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Let the Kids Play - 11/27
Discussion on the NFL and a breakdown of UWEC men's and women's hockey
12:25
November 27, 2021
11/23 Talk of the Town
1) Scott tells you what HAS to be on your Thanksgiving table 2) Chippewa Falls Police asking for a new toy 3) Pablo Center addressing their 2021 season attendance issues with a smart move 4) Mayo employees being denied exemptions 5) Local citizens group pressuring community with billboards
37:33
November 23, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone
Knelly and her team discusses taking chances and trying new things and the challenges to overcome. Both in their careers and personal life. Katherine talks about how she has gone sky diving, scuba diving and performed with a jazz band among many things within the last year. How does trying these new adventures apply to her career too. Lisa N expresses how the team in general has helped her step outside her own comfort zone, including things like this podcast. Lisa B discusses pulling the trigger to getting into real estate and the leap of faith that took.
19:13
November 23, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #8
Podcast Swag available now at Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie - Dan starts light, discussing a couple of shows he has been binge watching recently - Looking ahead to hunting season - Rittenhouse trial - A word of warning to rioters - Dan discusses some blowback from a Birchwood School District employee he got for posting a question online - How Dan has to deal with bullying-tactics and naysayers - Chippewa Falls Main Street holiday parade is coming up. Dan will be towing some special people. - Various training classes coming up at Marcon
23:49
November 22, 2021
The Candy Shop #6- Boys & Girls Club
MarLee Johnson from the Boys and Girls Club of the Chippewa Valley stops by to update us on holiday programs, what the organization continues to do and to of course sample lots of candy laid out by Greg. Presented by Ifs & Buts Candy Shop in Downtown Eau Claire
19:46
November 22, 2021
Let the Kids Play 11/20
We're talking about the Chippewa Steel, who are in the midst of a tight race in the NAHL.  Oh and with it being Thanksgiving week, Derek tells us a preview of the Montesano Turkey Bowl matchup
12:11
November 20, 2021
Joe Luginbill Skirts Trouble Thanks to D.A.'s office
Joe Luginbill has avoided criminal charges.  What to make of County D.A. Peter Rindahl's first major decision since taking over in August.  This truly is the TALK OF THE TOWN. ​Also, one area school - held up as an example by anti-mask advocates - has gone BACK to requiring masks in recent days.
27:32
November 18, 2021
Banker with a Beer - Valley Sports Academy
Brian and Chase from Valley Sports Academy stop by to tell us all about the area's newest sports facility going up in Lake Hallie off Highway 53.  All the while, the gang enjoys a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. Among the topics they discuss - What is Valley Sports Academy? Both from the building to what they want to accomplish - What will be included inside the building - How this building is focused on all athletes. You don’t have to have DI level aspirations to benefit from their place. - Working with established programs - Future visions for the entire property - The staff they are bringing in - How do they respond to the concept of “professionalization” of youth sports
33:12
November 18, 2021
Quick Serve #41 - Winter Safety
Presented by Toycen Ford Touching on the key points of being prepared for winter driving -Importance of testing your battery -Checking your heating system -All-season tires and tire pressure -Wiper blades and fluid
09:53
November 17, 2021
Downtown Menom - Chippewa Falls Main Street
Teri Ouimette – Executive Director of Chippewa Falls Main Street, INC is the guest - The folks in downtown Menomonie meet their equal from neighboring Chippewa Falls. - Teri discusses the 33rd annual holiday parade coming up December 4th and the theme is Gnomes and Elves - What exactly does her organization do and handle? The true purpose. - Getting and adapting ideas from elsewhere - She discusses the eateries in her area - Some of the stores that are the must-sees - How did she end up in her current role?
36:43
November 17, 2021
11/16 Talk of the Town
1) Two neighborhood parks about to see ice rink upgrades 2) ECASD approves a plan we agreed with a few weeks ago 3) Local teenagers to participate in an annual tradition 4) Plan commission approves Sonnentag Centre site plan 5) Words of advice when it comes to being okay with others' success...
24:25
November 16, 2021
Dose of Dog S2 Episode #2 - Humane Hierarchy: Best practices to handle behavior
Humane Hierarchy – Best practices to handle behavior 1) What is this “hierarchy” and how does it apply? This is Heather’s tool box for working with dogs and improving behaviors. 2) Taking a holistic view of the dog 3) Changing behaviors by revising environments 4) Example of setting the dog up for successful behaviors 5) Using positive reinforcement with examples 6) Also positive punishment to stop behavior and does Heather see value in this Application-of-the-Humane-Hierarchy-Position-Statement.pdf (ccpdt.org)
32:60
November 16, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #7
Podcast Swag available now at Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie - Thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha - Happy Birthday to the Marine Corp & overall Veteran’s Day conversation - Another thing to be pissed about? - Helping people fight for what’s right. - Aaron Rodgers - Hunting/Ammo supplies at Marc-On - Be there for each other, and its okay to ask for help
25:12
November 15, 2021
Innate LIFE Reclamation Episode #2
Dr. Danny and Dr. Lona talk about fear and how to begin to loosen up the grip fear has on you and your decision making and healthcare choices.  Each discusses their own journey in learning to navigate fear.
18:54
November 15, 2021
Let the Kids Play - 11/12
Its the final week for Blugolds football and Derek tells us how they'll do. Also, Derek provides a word of warning and caution for NBA teams off to slow starts
12:22
November 13, 2021
Baking Goodness w/Alexia - Caramel Apple Muffins
They're a little messy but delicious. Alexia discusses making caramel apple muffins
05:01
November 12, 2021
Menomonie School Board Gets it Right & Hope in the Valley Founder Case Update
1) Menomonie school district with another CORRECT call 2) Hope in the Valley founder faces punishment, even if not the total "pound of flesh" 3) Skateboarders getting their way
29:27
November 11, 2021
Banker with a Beer - UWEC Chancellor
Chancellor Jim Schmidt sits with Jerry and Scott.  The group enjoys a Gunpowder IPA from the Brewing Projekt and discuss the following 1)  A recap of how UWEC fared during the “COVID” academic year 2) How things have changed from 2020 to 2021 3) Some changes that are likely to be permanent, such as classroom changes and online offerings 4) Hiring and staffing challenges 5) Enrollment levels 6) Sonnentag Centre update 7) Blending the college with the community 8) Science building update 9) Biggest challenges going forward
37:15
November 11, 2021
Quick Serve - Chip Shortage
We've all heard about the computer chip shortage impacting inventory for all industries.  However, Craig fills us on recent news that just the supply issue may be improving for vehicles. We also discuss buying online and why he has seen customer satisfaction with a "hybrid online and in-person model" of purchasing be so high.
09:60
November 10, 2021
11/9 Talk of the Town
1) With it being Veteran's Day week, we revisit the Tribute Trail debate from 2019 2) Update on EC City Manager Search 3) EC North High coach resigns.  Why this shouldn't surprise anyone. 4)The best most dangerous street/intersection in Eau Claire is revealed 5) Panda Express
31:27
November 9, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #6
Podcast Swag available now at Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie - The problem with mandated vaccination policies and the issues it’s creating - Talks about the Amos Center, a volunteer law office that he encourages you to look them up. They fight cases you likely care about. - So what’s going to be happening? Are you prepared? - Dan dives into his overall political philosophy - The blowback Mark Cuban received on his Covid-19 stance and what it shows about running a business
27:42
November 8, 2021
The Candy Shop #5 - United Way
Greg welcomes into the shop, Andy Neborak, the executive director of the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley. We get a refresher as to what the United Way stands for, and more specifically, what the organization has been focusing on recently in our area. Then the fun really begins, as Greg and Andy discuss candy and chocolate...including memories of a special chocolate bar Andy remembers from a long ago trip to London that Greg HAS IN STOCK right here in Eau Claire.
23:48
November 8, 2021
Let the Kids Play - 11/6
Derek's thoughts as the Blugolds football team enters the final two games of the season.  He also breakdowns the NHL. Oh, and he also tells us his thoughts on Whitewater football's Perkins Stadium, and his first experience playing defense in his youth hockey league
10:08
November 6, 2021
Mack Chat #8 - Wendy & Rose Buchmann
Focusing on the girls and women in the math/science fields with a mother/daughter McDonell combo.  Wendy is a math teacher at the school and Rose is one of her six children who are either alums or still currently enrolled at the school. We talk with Rose, who is currently working in the field of infectious disease diagnostics with a team at Cornell University. How did her education prepare and shape her.  Wendy talks about making math fun. Both describe how their faith plays a role in what they do. We also hear about Rose's passion for long-distance swimming events.
26:38
November 5, 2021
11/4 Talk of the Town
1) People need to learn to accept this... 2) Shooting on Eau Claire's westside 3) Local restaurant gives us a glimpse into the future 4) Chippewa Falls schools defend themselves against allegations 5) County Board showing signs of in-fighting 6) Local non-profit celebrates 50 years
25:33
November 4, 2021
Banker with a Beer - Adam Condit/Blue Ox Running
Tracey Smiskey talks with Adam Condit from Blue Ox Running while the group enjoys a Leienkugels Chocolate Dunkel Hear his story of what brought him to Eau Claire to ‘run’ a small business. He tells us about Blue Ox Running in downtown Eau Claire and what makes it unique. His involvement with the Youth Leadership Eau Claire program The lifestyle changes he has had throughout his post college days as he has gone from being an engineer, to math teacher to running a business. His social media presence and ability to brand. He admits that running was an “acquired taste” for him
31:49
November 4, 2021
Downtown Menom - Stepping Stones
- Padraig Gallagher, the Executive Director of Stepping Stones is the guest - Becca and Dustyn promote the holiday parade and fireworks coming to downtown Menomonie December 9th - We learn what Stepping Stones is and what it has done for the last 30+ years - The ‘pop-up” pantries and the benefit of a new vehicle they have - Offering shelter, the rising need for it in Dunn County and the fact there is a backlog - The growing numbers using the food pantry and working with local farmers
34:32
November 3, 2021
11/2 Talk of the Town
1) Scott is famous 2) Trick-or-Treat Recap 3) Commonsense WINS with Eau Claire Area School District Board 4) Area public schools enrollment trends 5) Chippewa Falls students benefiting from a new class
28:23
November 2, 2021
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”
30:16
November 2, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Boundaries and Balance
Sheila from Silly Serrano’s in Eau Claire talks with Knelly about creating a business. Most importantly, creating a balance between family and chasing dollars.
22:38
November 2, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #5
- Thoughts on Mayo Clinic employees protesting vaccination mandates. Keep standing up for your rights. - Overall thoughts on the vaccine mandates and hypocrisy of “my body, my choice” - Keep an eye on local school boards. “Pitch a Bitch” and make your voices heard. - Demanding politicians stand up for these rights and be consistent. - Diversify your portfolio and invest in ammunition, and here is why! - Biden’s new tax plan - Alec Baldwin, movie-set shooting incident
31:52
November 1, 2021
Innate LIFE Reclamation Episode #1
The debut episode of this podcast series presented by Cook Chiropractic in Chippewa Falls, WI. Dr. Danny and Dr. Lona discuss what Innate healing is and how they apply their own Innate Connection to their own health and well-being. Each episode will have simple steps/strategies to help you on your path!
34:40
November 1, 2021
Mack Chat #9 - Mental Health
Talking Mental Health with a pair of professionals tied in with the McDonell School System. Andrea Hess with Oakleaf and Ruthann Proue, a school counselor discuss mental health systems within the McDonell Schools - What is the school district providing? The importance of being proactive with programming - Even with proactive approaches, sometimes mental crisis does happen, and what resources are there - There are more issues now than before (and no, it’s not just because of COVID but instead deeper than that) -  Why communication between kids and their adults is important - Lastly, shifting gears, Andrea discusses “Domestic Church” and what this program is that she is involved in.
32:50
October 29, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia - Brownies
Our little baker goes after brownies with walnuts, while also telling us about her Halloween costume
04:46
October 29, 2021
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?
33:58
October 28, 2021
Eau Claire is Here - Ski Sprites Haunted House
Scott Kunick talks with the folks behind the Eau Claire Ski Sprites Haunted House
23:21
October 27, 2021
Quick Serve -Long-Term Car Leases
Craig discusses 84-month (and other long term) car leases and why consumers should think twice before signing on with them. Initial benefits don't necessarily pay off in the end
07:29
October 27, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Don't Forget the Fun in Your Business
Benefits of creating fun within your business. The team recounts some of their experiences they’ve had. Including a recent trip the team took to a conference in California. There was also another California trip the featured a flat tire story (among other things).
18:22
October 26, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #4
Podcast Swag available now at Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie - Update on raising funds for CHI-HI school flags - Riding for Reggie follow-up - Thoughts on the Mayo worker protest in Eau Claire - Current unrest in Haiti and Dan’s own experience 25 years ago - Opinion on vaccinating kids and Dan’s hopes to set-up a fight against a Wisconsin brewery’s efforts to mandate vaccinations - The push to use nouns and pronouns to describe people - Call for election poll workers - What Dan looks for when “backing” a local candidate
26:58
October 25, 2021
The Candy Shop #4 - 4H
Lilly and Skylar from the Pleasant Hill 4-H Club are the guests and they tell us all about what 4-H does.  We also sample the candy buffet as always
20:38
October 25, 2021
Banker with a Beer - Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia
We're talking with new Chippewa Valley Technical College President Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia while enjoying a Wisconsin staple...Spotted Cow!  Her path to Wisconsin and CVTC What she’s noticed about the area a few months onto the job Attracting students with changing demographics Visions for the future of CVTC Programs to be and others that may be phased out
30:33
October 21, 2021
Quick Serve - Winter Tires
Why do some people opt for winter/snow tires in Wisconsin?  Is it something you need to consider?
08:14
October 20, 2021
Downtown Menom #11 - Estilo Salon
Marie Rasmussen talks about owning and operating a business in both Menomonie and Eau Claire (Estilo Salon). She tells stories of being in the hair style industry, running a business, finding love and much more. How she coaches her staff to separate work and life and to “be a badass” at both. She also describes her next business plan: A “high end barber shop” and she takes us through a concept that includes cigars, liquor and haircuts.
35:35
October 20, 2021
Dose of Dog #24 - Door Dashing
It’s a safety issue and one that frustrates many dog owners. - What to do if your dog is prone to rushing out open doors - She takes us through building proper behaviors through reinforcements - She discusses house doors, car doors and other “doors”
27:35
October 19, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Getting 1% Better Everyday Part II
Accomplishments aren’t “all or nothing” but instead moving in a positive direction daily. From dieting, to cleaning rooms in your home to business this is an important mindset to have. Be vulnerable and acknowledge your weak points
24:29
October 19, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #3
- Tackles the deputy-involved death in Chippewa County - Update on CHI-HI Schools having flags in all the classrooms - Discusses Southwest Pilots and their “blue flu” - Thoughts on workplaces requiring COVID-19 vaccines - Brings up some upcoming events at the shop - The experience of a kid on his first hunt last week - Some local political race updates
27:49
October 18, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia - Apple Cinnamon Scones
Alexia takes us through her attempt at Apple Cinnamon Scones and why she likes playing with the dough
06:40
October 15, 2021
Banker with a Beer S2 #34 - Dave Minor EC Chamber of Commerce
Dave Minor, the President and CEO of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce joins the discussion while enjoying a Belhaven Black Scottish Stout He looks back at those earliest weeks of the pandemic and trying to help area businesses navigate through an uncertain future. What is the role of a chamber of commerce and how pandemic forced necessary changes to occur earlier than thought. What is the health of the area’s small businesses Why he is excited about the business future for the area National site selection and why broadband is important
31:48
October 14, 2021
Quick Serve - Leasing Cars
Is leasing a car the right the decision for you?  Crag answers some FAQ
09:22
October 13, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Getting 1% Better Everyday Part I
Accomplishments aren’t “all or nothing” but instead moving in a positive direction daily. From dieting, to cleaning rooms in your home to business this is an important mindset to have. Be vulnerable and acknowledge your weak points
22:34
October 12, 2021
Marcon Unleashed Episode #2
-Touches on the Giese vs. Eau Claire family controversy - Updates on Lexi Moon, a CHI-HI student and her efforts to improve flag etiquette within the school building. - Discussion a Lieutenant Colonel who has been silenced, and even jailed, because of his criticisms on the Afghanistan exit. - Opinion on vaccines and the limitations being placed on your freedoms. The right to choose is important.
24:06
October 11, 2021
Downtown Menom #10 - Fun Stories Around Dunn County
Sofi Doane, the collections manager with the Dunn County Historical Society is the guest with Becca and Dustyn. She is a born and bred local resident who stops by to discuss some great local stories and the operation of the museum. Becca gets a chance to ask about some of the “spookier” local legends. Hell Hounds, Haunted Buildings, Bigfoot sightings and folklore of Caryville.
39:10
October 6, 2021
Quick Serve #37 - Worst Cars of the Century
Craig breaks down a list of the "worst cars of the 21st century".  Which selections does he agree with and which ones has he actually driven
11:13
October 6, 2021
The Candy Shop #3 - Big Brothers Big Sisters
It's the sweetest podcast in the Chippewa Valley. Marketing Director Drew, along with Big/Little combo Vergene and Colby discuss the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  They also try a candy buffet laid out by Greg and tell us what they like.
20:54
October 5, 2021
Dose of Dog #23 - Triggers and Thresholds
Heather takes up through recognizing when your dog is getting uncomfortable and what to do. The fact that almost anything can be a trigger for a dog and what are the signs to look for Learning how much your dog can handle
25:49
October 5, 2021
Real Tru Talk #25 - Celebrating Wins
It’s important to celebrate your wins and the team does that in this episode. While many times we focus on the lows in whatever we do, on this episode we look at the highs. Get ready for some uplifting anecdotes
26:50
October 5, 2021
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.
27:40
October 4, 2021
Special Edition Podcast - How Arts Impact Our Community
The arts are a defining element within the city of Eau Claire identity; a hotspot to showcase local talent and a foundation for artistic passions to bloom. Local organizations and nonprofits have taken the stage to showcase the creative expression of its community members, and how the arts define this community.
06:51
October 3, 2021
Mack Chat #7 - Pro Life Month
Pro-Life Episode in honor of October being pro-life month. Sponsored by Cobblestone Hotel and Suites Guests include Melissa Bowe and Lydia Deering from Catholic Charities.  Also, student ambassador Paige Smiskey. Topics include some of the programs within McDonell and Catholic Charities to support the Pro-Life Mission. Who is it Catholic Charities works with and what is their responsibility to those who they serve? What are a few of the events, including the diaper drive (10/22-10/28 this year), that the school and students are involved with.
31:40
October 1, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia - Apple Crisp
Our little baker and taster tries a homemade Apple Crisp
04:34
October 1, 2021
Quick Serve #36 - The Ford Maverick
Craig is back to talk about the all-new Ford Maverick, a new line of hybrid trucks hitting the market.  Why is he excited to see this come to market and all the benefits it brings.
10:01
September 29, 2021
Real Tru Talk #24 - So You Want to Be a Realtor
They take you through the process with some of newest realtors in the business, with tips and advice from the whole team. 87% of those who get their license let it expire within four years, so what does it take to make this a successful career Dealing with the highs and lows that come.
29:15
September 28, 2021
Let the Kids Play - 9/25
A preview of this week's NFL action and with the MLB postseason push well underway, thoughts on what is going on there
11:58
September 25, 2021
The Candy Shop #2 - Meeting Tandem Mentorship
We're joined by members of Tandem Mentorship, who tell us about what they do while Greg brings out samples of various candies and sodas for them to try.
24:25
September 21, 2021
Real True Talk #23 - Having a Successful AirBNB
Thinking of using your property as an AirBNB? Knelly talks with a couple about running AirBNBs. How they’ve found success and the pitfalls to avoid. They also discuss numbers. What are their rates, how did they come to those and money other monies involved.
23:59
September 21, 2021
Dose of Dog #22 - Canine Accessories
Heather is telling us about her favorite canine accessories.  From a variety of self-feeders, to snuffle mats, to harnesses for walking and treat pouches she covers many items she recommends.
31:58
September 21, 2021
Baking Goodness w Alexia - Carmel Apple Pie
Out little baker tries her hand at baking Carmel Apple Pie and lets us know whether she thinks its "Yummy or Not"
05:17
September 17, 2021
Downtown Menom #8 - Mabel Tainter Theatre
Interim Executive Director Lucas Chase visits to discuss the upcoming schedule, including why he is excited for one band in particular that plays classic rock using bagpipes.  Lucas, Dustyn and Becca also go over some of the ghost stories inside the theatre and Lucas's own experiences.  Some fun, random facts people overlook and we also get the TRUE story behind the legend of the tunnels that are supposed to be underneat Menomonie.
35:45
September 8, 2021
Real Tru Talk #22 - Seven Baby Steps
Knelly talks with Meg Hyland about Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps, and how those steps have manifested in their own lives. They describe their current and past difficulties, and how they handle them.
36:10
September 7, 2021
The Candy Shop #1 - Eau Claire's Candy Store
We meet Greg, the owner of Ifs & Buts Candy Store in downtown Eau Claire on the debut of this new podcast series.  How did he and his wife come to starting a candy shop and why pick downtown?  His favorite types of candy and we also sample a 'craft soda' off his shelf.
20:38
September 7, 2021
Dose of Dog #21 - Lost Dogs of Wisconsin
Kathy Pobloskie from the Lost Dogs of Wisconsin organization is the guest, telling us all about this wonderful organization which helps to reunite families with their missing dogs. She takes us through how their process works and gives some great tips that you can do to help find your lost dog. She also explains why old-fashioned flyers remain a very useful tool even with the rise of social media. About Us | Lost Dogs of Wisconsin Lost Dogs of Wisconsin | Facebook
30:15
August 31, 2021
Real Tru Talk #21 -Living in Eau Claire
Knelly and Kathryn discuss their favorite haunts and locations in the Eau Claire area. They talk about what it's like to raise kids in Eau Claire.
19:50
August 31, 2021
Mack Chat #6 - Back to School & Steppin' Across Tilden
A pair of guests join the program. Kathi Rice tells us all about the Steppin' Across Tilden for a Cause fundraiser coming up Sept. 11th.  It's a fun event that takes participants on a five-mile walk that starts at one bar and ends at another! Then, Kathleen Adams, the admissions coordinator for the school system, talks about the return to school.  The fact that the system has had a large influx of students and seeing new families come in from places such as Alaska and Florida.
23:43
August 27, 2021
Real Tru Talk #20 - Being a Mom and a Realtor
The moms of the TruLiving team introduce themselves and their families. They describe their work-life balances, and the pressures of being moms that they feel in their position.
24:20
August 24, 2021
Real Tru Talk #19 - 5 Things to Consider Before Buying an AirBNB
Five things to consider before buying an airbnb. Knelly and the team discuss their airbnb situations and what makes them successful.
39:17
August 17, 2021
Dose of Dog #20 - Preparing your dog to be left alone
Do you feel guilty leaving your dog home alone?  This is the episode for you! With schedules changing, and kids headed back to school, more family dogs will be left home alone.  How do you acclimate your dog to the changes and make it so your dog can flourish being home alone and during your absences? 
27:34
August 17, 2021
Dose of Dog #19 - Basics of Dog Behavior
Heather sits down to discuss the five "rules" she has for utilizing behavior based practices, dubbed the "Basics of Behavior". 1. Reinforcement builds behavior. 2. Consequence drives behavior. 3. Listen to your learner. 4. Commit to being consistent. 5. Define expectations.
26:09
August 3, 2021
Real Tru Talk #13 - The Market of the Moment
The Tru Living team discusses the market of the moment, and what a buyer or seller should be aware of when considering their major decisions. They compare the current market to those of the past and what things may have changed.
23:17
August 3, 2021
Real Tru Talk #12 - What's it Like to be Part of a Team
Knelly sits down with her team to discuss what it is like being part of a real estate team. They discuss what they have learned from each other, and how they have come to depend on one another in their everyday lives. EXTRA:  Lisa tells a behind the scenes story
34:45
July 27, 2021
Downtown Menom #5 - Zymurgy Brewing Company
Dustyn and Jeff, filling in for Becca, are joined by John Christiansen of Zymurgy Brewing Company. John explains his journey to becoming Head Brewer and Owner of Zymurgy. Dustyn and Jeff are curious to know the current offerings at Zymurgy, and some favorites - and least favorites - of the beer world. John shares what it was like to get Zymurgy to where it is now, and upcoming events at the brewery. We see a peek into the non-brewing side of John as well.
35:53
July 21, 2021
Real Tru Talk Episode #11
Knelly is joined by Deleesha Hanson who discusses her frequent moving experiences and what encourages her to commit to a major life change. Knelly asks about changing and expanding family and what role that plays in home buying. EXTRA:  Stick around for a fun back story 
34:26
July 20, 2021
Dose of Dog #18 - Therapy/Service/Emotional Support Dogs
http://www.wonderpupdogtraining.com/2019/04/02/emotional-support-animal-therapy-dog-or-service-animal-is-there-a-difference/ Heather discusses the differences between Therapy dogs, Service dogs, and Emotional Support dogs. She also dispels common myths and misconceptions about the role of each in society.
24:59
July 13, 2021
Leverage your Best Life
Knelly sits down with Audrey and Josh Borcharding of Cashflow Coaches and Copperkey Home Solutions. They briefly discuss how they teach people to build passive income, and delve more deeply into the journey of their business over the last 13 years. Knelly asks about being business partners as a couple, and what difficulties that presents in terms of life planning. Extra:  Knelly shares a backstory
29:17
July 13, 2021
Downtown Menom #4 - Menomonie Police Chief
Dustyn and Jeff, filling in for Becca, are joined by Menomonie Chief of Police Eric Atkinson. Eric explains how he ended up in Menomonie, beginning with his time as a private investigator early in his career. Eric shares stories from past police work, and what it's like being Chief now. Dustyn and Jeff see behind the badge and hear about Eric's interests outside of law enforcement.
35:48
July 7, 2021
Ready or Not
Knelly is joined by Jamie and Sarah McIntosh who recount how they met Knelly, and the experience that was their second home. Their shift from their tudor fixer-upper to the home of their dreams is highlighted. Extra:  Sometimes fast food and realtors don't mix...or at least condiments and blazers
23:10
June 29, 2021
First Time Homebuyer, Big Win!
Knelly is joined by Lisa, and guest Steve Hernandez. They discuss the trouble that Steve had with raising his credit score, and the determination required to achieve his purchase of a home. Steve gives advice to people in his situation, and shares the first steps that he took in buying a house and building his credit. EXTRA:  Katherine shares a great story
22:27
June 22, 2021
Dose of Dog #17 - Doggy Body Language
Heather sits down to discuss dog body language, and addresses the ways in which dogs can show stress. She also explains avoidance behaviors, and appeasement and how those play into understanding body language. Heather references "Doggy Language" written by Lily Chin https://www.doggiedrawings.net/, Renee Erdmann bravodog.ca, and The Language of Dogs.
24:33
June 22, 2021
Downtown Menom - UW-Stout Chancellor
The Stout Chancellor, Katherine Frank, stops by the program to talk about her first year at the university and the unprecedented challenges.  We also dive into who she is and what she is looking forward to doing now that things are opening up and she can finally get out and explore her new home.  She tells us some of her interests, how the Farmer's Market was a frequent stop for her last summer and why the movie High Fidelity ranks at the top of her list.  
34:49
June 16, 2021
Drive the Valley w/ Talking Ghosts
Bill sits down with Jason of Paranormal of Wisconsin. Jason discusses how he shifted from a police officer to a ghost hunter, his first investigation, and how he and his team classify ghosts. Jason shares audio that he collected on an investigation, and some of the physical experiences he sees often as a ghost hunter. Jason and his team encourage people to contact them through Facebook at "Paranormal of Wisconsin".
30:35
June 15, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Home Inspections
You're heaving more people recommend forgoing a home inspection when buying a home.  Well...that short-term gain may likely lead to long-term problems.  Ryan with RC Home Inspections talks with the group about why home inspections remain important and shouldn't be skipped.   We get examples of how it has helped local buyers and sellers. EXTRA:  Jessica tells us a fun story
25:40
June 15, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Home Lending
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!
32:01
June 8, 2021
Dose of Dog #16 - Hiking with your Dog
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
30:38
June 8, 2021
Downtown Menom - Menomonie History
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.
35:34
June 2, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Staging your home
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!
26:29
June 1, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Episode 4
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.
30:02
May 25, 2021
Dose of Dog #15 - Can Do Canines (& Prison Programs)
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
31:54
May 25, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Exclusive Financing
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
25:37
May 18, 2021
Mack Chat - Father Kizewski
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.
34:44
May 14, 2021
Drive the Valley w/ CV Cremation Services
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
29:53
May 11, 2021
Dose of Dog #14 - More Dog Myth Busting!
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' https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf
27:02
May 11, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Tiny Homes
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. noboundariestinyhomes.com EXTRA:  Story of one of the realtors being humped by a seller's dog
29:47
May 11, 2021
Downtown Menom Episode 1
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
29:27
May 5, 2021
Real Tru Talk - Meet the Team
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!
33:57
May 4, 2021
Drive the Valley w/ Sue Kelly
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.
29:39
April 27, 2021
Dose of Dog #13 - Dog Training Myths
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? 3) Dominance 4) Playing tug
29:31
April 27, 2021
Mack Chat - Heath & Safety of Students
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.
28:01
April 16, 2021
Drive the Valley Talking Beer
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!
28:54
April 13, 2021
Dose of Dog #12 - 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!
30:48
April 13, 2021
Mack Chat - Student Athletes
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
27:57
April 9, 2021
Dose of Dog #12 - Getting your dog to "chill out"
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!
27:51
March 30, 2021
EC is Here: New Team Members
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?
24:08
March 29, 2021
Mack Chat - Student Ambassador Program
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.
30:57
March 26, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia: Donuts
Our little baker tries her hand at homemade donuts with YUMMY results
06:29
March 25, 2021
Concert Venue - Discussing the creative process
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.
01:21:13
March 23, 2021
Drive the Valley w/ Judge Steve Gibbs
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...
31:17
March 23, 2021
Have a Scoop w/ Chippewa Valley Museum
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!
29:06
March 18, 2021
Dose of Dog - Your Dog's Personality
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.
31:39
March 16, 2021
Dose of Dog - Enriching your dog's life
Sponsored by emBark
24:36
March 16, 2021
Dose of Dog - Keep our babies and dogs together safely
Sponsored by emBark
27:40
March 16, 2021
Dose of Dog - Potty Training
Podcast sponsored by emBark
31:39
March 16, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia Episode 1
We meet our junior baker and try a peanut butter cookie
06:15
March 11, 2021
Drive the Valley w/ Jason Vance
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.
28:32
March 9, 2021
Drive the Valley w/ Kathy Wright from CountryJam
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.
29:48
February 23, 2021
Dose of Dog - Resource Guarding
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?
31:25
February 16, 2021
Chip Chat w/ Joanne from Za51
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
32:19
February 15, 2021
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.
27:07
February 2, 2021
Chip Chat w/ Bob from Rump's
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
33:01
February 1, 2021
Dose of Dog - Socializing Your Puppy in a Pandemic
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?
29:35
January 19, 2021
Concert Venue w/ Adam Thoms
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.
37:23
January 18, 2021
Drive the Valley Episode 1
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.
26:48
January 12, 2021
Toycen's Quick Serve Episode 1
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.
09:10
January 6, 2021
Come when Called!
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
25:41
December 1, 2020
Through the Doggy Door Episode 1
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.
24:54
November 3, 2020
Banker with a Beer w/ Michael Perry
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
35:38
September 24, 2020