Podcasts and discussion focused entirely on Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We discuss everything from current events, to sports to highlighting great organizations. There are podcasts highlighting everything!
Jerry sat down with Altoona Mayor Brendan Pratt. Over a beer, they discuss River Prairie Recreation Programs, new building and zoning in Altoona, growth of the city along Highway 12, the emergence of Altoona as a Chippewa Valley hotspot, and recent land acquisitions by the city.
1. The fate of Eau Claire's July 4th fireworks is announced
2. The city council selects a new member
3. A local ordinance empowering the likes of Lieske Giese is discussed
4. A local shelter grows
5. A family activity in the area has returned.
Craig discusses why people have may have noticed less inventory on dealer lots and what consumers should be doing.
Also, why this is a GOOD thing for those trading vehicles in and why you should be strongly considering trading in a vehicle you don't need right now!
1. The bombshell accusations against D.A. Gary King and why he is unfit to lead even if proven innocent
2. The four people we think the City Council should consider for the vacant council seat
3. A major country concert announced for Eau Claire
4. And a return to normal for the downtown Farmer's Market
If credit repair ads online & TV have had you thinking, this is a podcast to listen to first. Brian from Fairway Home Mortgage talks credit repair, misconceptions and why having poor credit is something YOU can fix.
EXTRA: We do it...POOP. Well, what happens when a realtor feels the need to go in a home they think is empty and turns out it's not!
One of the best parts of having a dog is going for walks/hikes! Heather is here with some of the basics to remember
1) Types of harnesses to use (and yes, have your dog leashed and she explains why)
2) What to do with poop
3) Protection from fleas/ticks (and the items Heather has found worked the best)
4) Over etiquette, including what to do in regards to wildlife, other dogs and other humas
Jerry is joined by Dr. Dave Usher with Reform Medicine. Dave discusses his choice to become a doctor, his work with the "true pandemic", his time with the Indian Health Service in Kodiak, Alaska, what "reform medicine" is and how it came about.
Baseball, Ashley Furniture & Weed...we're all over the place
1. What the Express game on Memorial Day represented for the area
2. Ashley Furniture bringing 200 jobs to the area
3. City Council has $13.5 million to play with
4. Day Care Centers struggling creating a circular issue
5. Should County decriminalize marijuana
6. The Wisconsin Logging Museum
Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all our Veterans! Today we will talk about the facts per cdc.gov
concerning where we're really at with Covid 19 as a community and a nation. Furthermore we'll discuss
another election reform bill currently being disputed in Texas and how national media refuses to cover
the issue with honesty, instead opting to cover it as openly dishonest partisan cheerleaders!
Georgia Senate Bill 2 Voting Reform Review and media comparison
Covid 19 Daily Cases Graph
First, we hear about the Downtown Menomonie Wine Walk coming up June 12th
Then, Becca & Dustyn talk with Melissa Kneeland, the Executive Director of the Dunn County Historical Society (and someone involved in a number of organizations in Menomonie). We learn a little bit about the history of Menomonie, such as Captain Wilson. She also touches on how history allows us to see what has changed but also what stays the same.
And, Melissa describes how the decline in local newspapers could have a negative long-term impact on historical preservation.
We're back after a week off with a flurry of topics...
1. Memorial Day parade returns to Eau Claire
2. Gas prices soaring locally
3. City Council decides fate of virtual meetings
4. EC School's announce mask policy for summer school
5. Eau Claire upping efforts to help homeowners with this specific project
Home buyers, even in this hot market, won't necessarily purchase anything just because its available. Sarah McIntosh with New Life Staging talks about the importance of staging your home before putting it on the market. She also gives us some tips you can do before hiring someone and talks about when hiring someone may be a good option.
Extra: We hear a fun story from Lisa!
Rusty Volk from the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, and one-time development director for McDonell and Jaynee Brannan, the school's current Director of Advancement join Molly for this episode.
Since most students attend the school on at least some form of scholarship, tuition alone doesn't cover the operating expenses. So we learn how funds are generated and what they go towards.
We also learn about the new "Macks Celebrate 140 years" event coming up June 12th at the fairgrounds. The event includes your chance to win a private concert with Chris Kroeze
Knelly chats with Trudi Westberg, who is a "founder of the brand". They share the story of how they were connected.
If you're looking to enter the real estate world, this is a must listen episode and you'll learn about mentorship and finding the right team.
Extra: We hear a story of 'hoarding'. A true real estate agent's nightmare described in funny detail.
On the final episode of season #1 of Have a Scoop... Duane from the Friends of Lake Eau Claire stops by Ramones Ice Cream to talk to us about the lake and the organization. What does the group do and where are the efforts focused? Recent projects including "sediment catchers" and why they're important. We learn about their summer fundraisers and we even get a couple of "fishing storie
We've already learned Bill was a mortician before a car dealer...on this episode we also learn he was (very briefly) a radio play-by-play sports announcer! You have to hear the story of how he got the job (which he applied for, it wasn't an accident).
Jacob from the Eau Claire Express is here to get us ready for the 2021 season. How is a team assembled, what will the experience for fans be like this season and what about those renovation plans for Carson Park
Dyan Larson is a Prison Program Instructor with Can Do Canines a non-profit that trains service dogs and works within local prisons. We learn all about the program, including how you can have a "weekend dog" and benefit this program in ways you can't imagine.
How the dogs in the prisons have a "ripple" of benefits to many people.
And we learn the specific role SERVICE dogs play and the difference between service, therapy and emotional support dogs.
Web Link: can-do-canines.org
Youtube Clip: https://youtu.be/V6DOjEArZKA
Season #2 of the Concert Venue is here! Alex and Ben talk with Parker Reed about the local music scene. Parker's a local musician, journalist, and youtuber who is quite passionate about what is happening around the Chippewa Valley.
Sampling salsa all day means you need to burn it off, and Jim works out at Gold's Gym. He sits down with the general manager Kyle to learn more about this locally-owned fitness facility and the amenities they provide to more than 4,500 members in the area.
What makes them unique, their best kept secrets, their most popular classes and what's this about a 'saline' pool?
On the season finale, Derek describes a funny experience he had at a recent little league game...we also rail on the NHL for their inconsistent league discipline...and does a 9-year old think there have been too many no-hitters in MLB this season?
Pat & Joy Bischel bring their lively and engaging attitudes to us and talk about running a third generation local lumber company, how they've balanced being married & working together and why they winter in Las Vegas (and yes, they live right next to the Strip!)
The pool only has 8 employees thanks to the Federal Government still paying people to stay home,
Steven Crowder files a lawsuit against big tech, and Covid is close to over. Also we discuss the potential
for zoning and building laws to price people out of communities, how this concept has destroyed my
home state of California and dotted the land with tent cities, and why I'll be tough on any potential issues
that come before the council which could raise land prices.
Graphs and stats from cdc.gov proving covid is on its way out.
Thomas Sowell: Applied Economics
Knelly and Lisa are joined by Steven Myers, a Keller Mortage agent to discuss an option that is exclusive to Keller Williams agents and clients. He also details the ideal buyer and advice to make sure your credit score stays good.
EXTRA: Knelly describes a unique financing situation she had
Jane & Jerry start of the episode visiting their old school & church, the former St. Patrick's property site. They recall memories of their time their. Moving on, we know the local housing market is crazy right now...but you won't believe the story Jane tells. It's a true case that ANYTHING will sell quickly right now...even if the home has an unexpected accessory!
Then we meet up with the group behind the Clearwater Clues Hunt, back again after a successful Fall. We learn more about this program that highlights the trails and history in and around Eau Claire.
There isn't a registration fee, but the group is asking for donations be made to The Hub. Why did they choose this charity?
We also hear about the First to 26 prize package.
With the NHL and NBA playoffs approaching, Derek gives us his Stanley Cup prediction and breaks down seeding in the NBA.
Also, we hear about the start of his Little League season in Eau Claire and the item he has gotten for the first time in his career.
Father Justin Kizewski, the Pastor for Holy Ghost and St. Bridget Parishes chats with Molly. We hear about father's background and his path to the priesthood (he originally didn't even want to attend Catholic high school yet alone get into this vocation).
We learn how his entering the priesthood shares something in common with Cheerios.
How he feels about leaving Chippewa Falls soon. He's been around for years, seeing people from baptism to communion to confirmation to marriage to even death.
His work with students, educating on everything from New Testament to Church history to Latin.
What is "The Truth"
And lastly, his work with Chippewa Grace Ministry and helping to heal the wounds of the clergy scandals. Whether directly or indirectly, these events have impacted the entire community.
We're drinking a Gunpowder IPA from The Brewing Projekt and talking the local real estate market with Scott Wolfe from Century 21.
First, Scott and Scott discuss the unique hair style (or lack thereof) they have, then we progress into the local real estate market.
-Where is all of this demand coming from that is driving up prices?
- Is the entire market 'hot' or is it only certain segments (ie: is it just single family homes or is it also townhomes, apartments, etc.)
- The fact that there is actually more supply available than people think
- Scott describes that moment he's able to tell a client that their offer was accepted.
Matt from Chippewa Valley Cremation Services chats with Bill...the two share corny jokes and bad puns about the mortuary business that will have you dying with laugher!
We learn why Matt entered the business and the changes he has seen in funerals in the last 20 years
Takes us through the process of dying to the funeral
Why is embalming required
Debunking some myths, including that a dead body feels WARM before it eventually cools
Don and Kyle from Roundtable Revival discuss their organization that focuses on helping released inmates re-enter society.
Kyle, a released inmate himself, tells his personal story of being incarcerated and upon release needing to find his way. Now he wants to help others who he knows experience the same problems.
Many times, leaving jail isn't the end its only the beginning of problems.
Heather is here again busting more myths when it comes to training your dog.
- Harness Myths
- Handling 'stronger' breeds with a heavy hand
- Puppy Training
- Breeds that 'can't learn'
Knelly talks with Chad from No Boundaries Tiny Homes and how they are an addition to the real estate market.
What exactly is a tiny home, who benefits (young and old alike are taking advantage), the business investment opportunity and much more.
EXTRA: Story of one of the realtors being humped by a seller's dog
Join us as we discuss the Chippewa Falls City Council meeting on 5/4/2021.
We'll discuss the somewhat emotional appeal that came before the council
and my vote on it, awards for city members, the Safe Routes to School
Plan, and some stuff on the upcoming park board meeting. Afterwards,
we'll talk about wasteful spending in cities and cover a real example
of a bad spending proposal from a real city.
Lona Cook of Cook Chiropractic Center sits with Jerry and Scott to talk about chiropractic care, drink a Scotch Ale from Great Dane Brewery, talk about who she ended up back in Chippewa Falls.
Oh, and we hear a story about how she was once robbed at gun point outside of the country?!?!
This podcast series will introduce us to the people and places that make Menomonie a wonderful community. On the debut episode, we meet Dustyn and Becca from Downtown Menomonie INC. to set the stage for the podcast.
Among many topics covered we learn about Becca's love of crystals...Dustyn's involvement with vintage baseball...and what fast foot chicken franchise residents ask for in Menomonie the most
We learn who the members are on this team. The PERFECT episode to listen to if you are in a position where you need to build a team.
Along the way we learn how one team members purchased their first home over a telephone, how another transitioned from being a stay-at-home mom and how another quit multiple jobs just to take this one.
EXTRA: One agents story of having a 10-year old find a real pistol during a showing!
A well-known name throughout the area for his music, Brian Bethke joins Jim to discuss his latest venture...HEMP FARMING! Along the way we learn the science and numbers behind the industry. How he got started in this and what he sees the future as.
Also, Brian details his own health battle with COVID-19.
And we hear the start of negotiations towards a potential business partnership between Brian's hemp operation and Chip Magnet Salsa...
The current Alice in Dairyland, Chippewa Falls' own Julia Nunes. From learning more about the day-to-day part of the job to asking what her favorite dairy product is. We also find out if her friends ever ask if they can borrow her official sash and tiara
Meanwhile, Scott and Jerry enjoy a Porter Style Beer from Sand Creek Brewing
How many times have you wished you could hear from a departed loved one again to get their advice on something? Craig tells a story of a forward thinking relative and his story could help you.
Also, the importance of maintaining family tradition and pride.
Bill Bertrand is joined by a media staple of the area, Sue Kelly from I-94. They discuss her career in radio (how a trivia night at a bar was an accidental start), passion for live theatre and her association with Bob's House of Dogs.
Blayne and Kayla take this podcast to reset the scene and update everyone on the entire mission of their local business
- We learn about the School Hero Award Program
- How the Cash for a Cause Program has worked over the last year and the impact
- Their upcoming Mother's Day promotion
- What may be in store for Ramones upcoming opening anniversary
- And, having their business survive a difficult 2020 with the help of so many people and the community
Area dog training expert Heather busts some common myths when it comes to getting desired behavior from your dog. Things have evolved over the years and its not right to just keep doing things the same way.
1) Reinforcing fear
2) You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Or can you?
4) Playing tug
Wade Asher, the GM of two of the area's largest music festivals stops by to talk about running the festivals, favorite memories, blending his passion for music with charitable work and of course we drink some Michelobs.
What changes can people expect to see this year?
The overall state of the music festival industry
What work do he and the seven full-timers do in the off-season
The Night for the Fight Charitable Event
And he takes us through the scheduling process
On this episode we're introduced to a pair of parent volunteers who have helped to shape and improve the school's health and safety protocols. What are some things that have been tweaked and introduced in the last few years as the school continues to strive to provide the best for the families that count on it.
"This week we leave Eau Claire (by just a few feet) and take over the taproom of Modicum Brewing in Altoona. Owner/Brewer, Eric joins Landon and Troy for a great conversation about his approach to beer and about his journey from volunteer to owner.
Bill calls upon his friend Jason from Park Ridge Distributing to stop by for a fun conversation about the "business of beer & spirits"
We learn about the business model of distributing alcoholic beverages.
The rise of seltzers
What changed and what stayed the same during the pandemic
Thoughts on the new "cocktail to go" law
What are the leading beer brands locally!
Kali Foster from the ECCHA is the gues and tells us all about the upcoming Fido and Friends event, the mission of the association and the process for adopting a new family pet.
Plus, Kayla from Ramones introduces us to their all-new "School Hero Program" which you definitely want to hear about!
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!
Alex and Ben, two local members of the music industry, discuss what it takes and the pitfalls associated with making music your career. They'd be the first to admit they don't have all the answers but they've seen things that work and things that don't.
Just some of the topics covered include
- Why motivation and a willingness to jump at opportunities is important
- The importance of developing that chemistry on stage with your band/team members and the fact the audience will notice when its NOT there
- Smart marketing steps
Jim sits down to talk with "serial entrepreneur" Jason Boehm. Jason has been involved in a number of local projects over the years from running a popular Mall Food Court eatery, to landscaping to even producing movies filmed in the Chippewa Valley.
Among topics and lessons discussed...
- If you don't know failure, then you don't know success
- How failure allows him to learn and a willingness to keep trying new things
- Plus, he tells us how he was part of a local movie that was shot entirely on...A PHONE ?!?!
Molly talks with head volleyball coach Kat Hanson, and senior player Maggie Craker about the school's highly successful volleyball program.
- What coaching and playing for the Macks means
- How athletics and academics work in unison to grow people
- Setting high standards for yourself
- Relying on others and celebrating their success
- Maggie's advice to younger students
On this episode of Taproom Takeover we head north to Amery Ale Works for a visit with owner/brewer/director of fun Jenna! We sample some of her "Barn Brews" and discuss how she turned her property into what it is today. Prost!
Craig takes us through the process of finding and retaining the talent it takes to staff a car dealer's service department. Like most industries, there are lots of openings and this is a worthwhile career for many. Craig tells us who makes for the best candidates.
There are ways to settle down your dog that go beyond simply yelling "Hey, Fido...cool it!" like they are your teenager tearing up the rumpus room.
Heather takes us through the ways to set a good behavior for your dog and tips to get them to "chillout" when you need them to be.
Plus, she reminds us of an important potty-training tip now that the snow has melted!
We meet a couple new additions to the Eau Claire is Here real estate agent team. Rod and Aiden introduce themselves to the public!
How did they come to join the team, where did they come from and what are they looking to accomplish. It's a fun episode that follows the journey of adding new members to your team and also insight into why some people wish to get into the real estate business.
And both have to answer the question. Who do you like more: Jane or Jerry?
We learn about the student ambassador program within the school. Molly brings in Mary Jacobson, who created and continues to run the program. Plus, we meet Ann David, a senior student who has grown up with the program and shares experiences.
We hear artists and musicians talk about the "creative process" but what does it mean exactly? The guys behind the local band Orenda Fugue come together to discuss what it means to them. Not only as a group but also to them as individuals.
All Rise, Here Comes...Steve Gibbs!
Judge Steve Gibbs joins Bill for a lively discussion!
We learn his path to becoming the circuit court judge in Chippewa and how the diversity of the cases he sees was "eye-opening"
He also lets us in on the most difficult parts of being a judge (and why "isolation" is one of them).
Later on, he discusses the various projects and community groups he is proud to be a part of.
What is a judge allowed to do and prohibited from doing when volunteering with various community groups?
And lastly, Beerfest is coming up...
Olaf Lind, the communications director of the Chippewa Valley Museum, joins the program to talk about what is happening
1) What they did to stay relevant during pandemic (social media)
2) How can you make submissions to the museum?
3) How is the museum funded?
And what is this about a private library? Olaf spills the beans on a little known resource the museum has!
Dogs have personalities and all are different. So your dog is likely either an extrovert or introvert. They may be outgoing or they may be "shy".
Heather takes us through how to give your dog the best environment for them based on their preference.
-Giving "shy" dogs confidence
- Avoiding "flooding" your dog with triggers
- How to properly expose your dog to triggers and creating desirable responses.
Want to hear two local car dealers impersonate each other's well-known television commercials? Well, here you get Jason Vance mimicking Bill Bertrand and vice-versa.
Along with that, you hear a great conversation between two competing local dealers. Are they actually competitors? The importance of being community-minded businesses, taking care of employees and changes they've faced and continue to see with their industry.
Ben and Alex talk with well-known Chippewa Valley musician Jim Pullman, who is releasing a new solo project "Go On, Boldly"
- You get to hear a sample from the title track of the new album
- Jim takes us through his career and the start of the "Jim Pullman Band"
- Some of Jim's favorite albums and songs
- What is "Stump the Pullman"
- Some memories from the former "House of Rock"
- Some of the background to the writing and making to this upcoming album
- The meaning behind a few of the songs
Heather talks with local veterinarian Dr. Linda Vogner about alternative treatments for your dogs. Dr. Vogner is someone Heather has trusted to take care of her own dogs, namely with acupuncture treatments.
Dr. Vogner discusses what to look for when locating acupuncture treatments for your dogs.
Also, what conditions can be helped and what benefits are there for your dogs in terms of acupuncture care?
More info on can be found here
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (ivas.org)
Dr. Vognar’s website : Veterinary Acupuncture in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (acupuncture4animals.com)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
You can already hear the music (and perhaps taste your beverage) and the mere mention of it. County Jam! Kathy Wright joins Bill to talk all things County Jam including what the prospects are for the event to return this summer.
On this edition, Jennifer from the Family Resource Center gives us an inside that look and background information on an organization that annually serves parents and children in the area.
What are their programs
Who uses the Family Resource Center (the answer may surprise you)
What needs do they have
Adjustments during the pandemic
Why does your otherwise docile dog growl when you come near their bowl (or another object)? Heather tackles this topic as she discusses "resource guarding"
-Why do dogs feel a need to guard something they deem valuable (such as a bowl, toy or even their human)
- Finding help or information online can be tricky on this topic
- She brings up cues that this is being displayed by your dog
- This is a part of a dog's natural behavior, but it can be dangerous.
- So what can be done?
The EC is Here gang talks with Sabrina from Salon Seven! Obviously that is an industry that was (and continues to be) heavily impacted by the shutdown and ongoing pandemic. Hear from someone directly involved with how they maneuvered through it and the changes made.
Sabrina also talks about her leadership and entrepreneur instincts and how it led her to do what she is doing.
She also discusses why her shop his called "Salon Seven". Take a guess as to why it's named that...we bet you won't get it. She takes us through the process.
Lastly she talks about the support of the community and how people want to help each other.
Joanne Palzkill from Za51 and Draganetti's joins the Chip Magnet Salsa gang for a fun conversation.
- Find out why she had to PROTECT THE LIQOUR during the construction of the 53-bypass near Draganettis!
-The creation of Za51 and it's continued evolution
- What is the future of Draganetti's...it's not over and she explains
- What are the very real pros and the cons for local restaurants using delivery services such as DoorDash
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.
Rump's in Altoona has developed a cult-like following and devoted customer base that continues to grow. Bob is the guest on this episode of Chip Chat as we look into the development of this Chippewa Valley small business.
- Why he started and how a conversation at a bar turned into a meat market
- The help and support he received from other area meat shops as opposed to getting competition
- How COVID and early supply chain issues nationally, drove new customers to his shop
- What are the best sellers in the area
- What challenges did he face when he was starting and dealing with self-doubt along the way
- Thoughts on future expansion
Socializing your puppy in their first few months is critical, but during a pandemic it may seem impossible. Heather tells us that is absolutely not the case.
- What is "puppy socialization" and the goal of building confidence. Scared dogs resort to things like barking.
- Putting your puppy in a position to be successful
- Using sight/sound/smell to build that confidence
- Creating opportunities for your puppy to meet people. Should your puppy be exposed to lots of people? Is that good or bad?
The musically diverse and versatile Adam Thoms is the guest on this episode and is on the program to discuss the importance of being exposed to a variety of instruments and disciplines. Adam is all over the local music scene both as a performer but also as a popular instructor.
Ben and Alex discuss how trying a variety of instruments and being exposed to different music genres has influenced their overall music.
They also play a clip from Adam's new song "Keep it Breathing"
- Adam describes his musical upbringing in Eau Claire, from coming through the various band programs in the school system to playing the coffeeshop scene.
- How one of his goals was achieved by playing at Eau Claire Jazz Fest.
- Why he dives into so many different music projects and learning so many genres
- It's not a real tour unless you go to...Texas?!?! Find out why this comes up. And using a flip phone to book gigs.
- His future planned projects including a live stream coming up.
How did a would-be mortician from Wyoming end up becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Chippewa Valley car industry?
We meet Bill Bertrand from Chippewa Valley Mazda and hear his unique story.
On the debut of this new podcast series focusing on cars and the community, with get to know Craig Toycen from Toycen Ford.
We find out, has he ever owned a vehicle that wasn't one his family's dealership carried?
Also, what is his favorite vehicle he has had.
COME HERE!!! Want your dog to come to you? Heather from emBark breaks down all that goes into this learned behavior.
- Getting your dog to come when called
- Capturing "owner gravity"
- Puppies vs. Older Dogs
- Common misconceptions
- Using names and verbal cues
- Any differences between breeds
On the debut episode of this series, we are introduced to Heather from emBark. The podcast includes:
1) Her background and the start of emBark
2) The best part of working with dogs
3) The basic dog tips she gives
4) Things to consider when adding a dog to your family
5) The misconception of "Alpha" dogs
6) COVID-19 impacts on dogs.
We catch up with a former Wyoming ranch-hand and UWEC nursing student (but you may know him for his other line of work)...Michael Perry. The famed local author and entertainer shares his wisdom and humor with us
- Mike gives us his beer drinking history (or lack thereof)
- His childhood spent on a farm and eventually living in Wyoming as a ranch hand
- How a creative writing class at UWEC set him on his career path as opposed to going into his planned nursing career
- Paying the bills vs. art and balancing that
- Are writers/artists a mirror to times in history?
- The work he wishes he could have back
The podcast made by local small business owners for small business owners makes it's debut. We start off by diving right into Chip Magnet Salsa and learn more how this business went from a personal kitchen to a multi-state distribution.
- How Chip Magnet was started
- Turning your home passion into a business
- Identifying your "support" team
- Learning as you go
- Learning about various insurances and regulations
- Being humble
- Benefits and challenges of working with family.