bank
- The influence and focus on providing nutritious and healthy foods
- Where does funding come from?
- The need for volunteers and donations
- The wide area covered
Various Uses of the Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls
Fair talk is back presented by the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Landon is joined again by Rusty, the Executive Director of the fair. In this episode Rusty talks about how the fairgrounds are used for more than just the fair. How it is used to help the public schools in their events. How it hosts multiple local events. Even being able to host wedding and graduation parties. That providing space is the number one thing people need and the fairgrounds have it to offer.
Dunn County Manager
The new Dunn County Manager Kristin Korpela visits the cottage. She is new to the position but has lived in the area for the last two decades (and always been in the region).
- Her background
- Housing concerns in the county
- Managing staff/worker morale in the county
- Biggest challenge
- County/City Relationship
- Lake Tainter
The Roast Presented by Cabin Coffee
On the debut episode of The Roast, Kelly and Joe discuss the five-year anniversary of opening Cabin Coffee. They bring on the mayor of Altoona Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat to talk about the growth that has occurred at River Prairie.
And being small business entrepreneurs, Kelly and Joe also bring on Brice Medin with Westconsin Credit Union and Mike Dieckman with WBD (formerly Wisconsin Business Development) to go over the financials.
Setting up Dog Parks in the Area
Dose of Dog episode featuring, David Adams – CEO and Founder of Sniffspot
Imagine never having your own dog growing up due to allergies in the family, but several years later as an adult, you are a happy dog owner and the creator of a novel dog-centeric business.
Heather talks with David about his company Sniffspot which coordinates and sets up private dog parks at several locations across the country. He and his wife were motivated to create this app after experiencing their own struggles finding a place to let their own pup off-leash and let their guard down a bit.
Find out how, through Sniffspot, you can earn income by providing your own space for a dog park.
More than 25,000 people have added spots across North America and around the world!
Menom Podcast S3 E8 - Markquart Menomonie
This time on the Menom Podcast Michael “Westy” West joins Dustyn and Becca to talk about what happens in the city of Menominee. Westy talks about his job at Markquart motors and what people are looking for in a car these days and why Markquart is different then other dealers. But they are not just a car dealer but also hold events that bring the community together. Another great guest on the Menmo podcast that does great things for Menominee.
Coffee at the Cottage S2 - Episode 6 New Menomonie Police Chief
Just over three months into his new role as Menomonie’s Chief of Police, Rick Hollister has been hard at work getting to know his new position. The 32-year police veteran joined Emilie to discuss community policing, officer recruiting and retention, addressing homelessness in the community, and keeping Menomonie schools safe.
UWEC Chancellor Jim Schmidt
This week’s beverage of choice: Gunpowder IPA
Guest UWEC Chancellor Jim Schmidt
Its been a tough time for higher education and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt joins the program to discuss the impacts locally and where things stand here. What is being done at UWEC to combat the changing landscape and some of the fun projects coming online.
- Building relationships between students, faculty and administration
- Insuring a college education is still a worthwhile investment
- Transformation of the college in recent years
- Connections with the community
- High level research opportunities students at UWEC are getting
- Sonnentag, Simpson Field and other projects
The Sign Guy; Local Businessman Discusses Having a Career and Business in Western Wisconsin
Tammy Simon is joined by Wade Lambrigsten..."The Sign Guy".
From murals to signs to wrapping vehicles, he’s seen decades of business in Menomonie and done a lot of work in this community.
Additionally, he teaches a mural class at Stout, his alma mater. - started last year meaning its come full circle for him.
He also discusses how being let go from his first job in Eau Claire led to his current path and operating his own business.
Mack Chat - Introducing Students to Faith
Sponsor: Northwestern Bank
Guests: Erica Boehm – Ministry and Mission Director
Father Alex Kren – New McDonell Chaplin
The first episode of the new season introduces us to the school’s new chaplain, who takes us through his journey to the priesthood. His venture into the faith wasn’t one he assumed he go into as a child.
We learn how this former high school multi-sport athlete came to answering a call to devout himself to sports. A divorce of his parents, lots of partying and a dark time in his life play a central role in the story.
Erica, a longtime staff member at McDonell, discusses the evolution of her position with the school. Her current position is a recently created one
Compulsive Behavior with Dogs
Fanna Easter, a certified dog trainer (among other certifications) from Louisiana joins Heather for this episode.
Yes, many of the same physical and mental issues impacts dogs as well. In some cases the remedies are similar and in other ways they are different. Compulsive disorder is another example.
What is compulsive disorder in dogs? How do they differ from these two dog lovers also dive into the importance of looking for credentials when searching for care for your animal.