In this episode, we discover one man's goal to drain a wetland and create a town; we meet a wildlife artist in Albert Lea; we learn about the past, present, and future of Rochester; and we tour an art gallery in Albert Lea.
In this episode, we learn the history behind the dramatic rise and fall of a felonious visionary in southern Minnesota; we meet a renaissance artist in Owatonna; we chat with some young filmmakers in Rochester; and we take in the fall colors at Forestville State Park.
We learn the history behind the elegant architecture of a bank in Owatonna. We stop in St. Charles to meet Thomas Blahnik, an artisan who works with wood. We attend a bluegrass festival in Houston. And we watch a performance by the Tamburitzans dance troupe in Zumbrota.
We visit the Faribault Woolen Mill, which has been in business since the Civil War; we attend a gallery opening in Rochester with artist Cassandra Buck; we learn about John A. Latsch, an early Winona conservationist; and we go spelunking in Mystery Cave near Preston.
On this episode of Off 90: The pottery of Lynette Power; Ron Kelsey, a collector of seed sacks; a historic fashion show and Artistic Explosion art show in Rochester.
On this episode of Off 90: The life of a WWII bomber, a sheet music publisher in Winona, and the local culture of homeschooling!
On this episode of Off 90: Motorcycles, a restored movie theatre, large scale art & the driftless region!
On this episode of Off 90: Every year, Waseca is invaded...by marching bands, and there's music in the air! Learn about an Austin man who overcame some tough obstacles on his road to becoming an artist! And ... learn about the humble beginnings of a man from Le Sueur, who later became a household name!
On this episode of Off 90: Spring Grove is one of the first Norwegian settlements in the state. See how their heritage is being kept alive! See the history of farming come to life in Waseca and get a taste of what it was like to be a pioneer! And ... come with us as we explore Austin, its history, present, and future!
On this episode of Off 90: A retired power plant receives new life as an art gallery in Austin!
Join a memorial tractor ride in Meyer -- see tractors of all kinds, old and new alike!
And...Come with us to Albert Lea to meet Benjamin Franklin and other characters from America's past!
On this episode of Off 90: Take a trip to the past as we visit The Village of Yesteryear in Owatonna. Meet an artist who gets her inspiration from the fields and farms of rural America: Glencoe painter Bonnie Mohr. And, Middle School students prepare for a performance with the Southeastern Minnesota Honor Band.
On this episode of Off 90: Meet a ROCHESTER painter who's as interested in bringing art to the public as he is about creating it! In the tiny town of Whalan, they do things a little differently, especially when it comes to parades. This one stands still! And, we'll head to Farmfest in Morgan, which boasts an array of activities dedicated to the advancement of agriculture. Enjoy your trip, Off 90!
Off 90 Down Memory Lane
On this episode of Off 90: We share some unforgettable stories from our past three seasons of Off 90. Get reacquainted with some of the artists in our area. Rediscover historical places and events in southern Minnesota. Also, we'll review unique cultural characteristics found in our region. Hop in and let's take a trip down memory lane...On Off 90!
A look through the rear view mirror of our 6th season.
Explore a 100 mile Garage Sale, meet an abstract artist from Rochester, drop in on a music workshop for youngsters and learn how to get maple syrup the old fashioned way.
A Stewartville man took a talent for making salad dressing and turned it into a business. An Austin man demonstrates how to make homemade fishing lures. We take a look at a touring display of works by southeast Minnesota artists. And we talk to an Austin comic book writer.
We visit visit a farm that raises its own sheep and produces its own cheese in Nerstrand. We check in with the owner of a tiny house in rural Winona. We visit an exhibition of poets and painters in Zumbrota. And we see a display of artworks exclusively by women, in Rochester.
We visit a school that specializes in art and dancing in Winona. Also in Winona, we tour a display of finely detailed model ships. We check in on the city of Mankato and we attend an exhibit of textile art in Owatonna.
A new microbrewery in Rochester, a local pastor who is an artist, and an account of orphaned siblings whose story is now told.
How Minnesota got its shape. Storytelling from the Cotters. The Wild Wild West: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra performs with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
The Polish culture. An almost blind artist. And the Druids
Meet an artist in Rochester with a unique vision for her sculptures. Learn about a business that has been family owned for over a century in Stewartville. Visit a museum in St. Louis Park, dedicated to the history of broadcasting in Minnesota. And finally peruse a distinctive collection in Owatonna.
Learn what it takes to keep a small-town newspaper alive. Join in the birthday celebration of Owatonna Arts Center.
Attend a CD release party in Rochester. And attend a celebration of green living and clean energy in Austin.
A maritime disaster on Lake Pepin. A Christmas classic rewritten by Minnesota writers. Also a family musical, performed in St. Cloud.
We meet the producers of an Internet series about art in culture in Rochester called The Local Experiment.Come with us to an outdoor market of art and crafts in Northfield. Learn about a program that helps develop the writing skills of prison inmates. Also, take a ride in a parade of utility cars in Austin.
It's the best of Season Three! We share snippets from some of our favorite pieces this past season. From Lanesboro to Harmony...Winona to Wasioja - we recap some of the best arts, culture and history our part of the state has to offer!
Owatonna Orphanage - More than 10,000 children passed through the doors of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependant and Neglected Children in Owatonna between 1886 and 1945. For some, it was a safe haven -- for others a time of unbearable misery. We'll share some unforgettable stories.
Lindsay Thibault - Delightfully simple -- yet altogether unique. Lindsay Thibault's paper collage work offers a creative take on landscapes.
Philip Taylor - Fueled by jazz, Rochester artist Philip Taylor is drawn to the abstract. Chance, spontaneity, and rebellion flourish in his work -- inspired by the masters of the 50s.
Julie Fakler - Bright colors and bold personalities... Julie Fakler celebrates Faribault's Prairie's Edge Humane Society with her vibrant portraits of adoptable animals!
Poet Ken McCullough - We examine the life and works of former Winona poet laureate Ken McCullough.
Peterson Station Museum - we'll tour a train depot-turned-museum in Peterson to learn how the rail have shaped our part of the state.
Leo Smith Folk Art - Reflecting the spirit of the Winona river valley, Leo Smith's woodcarving is known the world-over for its eclectic style and natural roots.
New Deal Murals - During the Great Depression, the government decided to help put artists back to work and commissioned them to paint murals in public buildings. Join us as we visit some of those murals -- found right here in southeastern Minnesota!
Kalle Akkerman - Austin native Kalle Akkerman isn't your typical teenager. How many teens do you know who can play the pipe organ? We'll bring you an incredible performance you won't want to miss!
Gail Dahlberg Blown Glass - We road trip to Red Wing's Anderson Center to get a hands-on lesson in the art of blown glass. Gail Dahlberg is our teacher, and we couldn't have asked for a better one to guide us through this exciting, exhilerating art form.
Austin Statues - For a city the size of Austin, the amount of statues you can find around town is pretty incredible! Go behind the scenes to meet the man who makes them -- and take a closer look at their stoic beauty.
Mankato WordWalk - Poetry -- beneath your feet! We head to Mankato to stroll down its legendary WordWalk and hear the poems in the concrete read by the poets themselves.
Author Amanda Hocking - Austin author Amanda Hocking single-handedly rocked the publishing world by making millions selling e books -- and she did it all by herself. Enter into her world of paranormal romance and incredible success.
Eggs as Art - Incredible carvings -- on a most unusual surface. Meet Rochester artist Nicholas Poleschuk who creates stunning works of art...on eggs!
Karl Unnasch - At the crossroads of art and craft, rural and urban, is the work of Pilot Mound artist Karl Unnasch. He remixes found objects to create entirely new, and often unusual, art.
The Commonweal Theatre - Drama unfolds - where the Root River bends. Step behind the scenes of Lanesboro's Commonweal Theatre - bringing professional quality productions to bluff country.
Rosemaling by Betty Dowe - Harmony's Betty Dowe keeps the tradition of Norwegian rosemaling alive through her dedication to the art and her desire to pass it on to future generations.
Jesse James Days - In 1876, several gunmen rode into Northfield hoping to rob a bank. But the townsfolk had other plans. See how this event has inspired a yearly festival the town celebrates today.
The Avalon Hotel - Take a look into the extraordinary civil rights history of Rochester's Avalon Hotel.
Wind Whisper West - Japanese heritage is on display in an unlikely place: Wabasha! The city is home to the largest collection of Japanese wedding kimonos in the world.
"Mini" Steve Tomashek - Amazing Miniatures: Step inside the world of Winona whittler Steve Tomashek, whose sculptures can often fit on a penny!
Amish Tours - We'll peek into the quiet, simple life of the Amish in Harmony.
Sue Pariseau Pottery - Not all pottery is fired in electric kilns. Come along as we visit Lanesboro's Sue Pariseau as she heats her work in one of the state's few wood-fired kilns.
Sesquicentennial Farms - 150 Years and Counting: Tour a few of our area's sesquicentennial farms.
Elena Mercurio Fashions - Mankato's Elena Mercurio designs clothing to be a wearable work of art.
Renee Nation - Rochester's Renee Nation never considered herself an artist until she tried felting. Now she crafts stunning fiber sculptures using her kitchen as an art studio.
Red Power Round Up - We visit one of the largest tractor exhibitions in the entire country, Red Power Round Up, which - in 2011 - was held in Albert Lea!
Nancy Ellison Sheep Farm - Meet Nancy Ellison of Zumbrota... who crafts traditional Scandinavian fiber art with the help of her sheep!
Rochester Postcards - See the city of Rochester change... and remain the same... through post cards.
Afghan Mosaics - A group of elementary students makes mosaics inspired by Afghanistan.
Wasioja Civil War Days - Meet some folks in Wasioja who are keeping the legacy of the Civil War alive...with an enormous re-enactment!
Elizabeth Johnson - Get lost inside the photo-realistic drawings of Austin artist Elizabeth Johnson.
Minnesota Marine Art Museum - Tour the magnificent Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.
Keelie Ritter Photography - Immerse yourself in the candid pictures of Winona photojournalist Keelie Ritter.
Tractor Parade - Experience early Minnesota farming history at Spring Valley's 29th annual tractor parade!
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra - Hear the sounds of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra -- keeping classical music alive for a new generation.
Barbara Keith Mosaics - You already know her as the host of Off 90 -- now get ready to know her as an artist! We take a look at the colorful stained glass mosaics of Lanesboro's Barbara Keith.
The Singing Teapots - Meet the Teapot Ladies of Rochester who turn everyday teapots into musical instruments!
Mankato Pow Wow - Join the celebration of history, heritage, and healing at the 38th annual Mankato Pow Wow.
The Barn Bar - Ever wish you and your friends could get together and make up a sit-com? That’s what the folks behind Rochester’s Barn Bar have done! The result is a hilarious and often unpredictable locally-grown production.
Ed's Museum - For 63 years Ed Krueger ran the general store in Wykoff, and he never threw anything away. Now the town has taken it upon itself to showcase his collection of mid-century trash and treasures.
Mary Solberg - Tour the world and works of painter Mary Solberg of Winona.
Leah Mahlow - Thought-provoking and intriguing sculptures in a wearable form – the dress.
"Over the Back Fence" Radio Hour - Take a dash of talent show, add a pinch of A Prairie Home Companion, and a spoonful of community – and you have Lanesboro’s “Over the Back Fence” radio hour.
Southeastern Minnesota Visual Arts (SEMVA) - Step inside the SEMVA art gallery in Rochester – a gathering place for artists and a perfect venue to increase community appreciation of local art.
The Paramount Theatre - The Paramount Theatre in Austin came to life just as "talkies" changed movies forever. Now it has new life as an arts and cultural hub. But look closely - the history is all still there.
The Life of a Barn Cat - Take a look at daily life on a farm – through the eyes of one of a farm’s hardest workers and stalwart guardians – a barn cat!
Frank Lloyd Wright Homes - Frank Lloyd Wright is known the world-over for his innovative designs. We tour two homes he designed - right here in Southern Minnesota.
Fence Jewelry - Rushford artist Laura Heiden marries rural and urban with her handmade high-fashion jewelry crafted inside a crop seed warehouse.
Sculptor Paul Rieffer - What does it take to capture the essence of a person in clay? Alden artist Paul Rieffer gives us an in-depth look at his process of creating life-like sculptures.
St. Augustine Church - Beautifying the Austin community for more than a century, we take a look at the spectacular architecture of St. Augustine church.
The Frozen River Film Festival - Saving the environment – one movie ticket at a time. Take a seat at Winona’s Frozen River Film Festival, which showcases earth-conscious documentaries.
Alan Seaver's Typewriter Collection - Thanks to computers, the typewriter quickly faded into obscurity. But Alan Seaver of Rochester is keeping the legacy alive through his impressive collection of more than 150 machines.
Artist Mike Schad - Artist Mike Schad paints the world from his studio in Zumbro Falls, capturing the essence of his subjects.
Cellist Griffin Woodworth - Enjoy a performance by cellist Griffin Woodworth.
Stoney End Harps - Not much is made by hand these days. But Stoney End Harps in Red Wing is breaking the mold – crafting beautiful harps whose sounds are heard around the world.
Barn Quilts - A colorful phenomenon is popping up on barns all over Southern Minnesota: barn quilts! Jump in the car as we showcase the spectacular barn quilts in and around Caledonia.
Historian Dustin Heckman - We visit with Dustin Heckman, the youngest-ever Executive Director of the Mower County Historical Society.
Artist Lisa Schreiner Truax - We take a look at “Synthetic Harmony,” a unique grouping of ceramic and mixed media sculptures on display in Winona.
The Rhubarb Sisters - They take their rhubarb seriously in Lanesboro. We’ll meet the group of ladies who sings the praises of rhubarb year round, the famous Rhubarb Sisters!
Artist Bruce Loeschen - Can you capture the essence of a town in a single illustration? Austin artist Bruce Loeschen can, with his elaborate portraits of American cities.
Director Katherine "Poppy" Lear - Rochester theatre director Katherine “Poppy” Lear shares her passion by inspiring a love for drama in her students.
Native American Woven Bags - Kept safe for decades in a Winona vault, one of the best collections of Native American woven bags in Minnesota is finally available for the public to enjoy.
Mystery Author Julie Kramer - From farm girl – to famous mystery writer! We’ll meet author Julie Kramer who went from a farm in Adams, to the top of the best-seller list.
Historic Forestville State Park - Experience life as a pioneer in Historic Forestville where actors portray real people from Forestville’s past!
Lessons Learned from 88 Keys - Mastering the piano is a generations-long tradition for the Hagan family of Rochester.
The Legend of Princess Owatonna - Princess Owatonna is famous for her statue. But who was she and why is she still remembered? We’ll tell you her story.
Mr. Kite - Craig Christensen reaches from his home in Webster all the way to the sky. How? With lots of creativity and miles of kite string. He’s “Mr. Kite,” and kites are his art.
Skiagraphs - Art and science merge in the works of Rochester artist Dr. Andre Bruwer. He takes x-rays of plants – creating haunting and beautiful images.
Milking Cows by Hand - We head to a farm in Sergeant where we get a lesson in milking cows the old fashioned way: by hand.
Model Train Collection - All aboard! We take a trip on an impressive H.O. gauge model train layout in Grand Meadow.
Artist Jess. C. Bohlman - It’s been a long, hard road for Jess C. Bohlman to find the artist in his soul. Find out what gives his story a surprising twist.
The Great River Shakespeare Festival - The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona is bringing the Bard’s work to life. The plays date back hundreds of years, but they’re as vital and entertaining as ever.
The Chatfield Brass Band & Music Lending Library - The Chatfield Brass Band and Music Lending library started with a dream, and it lives on in live music at home and sheet music shared around the globe.
Artist Alonso Sierralta - Alonso Sierralta’s sculptures reflect his experiences as an immigrant – through his use of organic forms and natural motifs.
Costume Designer Stacia Lang - It’s a long way from Albert Lea to Hollywood, but that’s the road that designer Stacia Lang has traveled. Meet her and see some of her work, which as graced galleries and movie screens across the country.
The Children's Dance Theatre of Southern Minnesota - Dance is a lifelong commitment of body, heart, and soul. Dedicated young dancers in the Rochester area get an invaluable jump-start each summer with two weeks of intensive training from master teachers.
Historian & Author Michael Eckers - Writer and history enthusiast Michael Eckers’ mission in life is to ignite a passion for the past while inspiring the future.
Carnival Rides - Remember the fair? The corndogs, the cotton candy, the antacid? Hang on tight as we take you for a spin around the midway at the Olmsted County Fair.
The Sawtooth Bluegrass Band - Old-time tunes mix with fresh voices as Rochester’s Sawtooth Bluegrass Band revives classic Americana for a new generation.
The Freeborn County Museum and Historical Village - Experience life in Albert Lea of the early 1900s as we stroll through the Historical Village on the Freeborn County Fairgrounds.
Lark Toys - The craft of toy-making lives on in Kellogg at Lark Toys where there’s endless old-fashioned fun for the young and the young at heart.
Artist Liz Miller - Mixed media artist Liz Miller’s installation at the Rochester Art Center showcases the intersection of historical design with contemporary imagery.
Buckle up as we hit the road, exploring some of our favorite stories from Season One of Off 90! You'll see fantastic painters, brass bands and so much more.
The Chatfield Brass Band & Music Lending Library - Chatfield really has something to be proud of! It's home to a world-class brass band -- not to mention a sheet music lending library, which home to thousands of priceless pieces of music history.
The Hoffman Twins - A profile on the Hoffman brothers, identical twins who have lived most of a century of farm history in Southern Minnesota, and they have the stories to prove it.
The Austin Big Band Performs - The band performs "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," a classic by composer and TV legend Steve Allen.
Artist Mike Schad - A profile of Mike Schad, an artist from Zumbro Falls whose realistic paintings will have you reminiscing about summers as a child.
The Paramount Theater - We take a tour of the historic Paramount Theater in Austin.
Lovin' Summer - Southeastern Minnesota residents sound off about what they love about summer in our part of the state!
Katherine "Poppy" Lear - Katherine Lear got the nickname "Poppy" from her own work on stage. But now, that's the name she's affectionately known by in her work with theatre students in Rochester.
The Austin Big Band performs - The Austin Big Band covers one of Glenn Miller's most famous compositions.
Small Town, Big History - A look at the history of the place we know as Owatonna, which reaches back even further than does the history of Minnesota.
Minnesota Summer - Experience a contemporary Minnesota summer through the music of 18th-century composer Antonio Vivaldi.
Reporter Lee Bonorden - Mower County's own "Gunslinger Reporter" offers his take on recent local history, and the life of journalist.
Pacelli High School Women's Quartet - The Pacelli High School women's quartet performs an Arlen & Harburg classic.
Olmsted County Medical Center Art - The Olmsted Medical Center has made a very special investment in local art and artists, and in the process is making many people feel better.
Artist Chun Lok Mah - A profile of Chun Lok Mah, a talented Winona-based artist.
Jennifer Ordalen and Drew Hurst Perform - A song by Albert Lea vocalist Jennifer Ordalen and guitarist Drew Hurst.
The Hormel Historic Home - A tour of the home and some of the history of the famous Hormel family.
The Stoppel Farm - A walk through the historic Stoppel Farm that is being refurbished by The History Center of Olmsted County.
Adam Wayne Wollenburg - A profile of singer songwriter Adam Wayne Wollenburg.
The Long Minnesota Goodbye - Minnesota citizens discuss what is meant by the term "Minnesota Goodbye."
Paul Rieffer - A look into the life and work of Alden sculptor Paul Rieffer.
Jesse Smith - A performance by singer/songwriter Jesse Smith.
KSMQ PBS KIDS GO! Writer's Contest - Stories by the winners of KSMQ's PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest are brought to life.
Michael Eckers - Find out what makes Owatonna-based writer and history enthusiast Michael Eckers tick.
Irissa Hubka - A young flute player performs and shares her love of the instrument.
Milking a Cow by Hand - Learn how to milk a cow the old-fashioned way - by hand!
Artist Judy Onofrio - A profile of Rochester artist Judy Onofrio, who makes art from, among other things, bones.
Evan Johnson - Hear a performance by this talented young vocalist.
Minnesota Spring - A look at spring at its finest, set to the music of Vivaldi.
Lessons Learned from 88 Keys - In the Hayden family, playing the piano is a tradition that spans generations.
"Minnesota Nice" - We explore what it means to be "Minnesota Nice."
Historian Dustin Heckman - A profile of Dustin Heckman, the young Executive Director of the Mower County Historical Society.
Carnegie Art Center - We pay a visit to south central Minnesota's largest visual arts gallery featuring the work of regional artists.
Mary Solberg - See the remarkably beautiful paintings of this Winona artist.
Minnesota’s Largest Doughnuts - We take a pit-stop at a place where you can find the biggest doughnuts in the entire state!
Lark Toys - We stop by this exciting toy store in Kellogg, which features many toys made locally by hand.
Kevin Dobbe - A profile of an installation artist and musician.
Adam Wayne Wollenburg - Hear a performance by this country singer/songwriter.
Cold Weather - Minnesota winters can get down right chilly! We hear from residents about how they cope with the state's freezing temperatures.
We visit a Dairy Farm celebrating 126 years. Also we go back in time at the Pickwick Mill and we learn about the accuracy of the harvest forecast.
Learn about a new way to market a protein from Harry Carr from Mint Creek Farm and learn about new cash crops from Forever Green Initiative. Then hear about the advantages of ethanol.
Learn about trends in agriculture with Dr. David Kohl, in-depth grass research with Dr. Eric Watkins and the best kind for Minnesota lawns. We also talk about FAA rules for drones and the seasonality of crop prices.
Learn how agriculture is providing a natural alternative to red dye #40 with the help of AURI. Julie Grossman shares how cover crops play an important role. Kent Thiesse clarifies the formula for ag rich cover payments. And Lynn Ketelsen tells us about the growing wine industry.
Learn about Robotics on a dairy farm and a University of Minnesota Ag Program.
We travel to the Project "Abe" launch event in Mankato, the grass roots effort to create an ag business epicenter in Southern Minnesota. Kent Theisse gives us a picture of the overall health of the ag industry. And we visit with Commissioner Dave Fredrickson about his recent trip to Cuba. Plus Lynn Kettleson tells about the recovery of the turkey industry.
We visit with Alan Doering from AURI to find out how they are helping add value to ag products. We learn about the high demand for the CRP program and Dr. Lowell Catlett shares his ideas on the future of agriculture.
In this episode, Kent Theisse talks about tighter profit margins. We learn about paddock-based poultry production with Riginaldo Haslettt-Marroquin and Julie Ristau. And Sheri Houtakker tells us about land aquisition.
On this show, we visit the Gehling Farm near Grand Meadow to check out planter technology and visit with Dr. Temple Grandin about livestock handling.
Antique Tractors, Lefse and Rabbits
We go to Spring Valley, MN to the Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show. We talk to a professional lefse maker and learn a lot about raising rabbits.
Kasota, MN and the Green Star Initiative
We go to Kasota, MN and learn about the Green Star Initiative. We Learn about improving water quality and soil conservation.
Trout and Agriculture
Explore the intersection between fish & agriculture as student-raised infant trout are released into the wild!
In this episode, we go to Lake Crystal, MN to learn about raising a unique herd of animals; Reindeer. It's like Christmas all year round! Reindeer like it cold and they love Minnesota!
On this episode, we explore one of the most interesting collection of tractors near Zumbrota, MN.
Hayfield Ag Class
See how a community that treasures its agricultural heritage, brings it into the 21st century. The Ag Class at Hayfield High School is preparing young people for the future, by fixing up old tractors!
North American Farm & Power Show
In this episode, we visit the North American Farm & Power Show in Owatonna, MN. With more than 700 product lines including drones!
Farm Fest & Stoppel Farm
On this episode of Farm Connections, Host Dan Hoffman participates in a panel on the perception of agriculture. Kent Thiesse talks about the impact of USDA reports, Cole Regnier discusses his career goals, and we visit an 1850's farm in Olmsted County.
An Agriculture Economic Bubble
Explore the buzz behind an agricultural economic bubble. Kent Theisse remembers the open cry pit at the New York Stock Exchange. And storyteller JoAnn Lower joins us for another story. Also Sue Gorman visits with Maggie Smith about her career goals.
Learn about the importance of broadband service for rural Minnesota. We talk to a policy expert and visit a local business that relies on high quality connectivity. And we talk to Commissioner Dave Fredrickson about land and water use issues.
Woolen Mill and Amber Hanson
We visit the Faribault Woolen Mill, recently celebrating 150 years We learn how sequestration may effect ag programs from Kent Theisse. Amber Hanson tells us how she communicates ag issues with our elected officials and we learn about the career goals of Haley Hinrichs.
Dick Hagen and Janet Kubat Willette
Livestock Auction & Non-profits in Agriculture
Livestock Auction & Non-profits in AgricultureWe visit a livestock auction and also visit with Dr. Reid Zimmerman a non-profit professional
A county fair story and help for non-profits
Join us for another story from JoAnn Lower about the county fair of many years ago.
Forage, peas, and farming trends
We visit a pea field and learn about new trends in farming.
Simmental Breed of Cattle and the Timber Industry
We visit a Simmental judging competition in Austin and talk to a DNR officer about the timber industry.
Ag in the Classroom / Solar Energy
We visit students learning about farming. Also we learn about solar power from Featherstone Farms
Organic Vegetables / An Orchard with bees
We recently visited Featherstone Farm and Sekapp Orchards.
Maple Syrup and Buffer Strips
We visit a maple syrup farm in Waterville and Justin Hanson teaches us about buffer strips.
2nd Annual Ag Summit
We recently attended the Second Annual Ag Summit. Producers, food processors, agribusiness professionals and educators spent the day learning about technology, new post-secondary training opportunities and the possibility of creating a world-renown ag center. We had interviews with Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, Adam Heimer, Mary Davenport and Jennifer Smith.
MN State FFA Convention
Dan visits the Minnesota State FFA Convention held annually at the University of Minnesota campus.
Zimmerman Turkey Farm and Energy Efficiency
Dan visits the farm of John Zimmerman near Northfield, Minnesota and learns how the operation was evaluated by a team of experts and optimized for energy efficiency.
History - People, Places & Things
We travel back in time with the help of the Mower County Historical Society. We visit with people that impacted history & made a difference in agriculture. We talk about places that are significant; how they were mapped and charted and we talk about the things that were involved in making agriculture productive.
Fuel Economy & Bio-Fuels
Food, Fuel, Feed & Fiber
This episode of Farm Connections explores the world of forage crops -- those intended to feed livestock -- which are among the most valued crops in our ag economy. Dan travels to Gar-Lin Dairy Farms in Eyota, Minnesota to understand how feed is produced, processed and consumed within a successful dairy operation. He also visits with researchers from the University of Minnesota who explain the unique and powerful characteristics of alfalfa, an important forage crop. And he meets with a representative of the Midwest Forage Association.
Breakfast On the Farm
On this episode, we take part in one of the great traditions in rural Minnesota – Breakfast On the Farm. It’s an opportunity for people outside of agriculture to visit a farm and meet the people who produce the food for our table throughout the year. Breakfast On the Farm is fun, informative and filling!
Water Quality & Agriculture
On this episode we dive in to research about farm water quality when we visit a Discovery Farm near Kasson, Minnesota. Researchers there try to understand the relationship between agriculture and clean water supplies. You'll learn something new about one of our most basic elements!
Ag Appreciation and the Economy
On this episode we talk about agriculture and the economy. We also visit an Ag Appreciation Dinner. Come join us for a great pork chop dinner!
Around the World
On this episode we learn how products from area farms get distributed to far away places. We talk to area leaders in the business of exports.
MN State Fair & Princess Kay
Welcome to the Minnesota State Fair, one of the biggest agricultural expositions in the country. Dan explores the fair's agricultural underpinnings, including the tradition of Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the impact of dairy on the state economy and culture, and agriculture education through a fair teacher/entertainer.
All About Pork
We take a trip to the National Barrow Show in Austin, MN and also we learn how to make delicious grilled pork loin at Dan Hoffman's residence.
The Big Iron Show
In this episode we go to the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota!
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Sesquicentennial Farms/Farm Safety Camp – 501
On this "Farm Connections," Dan takes us on a visit to some of the oldest farms in our region and meets the families that keep them alive. Then he brings us to Farm Safety Camp where students get valuable lessons on rural living. And we meet our FFA Student Leader of the Week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Ag in the Classroom/Minnesota Youth Institute - 502
On this week's Farm Connections, we visit the intersection of agriculture and education. First, Dan brings us to a classroom where working farmers teach students valuable lessons in agriculture. Then he introduces us to young people from the Minnesota Youth Institute who address the issue of global hunger. We also meet our next FFA Student Leader of the Week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Clean Air and Clean Water – 503
On this episode of Farm Connections, we focus on clean air and clean water. First, Dan Hoffman visits an innovative environmental project that filters farm drainage water the natural way. Then he speaks with Minnesota's climatologist to better understand the science of weather and how the atmosphere affects agriculture. We also meet our next FFA Student Leader of the Week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Exploring the University of Minnesota – 504
On this Farm Connections, we visit one of the leading institutions for agricultural research -- the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. First, we sit down with entomologist Dr. Ken Ostlie to learn how pests are adopting behaviors that threaten our harvest. Then we visit with Dr. Tonya Schoenfuss, a food scientist who's developing new and healthier dairy products. We also meet our next FFA Student Leader of the week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" The Art of Farming – 505
The beauty of farm country comes into focus on this Farm Connections when we meet artist Bonnie Mohr, who specializes in paintings of rural life. We visit her studio, which is located on her Glencoe farm, and discover how her ag roots inspired her success. We also learn how she supports the FFA student organization through her art. And we meet our next FFA student leader of the week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Farming Across Borders – 506
On this Farm Connections, we learn how farming is common to all parts of the world. Dan visits with members of a MARL research team that traveled to Morocco to learn how agriculture is practiced in some of the world's most demanding conditions. Then he extends his cross-cultural connections by visiting with David Pratt, the coordinator of a University of Minnesota exchange program that brings ag students from around the world here, to the U.S., to study farming techniques. And we meet our next FFA Student Leader Of The Week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Addressing Global Hunger – 507
On this Farm Connections, we look at one of the world's greatest challenges: Hunger. First, Dan visits with Tim Stromer of Kids Against Hunger who shows how simple food packets made from common ag products right here in Minnesota are delivered to some of the most impoverished countries on Earth. Then Dan visits with Joe Swedberg of Hormel Foods of Austin to learn how another innovative ag product is helping to raise healthy kids in developing nations. We also meet our next FFA Student Leader of the Week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Farmamerica/Ag Watershed – 508
On this Farm Connections, we celebrate Minnesota's strong agricultural heritage by visiting Farmamerica, our Agricultural Interpretive Center. This facility is a state treasure, specifically established to tell the story of agriculture. Then Dan takes a closer look into another state treasure—our clean water supply—by visiting with two local researchers who are monitoring the quality of the water supply in our region. We also meet our FFA Student Leader of the Week.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Minnesota Farmfest – 509
On this episode of Farm Connections, Dan explores Minnesota Farmfest, a sprawling annual event that brings people from all walks of life face to face with agriculture. We'll meet some of the people behind this event, learn about this year's hot topics, and speak with ag advocate Trent Loos. And we meet our next FFA Student Leader of the Week. Come to Farmfest on this Farm Connections.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Rural Mental Health – 510
On this Farm Connections, Dan visits with a counselor who supports farm families throughout Minnesota as they deal with emotional and mental health challenges. Then he takes part in the 4th Annual Meyer Iowa Tractor Ride, which is dedicated to honoring loved ones who have passed away.
KSMQ's "Farm Connections" Land Conversion – 511
On this Farm Connections, Dan travels to a plot of land in rural Mower County that was transformed from farmland into native habitat. He meets with two of the coordinators of this project to learn why the landowners decided to convert arable land into a wildlife preserve. We also take a look at scenes of the harvest in southern Minnesota.
KSMQ'S "Farm Connections" Inside the Grain Elevator 512
On this Farm Connections, Dan looks at what happens to the crop once it leaves the field. He travels to Adams, Minnesota to get a guided tour through a grain elevator and feed mill. He learns firsthand how crops are priced, processed, stored, and eventually delivered to the consumer.
Agriculture Old and New
Safety on the Farm
Alternative Ag Products
It's Fair Time!
Farming a Continent Away
Creatures Great and Small
How to Know Your Ag
Real World Milk Production
Farming Yesterday and Today
Root Cellars and a Rochester Garden
We learn about root cellars with Mike Larsen; Visit the garden of Ken Zimmerman and get a recipe for Greek style grilled eggplant!
Historic Forestville and Apples at Seed Savers
We explore Historic Forestville and stop in at Seed Savers to learn about the apple trees they grow from seeds from hundreds of years ago!
Community Gardening & Rochester Garden
Guest Audrey Alfson from the Houston Community Garden. Rochester Garden Tour #2 - the home of Barbara & Glen Muenkel
S.M.A.R.T. Garden and Shrubs
We visit the S.M.A.R.T. garden at RCTC in Rochester, MN. And we learn more about Shrubs at the Minnesota Arboretum.
Native Flowers and Herbs
We travel to Prairie Moon Nursery to learn about native plants and flowers. And then we learn about herbs from Master Gardener, Jessie Crane.
Silver Bee Farm and Rochester Garden Tour 1
We visit Silver Bee Farm with Nutritionist, Amy Pleimling. Then we explore our first garden this year from the Rochester Garden Tour. And Chef Larson shows us how to make Baby Heirloom Potato Salad.
Glass Sculptures and Garden Beverages
We look at Glass Sculptures on display at the MN Arboretum. And talk about things from the garden we can drink!
The Year of Renewal and Food Dehydration
In this episode we go to the garden of Liz Bankes and learn about her "Year of Renewal". Then Mary Bell gives us advise on drying all kinds of food and we'll learn how to make Lilac Poached Chicken from Chef Larson.
The Living Wall and a Japanese Garden
We visit the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester to see the stunning "Living Wall". Then we travel to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to get a tour of a Japanese Garden. Chef Larson's recipe is "Stir fried Brocolli with Red Miso and Walnut Sauce".
Wicking Beds, Winter Squash and Water Features
Joe Deden demonstrates how to make a wicking bed, to conserve water. Landscape expert, Dave Sloan talks about the components of a pond at the Central Gardens of North Iowa and Chef Larson serves up "Winter Squash".
Flower Arrangement and Garden Art
Learn how to make a bouquet from the flowers in your garden. Liz Reckner and Kayla Meier share some of their best tips. Artist, Jim Wegner shows us how to add something very special to our gardens and Chef Larson cooks with mushrooms.
Aquaponics and Birds
In this episode we learn all about aquaponics; growing plants with water and live fish. We meet author and naturalist, Stan Tekiela, who shows us how to attract birds to our backyard garden. Also Chef Larson makes an "Arugula Salad" with crab, walnuts and apple.
Grafting Apple Trees and Bug Management
Learn how to graft apple trees with Dan Bussey of Seed Savers; Manage favorable and unfavorable bugs with the help of Entomologist Jeff Hahn. And Chef Larson shows us how to make "Apple Tarte Tatin".
Springtime Pruning and Bee Pollination
On this episode, Rick Pleggenkuhle helps us make the right cuts when pruning our plants in the spring. Andrew Pruett shows us why bees are important friends in the garden. And, of course, Chef Stephen Larson brings us his tasty take on spring garden produce -- this time it's Belgian Endive.
Micro-greens and Sustainable Foods
Growing Asparagus and Soil Quality
Growing Mint and Using Low Tunnels
Hydroponic Gardening and Diagnosing Plant Problems
Native Plants & Labyrinth
On this episode we learn about native plants, visit a labyrinth garden and get a recipe from Chef Larson.
On this episode we visit 2 different gardens. One from the Rochester Garden Tour and Silver Bee Farm which is a working market garden. Chef Larson will also give us a recipe for fried red tomatoes.
Fairy Garden and Hops
On this episode we learn how to make a fairy garden and grow hops for home brewing.
Organic/ Blue Fruit Farm
On this episode Organic farms are explained as we visit Blue Fruit Farm.
Elderberry Wine Making & Oronoco Garden
On this episode, we learn about growing elderberries and making wine from them. Also we visit an Oronoco, MN garden with a large pond.
Minnesota Nuts and the Pepperfield Project
On this episode we learn, after the development process of 30 years, how nuts are grown in Minnesota. Then we visit the Pepperfield Project in Decorah, IA
Permaculture Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
On this episode we learn what permaculture is and also how to do gardening in smaller spaces.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Spring Into Action – 501
The first episode of Garden Connections' new season gets viewers off to a good start on the growing season by exploring ways to garden before the ground thaws. First, Stephanie joins Walter Ellis for a tour of Bonnie Plants in Nora Springs, Iowa, which grows thousands upon thousands of vegetable, flower and herb transplants. Then Stephanie visits with Rick Pleggenkuhl, from Cerro Gordo County Extension Service, who'll outline the key principles behind garden design. We'll also hear from Jennifer McCauley-Oftelie who illustrates the ingredients for a good seed starting mix.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Small But Mighty – 502
Gardeners know the power of seeds; they are small but mighty. Stephanie joins Laurie LeGrande for a tour of River Valley Sprouts in Houston, Minnesota. Laurie and her husband Jack Moe grow sprouted seeds for consumption rather than planting. Later Stephanie visits with Master Gardener Candy Marshall, from Clear Lake, Iowa, who demonstrates the many methods of seed starting for plants you want to jump start. We'll also hear from Jennifer McCauley Oftelie who shows you that a little TLC will rescue those tools that you may have neglected last fall.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Preparing the Soil – 503
A healthy garden begins with healthy soil, and on this episode of Garden Connections we learn how soil can be tested. Stephanie begins by drawing samples from KSMQ's own community garden plot. Then she brings them to Frontier Labs in Clear Lake, Iowa, where soil expert Rich Finstad measures its chemical make-up. Next, Stephanie is joined in the potting shed by Aimee Whiteaker, horticulturist and former host of Garden Connections, to talk about bulbs. What is a bulb? What is the best way of handling them? How and when should they be planted? You'll be surprised by what we "dig up" on this Garden Connections.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Master Gardener/Handling Bulbs – 504
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie is joined by Master Gardener Paul Trcka to learn best practices when planning a garden. He'll help us plan our own garden plot. Then Jennifer Oftelie, our local community gardener, offers tips on gardening attire and accessories. Finally, Stepanie meets with garden expert Darnell Reindl who demonstrates ways divide perennials, peonies, rhubarb and other garden favorites.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Central Gardens/High Tunnel Gardening – 505
One of the best ways to appreciate gardening is to experience it on a grand scale. On this episode of Garden Connections, Stephanie travels to Central Gardens of North Iowa where she meets gardener Leigh Trembath, and gets a behind the scenes look at how this lush garden is "awakened" in the spring. Stephanie also visits with John and Jan Ulland of Austin, who provide the ins and outs of high-tunnel gardening. And we catch up with Jennifer Oftelie, who identifies the plants we'll be putting in our community garden plot.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Orchids/Cooking With Greens/Planting Seeds – 506
On this episode of Garden Connections, we explore the fascinating world of orchids, with guidance from an expert grower from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Next, Chef Larson gives us innovative ideas for cooking with greens. Then it's planting time for our own garden at the Austin Community Gardens, a project we'll follow throughout the season.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Working Worms/Ask Aimee/Transplanting – 507
On this Garden Connections, we learn about the contributions of earthworms to your garden by visiting a worm farm in Spring Valley. Then horticulturist Aimee Whiteaker answers your questions about volunteer plants and the best time to harvest lettuce. After that, we continue our work at the Austin Community Gardens by transplanting what we grew indoors earlier this spring.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Bale Gardening/Cooking Rhubarb/Mulching – 508
On this Garden Connections, we learn how to garden using straw bales -- an easy, innovative way to grow healthy plants in just about any location. Then Chef Larson shows us a great way to cook rhubarb with delicious results. We also join Jennifer Oftelie in our Austin Community Garden plot where we learn how to apply different kinds of mulches and row covers.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Landscape Arboretum/Ask Aimee/Planting Vegetables - 509
On this Garden Connections, we'll explore the vast grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, a treasure trove of delights for gardeners of all backgrounds. Horticulturist Aimee Whiteaker will answer questions about garden pests and plant infections. And we'll be planting and transplanting vegetables at the Austin Community Gardens.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Rain Gardens/Succulents – 510
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie explores beautiful and innovative rain gardens in Rochester. They use run-off from buildings and streets to efficiently water plants, and the result is a lush, environmentally friendly residential hideaway. Later, she's joined in the potting shed by an expert in succulents, exotic plants that require very little water. And Chef Stephen Larson shows us another novel use of our garden harvest—rhubarb ale.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Peonies/Container Gardening – 511
There are flowers and there are FLOWERS, and on the next Garden Connections Stephanie gets a close look at the peony, which has a plump, luxuriant, fragrant blossom. She takes us to Kenyon, Minnesota to meet with farmers who raise peonies on a large scale. She also gets lessons in small scale planting when she's joined in the potting shed by an expert on container gardening. And Chef Stephen Larson shows us a new way to prepare romaine lettuce -- on the grill.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Country Garden Tour/Weed Control – 512
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us on a tour of an old farm that's been converted to breathtaking country residence filled with lush gardens. We also work in our community garden where we get The traffic that goes in casinomatrix.net sites on a daily basis should be your judgment criterion. a lesson on weed identification and control from a master gardener. And Chef Larson joins us for a primer on fresh herbs for cooking.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Growing Hostas and Mushrooms – 513
On this Garden Connections, we seek out the origins of some of our favorite garden staples. First, Stephanie takes us to Shady Oak Nursery where we learn how hostas get their start in test tubes. She also visits a farm in Winona and discovers how culinary mushrooms are raised.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Serendipity Gardens/Garden Update – 514
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us to Serendipity Gardens in Albert Lea where writer Carol Hegel Lang has created a sumptuous, serene cottage garden. Then Chef Stephen Larson shows us new ways of incorporating beets into recipes. And Master Gardener Paul Trcka diagnoses the condition of our community garden.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Woodland Garden/Growing Roses – 515
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie explores a beautiful woodland garden in Rochester complete with a fish pond and steep rocky slope. She learns how to manage planting near a wild area and the challenges of planting on a hill. Then Chef Larson uses fresh beets to create delicious black velvet cupcakes. Stephanie also travels to the C. A. Rohrer Rose Garden in Winona to get essential tips on how to grow and care for roses.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Central Gardens/Fair Time! – 516
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us back to the beautiful Central Gardens of North Iowa to see how it's blossomed by mid-summer. We enjoy the many lush flower gardens and learn about Central Gardens' summer activities. Then Master Gardener Paul Trcka answers viewer mail. And Stephanie visits Freeborn County Fair to learn how to enter your own garden produce and flowers in your local county fair.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Garden Tour/Dealing with Dry Spells – 517
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us to a luxuriant garden in Rochester where owner Ken Zimmerman describes his many efforts to perfect this inviting backyard getaway, which includes planting for color, maintaining trees, creating trouble-free lawn edging, and choosing statuary and other decor. Then Chef Larson creates a delicious dish from fresh green beans. And then Stephanie visits a thriving country garden to learn watering techniques in hot weather.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Farmers Markets/Seed Saving – 518
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie visits the Farmers Market of Mason City, Iowa to see what's offered and to get a sense of what it takes to sell produce in these markets. Then Chef Larson shows us how to prepare fresh sweet corn with delectable results. Finally, Stephanie is joined in the potting shed by Norrie MacIlraith, former host of Garden Connections, who shows how to save seeds.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Family Garden/Harvest Time – 519
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie visits a fun suburban garden in Rochester to see how it's been developed into an inviting family recreation area. Chef Larson demonstrates another delicious recipe featuring fresh green beans. Then Stephanie joins Jenn Oftelie in our community garden plot to harvest our produce and to look back on this unusual growing season.
KSMQ's "Garden Connections" ISU Booster Garden/Putting Your Garden to Bed – 520
On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us to Mason City, Iowa where an ambitious gardener frames his garden around a personal passion—Iowa State University. Chef Larson shares another innovative recipe with fresh sweet corn. Then Stephanie is joined in the potting shed by Shelley Pederson, who shares techniques for putting your garden to bed for the winter.
Weeding Your Garden
Square Foot Gardening
Starting Seeds Indoors
Preparing a Shopping List for Your Garden
Gardening with Children
Landscaping for Wildlife
Landscaping for Curb Appeal
Choosing the Right Landscaper
Planting Trees and Shrubs
What to Plant in Your Garden
Preparing a Garden: How Green is Your Thumb?
Host Eric Olson talks with Bonnie Rietz and Belita Schindler about this year's ArtWorks Festival, held annually in August. The Hormel Foundation sponsors an annual Gifted and Talented Symposium. This year, attendees included a delegation from Turkey; and they'll be joining Eric here. And a Vision 2020 update from Mayor Tom Stiehm.
Host Eric Olson when he meets Albert Lea Area Schools Teacher of the Year winner Todd Lange. Dawn Helgeson from Arc Mower County tells us about the summer Special Olympics available in Austin. And, Mark Thein talks about how he helps small businesses get started.
Find out more about the MacPhail Center for Music, which is coming to Austin, MN. Jonathan Zierdt from Greater Mankato Growth shares the good news about the job picture in southern Minnesota. And Steve Kime will convince you to bike to work this summer.
Megan Moeller from Rochester Public Works Department describes the clean-up project that is held in April. Michael Sparby, Senior Project Strategist with AURI, explains their mission and latest project, and John gray updates us on the Gateway Committee's efforts.
We look at the new building plans for Austin Utilities with Mark Nibaur and talk about the changes in the energy industry at large. Brock Besse, director for the Rochester Pops Orchestra introduces the newest musical organization in town, and Jennifer Lawhead, from Austin Aspires, talks about the inventory of resources, she is discovering for area students.
Karla Carroll and Natalie Guanella talk about the new Pi Academy at Southgate Elementary. Cody Anderson shares this year’s goals for the Plunging for Pink event. And, Matt Cano explains the benefits of the proposed turf dome for Westcott Field.
In this episode, Larry Dolphin, Adrian Lee and Sandy Forstner. Also joined by guest host, Courtney Wyant.
Eric Olson visits with Michael Cotter and Bev Jackson Cotter about the art of storytelling and their new book, "The Kildeer". Trey Mewes teaches Eric a thing or two about video gaming. And Richard Lemons provides a GIG Austin update.
Guests include Ann Austin of United Way of Freeborn County, John Garry, Executive Dir., Development Corporation of Austin, and Mary Barinka with Peer Power Partners.
Host Eric Olson visits with Trey Mewes from the Austin Daily Herald about the 2014 election season. Author Milt Ost recounts his travels while he was writing the historical fiction book, "Tumbleweeds Burning". And, Stephnee Leathers from the "Downtown–A Destination" Committee gives us a Vision 2020 update.
Judge Rysavy, Destination Medical Center & SHIP
In this episode, Judge Donald Rysavy joins us to tell us about his career and Lisa Clark, Exec. Dir. of DMC Economic Development Agency, tells us what's happening in Rochester. And a Vision 2020 update with Karissa Studier with Mower County SHIP.
Increasing Teacher Diversity in Public Schools, Gerard Academy & Vision 2020
In this episode, we visit with Bruce Ramsdell and Sheila Berger about increasing teacher diversity. Then we talk with Damien Lundino-Green from Gerard Academy and we get a Vision 2020 update from Laura Helle.
Bill Callaghan / Austin Mountain Bike Team / Graffiti
In this episode, we talk with Author Bill Callaghan tells us the value of praise for children! Spencer Salmon from the Austin mountain bike team stops by and Jeff Smith tells us how he's turning graffiti, around town, into art.
AmeriCorps and ArtWorks Festival
In this episode, we talk with Gretchen Erickson, who tells us what its like to be involved with AmeriCorps. We meet Grace Heimsness who is the new Intern for the ArtWorks Festival and we get an 2020 update with John Gray.
Association of Fundraising Professionals and WLI
Host Eric Olson talks with Gail Dennison of the Hormel Institute about the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the recent award given to The Hormel Foundation. Annemarie Vaupel and Chris Grev recap the important work WLI is doing for children in our area. And, Laura Helle tells us why now is a great time to volunteer in the community.
Intentional Social Interaction, Military Helps and A-Destination Austin
Learn how military families cope with deployment with our guest Tammy Estes from Military Personnel Services Corp. Also, learn what intentional social interaction is with Dane Smith of Growth & Justice and Dani Heiny of Riverland Community College. Then we'll conclude with a Vision 2020 update from Stephnee Leathers.
MNDOT and Science-based Reading
On the next episode of On Q, Host Eric Olson talks with Mike Dougherty from MNDOT regarding highway construction projects affecting southern Minnesota. Courtney Wyant shares the interesting content of a new science-based reading club at the Austin Public Library and Steve Kime encourages us to get out and bike!
NOAA, Susan Hanson, & John Gray
Susan Hanson tells us about a new program called "Teen Scenes". Todd Shea from NOAA tells us how to become a storm spotter and John Gray from Vision 2020 updates us on bridges and roads.
Big Awards and Big Data, and a 2020 Rec Center Update
This On Q looks into the work of Habitat for Humanity Freeborn/Mower, which won a statewide award for its coalition building. Eric visits with Executive Director Brigitte Campbell. Then Dan Hoffman, host of Farm Connections, joins Eric in the studio to interview Wall Street Journal writer Jacob Bunge about the collection of data generated by high tech tractors. Then Matt Cano drops by with an update from the Vision 2020 Community Recreation Center Committee.
Josh Wahlen, Pacelli Girls Basketball, & Community Concierge
We interview music artist, Josh Wahlen and hear him perform. We also see why Lyle Pacelli Girls Basketball is doing so well! Then we'll get a Vision 2020 update from Kristen Olson and learn about Community Concierge.
Legos as a learning tool, Home Buyers classes, and a 2020 Tech Update
David Wolf of Austin Public Schools and a student tell us about Legos in the classroom. Umbelina Cramer from Three Rivers Community Action explains how home buyers can be more informed. And Mark Nibaur gives us a 2020 update on technology about the Internet.
Albert Lea Businesses, a New Fire Chief and the Plunge for The Pink.
Business retention & expansion in Albert Lea, Austin's new fire chief and the Plunge for The Pink!
Austin Trapshoot Club, Rep. Poppe, and Vision 2020 - Austin Rec Areas
We learn more about the sport of trapshooting when Stephanie Passingham visits with members of the Austin Trapshoot Club. Then Minnesota State Representative Jeanne Poppe (DFL -- District 27B) drops by to talk regional politics with Eric Olson. And Steven Kime of the Vision 2020 Bike/Walk Trail Committee describes developments to Austin's public recreation areas.
We talk about several programs in our community that focus on students. For our youngest learners, Amy Baskin from Austin Public Schools visits with Anna Otto about how toddlers learn. Catherine Haslag shares how mentoring has greatly increased student participation in the science fair. And, Jennifer Lawhead gives us an Austin Aspires update. Episode 303
Host Eric Olson talks with John Mueller, Gareth Hataye and Laura Helle.
Technology, Hunger & Community Visioning
On this program we explore technology, hunger and community visioning. First, the Austin Public Schools are introducing technology curriculum to students as kindergarteners, and keeping it current all through high school. Corey Haugen, Josh McRae and Rayce Hardy are joining us to tell all. In 2010, Hunger Free Minnesota set a goal to close the gap on 125 million meals statewide that people were missing. David Dayhoff joins us to tell us how it's going, particularly in our region. Later, Laura Helle will introduce the Vision 2020 project for the City of Austin.
Counties Merging Human Services, Silica Sand Mining, Bike & Walking Trails
On this episode of On Q we examine a proposal by Mower, Waseca, Steele and Dodge counties to merge their human services. Craig Oscarson and Julie Stevermer of Mower County join Eric in the studio. Then Jason Gilman of Winona county discusses the proposed silica sand mining operation in southeastern Minnesota. And in our Vision 2020 update Eric visits with Steve Kime about the area's bike and walking trails.
Blue Zones, Author Janet Groth & Vision 2020-Austin Gateway Project
On this episode of On Q, we find out if you can live longer if you live in Albert Lea or Mason City with Angela Determan and Ellen Kehr. We will also learn what happens to a young girl (Janet Groth) who grew up in Austin when she makes her way to New York City and ends up getting quite and education at The New Yorker magazine. Cheryl Corey also joins us to explain the Gateway goal for the Vision 2020 team.
Albert Lea Streetscape Project, Shellrock River Watershed District & Vision 2020 Recreation Center
Eric talks with Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams about their proposed streetscape project. Brett Behnke drops by to introduce the new dredge for the Shellrock River Watershed District. And Matt Cano talks about the Vision 2020 Recreation Center committee.
Bullying, Libraries & Vision 2020 Waterways
Stephanie tackles the subject of school bullying by talking with Kevin Strauss, an influential speaker and storyteller. Then she sits down with of Ann Hokanson, Director of the Austin Public Library, to talk about new literary publications. And Eric's Vision 2020 guest is Heath Garey, who discusses Austin's valuable waterways.
Community Development Projects in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna
On this episode of On Q, Eric takes a close look at significant changes in communities within our region. First, he meets with Dr. Mark Ciota of the Mayo Clinic Health System to learn more about a merger and expansion in Austin and Albert Lea. Then he's joined by Mayor Tom Kuntz of Owatonna, who discusses present and future city projects. And in the Vision 2020 segment, Eric talks with Stephnee Leathers of Austin's Downtown-A Destination Committee.
The Hormel Institute/Violence Against Women/Austin Utilities Building
On this episode of On Q, we learn more about the proposed expansion of the Hormel Institute in Austin. We'll also be talking with members of the Zonta organization to find out what they're doing to eliminate violence against women. And we meet with Belita Schindler, who shares the Vision 2020 plans for the Austin Utilities Building.
On Q Holiday Special
Over the holiday season, On Q featured performances by area artists -- the Austinaires singing group of Austin High School (directed by Brian Johnson), the guitar duo of Dave Rohde and Jorge Evasku, harpist Rachel Christensen, and a string quartet from the Austin Symphony Orchestra (Sue Radloff, Millie Masse, Emily Blain, & Darrin Sellers).
Austin Harvard Graduate/Flu Vaccines/Community Pride
On this episode of On Q Eric visits with Anthony Hernandez, a graduate of Austin High School and more recently Harvard University. Anthony shares his experiences getting an education at an Ivy League school and talks about his future plans in education. Next, Eric meets with Lisa Kocer, a Community Health Services Administrator, who explains the ins and outs of flu vaccines. In the Vision 2020 segment, we get a visit from Erin McClimon of Austin's Community Pride & Spirit Committee.
STEM Education/Community Engagment/Business Friendly Environment
On this episode of On Q, Eric looks into the value of STEM education (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) by visiting with a teacher and students from Kingsland Public Schools, which received national accreditation for its STEM programs. Then Eric meets with Craig Johnson to discuss the virtues of community engagement. And during our Vision 2020 segment, he's joined by Eric Connett of the Business Friendly Environment Committee.
Haiti Relief/Hurricane Sandy Recovery/Vision 2020 Education
In Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, we're known for being friendly, helpful people. Our guests on this episode of On Q are wonderful examples of how much we care for not only our neighbors, but also for our fellow human beings across the country, even the world.Dr. Dick Schindler, a long-time physician in Austin, describes his work in Haiti. Then Russ Nelson and Bill Bumgarner, linemen from Austin Public Utilities, talk about their trip to help recovery efforts following Hurricane casinoider.info Sandy. Also, Randy Kramer from the Education Committee for Vision 2020 shares their latest efforts.
Breast Cancer Research/Southern Minn. Initiative Foundation/Vision 2020 Technology
On this episode of On Q, Eric talks about painting the town pink with Cheryl Corey and Gail Dennison. This annual tradition raises awareness about breast cancer and we learn what The Hormel Institute is doing to prevent it. Tim Penny from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation brings us up to date on its efforts. And Eric chats with Mark Nibaur about the Community Wide Technology Committee for Vision 2020
Hormel Foods Shareholder Meeting/Robotics Team/Vision 2020 Recreation
On this edition of On Q, Eric gets an inside look at the Hormel Foods Corporation Annual Shareholder's Meeting when he visits with Austin Daily Herald editor Adam Haringa. Then he's joined by Austin High School Robotics Team Coach/Advisor Ryan Stanley and his students, who demonstrate their latest projects. And Mark Bjorlie from the Recreation Committee for Vision 2020 provides an update on the tours we heard about earlier in the season.
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Apple Lane Childcare Center/Vision 2020
On this episode of On Q, Shannon Hart, Director of the Apple Lane Childcare Center joins Eric to give a rundown -- and a sneak peek -- of their new facility under construction. But first, Eric welcomes Susan Olson from Austin who was recently appointed to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Then Laura Helle will recap some of the latest accomplishments of Vision 2020.
Catholic Church/Artworks Festival/Vision 2020 Downtown
On this episode of On Q, Eric Olson visits with Father Jim Steffes of Austin's Catholic parishes to discuss the impact of the new Pope on local congregations as well as the church worldwide. Then he's joined by Alice Holst and Bonnie Reitz who talk about the Austin Artworks Festival and how you can get involved. And Stephnee Leathers drops by to talk about the progress of Downtown plans in Austin.
Randy Kehr and Job-Z/Photographer Eric Johnson/Vision 2020 Rockin' the Block
On this episode of On Q, Host Eric Olson visits with Randy Kehr from Albert Lea. The JOB-Z economic development program has its critics; we find out from Randy if it’s working for them. Eric Johnson stops by to share some of his most interesting photographs of the news he’s covered in our region. And Geoff Smith from Vision 2020 tells us how to foster community spirit by rockin’ the block.
Ann Hokanson & Students/Vision 2020 Bike/Walk
We have some amazing young people in our region, and on this episode of On Q, we get to meet some of them. Austin Public Library Director Ann Hokanson is joined by Taryn Sims to talk poetry and Sonya Zieske from Albert Lea introduces us to some geography bee, Destination ImagiNation and knowledge bowl competitors. And, of course, we’ll get our Vision 2020 update, this time from Dick Schindler for the Bike/Walk Committee.
CDC Findings/ACE Scores/Czech Journalists /Vision 2020 Mary Ann Wolesky
The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study uncovered a link between childhood trauma and chronic diseases. On this episode of On Q, two guests join Host Eric Olson to talk about ACE scores and what they mean. We get a visit from some Czech Republic journalists and Mary Anne Wolesky gives us an update on Vision 2020 activities.
Sela Fadness/Sgt. Dave Pike /Vision 2020 John Garry
On this episode of On Q, we visit with local gymnast Sela Fadness and her coach Mark Raymond about her triumphant win at State this year. Sgt. Dave Pike also stops by to talk about the importance of being able to communicate during critical community events. And, of course, we'll get a Vision 2020 update, this time from John Garry.
Jim Hurm/Amy Wangen /Vision 2020 Community Identity
On this episode of On Q, Host Eric Olson talks with Jim Hurm, Austin City Administrator about LGA. State funding may sound boring, but you’re going to want to hear this good news. Amy Wangen drops in to talk about how enactment of real-life situations helps to train a better workforce. And Laura Helle joins Eric to talk about Vision 2020’s community identity project.
Greyhounds & Blue Sox/Cedar River/Vision 2020 Gateway
On this episode of On Q, we'll be talking baseball with the Austin, MN Greyhounds and the Austin Blue Sox. Also we'll get an update on the Cedar River watershed district. And we'll visit with John Gray about Vision 2020s effort on the Gateway Committee.
New Riverland President/Waterways Committee for Vision 2020
On this episode of On Q, we'll be getting to know the new president of Riverland College in Austin, MN. And we'll be hearing about the Waterways Committee for Vision 2020.
Austin During WWII/Trey Mewes/Vision 2020 Windows
In this episode, we'll revisit the history of Austin during World War 2. Trey Mewes will talk about how Austin's population has changed and Stephanie Leathers will update us with Vision 2020 on downtown windows.
Year Round School at Sumner
In this episode we discuss the year round calendar at Sumner Elementary School (Austin, MN) Also, we'll be talking with a representative from a local organization that feeds hungry children and a Vision 2020 update.
Austin's Schools Referendum
In this episode we talk with the Superintendent and get a Vision 2020 update.
Find out what the Austin Bruins are up to. We'll talk with the coach and some of the players! Brigitte Campbell with Habitat for Humanity will also be stopping by with a Vision 2020 update.
Officer Blust & Bosco, Mower Refreshed, Rec Center
Sandy Anderson of Mower Refreshed visits us. Along with Officer Eric Blust with canine, Bosco. Also Matt Cano gives us a Community Rec Center update!
Learn about the culture of Cuba as we visit with Ernesto and talk about this socialist caribbean nation, with co-host Luke Sperduto.
On this episode we explore the country of Germany with co-host, Tim Ruzek.
Explore the Hmong Culture with Laura Lee and co-host, Yesenia Mendoza Ramirez.
Come with us as we explore the country of India.
On this episode we explore the country of Togo in West Africa.
Watch Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
R-Town, Episode 201
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Watch Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
R-Town, Episode 101
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 noon.
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