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Banker with Beer S2 Episode #25
Jerry sit down with Todd Meinen of Meinen Appraisals to discuss the housing market. They talk about becoming an appraiser, and what one is trained to look for. Specific features that bring more value are discussed. Eventually they talk about when homes sell for more than appraised for, and what market trends are happening in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire.
32:17
July 29, 2021
Quick Serve #27 - Ford Maverick
Craig discusses the features of the newly announced Ford Maverick, a small truck filling a specific niche of the auto market.
09:43
July 28, 2021
July 27 Talk of the Town
1) We celebrate another local drafted into the NHL 2) Adjustments coming to the Eau Claire Marathon 3) A local "dumb criminals" story 4) A local brewery breaks out the Oktoberfest.  Is it too early? 5) A local museum is looking for your old photographs
29:33
July 27, 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
House of God Season #2 Debut
Interim Lead Pastor David Forke of Peace Lutheran Church shares a sermon on Church Outside the Walls. www.mypeacechurch.com www.collectivechoir.org
38:37
July 26, 2021
July 22 Talk of the Town
1)  More theft by employees of a local government 2)  Eau Claire well water passes latest test 3)  Local ice cream festival coming 4)  School districts make decision on vaccination requirements 5)  County Board Meeting returning to in-person activities
28:43
July 22, 2021
Banker with a Beer S2, E24 - NWSF Recap
Jerry sits down with Rusty Volk and Chuck Frenette of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. They recount their experiences becoming part of the fair, and tell the history of the fair up to the present day. Rusty shares his experience getting the fair restarted in the mid-2000s, and what this year's fair turned out like. They discuss the obstacles of scheduling the fair in today's world.
30:09
July 22, 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
Quick Serve - Favorite Road Trips II
Craig shares some favorite road trips...where he was headed, the memories and the cars he used.  Listening to his memories on the road (heading to vacations and such) will no doubt bring the surface memories you have.
10:33
July 21, 2021
7/20 Talk of the Town
1) Farm Technology Days potential economic impact 2) Residents angling for compensation for Landfill expansion in Seymour 3) Local Restaurant on the Move 4) EC School District announces Fall Plans  & Returns to In-Person Board Meetings 5) Sarcastic congrats to a local county bringing up the back end in vaccinations 6)  Now we know where that sound has been coming from
29:45
July 20, 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
7/15 Talk of the Town
1) Lots of major events in the area coming up 2) City spending money on the high bridge.  Good idea or bad? 3) Daniel Peggs reaches plea deal 4) Area officials have a new vaccination goal 5) New multi-million dollar youth sporting facility coming to the area 6) Our town makes another "listical" 7)  Sonnentag Center planning clears one last hurdle
29:33
July 15, 2021
Quick Serve - Hiring People
Entering or re-entering the work place?  Whether you are someone doing the hiring or someone looking for work...listen to this advice from local small business operator.  What are the ways to stand out (both good and bad)?
09:35
July 14, 2021
July 13 Talk of the Town
1)  City Council discusses return to in-person meetings 2)  D.A. King announced resignation 3)  UWEC Athletics Racism Probe findings released 4)  NWSF Attendance Recap 5)   Another local singer on a national stage
29:49
July 13, 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
Preview of 2021 U.S. National Kubb Championship
Jerry sits down again with Eric Anderson, this time representing the US National Kubb Championship. They discuss the origins of Kubb, and how the tournament came to be hosted in Eau Claire. The style of the US National Championship is explained, and compared to those of others. Eric mentions the "next level" of Kubb tournaments.
30:38
July 8, 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
Banker with a Beer S2, Episode #22 West Central Wisconsin Planning
Jerry sat down with Eric Anderson of the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to discuss transportation throughout the Chippewa Valley. Eric explains some of the projects in the Eau Claire area over the next 5 years, and plans for I-94 going forward, and how plans are proposed. The likelihood of passenger train travel connecting Eau Claire to the Twin Cities, and South Eastern Wisconsin are touched on, along with areas poised for growth in Eau Claire.
28:10
July 1, 2021
July 1 Talk of the Town
1) Previewing Eau Claire's fireworks show 2) Congrats for area high school sports teams and a regional athlete headed to the Olympics 3) The new owners of Princeton Valley fight off want-to-be burglers 4) A family squabble involving explosive devices 5) Local school introduces "communication boards" 6) The Menomonie Blue Caps host a vintage baseball festival 7) How is hiring going locally?
26:48
July 1, 2021
Taproom Takeover - Giant Jones Brewing
This time around we visited Giant Jones Brewing in Madison. Buckle in for this one, Jessica Jones gives us an education on high gravity beers, what it takes to make and run an all organic brewery and so much more!
50:59
July 1, 2021
Quick Serve - Happy Staff = Long Term Staff
Worker shortages have been in the news throughout 2021. Successful businesses know the key is retention of employees and Craig takes us through some of the things he has noticed works (and what doesn't).  Plus, the difference between the older and younger generations and balancing the varying needs of both.
13:39
June 30, 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
Concert Venue - Using Your Voice
In this episode, Ben and Alex explore the technique behind "harsh" vocals that is typically heard in heavy rock music.  But we make an important distinction that the technique is used in a variety of ways.  We walk through the physiology of vocalization and harsh vocals (different set of vocal cords altogether!), listen to examples of two main techniques being employed by two local artists, and finally we discuss HOW to perform some of these.
35:46
June 28, 2021
June 24 Talk of the Town
1. Congratulations in order for area high school teams 2. City Council votes for nearly $200k subsidy for a local developer 3. The city works towards defense against 100-year flood 4. The skateboarders are back and asking for more money from the city 5. A Menomonie man says a local lake's water killed his dog and why his is a cautionary tale.
28:58
June 24, 2021
Banker with a Beer - Jake Leinenkugel!
Jerry is joined by Northwestern Bank President Jerry Jacobson, and Jake Leinenkugel. They discuss what it was like growing up in Chippewa Falls, and what makes the town special. They recount the local haunts from back in the day, and what differences the Chippewa Valley has nowadays. The growth of Cray Computers is touched on, and what the future of the Chippewa Valley may be.
29:59
June 24, 2021
Taproom Takeover - Sprecher Brewing
The gang goes all the way to Glendale, WI and Sprecher Brewing to discuss the ownership change, new beers and what lies ahead for "Milwaukee's Original Craft Brewery".
10:21
June 24, 2021
Full Disclosure Episode 5
In this episode of Full Disclosure we discuss the 4 tiers of government that govern your daily life, where and how to find the laws for each tier of government, and how to go about invoking the law should a disagreement ever arise in your life, whether it be with law enforcement, your employer, your neighbor, or even the government itself.
01:01:01
June 23, 2021
Quick Serve - Shopping for a dealer
Making a vehicle purchase is a major buy and the first big decision is where to get it from.  So what are the keys to picking the dealer that is right for you!
11:15
June 23, 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
Quick Serve - Things to Look for when Used Car Shopping
What are those key things to keep in mind if you are shopping for a pre-owned vehicle?  Craig takes us through both the physical traits (paint, tires, etc) as well as the paperwork (history report, etc.) that you should be keeping in mind.  Plus, why mileage can be very misleading.
12:23
June 16, 2021
Have a Scoop - Friends of the Chippewa River State Trail
Kayla sits down with Roy and Matt of Friends of the Chippewa River State Trail. Together they discuss what goes into maintaining the trail, and some of the hardships they have had in that regard recently. Roy and Matt explain how funding for "Friends" works, and where it goes, as well as explaining the next 5 years for "Friends". Under obligation, they share their favorite ice cream scoop. They can be found on Facebook at "FriendsCRST"
19:20
June 15, 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
Banker with a Beer - Altoona Mayor Pratt
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.
32:04
June 10, 2021
Taproom Takeover: Brewery Nonic
The gang is in Menomonie sampling the offerings at Brewery Nonic
49:37
June 10, 2021
Quick Serve - Why are Car Lots so Empty?
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!
11:08
June 9, 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
Banker with a Beer - Reform Medicine
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.
29:08
June 3, 2021
Taproom Takeover - Homebrewers
It's a passion of many in the area...home brewing.  The gang discusses home brewing on this episode.
36:00
June 3, 2021
Full Disclosure Episode 4
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 https://youtu.be/sR0muH97Otk Covid 19 Daily Cases Graph https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases
41:38
June 2, 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
Quick Serve - Road Trips
Craig and Scott discuss some wild road trips stories...from gliding on frozen bridges down south to getting pulled over and searched for drugs in South Dakota!
11:53
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
Mack Chat - State Fair & Fundraising
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
32:57
May 28, 2021
Baking Goodness w/Alexia Chocolate Croissants
They are a favorite of daddy but what does Alexia think of chocolate croissants.  She attempts to bake them and goes into detail of the lamination process.  
04:56
May 27, 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
Friends of Lake Eau Claire
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
24:44
May 25, 2021
Drive the Valley - Eau Claire Express
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
29:05
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
Concert Venue - Parker Reed
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.
45:02
May 23, 2021
Chip Chat - Gold's Gym
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?
29:27
May 23, 2021
Banker with a Beer/ Working with Your Family
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!)
29:28
May 20, 2021
Taproom Takeover - Pitchfork Brewing
The gang heads to Hudson to check out the Pitchfork!
41:07
May 20, 2021
Full Disclosure Episode 3
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. Youtube Link https://youtu.be/gk7YMDNwMJM Graphs and stats from cdc.gov proving covid is on its way out. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations Thomas Sowell: Applied Economics https://www.amazon.com/Applied-Economics-Thinking-Beyond-Stage/dp/0465003451
59:08
May 19, 2021
Quick Serve - First Car
You never forget your first car and that is the discussion here.  Memories of the first car Craig and Scott had and hopefully a trip of nostalgia for you as well.
12:18
May 19, 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
EC is Here: St. Patricks & Clearwater Clues Hunt
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.
35:56
May 17, 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
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia Chocolate & PB Banana Bread
Our little baker tries her hand at, and samples, chocolate/peanut butter banana bread
06:36
May 14, 2021
Banker with a Beer - Scott Wolfe/Century 21
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.
36:02
May 13, 2021
Quick Serve - FordPass
Is the day coming soon where you won't have to take your car into a service shop?
10:29
May 12, 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
Have a Scoop - Roundtable Revival
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.
28:21
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
Full Disclosure Episode 2
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.
19:55
May 10, 2021
Bloomer Brewing Company
We head north this week to the Jump Rope Capital of the World, Bloomer, for a visit to Bloomer Brewing Company.
54:23
May 6, 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
Quick Serve - Apple Car Play
 The fact is, cars/trucks are rapidly becoming moving computers moreso than motorized vehicles.  The newest technology and what to expect is discussed.
09:56
May 5, 2021
A new "Best Pizza" in the Chippewa Valley?
Scott discovers a new "best pizza" in the area...and why local leaders should look to New Jersey for a clever idea
29:36
May 4, 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
Full Disclosure Episode 1
Chippewa Falls, this is your podcast focused on your community and what is happening inside the city's inner-workings.
10:44
May 3, 2021
Chip Chat - Musician & Hemp Farmer Brian Bethke
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...
30:18
May 3, 2021
Taproom Takeover - Lazy Monk
The owners Leos & Theresa about what's new, what's coming up this year and a little about how things got started.
49:52
April 29, 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
Taproom Takeover - Ombibulous
Landon and Troy visit Ombibulous Brewing this week to talk ALL things beer with Jerrod the owner/brewer and ALL things hops with Tom from Small Dog Hops in Fall Creek
01:05:39
April 22, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Alexia bakes and tries cinnamon raisin bread
06:47
April 22, 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
Taproom Takeover - Modicum
"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.
01:17:31
April 15, 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
How to succeed in the music industry
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
01:01:51
April 12, 2021
Chip Chat: trying new things and facing failure
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 ?!?!
27:44
April 12, 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
Taproom Takeover - K Point Brewing and Coffee Grounds
This week Landon flies solo to K Point Brewing and the Coffee Grounds to talk with Candice and Tom about beer, bacon fests, fish lists and more!
49:05
April 8, 2021
Baking Goodness w/ Alexia Mud Cake
This time Alexia is showcasing one or her favorite desserts....microwaved mud cake!
05:00
April 8, 2021
Taproom Takeover - Amery Ale Works
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!
48:23
March 31, 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
Quick Serve - Mustang Mache
The famed Mustang is getting "electrified" and Craig is super-excited about it.  He breaks it down for you
10:40
March 24, 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
In the Kitchen w/ Chip Magnet Salsa Episode 1
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.
35:01
September 14, 2020