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Podcasts focused on Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We discuss everything from current events, to sports to highlighting great organizations. There are podcasts highlighting everything!
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Let the Kids Play 5/13

Eau Claire Hometown MediaMay 13, 2023

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Comedian Tim Harmston

Comedian Tim Harmston

Accomplished comedian and Menomonie native Tim Harmston joins the show for this episode. He has performed for the Late Show with David Letterman, on Comedy Central and was a contestant on Last Comic Standing.  Based out of Minneapolis, Tim is a frequent visitor back to his hometown.

They discuss summer fun, thrift sales, Kwik Trip and more. 

Oh and he teams with his wife, comedian Mary Mack, on occasion.  What is that like?

What happens “when it doesn’t go well”

Jun 02, 202339:19
Keep Employees Happy with Health Benefits

Keep Employees Happy with Health Benefits

Matt Ohrt – Co-Founder Self-Fund Help: June 2023

Financing medical care and finding better ways for ourselves and our companies is the focus of Matt’s business.  Based in Central Wisconsin, Matt holds seminars throughout the state and will be in the Eau Claire area this June.

Matt’s background includes time working in the HR Department of a few very large companies and its this experience that provided him the ideas to make employee healthcare options better. 

Jun 02, 202331:05
2023 Cinder City Days Preview

2023 Cinder City Days Preview

People, Places and Passions Podcast presented by The City of Altoona


It is all things Cinder City Days! If you have never heard about this event that is happening soon you have to hit play on this podcast. Jennie Childs, the president of the Altoona Lions Club, joins Mike and Brendan this week to talk about this family fun and community event. Listin about when it is and the events are going on from the car show to fresh chicken to eat. Hear about why this event that has been going on for 50 years is one of the best community gatherings in Altoona and why a strong sense of community is what makes Altoona, Altoona.

Jun 01, 202323:23
The art of craft brewing

The art of craft brewing

New Banker with a Beer presented by Northwestern Bank


Our area has seen an influx of local craft breweries in the last decade and one of them has been Modicum. 

One of the people behind the operation, president Eric Rykal pulls up to the table with Jerry and Scott to talk about the business, beer and more. What makes his beers unique?  What does Modicum mean? Why start his own business?

The challenge of standing out and what he tries to accomplish.

Where does the inspiration come from?


May 31, 202331:16
Chamber Chatter #19 - Get it Dunn Run

Chamber Chatter #19 - Get it Dunn Run

Karen Hatfield – Get it Dunn Run

Coming up on June 10th, the Get it Dunn Run returns for its 10th year and Karen Hatfield joins Tammy to discuss the event.  This is a 5k, half marathon and new this year a kid’s run, that takes place in Menomonie.

Profits go towards the Mind over Matter Organization.

Hear about why this event keeps growing and why its for everyone whether you are a runner, jogger, walker or a spectator.

May 31, 202328:11
Food Service Stories

Food Service Stories

The Cranky Buzzard presents The HEARD Food Service Industry podcast

Ryan and Sara chat with Alex Jacobson, the general manager of Wiscos for a fun chat. 

How they’ve all been burned out from eating Prime Rib

All-you-can eat crab legs at a casino

Hardest holidays to work

The customer who wanted to collect rocks at Wiscos

Other odd customer stories

Fighting a flooding situation

Calling an ex-wife to help a passed out customer

Staying in the industry and the chaos

May 31, 202332:28
How to Read Your Dog's Owners Manual

How to Read Your Dog's Owners Manual

Dose of Dog presented by emBark in Eau Claire, WI

Its true, your dog doesn’t come with a hard copy “user manual”.  That said, through signals and cues your dog tells you what it needs.  Your dog is pre-disposed to do certain things depending on breed, environment and genetics.

May 30, 202329:42
EduCast #11 - Class of 2023 Valedictorians

EduCast #11 - Class of 2023 Valedictorians

Guests:  

Nathan Hansen

Ayden Darnell -

    

We meet the Class of 2023 Altoona Valedictorians Ayden Darnell and Nathan Hansen. Get to know these two successful students. What were their secrets?  What passions do they have?  What do they aspire to do? Best memories?

And their advice to kindergarteners today?

May 30, 202321:53
Northern Wisconsin State Fair TALK Episode #1

Northern Wisconsin State Fair TALK Episode #1

The debut of this new podcast series introduces us to Executive Director Rusty Volk as well as the history of the fair itself.


And what's this about "mafia money" buried at the fairgrounds?!?!? We think Rusty is joking...we think

May 30, 202327:52
Let the Kids Play - 5/27

Let the Kids Play - 5/27

Derek is on his own and takes us through what he is excited for this summer. From playing baseball to trips and much more.

May 27, 202314:11
People, Places & Passions #9 - River Prairie Fest

People, Places & Passions #9 - River Prairie Fest

We’re talking the River Prairie Fest!  Prevail Bank is the presenting sponsor and Brenda Knutson joins Mike and Richard to discuss what to expect at this fun, family themed event that covers a wide variety of activities. Everything from kid’s yoga to food trucks to duck races and plenty of live music.

They also discuss why its important for a city to host events like this. River Prairie Fest is one of many events the City of Altoona puts on every year.

riverprairiefest.com

May 26, 202325:17
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E13

Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E13

Dr. Lona talks with Kellie Cook, owner of the new Yoga Plant, on yoga and breathing and healing for any level! 

May 26, 202315:05
5/25 Talk of the Town

5/25 Talk of the Town

Eau Claire City Council selects a new member...Altoona & Eau Claire complete a re-negotiation...and Scott previews the lengthy list of summer activities our area has to offer

May 25, 202326:12
Northern Wisconsin State Fair Talk EPISODE #2

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Talk EPISODE #2

What changes are in store (and what is staying the same) at the 2023 Fair? Executive Director Rusty Volk tells us

May 25, 202326:59
2023 KUBB US National Championship

2023 KUBB US National Championship

Banker with a Beer presented by Northwestern Bank

This week’s beverage of choice:  Dare Mighty Things from The Brewing Projekt

Guest Eric Anderson w/ U.S. National KUBB Championship

 

One of Eau Claire’s favorite summer past times is KUBB and the area continues to be a national (and world) center for the sport.  The local “Godfather” of KUBB, Eric Anderson stops by to tell us about this summer’s National Championship which sold out in record pace.

Besides Eau Claire, where else is KUBB popular?

How much can KUBB grow?

May 25, 202331:17
Mack Chat #35 - Little Macks Episode

Mack Chat #35 - Little Macks Episode

Sponsor:  H & R Electric

Guests:     Ellie and Will

 

Jolie, a fifth grader in the McDonell school system is our special guest host. Special guest host.  She talks to a couple of kindergarteners at St. Charles for an adorable episode.

What are their favorite and least favorite things about school.  Ellie tells us the shocking thing she eats for lunch every day. Will talks about being the middle child in his family.

May 24, 202318:53
Learning to Cook with Friends
May 24, 202333:27
The death and re-birth of the Eau Claire "Foodies" Page

The death and re-birth of the Eau Claire "Foodies" Page

Scott is back with another Talk of the Town and today he talks about the controversy surrounding a popular local facebook page and the importance these pages play in the community

May 23, 202327:53
New Music Festival Coming to the Chippewa Valley

New Music Festival Coming to the Chippewa Valley

Eau Claire Event District Festival Director Kathy Wright details the all-new Reverb Music Festival coming August 19th

Line-Up includes

All Time Low

Mayday Parade

The Maine

The Plain White Ts

Charlotte Sands

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The Ataris

May 23, 202320:10
Banker with a Beer - Traci Hollister WIPFLI

Banker with a Beer - Traci Hollister WIPFLI

This week’s beverage of choice:    La Chouffe

Guest:       Traci Hollister: Partner with Wiplfi

 

A lively conversation with a popular guest making a return visit.  Traci is a partner at Wiplfi who works locally and around the nation of strategic planning.  She is an active participant in a variety of local events and programs. A community advocate!

Her experience working with financial institutions, doing internal audits, also allows her to explain in basic terms what has been happening in the banking industry recently (i.e. Silicon Valley Bank). Some of the factors on the coast simply aren’t as prevalent locally.

Also the issue of getting talented people to work in the financial industry. Her comments can be applied to any industry in terms of adjusting our perspectives on attracting and retaining workers. Its simply not the same as it was 20 years ago (and 20 years ago wasn’t the same as 1980).

May 23, 202332:09
Alligators in Wisconsin

Alligators in Wisconsin

Marcon Unleashed!


Dan details saving his stepdaughter's teacher from alligators in Wisconsin...the importance of situational awareness and much more on this week's episode

May 22, 202315:15
Innate LIFE Reclamation S3 E1

Innate LIFE Reclamation S3 E1

Dr. Lona and Dr. Danny introduce Season 3 of their podcast series.

The doctors talk about how to create true change and health transformation from not being able to stand and enjoy life, to weight loss, more energy and vitality! 

May 22, 202310:52
MLB, NHL and NBA Breakdown

MLB, NHL and NBA Breakdown

Our South Middle Schooler Derek touches on Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association on this week's episode

May 20, 202315:52
Affordable Employee Health Benefits

Affordable Employee Health Benefits

Dr. Usher Weighs In Podcast Program


Matt Ohrt – Co-Founder Self-Fund Help: May 2023

Financing medical care and finding better ways for ourselves and our companies is the focus of Matt’s business.  Based in Central Wisconsin, Matt holds seminars throughout the state and will be in the Eau Claire area this June.

Matt’s background includes time working in the HR Department of a few very large companies and its this experience that provided him the ideas to make employee healthcare options better. 

May 19, 202331:03
Menom Podcast S3 E2 - The Machine Shed

Menom Podcast S3 E2 - The Machine Shed

Local gym owner, Tom Sampson sits with us to discuss his CrossFit facility that is approaching its 10-year anniversary. What differentiates his facility from others?

He takes us through his path from leaving his time as an inmate behind to entering personal training to eventually running his own place.

He is also actively involved in working with youth in town and using his own experiences growing up. His passion for mentoring Menomonie kids is equal to that of his actual business. 

He has expanded this beyond  Menomonie too.

Oh, and be ready for a surprising pick for his favorite movie of all-time.

May 19, 202335:34
Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #8

Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #8

Scott and Greg are John Bender, a local chef with an extensive resume that includes time as an executive chef at a relatively young age.  He currently hosts a number of cooking classes at and assists with various local establishments. He has turned eclectic passion for culinary work into a number of jobs that combine together into a fulfilling career.

See him for yourself at Forage and the Eau Claire Farmer’s Market.

May 19, 202328:18
5/18 Talk of the Town

5/18 Talk of the Town

Development focus shifts from downtown Eau Claire to this property?


The City of Eau Claire desperately needs more money from the state/you and I


Plus, its garage sale season and congrats to local graduates

May 18, 202328:53
Marketing in Wisconsin vs. New York

Marketing in Wisconsin vs. New York

Banker with a Beer, presented by Northwestern Bank

This week’s beverage of choice:  Brewing Projekt’s Ending Machine Sour Ale

Guest Lee Caraher President & CEO with Double Forte

 

Lee Caraher, the president and CEO of Double Forte, brings a unique vantage point of the business community of the Chippewa Valley. Her company was built in New York and San Francisco, but a few years ago relocated her family to our area.

She had roots in the area, but it wasn’t until she came her to visit a client that the move was made.

We also discuss marketing and her experience with clients across the country.  It’s a broad industry that goes behind ‘advertising’ but covers a wide spectrum.

May 18, 202333:39
Pair of Principals

Pair of Principals

EduCast Podcast presented by the Altoona, WI School District


Guests:

  Steve Buss – Altoona Middle School Principal

  Cale Zuiker – Altoona Intermediate School Principal

 

A pair of principals in the Altoona School District join Heidi for this episode. They discuss their prior experiences that led to their current role and what their present focuses are.

What is the same and what has changed in education over the years?  The keys in developing skills as children progress year to year as part of a “career-based” process.  Helping kids hone in on their futures.


May 18, 202324:48
Food and Human Relationships

Food and Human Relationships

Neo Ralph – The Cranky Buzzard

We head inside the kitchen at The Cranky Buzzard for a chat with one of the chef’s Neo. How does an Italian from Long Island end up dishing up tasty meals in Eau Claire?  The way her experiences as a disaster relief volunteer strengthened her passion for cooking.

The bond and intimacy that food has within our human relationships.

The amazing talent that is inside the kitchens in our community.

Working in haunted kitchens

May 17, 202331:24
Coffee at the Cottage S2 Episode 2 - Tim Nelson

Coffee at the Cottage S2 Episode 2 - Tim Nelson

Emilie tells us about the business, American Edge, she and her husband built in Menomonie.  This property management company has been in existence for over 35 years.

That leads us to this conversation with Tim Nelson and the announcement that Tim is taking over as the new owner of American Edge.

So who is Tim?  A husband, businessman, collegiate athlete and military veteran.  Listen to this podcast to hear his story.

May 17, 202326:15
Grow Your Business in Wisconsin

Grow Your Business in Wisconsin

Chamber Chatter from the Menomonie, WI Chamber of Commerce!

Mike is with Wisconsin Business Development and he sits with Ashley to discuss exactly it is that they do.  We routinely hear news reports and updates and the such from organizations like this.  Mike dives deeper into their focus and how important they are for helping small businesses grow in our area.

The WBD partners with banks and with business borrowers to facilitate growth and projects.


May 17, 202331:33
Menards, Festival Foods and White Castle

Menards, Festival Foods and White Castle

Festival Foods vs. Menards and why this fight is a window into a common concern some businesses have with their landlords.


Also, the story of Levi Hunt...babies born on Mother's Day...and FREE downtown parking

May 16, 202328:10
5 Places to take Your Dog

5 Places to take Your Dog

Dog owners are increasingly wanting to take their companion everywhere they go.  In theory thatsounds fantastic and isn’t necessarily a bad intention.  That said, Heather is here to touch on key points to consider in relation to five places specifically.

1)     Parades

2)     Picnics

3)     Games

4)     Campgrounds

5)     Restaurants

May 16, 202324:02
What is Happening with Home Loans

What is Happening with Home Loans

James and Steve talk with Deb and Jacob from Royal’s mortgage team to learn if now is a good time to be in the market for a new home. They also discuss expectations and realities during the mortgage loan process, share tips for preparing to buy or refinance a home, and consider Steve’s stay-or-move home dilemma. This episode is packed with information for just about anyone, not just homebuyers!

May 16, 202340:35
Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford

Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford

Conversation with Eau Claire Express owner Craig Toycen ahead of the 2023 season

May 15, 202335:07
Marcon Unleashed #75

Marcon Unleashed #75

It is still Ladies's month down at Marc-On in Lake Hallie so listen in to hear those deals. Also listen in to hear all the events Marc-On will be doing in the coming weeks. They are still on the hunt and looking for a new hire so if you're interested be sure to listen and find out those details.


May 15, 202310:16
Let the Kids Play 5/13

Let the Kids Play 5/13

The on-field struggles of the Oakland A's will play a role for contending teams as the season goes on...will the Minnesota Twins take advantage of the AL Central...why the St. Louis Cardinals are like a "zombie"

Plus, the NBA playoffs have tossed out history this year and upsets in the NHL.

May 13, 202317:53
Baking Goodness - Cookie Cups

Baking Goodness - Cookie Cups

Our little baker Alexia talks about having her artwork on display, the start of soccer season and using her favorite cookie dough to create a unique treat.


However, does she like how it turned out and what role did mommy play in the final verdict?

May 13, 202309:55
5/11 Talk of the Town

5/11 Talk of the Town

Altoona hosts an event & a local board game start us offBut we also discuss a scathing editorial the Leader Telegram wrote concerning City of Eau Claire leadership

May 11, 202334:13
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #11

HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #11

Jess Greenhow – Elbow Room

Sara’s inner “cocktail waitress” dream job comes out, thankscto this guest who got her start as one at the former Tijuana Taxi Club. We also get a fun discussion between Jess and Ryan on how the names of drinks changecand the old days of “cashing checks” at the bar.

Caring about your regulars.

The unique characteristics of some local bartenders

May 10, 202331:30
Mack Chat #34 - Mission Service Projects

Mack Chat #34 - Mission Service Projects

Sponsor:   Northwestern Bank

Guests:     Gwen Doyle and Eli Eddy 

 

Gwen is a third year religion teacher at Notre Dame Middle School who also has her own children in the system. Eli is an eighth grade student who is actively involved in the district, including student ambassadors.

How does faith play a role in both of their lives.

They detail a recent mission project.  How it was decided on and the process Gwen took middle schoolers through.

Faith and a sense of belonging.

May 10, 202326:45
5/9 Talk of the Town

5/9 Talk of the Town

Does the EC City Council listen to the public? Scott discusses an experience over the weekend.Also, local state reps pushing for child care reform and the frustration that is the EC Foodie's Facebook Page

May 09, 202334:36
 Skylar Witte Actress and Performer

Skylar Witte Actress and Performer

Wisconsin born, and now living in Los Angeles, Skylar is an emcee at Country Jam for the third year. Yes, she does introduce the performers, but if you’ve ever been to the festival before you know a good emcee does much more.  They set the energy level.

Skylar talks about her duties, shares stories and more. She tells her most memorable story from attendee jam from way back in 2011 which included unexpected “meet and greet” with one of that year’s top performers.

May 09, 202332:52
Marcon Unleashed 5/8

Marcon Unleashed 5/8

Marcon is back this week filling you in on all the new merch coming in at the shop so check it out! Don’t forget that it is Ladies month at Marcon Shooting so listen in to find out those deals. Marcon is also letting you know the hiring details at the shop so stop in if you are interested in a job!

May 08, 202317:41
Let the Kids Play - 5/6

Let the Kids Play - 5/6

NHL and NBA playoff breakdown from a South Middle School sixth grader

May 06, 202315:03
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #10

HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #10

Nate Derrickson – Performance Food Service

 

Nate has decades of experience in the food service industry tackling a variety of jobs.  Currently, he works with Performance Food Service dealing directly with many local establishments.

How Nate got his start gets us going with a fun discussion about popularity of the buffet restaurant, years ago. Hey, not only were they popular but it was considered “high class” then.

Whatabout the Supper Club “vibe” and how that compares?

Fanny Hill memories.

Just grab an old fashion, sit back and enjoy some great stories.

May 05, 202327:54
Menom Podcast S3 E1 - Landmark Conservancy

Menom Podcast S3 E1 - Landmark Conservancy

Rick Remington is the interim director of Landmark Conservancy who is here to tell us about the organization and what it is they do. They are a non-profit organization that has been headquartered in Menomonie for more than three decades under a few different names. 

The focus is on preserving the natural habitat.

What makes this area unique and worth preserving?  Of course, the Devil’s Punchbowl is high on that list.

Some of the projects they’ve worked on over the years.

May 05, 202337:41
5/4/23 Talk of the Town

5/4/23 Talk of the Town

"No Mow May" gets its first test...looking likely the July 4th fireworks will be moved...and get ready for the 2023 Sculpture Tour

May 04, 202328:28
Chamber Chatter #17 - Menomonie Lion's Club
May 03, 202324:33
Coffee at the Cottage S2 Episode #1 - Eric Atkinson Menomonie City Administrator

Coffee at the Cottage S2 Episode #1 - Eric Atkinson Menomonie City Administrator

Season #2 with Emilie begins! Eric makes a return visit to the cottage, but its his first time with us as the new city administrator.

Before we dive into his new role, we start with him discussing the tragic officer involved January 21st shooting in Menomonie. At the time Eric was still the Chief of Police in Menomonie and gives us insight into the event.  What has happened since and the way the department has assisted the officers involved.

After which, we then delve into his move to the city administrator role, a position he was selected for in March. He takes us into the process of going for the position and his mindset as the selection drew closer.

How is the transition going?

He also touches on the topic of getting more single-family homes built in Menomonie.

May 03, 202331:18
5/2 Talk of the Town

5/2 Talk of the Town

Scott discusses the businesses that have been selected for the new "Altoona Yard"...gives high praise to a new downtown Eau Claire business and shows excitement for another business that has plans to open.

May 02, 202329:47
Dose of Dog S3 #12 - Multi-Dog Households

Dose of Dog S3 #12 - Multi-Dog Households

What is better than one dog?  Howabout two (or more) dogs!  

Having more than one dog in your home can be fulfilling and fun, however there are very important things to keep in mind and common issues that need to be managed. 

What are some of the issues to look out for?   What are the proper ways to manage multi-dog dynamics.

The impact different breeds have on the dynamic.

Where/When do conflicts between the dogs typically occur?

May 02, 202331:05
Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford

Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford

- The WIAA's latest announcement has direct impacts locally especially for Regis and McDonell. Plus, we touch on the Chippewa Steel, EC Marathon and various UWEC Athletics


May 01, 202333:29
Marcon Unleashed #73

Marcon Unleashed #73

Dan uses this week's episode to update you on 2024 Presidential candidates and what to look for. Where is he leaning?

May 01, 202314:52
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #9

HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #9

Guest: Bri Link – Princeton Valley Golf-Bar-Grill  Bartender and Event Director

 

A historic episode as Bri is the first female guest on the program and she shares her story in the local service industry. Her background includes time at Buffalo Wild Wings, The Mousetrap and now at Princeton Valley.

With the changing seasons, Princeton Valley sees the growth in traffic. Bri talks about the base of regulars and how they stayed around through an ownership change.

The impact of weather on business

How golf is, and also is not, essential to their restaurant business.

Bri shares a story of a customer that seemed “off” and her and Ryan commiserate over clientele.

She tells a story of having to jump the bar one night at The Mousetrap and having regulars who “have your back”. Some notable differences that come with being a female in the bartending universe.  

Apr 26, 202329:50
Mack Chat - 2023 Spring Play

Mack Chat - 2023 Spring Play

Sponsor:  Mason Companies INC

Guests:     Lily Edison and Frank Rineck

 

While musicals have a long history at McDonell, plays are relatively new including the 2023 spring production of “The Inn Around the Corner” (April 27-29).

Lily and Frank are here to promote not only the production but the entire theatre program at McDonell.  Frank is a ’16 graduate of McDonell and has returned to be an English and Social Studies teacher.  However, his experience in theatre is extensive going all the way back to when he was a kid.  

He has helped spearheaded expanding the theatrical offerings at the school. 

Lily is a sophomore, and the spring play is her seventh production with the theatre program.  She started in the ensemble and has worked her way up the cast list over the years. What is it about acting that excites her and the way it has benefited her off stage.

Apr 26, 202325:20
EduCast #9 - Funding Schools

EduCast #9 - Funding Schools

Guests: John Humphries – Executive Director of Association for Equity in Funding

How are public schools funded?  The money doesn’t just magically appear.  So the method in which schools receive revenue is the topic of discussion here.

Specifically, how does it operate in Wisconsin?  What is the revenue limit, the way it is set-up per district and the rationale.

The impact the decisions/funding level limits established three decades ago are the standard now.

We know the problems, but what are solutions? 

How can the funding model be made more equitable?

Apr 25, 202321:57
Raise Your Mug #12 - Lighting and Traveling

Raise Your Mug #12 - Lighting and Traveling

Life on the road!  Noah Witte, a second year lighting technician with Stage Pro, takes into the life of a “support staffer” in the entertainment industry. 

How did Noah get this job, including going from graduation to “lighting” a ZZ Top Show within two weeks.

Apr 25, 202331:38
People, Places & Passions #8 - Chris Johnson Local Skateboard Shop Owner & Artist

People, Places & Passions #8 - Chris Johnson Local Skateboard Shop Owner & Artist

An active participant in a number of area projects, Chris joins the podcast to talk about the mural at River Prairie he has designed and brought to life.  He tells us all about the “Frank and Friends” mural while diving into his overall philosophy and artistic process. His handiwork is in a number of public spaces as well as businesses and residences around the region. The murals he has created have received praise and accolades by many.

Murals are simply “big paintings” and Chris gives us an interesting explanation of the physical work and unique challenges to bringing a mural to life.

Chris also brings the listeners inside the local “skateboarding culture” and his Passion Board Shop (opened in 2014). He is a lifelong resident of Eau Claire and has seen the growth and challenges and optimism over the last 25 years.  That includes fighting stereotypes.

The proactive approach he has taken with helping to design free public skate parks and the receptive audiences he is finding.

Apr 24, 202329:00
Menom Podcast S2 E23 - Frank Smoot Chippewa County Historical Society

Menom Podcast S2 E23 - Frank Smoot Chippewa County Historical Society

Becca’s 30th birthday party and Dustyn convincing Becca to attend a “metal head” show open this show before the focus shifts to the recently opened Chippewa Area History Center.  After years of planning and fundraising the new building came online in February. 

Frank Smoot joins the conversation to tell us about the building which will celebrate its Grand Opening in June. We also learn about the Chippewa County Historical Society and its history.

Some of the most interesting pieces the museum has. How many times are pieces rotated.

The importance of exhibiting and educating the area on the Native American roots (and the continued influence on the region). Fighting “cultural extermination”.

Apr 24, 202335:44
Menom Podcast S2 E24 - KT Gallagher

Menom Podcast S2 E24 - KT Gallagher

We open with a discussion on birthday months and then transition to a conversation with The Director Health Officer with the Dunn County Health Department, KT Gallagher.

KT educates us on all the things the Health Department does with their many outreach services. From shots and baby services to well water testing, client directed reproductive services and much more.

What are some of the future needs the department is focused on?

Apr 21, 202340:15
Dr. Usher Weighs In #28 - Fruit Sugars are Taking Years off Our Lives

Dr. Usher Weighs In #28 - Fruit Sugars are Taking Years off Our Lives

Sugar may be torpedoing your diet, either directly or indirectly. The impact of fruit sugar on metabolism is the focus of this episode. Dr. Usher shares with us lessons he learned via a recent lecture.  Maybe you’ve heard a little about sugar content in fruits and maybe you’ve heard some rumblings that eating that apple or berry isn’t “as good” for you may think. 

Dr. Usher tells us some of the recent scientific findings and thoughts from experts.  

Apr 21, 202335:37
Blue Ox Running Podcast - Coming to Eau Claire from Europe

Blue Ox Running Podcast - Coming to Eau Claire from Europe

New episode of the Blue Ox Running podcast is out now. They talk about growing older, long days, short years, braces, Bucks, learning a new city (or country!) through running, cultural differences with their rockstar guest Aude!


Aude B is adventurous as she is happy. A constant smile at every group run in the area Aude isn't afraid to make Eau Claire her home since the 2020 lockdowns coming from Europe!

Apr 20, 202341:17
Chamber Chatter #16 - Stepping Stones of Dunn County

Chamber Chatter #16 - Stepping Stones of Dunn County

Ashley welcomes Padraig Gallagher on the program to learn more about the Stepping Stones organization that has been helping countless people in the Menomonie area for decades. Stepping Stones has three main facets including operating shelters, food assistances and a program to assist individuals to continue to live independently.

What is on the horizon for Stepping Stones, including progress on a new shelter.

The need for more volunteers, especially with the food pantry program

The process for getting food to the pantries and what is the pantry the most in need of

The homelessness along with the overall housing deficiency 

Apr 19, 202335:01
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #7 - Corey Glanville w/ Princeton Valley
Apr 19, 202331:29
Coffee at the Cottage #22 - Award Winning Chef
Apr 19, 202332:43
Dose of Dog S3 #11 - Stranger Danger

Dose of Dog S3 #11 - Stranger Danger

Heather takes us through the dos and don’t for your dog around those that are strangers to them.  What are typical behaviors we may see from dogs when they around humans that are unfamiliar to them.  Dog body language is key.  The role genetics and upbringing have.

Why experiences and providing experiences are helpful.

And Heather explains why her opinion on “let the dog smell your hand” has changed.

Apr 18, 202329:20
Chamber Chatter #15 - Lucas Chase & Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
Apr 18, 202330:45
Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford

Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford

Scott talks with Josh Ranft, the general manager of the Bateaux FC soccer club.


Plus, updates on the UWEC AD search and thoughts on a potential Eau Claire City Council decision that could be devastating for the Eau Claire Express.

Apr 17, 202333:29
Baking Goodness - Hot Cross Buns

Baking Goodness - Hot Cross Buns

Easter Egg Hunts....Eau Claire Figure Skating Show and HOT CROSS BUNS!

Apr 15, 202307:60
Business over Brews - Captain Coops

Business over Brews - Captain Coops

Scott and Greg are joined by Kris Cooper (“Coop”), former local radio personality and currently the CEO of his own business.  He tells us what he has been up to, which is plenty.  This includes operating “Captain Coops” which he founded and has grown over the last few years.

Why is it he has jumped head first into the “beard lifestyle” and how he has developed a business around it. Eventually adding CBD products and more.

Apr 14, 202332:41
Mack Chat #32 - Sports and Community

Mack Chat #32 - Sports and Community

Sponsor:  Fries Financial Group

Guests:     Aidan Misfeldt and Caleb Svendsen

 

Macks athlete Aidan along with WOGO play-by-play “Voice of the Macks” Caleb stop by to update everyone on how the 2022-2023 athletic schedule has gone for McDonell.  Most notably both the boys and girls basketball teams recently reached the state tournament with the girls winning the whole thing.

They go deep into the connection between the school, athletics and the Chippewa Falls community. 

The impact and role of faith within the program.

Apr 12, 202333:56
The Cranky Buzzard #7 - Jim Maier Experience Bartender and a Master Storyteller
Apr 12, 202331:05
Money Donuts - What is Financial Wellness and How Can I Get It?

Money Donuts - What is Financial Wellness and How Can I Get It?

The journey towards financial wellness looks different for everyone. Join the Money Donuts team as they discuss how you can assess your financial wellbeing and different tools you can incorporate into your daily money habits to set you up for success. James, Cooper, and Steve also settle the debate on the proper way to pronounce the name of the beloved donut, the cruller!

Apr 11, 202340:21
Dr. Usher Weighs In #27 - Top 10 Takeaways from Low Carb Denver '23

Dr. Usher Weighs In #27 - Top 10 Takeaways from Low Carb Denver '23

Dr. Usher recaps items he learned at a recent conference highlighting low-card lifestyles. Highlights include:

-         The only food that humans are ‘perfectly designed’ to eat.

-         The tie-in erectile dysfunction has with our diet

-         Changing your emotional and social influences with food

-         Why this particular food item isn’t as good as you are being told

Apr 07, 202332:14
Coffee at the Cottage #21 - Representative Clint Moses

Coffee at the Cottage #21 - Representative Clint Moses

Clint Moses is a return guest, updating us on items from the last several months.  Clint represents the Menomonie area in the Wisconsin State Government, tackling a number of issues. The focus on working on bipartisan legislation which is necessary with the split in party power.

- He educates us on the process to getting placed on committees.

- The political polarization that has existed for years.

- His thoughts on negative political advertisements

- Where he stands on the abortion issue, but also what truly is the feeling of his constituents.

- Thoughts on legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin

- Project Hope and potential statewide

Apr 05, 202330:00
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #6
Apr 05, 202333:10
Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford (4/3 edition)

Chippewa Valley Sports Watch presented by Toycen Ford (4/3 edition)

There is a great deal of reporting on the shortage of high school officiating. Well, Scott has a different take on that and finishes with a surprising admission.

Apr 03, 202331:30
Baking Goodness - Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll

Baking Goodness - Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll

Despite not liking cream cheese, Alexia bakes up a dessert that calls for lots of it. Does she find it "Yummy" or "Not Yummy".

Apr 01, 202309:11
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #5
Mar 29, 202328:36
EduCast #8 - Life Skills Education
Mar 28, 202319:31
Raise Your Mug #11 - Alex Edwards WAXX 104.5

Raise Your Mug #11 - Alex Edwards WAXX 104.5

A familiar personality to many in the area, WAXX 104.5’s own Alex Edwards, joins Kathy on this episode. 

Alex comes with a wealth of country music knowledge and how the industry has evolved over the last 25 years.  Not just the actual music, but how  the way songs/performers “rise to prominence” has changed greatly.

All of this impacts the way the Jam line-up is formed on an annual basis.

Alex picks what is played on WAXX, so what goes into that and who doe he feel are the hot acts at this moment.

Mar 28, 202331:58
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E12
Mar 27, 202329:59
Chamber Chatter #13 - Tourism
Mar 24, 202333:31
Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #6

Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #6

Scott and Greg are joined by Carrie and Dustyn from the Chippewa Valley Museum. They discuss the museum, its recent growth and what people may overlook when thinking of the museum, including that they have over 23k different artifacts.

Mar 23, 202329:56
Coffee at the Cottage #20 - Chris Kroeze

Coffee at the Cottage #20 - Chris Kroeze

Chris Kroeze

Yes, that Chris Kroeze joins Emilie to talk about his rise regionally and nationally. He takes us through his life growing up in Western Wisconsin to his rise to fame and how he has developed a steady career out of his passion.

Anyone who dreams of making a living doing their passion, this is a must listen.

- How it was his father who was his first guitar teacher.

- Who are his influences and who is he currently a fan of.

- How did the opportunity to compete on “The Voice” happen. We also get a glimpse into the behind the scenes and why it was a hassle (albeit worth it) to take part in the competition.

- His experience working with Blake Shelton on the show

- What he took home as a prize for finishing 2ndwill surprise you

- Discusses capitalizing on the appearance and his decision to stay in the region.

- Where he has gotten to perform overseas to perform for the troops

- The moment he turned into a full-time musician.

- What his schedule typically looks like and where his base is

Mar 22, 202328:42
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #4
Mar 22, 202328:28
Chamber Chatter #14 - Young Professionals Program
Mar 22, 202334:23
Dose of Dog S3 #10 - "Its okay, he's friendly"
Mar 21, 202328:18
EduCast #7 - Preparing Students for Careers

EduCast #7 - Preparing Students for Careers

Guest: Gwen Janke – Director of College and Readiness at CESA 10

Heidi and Gwen discuss the goal of preparing students for college and careers and how that looks systematically. The concept of career planning and what it actually looks like at elementary, middle and high school levels.

Assisting students with gaining experiences to help shape what their goals are.

Its about academic and also work-skills readiness.

Working not only with students, but with educators too

Mar 21, 202324:38
Blue Ox Running Podcast - All Things Shoes

Blue Ox Running Podcast - All Things Shoes

We're talking all things shoes!!! It goes without saying, Blue Ox Running sells (and helps!) with shoes. It can be so overwhelming with how the industry and models have changed over the years. They're here to help be a guide for your particular fit and use of active shoes ... running, walking, standing, hiking, all of the above.

Mar 19, 202348:32
Dr. Usher Weighs In #26 - Ancestorial Eating
Mar 17, 202330:37
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #3
Mar 15, 202327:05
Coffee at the Cottage #19 - 2023 Lets Paint the Town

Coffee at the Cottage #19 - 2023 Lets Paint the Town

It’s a full podcast as Emilie and her guests preview this summer’s Let’s Paint the Town event coming up in Downtown Menomonie in July.

The event will feature a flea market, children’ play area, craft demonstrations, food vendors and more.

On this podcast, the episode dives deep into the organizational process and how things are coming together. Also, a tie-in with the Red Cedar Film Festival.

Mar 15, 202325:10
Raise Your Mug #10 - Country Music Performer Tim Sigler
Mar 14, 202333:20
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E11

Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E11

In this episode Dr. Danny and Dr. Ashley discuss innate healing from a chiropractic and moms perspective. Dr. Ashley is a great resource when it comes to pediatrics and pregnancy. How to start the shift to helping our moms and kids realize how incredible our body is and the potential for it to heal naturally. Enjoy

Mar 13, 202321:37
Baking Goodness - Snickerdoodles

Baking Goodness - Snickerdoodles

Alexia makes snickerdoodles and also tells us about learning how to talk to her friends on the tablet

Mar 11, 202305:16
People, Places & Passion #7 - The Nostalgic Bean

People, Places & Passion #7 - The Nostalgic Bean

The Nostalgic Bean is a lovely coffee and bake shop in Altoona and the owners Adam and Gretchen join us to talk about their experience behind small business owner. What led them to buy the business and what they’ve learned over the last year.

Balancing keeping things the same while mixing in changes when taking over an existing business.

Why they see the arrival of the container park as an opportunity for their brick and mortar business.

Investing in downtown and the potential

Their passions beyond their business.

Mar 10, 202329:05
Coffee at the Cottage #18 - VP of Kwik Trip

Coffee at the Cottage #18 - VP of Kwik Trip

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and now…PODCASTS. Kwik Trip is a 24 hour part of our lives and the VP Scott Teigen joins Emilie to talk all about this non-debatable treasure (and god send) to the area.

They talk about Kwik Trip, including how they determine locations, but we also learn about Scott himself. A native and resident of Glenwood City, with farmer roots (and he still farms), who worked all his way to the top of corporate America too.

We also learn a little bit about Kwik Trip’s history, the mission statements and more.

Mar 08, 202334:47
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #2

HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #2

On this week’s episode, Sara and Ryan introduce us to Max Childs a chef at The Cranky Buzzard who has cooked all over the area. He is from the area (Memorial graduate) and we hear his story into the industry. Working in this industry wasn’t something he dreamed so why did he enter and then where did the passion develop from?

He has also worked at The Plus and The Informalist over a career that spans seven years.

How the kitchen is always a classroom, including his experience pickling a venison heart.

Developing a recipe book for a kitchen.

What food does Max like to cook for himself?

Mar 08, 202326:49
Dose of Dog S3 #9 - Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Mar 07, 202330:14
Money Donuts - Benefits to Business Treasury Management

Money Donuts - Benefits to Business Treasury Management

The Money Donuts® team takes a closer look at business services, business treasury management offerings, and business relationships at Royal. Becky, Royal’s treasury management officer, guides listeners through all things business services, with help from Karlee, a leader on Royal’s business banking team. Steve also shares an update on his Plant Buddy business idea from Episode 17!

Mar 07, 202335:50
Dr. Usher Weighs In #25 - Misinformation + Disinformation Concerning Obesity
Mar 03, 202333:58
HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #1

HEARD: Chippewa Valley Food Industry Podcast #1

Sara and Ryan introduce us to this new podcast that focuses on the restaurant industry in the Chippewa Valley. We learn a little more about these two in a preview of what will be the type of stories we’ll hear during the series..

Ryan has a long history in the service industry from starting as a dishwasher at Ron’s to his current position at The Hilltop. Sara runs The Cranky Buzzard after coming up through the industry too.

They also discuss cooking in the kitchen at the current Cranky Buzzard building and its previous establishments. The building dates back to the mid 1800s.

What’s it like to be an owner/manager and try to take a day off. Sometimes it leads to “ghost stories” like Sara came back too.

The sense of “belonging” that exists in a community such as ours.

Mar 01, 202326:21
Raise Your Mug #9 - Lexy Burke & Ranch Hands Cowboylesque

Raise Your Mug #9 - Lexy Burke & Ranch Hands Cowboylesque

A brand new show is coming to Country Jam this July. Ranch Hand Cowboylesque, a show based out of Nashville is making its first ever visit to Wisconsin. This is a unique, high-energy show that has taken Nashville by storm in less than two years and is now going on the road.

It’s a full variety show with dancing, singing and story-telling.

Plus, we learn the story of female entrepreneur Lexy Burke and how she developed this whole concept from scratch. It’s a tale of newlyweds, tic-tok, serial tipping and more.

Mar 01, 202328:43
EduCast #6 - Handling Stress within the Classroom Community

EduCast #6 - Handling Stress within the Classroom Community

Guest: Amy Scheel-Jones: Coordinated Care Services Incorporated

Amy’s organization provides management services and assistance to a variety of organizations and she specifically focuses on educators and administrations.

A major focus is stress and pressures that teachers, students, parents and the entire school community feel.

Dealing with various pressures is sometimes unavoidable so harnessing that feeling can be necessary but also coping when its overwhelming.  Providing and recognizing the resources needed. This also includes lingering impacts of the pandemic, specifically for children.

What do youth need to have that feeling of “safety” and the importance of valuing “you”

Feb 28, 202327:05
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E10
Feb 27, 202318:47
Chamber Chatter #12 - Jim Anderson
Feb 22, 202333:32
Dose of Dog S3 #8 - Re-homing your dog
Feb 21, 202329:51
Real Tru Talk - Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone
Feb 20, 202319:13
Marcon Unleashed Episode #1

Marcon Unleashed Episode #1

Dan Marcon tells us about himself. His small town upbringing, military background, his education and what has led him to now. Did you know he worked security detail for some well-known celebrities?

What is Marc-On Shooting and the business he has built.

He gives you a hint as to what the podcast will be about. He’ll be a straight-shooter (no pun intended) on some deep topics. Including political topics, local and a national.

He touches on some recent local issues he has been involved in and nationally gives thoughts on Afghanistan.

Feb 20, 202327:40
Chamber Chatter #11 - Phil Lyons Downtown Menomonie INC

Chamber Chatter #11 - Phil Lyons Downtown Menomonie INC

Phil Lyons – Downtown Menomonie INC.

Phil is the new President of Downtown Menomonie INC and updates us on what is happening with the organization. What is the group focusing on and how are businesses responding to all the momentum?

What is the role with the organization in the community and why does it matter to everyone, not just the downtown district.

Also, what exactly is “downtown” in Menomonie?

And Phil’s vision for a focal piece for downtown.

Feb 18, 202333:34
Dr. Usher Weighs In #24 - Two Docs Talking U.S. Healthcare System

Dr. Usher Weighs In #24 - Two Docs Talking U.S. Healthcare System

Dr. Usher, chats again with Tim Bartholow MD, who is trained in family practice and former CEO Wisconsin Medical Society with decades of experience. He discusses what he has experienced and done in trying to improve costs and access to quality healthcare.

Cost of care IS a concern for doctors, for rising prices limit access for many. And its a lack of medical access that is an entirely preventable hindrance to health.

Another major issue is being able to actually see your doctor and the fact appointments have become difficult to obtain.

Feb 17, 202338:24
Real Tru Talk #49 - Laura Hurd: Local Health & Wellness Coach
Feb 15, 202316:54
EduCast #5 - Technology Learning

EduCast #5 - Technology Learning

Guests:

Jess Richards

Sarah Radcliffe

Talking technology education within the school system. These two teachers discuss how they integrate technology into student’s lives and how it will prepare them for the future. Not only the mechanics of using things like laptops, but smart ways to utilize the internet to search for proper information and later on search for colleges and jobs.

How does A.I. factor in?

Feb 14, 202323:41
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 #9

Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 #9

On Nursing...Dr. Lona goes over some insights on breastfeeding and the health and well-being of mom and baby!

Feb 13, 202317:20
Baking Goodness - Coconut Cream Pie

Baking Goodness - Coconut Cream Pie

Alexia bakes a new type of pie she hasn't had before, and lets us know of a certain type of pie crust she isn't fond of (and why a swap was necessary)

Feb 11, 202307:06
Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #5
Feb 10, 202329:30
People, Places & Passions #6 - Rump's Butcher Shoppe

People, Places & Passions #6 - Rump's Butcher Shoppe

Rump’s Butcher Shoppe has become a staple of the city center of Altoona and we hear the story. Bob Adrian took a chance on Altoona a decade ago and its worked out exceptionally well. It all starts with his passion for working in the food industry that translates into running his own butcher shoppe.

What pointers does he have for local businesses?

What other passions does he have?

And why the name “Rump’s”

Feb 10, 202326:10
Blue Ox Running Podcast - Winter Running

Blue Ox Running Podcast - Winter Running

How do you structure training in the off season? What's actually helpful about #WinterRunning? Embracing the slower / colder #running (and cross training!) and wrapping up with a discussion about tracking all of our data - spreadsheets, Strava, Garmin, notebooks - what's helpful and what's not?

Feb 09, 202348:23
Coffee at the Cottage #17 - Phil Lyons Downtown Menomonie INC
Feb 08, 202331:10
Dose of Dog S3 #7 - Weird Things Dogs Do (Hump, Eat Grass, etc)
Feb 07, 202324:20
Dr. Usher Weighs In #23 - Transparency in U.S. Healthcare

Dr. Usher Weighs In #23 - Transparency in U.S. Healthcare

Dr. Usher, chats with Tim Bartholow MD, who is trained in family practice and former CEO Wisconsin Medical Society with decades of experience. He discusses what he has experienced and done in trying to improve costs and access to quality healthcare.

Cost of care IS a concern for doctors, for rising prices limit access for many. And its a lack of medical access that is an entirely preventable hindrance to health.

Another major issue is being able to actually see your doctor and the fact appointments have become difficult to obtain.


Feb 03, 202330:05
Real Tru Talk #48 - 1st Quarter Market Update
Feb 01, 202305:25
EduCast #4 - Graduates Returning as Teachers
Jan 31, 202325:25
Raise Your Mug #8 - Beer Here!
Jan 31, 202330:44
Money Donuts - Internships & The Corporate Learning Curve

Money Donuts - Internships & The Corporate Learning Curve

Jack and Lauryn, two of Royal’s current interns, join Cooper, Steve, and James to share their insights into internships! This Money Donuts® episode covers internship experiences at Royal, the corporate learning curve, career aspirations, and much more. Listen to this episode to learn about the unique opportunities that an internship can offer!

Jan 31, 202323:52
People, Places & Passions #5 - CV Nordic Ski Team "Red Yetis"
Jan 27, 202321:46
Chamber Chatter #10 - Chamber Presidents

Chamber Chatter #10 - Chamber Presidents

Ryan and Jolene, the past and new presidents of the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce discuss the happenings of the organization. Updates on what has been going on as well as a peek at the future.

Who are Ryan and Joleen, their backgrounds and influence in the area.

How they view the role of the organization within the community. The shift from focusing on putting on events to more investor relations. Championing things in the community and working WITH groups.

Jan 25, 202336:48
Dose of Dog S3 #6 - Correcting Misinformation About Service Dogs
Jan 24, 202334:48
Business over Brews by the Growler Guys #4 - Rock and Tait

Business over Brews by the Growler Guys #4 - Rock and Tait

Scott and Greg sit down with George Tait, one of the the owners of Rock and Tait to discuss how he came to start a construction company, his philosophy on management and running a small business in the Chippewa Valley.

The group enjoys beverages from Bloomer Brewing, Titletown and Three Sheets.

Jan 23, 202332:17
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E6

Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E6

OILS~! In this episode Dr. Lona talks with Jody Kranig about holistic alternatives and essential oils!

Jan 22, 202312:56
Baking Goodness - Cookie Pie

Baking Goodness - Cookie Pie

Pie or cookies?  Howabout skipping the choice and having both

Jan 21, 202306:18
Dr. Usher Weighs In #22 - Lowering costs while increasing patients quality of care

Dr. Usher Weighs In #22 - Lowering costs while increasing patients quality of care

Dr. Usher talks with Sam Moen, a co-founder of MD Direct as they discuss the mechanics behind operating a direct-pay model health practice. How they are able to make it feasible and the opportunities they saw for it as they were coming out of the “big system” model.

Not only improving the financial payment model, but also making strides in the improvement in overall care people see. Lowering costs while also increasing patient health.

Sam discusses how his model for orthopedic care takes from the care NFL players receive and brings that concept to everyone. Treat everyone like we treat Aaron Rodgers

Jan 20, 202326:09
EduCast #3 - From The perspective of teachers

EduCast #3 - From The perspective of teachers

We meet a couple of Altoona teachers, their career path and what they do within the district. This is a great opportunity to hear from teachers themselves.  Colleen Chemelik (7th grade social studies) and Jen Bain (4th grade) sit in on this episode.

Among topics they discuss...

-Focusing on the why and the process

-Teachers being a part of a team

-The best thing happening in education now

- Even with all the changes, what has stayed pat in education over the years.

Jan 17, 202325:18
Raise Your Mug Episode #7 - Feeding the Folks

Raise Your Mug Episode #7 - Feeding the Folks

Matt and Jessie from KP Catering come on the podcast to discuss how they go about feeding thousands each year at Country Jam. This is a second generation business that has been a long time staple at the site. They feed VIPs, many of the artists and help serve the food court area.

The planning process and where do the menu ideas come from? What are the most popular options? How have options evolved over the years?

#countryjam #musicfestival #catering

Jan 17, 202331:12
Innate LIFE Reclamation S2 E7
Jan 16, 202323:09
Coffee at the Cottage - Good, Bad, Ugly in Menomonie in '22 and Looking Ahead

Coffee at the Cottage - Good, Bad, Ugly in Menomonie in '22 and Looking Ahead

Randy Knaack sits with Emilie to review the last year in Menomonie, and to look ahead to what 2023 has in store. They touch on a variety of topics including

- Project Hope

- Road projects

- Wonderland Hockey Rink

- Stepping Stones

- Opening of Ellsworth Creamery and Hurlburt Heating

- Wolske Bay

- Lucas Chase Incident and what we’ve learned from that

- Physical changes at the mayor’s office

- Real Estate tax decrease

- Issues with the Mabel Tainter

- Staff changes

Jan 11, 202334:04
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #9 - Menomonie Parks and Recreation

Menomonie Chamber Chatter #9 - Menomonie Parks and Recreation

Tammy talks with Mitchell Stai, the new recreation manager, about the current and planned offerings from the Menomonie Parks and Recreation Program.

Mitchell tells us about his background and how he ventured into the youth sports business. How that experience influences his current role he has been in for a year.

The tie-in between the recreational opportunities and the tourism industry. What Mitchell has seen already that is drawing people to the community at different times of the year. Pickleball, fishing, disc golf, ice skating and so much more…

Jan 11, 202324:59
Dose of Dog S3 #5 - Noticing your Dog's Needs/Wants Better
Jan 10, 202323:38
Dr. Usher Weights In #21 - MD Direct and Orthopedic Care

Dr. Usher Weights In #21 - MD Direct and Orthopedic Care

Sam Moen is a co-founder of MD Direct and Jack Bert, an orthopedic surgeon join Dr. Usher on this episode. They are both intimately experienced in the direct-pay model via their backgrounds in the healthcare industry. Sam comes from the administration side and Jack is a long time a practicing physician.

They are driven to provide the best possible care via a new patient model that provides top-notch care at the lowest possible cost.

This includes avoiding a “rush to surgery”, being able to manage and postpone which can ultimately lead to a better outcome.

Jan 06, 202325:28
Glamping is Coming to Country Jam! What is it?
Jan 03, 202327:42
Dose of Dog #25 - Winter Fun with Your Dog

Dose of Dog #25 - Winter Fun with Your Dog

Winter Fun at Home with Your Dog

- With colder weather here, things to do with your dog inside your home that benefits them

- Using things like “hand targets”, “chin rests” and “paw crosses”

Dec 30, 202230:16
Banker with a Beer - Michael Perry

Banker with a Beer - Michael Perry

Michael Perry - humorist, singer/song-writer, writer and part-time pig farmer comes back to the program.  The gang has a conversation while enjoying a special Non-Alcoholic beer from Brewdog called Nanny State, a "hoppy N/A ale"

- How he has adapted over the last year, and took advantage of multiple avenues

- Balancing his work which can be urban with his love of rural and blue collar.

- The joy he gets from being able to have so many experiences

- What is the one time he truly gets to thank his audience

- Advice for those entering the “gig” economy

- Thoughts on internet-influencing

- Would he ever consider leaving the state and where would he go?

Dec 29, 202233:58
Dose of Dog #14 - More Dog Myth Busting!
Dec 29, 202227:02
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #8 - What's Coming in 2023

Menomonie Chamber Chatter #8 - What's Coming in 2023

Tammy and Melissa guide us through this episode and they are previewing the 2023 calendar of events. What is there to look forward to in the Menomonie area.

From networking events to fun for citizens locally and visitors alike.

They also discuss Menomonie’s involvement in the “Chippewa Valley Rally”, a partnership with multiple local promotional agencies that lobbies in Madison for various projects and issues.

Dec 28, 202227:10
Money Donuts - Certificates

Money Donuts - Certificates

The newest podcast from the Money Donuts team at Royal Credit Union

Dec 26, 202224:04
Dose of Dog - Why dogs do what they do

Dose of Dog - Why dogs do what they do

Heather is here to discuss the behavior of dogs. More specifically, why do dogs act the way the do.  She takes us through the science and psychology and how she utilize this in training.

The behavior of dogs and why your dog acts the way they do, isn't all that dissimilar to that of any human relationship.

Dec 26, 202227:07
Dose of Dog S3 #4 - Grieving the Loss of a Pet
Dec 20, 202235:35
EduCast #2 - Co-Curriculars

EduCast #2 - Co-Curriculars

On this episode, we’re talking athletics and more! Activities Director Elissa Upward and Tommy Tomesh, a student-athlete,  join Heidi.

Elissa tells us her career path and while she is heavily involved in sports, it was another passion with arts and design where she started.

We hear all that Tommy is involved in and the benefits he feels he is getting from them. What future goals and aspirations does he have?

Why are “co-curriculars” so important for not only the future for participants but are also a positive to the present to a schools eco-system?

And remember, co-curricular offerings go far beyond athletics!

Dec 20, 202219:34
People, Places & Passions #4 - Winter Fun in Altoona

People, Places & Passions #4 - Winter Fun in Altoona

We meet Debra Goldbach, the Recreation Manager with Altoona. Along with Mike Golat the city administrator, they take us through the multitude of events and activities being held this winter in the community

Promoting getting people out, doing healthy activities and being social.

The Frosty Fun Series

Crokicurling, including why Altoona gets to claim being the host of the national championship

Much More

Dec 19, 202226:02
Dr. Usher Weighs In #20 - Colon Care and Keeping Life Saving Screenings Affordable
Dec 16, 202228:44
Chamber Chatter #7 - Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

Chamber Chatter #7 - Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

Tammy is with John Freeman with the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and they are talking all things with the creamery including their recently opened retail location in Menomonie.

What, if any differences are there between the location in Menomonie and the original 1910 location in Ellsworth?

What is produced (and not produced) at each location?

How many people are employed?

Why the Menomonie location was destined to be a destination for locals and visitors alike.

What cheeses are produced in Menomonie?

Dec 14, 202226:03
Raise Your Mug Podcast: What Happens Backstage?
Dec 13, 202233:04
Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys

Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys

Scott sits down with Blayne Midthun the owner of Ramones Ice Cream to discuss how he and his wife came to start up the popular downtown ice cream location. The unique model that merges a "non-profit" mentality into a "for-profit" business.  How coming into the business world during the recession of '08 and navigating through Covid has been the "battle tests" for this entrepreneur generation.  Managing time for family and much more.

Remember to visit The Growler Guys, located on London Road in Eau Claire.  Dozens of beverage selections (including unique non-alcoholic ones), flatbreads, sandwiches and a group space.  

Growler Guys is the perfect spot to stop by with friends and co-workers after the work day to "solve the world's problems" in a relaxing environment in a convenient location.

Dec 12, 202223:54
Dose of Dog S3 #3 - 4 Tips to Guide Your Dog Through the Holidays
Dec 06, 202225:25
EduCast #1 - Career Planning in our Schools

EduCast #1 - Career Planning in our Schools

The EduCast podcast debuts with the Heidi talking with Sarah Radcliffe, the Director of Future Ready Learning at the Altoona School District.

So what is Sarah’s role and what does she oversee? It covers a few areas and the includes career planning.

How her own personal experience of pivoting can be applied to assisting students map their own career paths.

Viewing graduation as the “starting line” as opposed to a conclusion to education.

What are the indicators for future success educators are focused on?

Apprenticeships, internships and gaining experience.

The program and pathway to learning about career development the Altoona Schools have implemented, starting in elementary school.

Currently, what are the most popular careers among students?

Dec 06, 202222:34
Dr. Usher Weighs In #18 - Dr. Greg Miller: Family Practice and More

Dr. Usher Weighs In #18 - Dr. Greg Miller: Family Practice and More

Dr. Usher introduces us to Dr. Miller who works at ReforMedicine. Greg has a number of specialties including colon cancer, obesity management along with general medicine. He discusses why he stepped away from a big health care system and joined a direct-primary care provider.

Dec 02, 202228:54
Raise Your Mug Episode #4 - The Medical Tent

Raise Your Mug Episode #4 - The Medical Tent

Kirk Gunderson, operations supervisor with Mayo Ambulance Services,  helps to oversee the paramedic team and the overall medical safety of attendees at County Jam annually.  He has been actively involved with Country Jam nearly every year of its existence, going all the way back to the Shake Rattle & Roll days.

Among the many people that work behind the scenes, the individuals that focus on the medical operations for what is a small city for a weekend, is uber important!

We learn what all goes into creating a temporary entire emergency response system for the Country Jam site. And why their efforts on site, help the overall medical ecosystem in the area for permanent residents.

What are the most common issues? Hint…it involved cowboy boots.

Oh, and we find out what type of donut is so desired by Kirk, he doesn’t hesitate to throw his body into people to make sure he gets it!

Kathy also tells the story of how Kirk saves her from a bee sting on the butt.

Nov 29, 202229:13
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #6 - Winter Wonderland of Events
Nov 23, 202231:59
Dose of Dog S3 #2 - What to Expect when Having a Dog
Nov 22, 202224:06
Coffee at the Cottage #15 - Scott Montesano

Coffee at the Cottage #15 - Scott Montesano

Menomonie resident Emilie Wiese takes us to her cabin for relaxing conversations about what is happening in Dunn County and the area.

This week she interviews Eau Claire Hometown Media owner Scott Montesano

Nov 16, 202241:45
Raise Your Mug Episode #3 - Discussion of the New Site Debuting in 2023
Nov 15, 202229:13
Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #2

Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #2

Scott and Greg sit down with Heather Mishefske the owner of emBark to discuss how she started the area’s preeminent dog day care, dog grooming and dog behavior business. She tells us about a business that has been an institution in the region for almost 20 years and how she got into it. How a love and passion for animals turned into a career.

The group enjoys beverages from Lift Bridge, Hop & Barrell and Drekker while taking part in the conversation

Nov 14, 202234:40
Baking Goodness - Brownie Swirls

Baking Goodness - Brownie Swirls

Our little baker Alexia tells us about her birthday sleepover (talking about boys),  gymnastics and takes us through a "brownie swirl" concoction she came up with.


Is it yummy?

Nov 12, 202207:31
Dr. Usher Weighs In #17 - A Better Way to Manage & Bill Surgical Care Part II
Nov 11, 202228:56
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #5 - Home Sweet Menomonie
Nov 09, 202235:45
Dose of Dog S3 #1 - Pocket Guide to Dog Treats

Dose of Dog S3 #1 - Pocket Guide to Dog Treats

Heather takes us through choosing treats and proper ways to deliver it to your dog. Different dogs require different techniques.

The nuance differences between using treats during training versus giving your dog a snack at home.

Why you shouldn’t be concerned about giving your dog “human” food.

Think of the three “S’s” = Small, Soft and Smelly

Be cautious of how and when food is delivered, especially prior to an undesirable event.

Some of Heather’s favorites including Happy Howies and Pet Fresh

Nov 08, 202228:46
Coffee at the Cottage #14 - UW Stout Chancellor
Nov 02, 202229:00
Raise Your Mug Episode #2 - Benny Anderson w/ Visit Eau Claire
Nov 01, 202233:41
Baking Goodness - PB Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking Goodness - PB Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our little baker Alexia tells us about her first ever gymnastics competition with the Jr. Blugolds, what she is looking forward too with Halloween and we sample her homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

Oct 29, 202207:31
Dr. Usher Weighs In #17 - A Better Way to Manage & Bill Surgical Care Part I
Oct 28, 202225:51
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #4 - Dunn County Historical Society

Menomonie Chamber Chatter #4 - Dunn County Historical Society

Melissa Kneeland from the Dunn County Historical Society jumps on this episode to discuss tourism and some of the events and activities going on. She discusses updates and hands-on interactive exhibits that draw the attention of the young and old at the Rassbach Museum.

Melissa tells us about a plan to create a “solar victory garden” that will help power the museum. Its all part of a sustainability initiative.

We also learn about the sculptures that have popped up around Menomonie.

And what’s this about the “parade of lights”?

Oct 26, 202230:07
Dose of Dog - Unleashing your dogs reactivity

Dose of Dog - Unleashing your dogs reactivity

Have a dog that seems to "lunge" or bark often when you're out for a walk?  Have you gone for dog walks very early in the morning or late at night only so that you can avoid what you think is triggering them?

Heather is here with the psychology behind what is happening, why some dogs do this and offers hope that those 5AM walks don't have to be permanent!

Oct 25, 202230:48
Coffee at the Cottage #13 - More Mabel Tainter History

Coffee at the Cottage #13 - More Mabel Tainter History

Menomonie resident Emilie Wiese takes us to her cabin for relaxing conversations about what is happening in Dunn County and the area.

Pat Thibado is back to talk more about the history of the Mabel Tainter Theatre, starting with its restoration 50 years ago. Its function as a library and even some “stolen art” intrigue.

He also gives us information on the Evergreen Cemetary.

Podcast is sponsored by Jake’s Supper Club

Oct 19, 202233:33
Real Tru Talk #46 - 5 Principles to Unlock Natural Gifts to Raise Entrepreneurial Daughters
Oct 18, 202226:08
Country Jam 2023 Line-Up Announcement
Oct 18, 202230:31
People, Places & Passions #2 - CrossFit River Prairie

People, Places & Passions #2 - CrossFit River Prairie

Lace up those sneakers because on this episode we are meeting the people behind CrossFit River Prairie and learn why a guy with a financial background opened a workout spot.  What exactly is crossfit and why was River Prairie and Altoona selected as the site.

Bob Tanner, Erika Tanner and Tanner Hoversholm introduce us to the business and themselves.

Oct 17, 202218:19
Baking Goodness - Chocolate Chip Croissants

Baking Goodness - Chocolate Chip Croissants

Alexia talks about her upcoming birthday, being nervous about an upcoming event and tries her hand at baking chocolate chip croissants. 

Oct 15, 202207:30
Dr. Usher Weighs In #16 - Christina Funk

Dr. Usher Weighs In #16 - Christina Funk

Dr. Usher brings to us Christina Funk, a nurse practitioner with ReforMedicine. She is the director of obesity medical services working with patients with the medical weight loss program. The goals she has and the foundations she sees in weight loss. Helping people understand the multitude of differing opinions and information they receive and what to focus on.

Oct 14, 202231:06
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #3 - UW Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank
Oct 12, 202230:26
Dose of Dog S2 #24 - 5 Dog Training Advices you Need to Let Go Of
Oct 11, 202226:38
Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #1

Business over Brews Presented by The Growler Guys #1

Pull up a chair and enjoy a beverage with us.  Scott and Greg drink with Chase from the all-new Valley Sports Academy.  They discuss their beverage selections while we also learn more about the new VSA operation in Lake Hallie.  Why was it built, what the future goals are and Chase drops a VERY BIG bit of news as to what is planned in terms of the future for VSA.

Scott:  Bloomer Beer Selection

Greg:  608 Brewing Selection

Chase:  Lift Bridge Selection

Oct 10, 202227:49
Coffee at the Cottage #12 - Tainter Family History
Oct 05, 202231:18
Real Tru Talk #44 - Relocating to the Area & Buying Remotely

Real Tru Talk #44 - Relocating to the Area & Buying Remotely

Dillon and Cassidy, along with their one-year old son Nolan, come on the program. They recently moved from Texas and closed on a home in Eau Claire. Knelly talks to them about buying a home that they never stepped foot in. They take us through the process of having to “remotely house hunt” and the role Knelly and her team played. How they did virtual showings and they way that process played out.

Oct 04, 202218:49
Dr. Usher Weighs In #15 - Health Coaching
Sep 30, 202231:24
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #2 - Tourism in the Area

Menomonie Chamber Chatter #2 - Tourism in the Area

On this episode Scott and Ashley and talking with Tammy, the tourism manager about all things…touristy! The focus on this episode is on the “visitor” aspect of what the organization does

Tammy has been with the organization for a year and we learn what she does and plans for the future.

What are her responsibilities and the goals for a person in a role such as hers.

What visitor draws exist?

Funding opportunities that exist for organizations

Getting ideas from other communities

Sep 28, 202225:40
Dose of Dog S2 #23 - When to go see Whom
Sep 27, 202227:36
Coffee at the Cottage #11 - Human Trafficking in Western Wisconsin
Sep 21, 202230:56
Menomonie Chamber Chatter #1 - What is the Menomonie Chamber?

Menomonie Chamber Chatter #1 - What is the Menomonie Chamber?

The podcast that provides a window in the Menomonie business community and what goes on with the chamber and visitor’s center.

On this episode Scott and Ashley, welcome the community into this new podcast series that will provide a window in the Menomonie business community and what goes on with the chamber and visitor’s center.  Melissa (Program Manager) and Tammy (Tourism Manager) give added insight.

- What is the role of the chamber and what do they do?

- Melissa, the program manager, tells us about her role and what she does

- What is “Leadership Menomonie”

- Tammy tells us how the leadership program opened her eyes to the area.

- Fall, winter events to look ahead to on the tourism front.

- All the various opportunities coming up for members

Sep 14, 202227:54
Dose of Dog S2 #22 - Puppy Bites
Sep 13, 202224:46
Baking Goodness w/Alexia - Apple & Raisin Cookies

Baking Goodness w/Alexia - Apple & Raisin Cookies

Our little baker is now a 3rd grader and doing all the baking entirely on her own.  As season #3 begins she tries a new type of cookie and we find out if she thinks it turned out "Yummy or Not Yummy"

Sep 10, 202207:29
Coffee at the Cottage #10 - Xcel Energy
Sep 07, 202229:38
Dr. Usher Weighs In #13 - Self Fund Health Part I
Sep 02, 202230:18
Dose of Dog S2 #21 - Top 4 Things to Do NOW to improve a dog's behavior

Dose of Dog S2 #21 - Top 4 Things to Do NOW to improve a dog's behavior

Heather, from emBark in Eau Claire, WI, takes us through training our dogs for desired behaviors. Not just what to do, but the psychology behind it.

On this episode she takes us through an abbreviated version of her “TOP FOUR THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO IMPROVE YOUR DOG'S BEHAVIOR” workshop

Aug 30, 202223:60