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Episode 207


 Today we paddle the Cedar River, starting in Austin. We're joined by improv teacher Keren Gudeman; four members of the Wood family; and Tim Ruzek, James Fett and Paul Hunter from the Cedar River Watershed District. And we learn about turtles from Clarissa Schrooten of Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo.

Episode 206


Host Brenda Piekarski takes us up, up, and away in a hot air balloon. Joining us is Rochester artist Ayub Hajiomar. We're guided aloft by pilots Ed Chapman and Mark Spanier. Only the wind knows where we’re going.


Episode 205


 The Mississippi River has many personalities as it winds its way across Minnesota. Up north, the headwaters are cool and clear, as we explore them with our guest artist Preston Lawing. We're guided on our adventure by Mark Morrissey of Bemidji State University. And we learn about the black bear from Clarissa Schrooten (Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo)

Episode 204


From the bustling center of Bemidji to the quiet meditation of a bog, we're enjoying all that northern Minnesota has to explore. This adventure takes us biking on the Paul Bunyan State Trail from Bemidji to Lake Bemidji State Park. And we discover what it's like in a Minnesota bog. Guests include: Pete Harrison and Christa Drake - Lake Bemidji State Park Naturalists. Biff Ulm, artist and owner of MN Nice Enough. Biff is a classic maker who finds new ways to express his creativity. He then brings it to market for others to enjoy. And we learn about the Barred Owl from Clarissa Schrooten.


Episode 203


100-year-old pines, headwaters of the Mississippi River, and a thigh-burning climb keep you engaged in one of Minnesota’s oldest state parks. We’re joined by Park naturalist Connie Cox and watercolor artist Pam Luer. Plus, Clarissa Schrooten from the Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo tells us about porcupines.

Episode 202


On this episode of Let's Go, Minnesota!, Brenda takes a hike on the Hay Creek Trails by Red Wing. We explore an abandoned pioneer homestead and learn about badgers from Clarissa Shrooten of the Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. Brenda is joined by artist Heidi Bacon and guide Bruce Ause. Also along for the walk are Jim and Laurel Dicke.


Episode 201 


 This adventure takes you on the Blue Earth River, just south of Mankato. We paddle some white water, hike up a narrow canyon and get a sort of spa treatment or is it a rite of passage? We see some beautiful waterfalls, Big Mo and have some sparkling conversations. Joining us this trip is artist Michelle Kaisersatt.


Episode 107


Join host Brenda Piekarski and guest artist Sharon Mansur as they explore the quiet backwaters of the Mississippi River near Winona, Minnesota.


Episode 106


We bike the Shooting Star Trail from Rose Creek to LeRoy with artists Jessica Prill & Matt Leister. Get a wildflower lesson from Kenny Hartwig, and take a break at Norwegian Hill.


Episode 105


 We hike the Maple Trail with special guest Mark Hall and check out his glass blowing studio.

Episode 104


We feature artist Dawn Erickson on the Zumbro River.


Episode 103


We Climb Sugar Loaf high atop a bluff in Winona, Minnesota with host Brenda Piekarski and guest artist Layne Noser.

Episode 102


We hike through Whitewater State Park, checking out Chimney Rock and Inspiration Point with wood sculptor Curtis Ingvoldstad.


Episode 101 


 Paddling the Root River with jazz musician John Sievers.

Episode 1304


We hear music from three types of accordions, we attend the Grumpy Old Men Festival in Wabasha, we go into the darkroom with photographer Jeff Thompson, we visit a cannabis shop in Austin, and we learn about steamboats on the Minnesota River.
Episode 1303


We visit the Hermann Monument in New Ulm; we make glass mosaics with Austin artist Deb D'Souza; we sit in as Mackenzie Roberts of Dodge Center teaches piano; we socialize outside in the winter in Rochester; and we go cross country skiing at Quarry Hill Nature Center.
Episode 1302


In this episode of "Off 90," we visit a potter in Rochester, work on a home with Habitat for Humanity in Winona, go shopping at Rochester's oldest grocery store, play tabletop games in Austin at Austi-Con, and learn about a 1965 flood in Mankato.
Episode 1301


In this week's "Off 90" we ride with the YarnMobile in Austin; we learn about musician Steven Schmidt's tenure with Rochester Civic Music; we attend the Old Town Indigenous Art Festival in Mankato; we visit a truck museum in Rochester; and with go back to class at the long-gone Mankato Commercial College.
Episode 1213


Thrive 2021 Women's Conference in Rochester; the historic Itasca Rock Garden in Albert Lea; the Ear of Corn Water Tower in Rochester; Samantha Specks, author of "Dovetails In Tall Grass"; and chef Shari Mukherjee, with a recipe for an authentic cup of masala chai.

Episode 1212


We meet the couple who founded Eureka Kids childcare in Rochester; we visit a Black arts cooperative in Minneapolis; we get our groove on at the Rochester downtown roller disco; we whip up a pumpkin Alfredo recipe with chef Shari Mukherjee; and we visit the vault at the Marine Art Museum in Winona.

Episode 1211


We learn about the Schuller brothers and their journey from Germany to the United States; we meet Dudley Edmondson, a photographer with a passion for getting young people outdoors; and we learn a recipe from Chef Shari Mukherjee.

Episode 1210


From Mankato, we learn the history of Minneopa Falls and the Hubbard Milling Company; we meet Mankato musician Laura Schultz; we visit a Vietnamese kitchen and bakery in Roseville; and we meet Elsamawal Ali, an immigrant from Sudan.

Episode 1209


recorded on glass plate negatives. An indie electronic band, Good Night Gold Dust, from Mankato. A recipe from chef Shari Mukherjee that uses honey from The Bee Shed. We learn how Kim Sin's family fled Cambodia during the reign of Pol Pot. And we stop by the Marine Art Museum to see a model of the ship USS Constitution.

Episode 1208


We check out the George Stoppel Farmstead in Rochester. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows the oldest coin in their vault. Mankato singer Aliya Mukamuri performs an original song. Minnesota artist Stefanie Schmid explores her journey with mental health through abstract paintings. We learn about the history of agriculture in Blue Earth County.

Episode 1207


Egyptian immigrant Bassem Fadlia shares his stories; local musician Luke Smith performs an original song; chef Shari Mukherjee cooks up a three-ingredient mug cake; Nicolas Vargas tells about immigrating to the U.S.; we meet Javier Ortiz, who moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland 25 years ago; and we travel back a century to learn about the Mankato Winter Carnival.

Episode 1206


We learn about a biking club in Rochester; we explore Lakota Made, a new business in Mankato; we check out a virtual field trip from Farmamerica in Waseca; we speak to an immigrant from Germany who is now a doctor; and we hear a poem from local poet Pal Koak.

Episode 1205

Family Promise Rochester is committed to helping families experiencing homelessness. "The Muse" is a short film that won the Best of Fest award at the 2020 Speechless Film Festival in Mankato. Singer-songwriter Barb Piper performs an original song at the Northfield Arts Guild. Chef Shari Mukherjee of Rochester shows us how to bake a delicious recipe just in time for Mother's Day. And we visit with Sylwia Oliver, a local immigrant who's making waves as executive director of Rochester's 125 Live.

Episode 1204


Dance instructor Lina Choung specializes in traditional Cambodian dance; author Chris McCormick discusses his journey to the Armenian Genocide Memorial; Christian Ngong, a native of Cameroon who was granted asylum in the U.S., shares his story; chef Shari Mukherjee of Rochester stirs up a homemade aioli, or mayonnaise; and we hear two poems from poet Amarachi Orakwue.

Episode 1203

Rochester NAACP President Wale Elegbede describes his journey from Nigeria to Minnesota. Rochester band Fires of Denmark performs their song, “Lost in Light.” Filmmaker Josh Mruz explores what it means to be “Comfortably Numb.” Local chef Shari Mukherjee makes a quick and flavorful summer cocktail. Susan Haskamp tells us all about her role with the Rochester Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association. Lastly, we hear story about how streetcars revolutionized travel in Mankato.

Episode 1202


 Axel Gumbel, an immigrant from Germany, reflects on how his education was different from that of his American children. Chef Shari Mukherjee shows us how to make quick pickled onions. We hear a poem by Oscar Juarez Sanchez and music from the band Loud Mouth Brass. And we learn about the history of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Episode 1201

Family Promise Rochester is committed to helping families experiencing homelessness. "The Muse" is a short film that won the Best of Fest award at the 2020 Speechless Film Festival in Mankato. Singer-songwriter Barb Piper performs an original song at the Northfield Arts Guild. Chef Shari Mukherjee of Rochester shows us how to bake a delicious recipe just in time for Mother's Day. And we visit with Sylwia Oliver, a local immigrant who's making waves as executive director of Rochester's 125 Live.
Episode 1108


Mike Denny, owner of Good Wolf Bowls in Byron, how restaurants are dealing with the coronavirus in Rochester, photographer Julie Bronson from Glenville, and a couple songs from John Paulson and the John Paulson Big Band.


Episode 1107


The story of how a poor farm became an artist's studio near Mankato.Scandinavian gifts from the Uffda Shop in Red Wing. Upcycled furniture store, Whimsy and Weathered in Mankato. The Lanesboro sesquicentennial.

Episode 1106


We have a discussion with jazz virtuoso John Paulson. Andrew Hellmund, an abstract sculptor who works with found metal. Diamond Dust Bakery, a bakery and coffee shop from St. Peter that specializes in custom cupcakes. We attend a beauty pageant in Albert Lea for trucks called the Shell Rotella Super Rigs Competition and we check out the Dammen Adventure Race at the Hormel Nature Center in Austin.


Episode 1105


The sights, sounds, and smells of Kolacky Days in Montgomery. Artist Frederick Somers from Northfield whose oil and pastel paintings offer a sublime view of nature. The tenacity of Solsta Records, a small record shop in Minneapolis. We were adrift on the waves of a sonic sea… with the band Drift at Poor Farm Studios by Mankato.

Episode 1104


Some stars from Vaudeville and silent film shine in Winona, glass blower (and some would say performer) Peter Waldman from Austin (and New York), middle school student and documentarian Teagon Koehler, and Minnesota’s biggest candy store.

Episode 1103


 A look at the lives of pioneer women in Historic Forestville, a dredging project in Albert Lea, a magazine for pet lovers, artist Brea Gilchrist of Rochester, and Pheasant Hunting Opener with Governor Walz in Austin.

Episode 1102


 A history of treaties that shaped Minnesota, we talk to author Brad Zellar originally from Austin, machines that make music in Albert Lea, and the town of Fountain celebrates 150 years of existence.

Episode 1101

The story of Coya Knutson, the first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota; the mission of Albert Lea Civic Music; Brian Frink, an artist living on a poor farm by Mankato, and Rochester pencil collector Bill Bean.
Episode 1013


The Unity Project put on by the Austin Library. We talk to writer Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara. We join the Yves Lambert Trio at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. We hear a poem by Shanda Brekke.


Episode 1012


The Governor’s Fishing Opener in Albert Lea, poet Shanda Brekke, painting the rink pink in Austin and Alash brings us a few more Tuvan tunes.


Episode 1011


Minnesota’s place in the Cold War, Rock Dell Creamery, the Carnegie Art Center in Mankato and Amy Dybing, a chalk artist.


Episode 1010


A photographer reflects on his community. Albert Lea's got talent! A visit with a leatherworker. And a band that sings Tuvan music!


Episode 1009


We take a look at a Rochester-based band, The Shift. We remember the “popcorn man” in Albert Lea. And we revisit a big news story from the past, about frogs.


Episode 1008


Photographer and art instructor Dawn Sanborn pays a visit to Strikers Corner in Stewartville. We talk to Paul Bennett, owner of Dwell Local. We learn about Kolam rice drawing. The Yves Lambert Trio performs an instrumental at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. 


Episode 1007


Rising basketball star Matthew Hurt, the Mayo High School Planetarium, Dancing for the Arts, Driven by Rhythm, and the Schuster Brewery. 


Episode 1006


The history of Winona's beer industry, artist Al Smith, a profile of Owatonna, Jack and Kitty, and a model railroad. 


Episode 1005


From Red Wing, Eugenie Anderson, America's first female ambassador. From Byron, Otto's Bakery and Coffee Shop. From Kasson, South Zumbro Lutheran Church, a 150 year old congregation. And The Dang Ol' Tri'ole sing "The Bad News Blues" in Austin. 


Episode 1004


We knit up a yarn for you from Oronoco! Ultra-realistic photographs from Rochester! We fetch a story from Blooming Prairie! And Music from the great white north - the Yves Lambert Trio.


Episode 1003


The restoration of century old theater drops in Winona. The Charles Gagnon Museum (sculptor) in Rochester. The artistic heritage of Lanesboro. The Dang Ol’ Tri’ole perform their song “Fire” at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin. A story about the first people to settle what is now called Rochester.  


Episode 1002


Take a spin down down the tracks in a motorized railcar. See vibrant colors dance across Lori Miller's easel. Watch two generations of violinists meet for the first time in Rochester. And the group Driven by Rhythm performs their song "Heaven".  


Episode 1001


The history of the Tilt-A-Whirl carnival ride in Faribault. The story behind the play "Three Hots and a Cot." Comedian Danny Browning in Rochester. Jack and Kitty play their song "Waiting at the End of the Line" at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin. And the history of the Conley Camera Company from Rochester.

Episode 913


We talk to Rose Le who gives a different perspective on the Vietnam War and on being an immigrant. Gaelynn Lea performs at the Jive Mill in Rochester. State Representative Gene Pelowski talks with us about the renovation of the MN State Capitol. Without a home for several years SEMVA, an artists' collaborative was finally able to open its doors to the public again. The event based studio, Fox and Fern Floral shows us their freshest creations.  


Episode 912


Joe Doherty, a Vietnam veteran traveled to Vietnam with Minnesota Soybean, a non-profit organization. Habitat for Humanity needed people to build a new home, and the students from the carpentry program at Riverland Community College were looking for a project to do. A partnership formed. We went on a cruise, recently. But we didn’t go down to the Gulf of Mexico. We trolled around Albert Lea Lake aboard the Pelican Breeze 2. In 1978, a storm dropped 6 inches of rain that caused the Zumbro River to swell and flood Rochester. We recount this waterlogged incident.  


Episode 911


We talked to a local community of immigrants from Myanmar about their immigration to the U.S. We talk to cousins Zak Fellman and Todd Randall who own the Sanborn Canoe Company. Learn about the museum that tells the history of the Hormel company, the origin of Spam, and its place in world culture. Artist C. Anthony Huber calls his work Abstract Constructionism. He gets his inspiration from being on the road, actually from the road itself.


Episode 910


Featuring a man who went to Vietnam on a dare. The restoration of a cupola. A collector of 900 nativities and the Winona lumber industry of the past.  


Episode 909


The Nevilles had very different experiences during the Vietnam War. Debbie protested the war while Pat served in Vietnam. In 1921, the play, "R. U. R." introduced the word "robot" to the English language. Susan Hansen directed the same play at the Riverland Theatre in Austin. The place known as the Brick Hall is located between Myrtle and Hayward in rural Freeborn County. It’s the home of the Fall Czech Fest. Your ears will smile and your toes will tap when you hear Loud Mouth Brass. With a splash of New Orleans and a pinch of pop music, Loud Mouth Brass has a tasty musical recipe.  


Episode 908


We talk to a dog handler from the Vietnam War! We meet an artist Renaissance man! Meet a woman who held on to her mother’s apron strings! Plus… A live performance from an unlikely venue!


Episode 907

Several writers from Rochester formed a presentation they called a writing diaspora. Their work explores immigration, race, culture, identity, gender, and sexuality. The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center is a municipal nature preserve in Austin. It comprises more than 500 acres of restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forest, wetlands and meandering streams. You might think that being a cobbler is a dying profession, but Hastings shoes in Austin is still going strong. Thomas and the Shakes is a band from Rochester. We caught a live performance from Thomas and the Shakes at Fox and Fern Floral in Rochester. 

Episode 906


Meet a Vietnam vet who served in the Marine Corp and a man who knows the back roads of southern MN like the back of his hand. See how handcrafted humidors are made and learn the history of milk and wheat in Freeborn County. 


Episode 905


A Vietnam vet talks about his experiences during the war. Meet someone named Annie who directed a musical called "Annie." American and Greek cuisine along with homemade truffles all in one restaurant and a performance by a female fusion band from Argentina.


Episode 904

Meet an indie publisher, visit a college for kids, see how baseball bats are made and see the progress of the pioneers in Blue Earth County. 

Episode 903

Explore the homefront during World War I. Rust as an art that you can drive! Folk theater at its finest and a bit ‘o the Irish Trad music!

Episode 902


We talk to a Vietnam Vet about his experiences during the war. Meet the organizers behind a tiny but mighty theater troupe.   Visit a broom artist and learn the history of a southeastern MN cemetery.


Episode 901

Off 90 went to Kasson to see one of the largest gatherings of semi-trucks in North America. We learn what it's like to live in downtown in Rochester. We visit two drive-ins in south eastern Minnesota. And, we take in a concert by the urban blues band Delgres.
Episode 826

This week Off 90 featured writer Nicole Helget, wood carver Thomas Blahnik, artist Rory Mattson and the 100 Mile Garage Sale.

Episode 825

This week Off 90 featured Main St. Program in Lanesboro, Jimmy's Salad Dressing, Irish Fest Rochester and The Whalen Stand Still Parade.

Episode 824

This week Off 90 featured Poetry Slam, Faribault Woolen Mill, author Dr. William E. Lass and artist Lynette Yencho.

Episode 823

This week Off 90 featured artist Dana Sikkila, National Famers Bank, Rochester Famers Market and a profile of Rochester, MN.

Episode 822

This week Off 90 featured world explorer, Aaron Doering, the beginnings of Hollandale, artist Dee teller and Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum.

Episode 821

This week Off 90 featured the Commonweal Theatre's Ibsen Festival in Lanesboro, the Riverside Concerts series in Rochester, and the Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea.

Episode 820

 This week Off 90 featured 2 New York Artists visiting Lanesboro, Kinney Creek Brewery, Spring Grove Soda Pop and the Viola Gopher Count.

Episode 819

This week Off 90 featured square dancing in Rochester, an artist and studio furniture maker, Jamie Schell, Austin Symphony Orchestra performing with Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, an avant-gard country band, and a visit to the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield.

Episode 818

This week Off 90 featured the builders fashion show event: Studs, Struts & Stilettos, John A. Latsch, a conservationist from Winona and Cy Thomson, a felonious visionary from LeRoy.

Episode 817

This week Off 90 featured a couple who are both artists, a newspaper in Blooming Prairie and author, Joel Peterson who wrote about growing up in a small town.

Episode 816

This week Off 90 featured a veteran's museum in Adams, old town baseball in Minnesota, and Ken Wells, a chainsaw wood carver.

Episode 815

This week Off 90 featured Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, Mike Ekkers and his book, "Colors In the Air",  and The Tendermaid burger stand in Austin.

Episode 814
This week Off 90 featured a metal sculptor from Hastings, the historic town of Old Frontenac and the Owatonna Orphanage.

Episode 813

This week Off 90 featured encaustic artist, Beth Sievers, the Polish Cultural Institute Museum in Winona, the Book, "Bad Blood" which focuses on the history of teacher's strikes in Minnesota, and toaster collectors in Rochester.

Episode 812

This week Off 90 featured Rochester artist Paul Walech-Roth, Minneapolis photographer Timothy G. Piotrowski, a Northfield group called the Reformed Druids of North America and a study of the history of women's gowns.

Episode 811

This week Off 90 featured the History Center of Olmsted County, a Norwegian Rosemaling artist from Harmony, we learn what it's like to be a Freethinker, and we visit a gallery show at the Albert Lea Art Center.

Episode 810
This week Off 90 featured a silent movie created by a group of local filmmakers, an evening of painting and revelry in Rochester, and we learned about prisoners of war working in Minnesota during World War II.

Episode 809

This week Off 90 featured a music video created by the Off 90 crew, an Austin comic book writer, an over-the-road truck driving class at Riverland Community College, and Rochester artist Nicole Havekost.

Episode 808

This week Off 90 featured composer Theodora Cormontan, author Michael Resman, and the Assisi Heights Spirituality Center.

Episode 807
This week Off 90 featured the Giant Museum in Blue Earth, the Sea Wing disaster on Lake Pepin, and a historical film about Cologne, Minnesota.

Episode 806

This week Off 90 featured artist Patricia Dunn-Walker, the International Owl Center, a glider regatta, and the Owatonna orphanage.

Episode 805

This week Off 90 featured the city of Winona, artist Paul Walech-Roth, the home of W.W. Mayo, and the Chatfield Music Lending Library.

Episode 804

This week Off 90 featured "300 Miles 4 Freedom", W.P.A. murals, and author Mike Ekkers.

Episode 803

This week Off 90 featured the Rochester Rowing Club, artist Bruce Loeschen, and the National Eagle Center.

Episode 802

This week Off 90 featured Smithsonian's Water/Ways, Hal Leonard Corp; Author, Daniel C. Munson and comedian & artist, Trace Beaulieu.

Episode 801

This week Off 90 featured eggshell carving artist Nicholas Poleschuk, Pickwick Mill, Shepherd’s Way Farms and St. Augustine Church.
Episode 713

This episode includes a dramatic and touching story about a tornado in Steele County; a profile of Rochester's talented fiber artist, Amara Vercnocke; a discussion with a JFK researcher, and we visit with Rochester sculptor, Karl Friedrich.

Episode 712

In this episode, we speak to a Minnesota author who wrote a book based on his own life. We visit a studio furniture maker in Winona. We go over the road with the truck driving program at Riverland Community College. And we browse the Rochester Farmers' Market.

Episode 711

We visit the Tendermaid Sandwich Shop in Austin; we talk to Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi, the first female elected sheriff in Minnesota; we learn about POWs working in Minnesota during World War II; we visit Martin Grabau of Spring Valley, a collector of eclectic objects. 

Episode 710

We visit a soda pop maker in Spring Grove; we talk to Timothy G. Piotrowski, a Minneapolis photographer who prefers old-fashioned techniques; we learn about teacher strikes in Minnesota; and we visit outdoor movie night in Lanesboro. 

Episode 709

We visit a reptile zoo in Owatonna; we revisit wedding traditions at an exhibit in Owatonna; we talk to Allen Eskens, a mystery writer from Mankato; and, from Mike Ellingsen, we learn about the old-time art of quilting. 

Episode 708

We attend Feast, a Rochester event for craft food producers; we learn a little about how fashions have changed for women since 1800; we take in a community concert in Rochester; and we talk to comedian Trace Beaulieu about his artistic side. 

Episode 707

 We reminisce about the glory days of town baseball, we meet Henry Wang, a young piano virtuoso from Rochester; we learn about the history of Minnesota state hospitals; and we travel to Viola to take in one of the oldest town festivals in Minnesota.

Episode 706

 We visit with Dee Teller, a Faribault artist famous for her Asian brush painting and calligraphy. We talk to John O’Rourke, an Austin man recently inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. We learn what it means to be a Freethinker. And we watch a Day of the Dead poetry slam in Rochester performed by poets who have passed on.
Episode 705

International Owl Festival in Houston; Benson Family Music, Winona Municipal Band 100th Anniversary; Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Spring Valley.

Episode 704

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.




Episode 703

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. 



Episode 702

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.



Episode 701

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.


Episode 514
On this episode of Off 90: Some of our favorites throughout our 5th season!

 Episode 513
On this episode of Off 90:  
See the difference 70 years makes. We look at a film from the early 40s of Cologne, MN. Meet a wood carver who marches to the beat of a different drum. Attend a city-wide music festival in Winona that kept the town rockin' the whole weekend! 

 Episode 512

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. 


 Episode 511

On this episode of Off 90:  The life of a WWII bomber, a sheet music publisher in Winona, and the local culture of homeschooling!


 Episode 510

On this episode of Off 90:  Motorcycles, a restored movie theatre, large scale art & the driftless region!


 Episode 509
On this episode of Off 90 See how the town of Amboy got revitalized! Meet an offbeat painter and enjoy an exciting, accessible orchestra!

Episode 508
On this episode of Off 90 Learn about the multicultural diversity in Worthington. See CityArt's walking sculpture tour in Mankato and meet a family of musicians that make up the band "Full Circle".

Episode 507
On this episode of Off 90: Meet a piano virtuoso from Austin. Learn how waterskiing began right here in our home state of Minnesota and see how a bus ministry works in Oakland!

 Episode 506
On this episode of Off 90The Betsy-Tacy Society has preserved and restored the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the popular Betsy-Tacy series of novels. Take part in The Vintage Band Festival, an exciting international music event celebrating the music and the instruments of past eras! Get an idea of what Minnesota's prairie was like with this repurposed farmland; The Schottler Farmstead.

 Episode 505
On this episode of Off 90See real cowboy action shooting! Visit Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery and the fascinating Niagara Cave!

 Episode 504
On this episode of Off 90The Rooster's Vintage Baseball Team, Discovery Farms & Crow River Guitars

 Episode 503
On this episode of Off 90Young stock car driver, Anna Brouwers, Albert Lea's Art and Garden Tour, and State Fair award winning Seed Art!

 Episode 502
On this episode of Off 90Explore Albert Lea's history, present, and future! Meet an architectural historian and follow a family from the city that learns more about life on the farm!

 Episode 501
On this episode of Off 90Our premiere episode for our 5th season witnesses the Ford Tri-motor coming to Albert Lea! Also learn what it's like to be Princess Kay of the Milky Way and Visit Austin's ArtWorks Festival!

Energy, creativity, and a strong sense of community; these are just some of the qualities of this Renaissance woman from Rochester!


Trout fishing is a very important activity to the community of Preston.  Find out why it’s so vital!


Meet a writer from Rochester who turned her experiences into a published work of fiction and for her, this is only the beginning!


Episode 414
On this episode of Off 90: We’ve covered a lot in this season of Off 90, from museums and musicians, to artists and re-enactors, to history and heritage. We bring you our favorite stories that we’ve covered this season.

Episode 413
On this episode of Off 90: Energy, creativity, and a strong sense of community; these are just some of the qualities of Jane Belau, a Renaissance woman from Rochester. Trout fishing is very important to the community of Preston. Find out why it's so vital. Meet Jody Brown, a writer from Rochester who turned her experiences into a published work of fiction. For her, this is only the beginning.

Episode 412
On this episode of Off 90: Teacher, writer, and state representative, learn the story of a man from central Minnesota whose interest in the state spans from its conception to its future. Next, we take a trip to Rochester and meet a couple with a unique collection: toasters; we explore the interesting history behind this important kitchen appliance. Next, like father, like daughter: Meet a singer from Austin who learned to sing the blues from her father ... and listen to them play the blues together.

Episode 411
On this episode of Off 90: Meet some people from southeastern Minnesota who think those mysterious things that go bump in the night just might be what you think, and fear, they are. A lot goes into creating the perfect paperweight. Come with us to Winona to learn the difficult process of making glass paperweights. Meet a man from Rochester who combined music and video for some ground-breaking results.

Episode 410
On this episode of Off 90: Attitude is just one of the many things that sets roller derby apart from all other sports. Come with us to Rochester for a front row seat at this intense sport. There aren't many reasons to go outside in Minnesota during the winter, but welcome to SocialICE, a Rochester event that mixes ice sculptures with the art of socializing. Ghost towns are places where all the dreams and efforts of visionaries died in vain. Take a tour with a man from Mower County who strives to keep their memory alive.

Episode 409
On this episode of Off 90: Hundreds of eagles call the Mississippi River Valley home. Come with us to Wabasha, Minnesota, where we visit a place dedicated to the welfare of these magnificent creatures. You won't find this house on the map for the Parade of Homes. Take a tour of a home in St. Joseph built with some unique materials. There's more to jewelry then what meets the eye. Meet some jewelry makers from Lanesboro who have stories to tell ... through their jewelry. It's all on this episode of Off 90.

Episode 408
On this episode of Off 90: Come with us to Winona and meet a man who has the power to bring the inanimate to life: a puppeteer. Watch as a piece of history leaves its mark on Austin and makes way for the future. And in Rochester we explore the history of Assisi Heights and discover some of the important work that goes on there today. It's all on this episode of Off 90.

Episode 407
On this episode of Off 90Learn about a handwritten Bible in the Austin Public Library that was recently completed for a Benedictine Abbey, the first time since the invention of the printing press. And get down and dirty with some folks in Chatfield as they cast works of art out of molten hot metal. You'll see those stories and more in this episode of Off 90!

Episode 406

On this episode of Off 90Meet an art teacher from Austin who has taught hundreds of students about art ... and continues to learn about art ... for himself! Meet a playwright from Rochester who wrote a play that bridged the generation gaps in her family tree! And ... Take a tour of a toy tractor museum in Austin that will amaze both young and old alike! It's all just ahead, Off 90!

Episode 405

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!


 Episode 404

On this episode of Off 90Spring 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!


Episode 403


On this episode of Off 90A 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!



 Episode 402

On this episode of Off 90Take 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.



 Episode 401

On this episode of Off 90Meet 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 90We 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!


Energy, creativity, and a strong sense of community; these are just some of the qualities of this Renaissance woman from Rochester!

Trout fishing is a very important activity to the community of Preston.  Find out why it’s so vital!

Meet a writer from Rochester who turned her experiences into a published work of fiction and for her, this is only the beginning!

Episode 614

A look through the rear view mirror of our 6th season.


Episode 613

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.



Episode 612

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.


Episode 611

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.


Episode 610

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.


Episode 609

A new microbrewery in Rochester, a local pastor who is an artist, and an account of orphaned siblings whose story is now told.


Episode 608

How Minnesota got its shape. Storytelling from the Cotters. The Wild Wild West: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra performs with the Austin Symphony Orchestra


Episode 607

The Polish culture. An almost blind artist. And the Druids



Episode 606

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.


Episode 605

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.



 Episode 604

A maritime disaster on Lake Pepin. A Christmas classic rewritten by Minnesota writers. Also a family musical, performed in St. Cloud.


 Episode 603

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.



Episode 602

Join us for a festival in Rochester that took place in and around a whole city block; learn about a program in Austin that’s turned graffiti into art; pay a visit to historic Old Frontenac; and take a ride in the sky from the airport in Albert Lea.

Episode 601
Head to Winona to do some horsing around. Join us for an evening of painting and revelry in Rochester. The Austin ArtWorks Festival returns, bringing with it, a celebration of art, music & fun; and attend a festival in Rochester that celebrates the legacy of the Irish.

Episode 314



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!



Episode 313



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.



Episode 312



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.



Episode 311



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!



Episode 310



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.



Episode 309



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.



Episode 308



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.


Episode 307



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!



Episode 306



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.



Episode 305



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!



Episode 304


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.



Episode 303


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.



Episode 302


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.



Episode 301


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.




Episode 211



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.



Episode 210




"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!



Episode 209




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.



Episode 208




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.



Episode 207




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.



Episode 206




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.



Episode 205




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.



Episode 204




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.



Episode 203




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.



Episode 202




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.



Episode 201



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. 


Episode 113


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.



Episode 112


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.



Episode 111


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!



Episode 110


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.



Episode 109


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.



Episode 108


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.



Episode 107


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."



Episode 106


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.



Episode 105


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!



Episode 104


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.



Episode 103


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.



Episode 102


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!



Episode 101



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.

 Episode 1413:



On this episode of Farm Connections we discuss overcoming the stigma of mental health and how to develop resilience in the face of hardship and the University of Minnesota Extension provides us with a new Best Practices detailing the best way to source sulfur.



 Episode 1412:



On this episode, Dan talks about the diverse opportunities in agriculture with educator Nick Schiltz. Keith & Morgan Allen tell us about their product, Saucy Goat Carmel. And the University of MN Extension talks about high levels of residual nitrogen in the soil.



 Episode 1411:



We feature a round table discussion with experts in the field of mental health to discuss the serious impacts depression and anxiety have on us all.  Joining us are Adrienne Desutter, Joshua Jensen and Monica McConky.  In addition to that, Extension Educator David Bau with the University of Minnesota Extension provides us with a new Best Practices detailing rental agreements.



 Episode 1410:



We meet with Dr. Brian Buhr from the University of Minnesota to talk about the opportunities education provides the agricultural community. Jim Nichols returns to talk in depth about ethanol and other alternative energies and Seth Naeve with the University of Minnesota provides us with a Best Practice about how to harvest clean soybeans.



 Episode 1409:



We talk to former Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Nichols to discuss the effects climate change is having on agriculture and what we can do to reverse its effects. We meet with Stu Lourey, Government Relations Director for the Minnesota Farmers Union and University of Minnesota Extension educator Liz Stahl provides us with a new Best Practices segment about Cover Crops.



 Episode 1408:



We meet with Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Agriculture Thom Petersen to discuss some of the issues facing today’s farmers. We sit down for a conversation with Director of the National Corn Growers Association Brian Thalmann and the University of Minnesota Extension provides us with a new Best Practices about dealing with Tar Spot disease in corn.



 Episode 1407:



Dan visits with Ruth Tibesar to discuss how agriculture saved her life and her mission to further mental health. Sarah Hart of ABC Drones talks about her company and how drones can improve farm practices and the University of Minnesota Extension talks about decisions to make for defoliating insects in soybeans.



 Episode 1406:



We meet "Woman Farmer of the Year" finalist, Wanda Patsche at her farm in Welcome, Minnesota to discuss pig farming, internet blogging and agricultural education. JoAnn Lower shares a new "Duck Tale" with us and the University of Minnesota Extension talks about drought-stressed corn grain and corn silage.



 Episode 1404:



On this episode we have Breakfast on the Farm with farm hosts Jim and Connie Sathre. We talk about this summer's upcoming events with Farm Bureau representatives Ruth Meirick and Marlin Fay. And the University of Minnesota Extension talks about evaluating your weed control.



 Episode 1403:



Host Dan Hoffman visits with celebrity chef and farm to table pioneer Ariane Daguin to discuss conscientious food production and her company D’Artagnan. We travel to Kasson to meet the Spinler family and learn about their family farm, microgreens and what gluten-free baking is all about. And a new Best Practices segment about soybean herbicide selections in late June/early July.



 Episode 1402:



Join host Dan Hoffman as he interviews the Dean of University of Minnesota Extension, Bev Durgan at "Farm at the Arb" at the Landscape Arboretum and they discuss what the Extension provides for the people of Minnesota. Storyteller JoAnn Lower returns to the show to share a new tale about human nature and Brad Carlson from the University of Minnesota Extension talks about the practice of split-applying nitrogen.



 Episode 1401:



Dan Hoffman meets with Myriah Johnson, Director of Research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, to discuss what sustainability looks like in the beef industry. Dan has a conversation with Darcy Johnson of the Conger Meat Market about the “Hog Crisis” that hit the country in Spring of 2020. Also, the University of Minnesota Extension provides us with a new Best Practices segment.


 Episode 1313:


We are discussing ethnic farming with Wayne Gannaway, Kim Sin and Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick and the modern issues surrounding food insecurity. Seth Naeve talks about foreign material in soybeans.


 Episode 1312:



We talk to Michelle Blomberg, CEO of AgVantage Software Inc. about the advances in software available. Wayne Gannaway, the Exec. Dir. of the History Center of Olmsted County, gives us a historic perspective of the times we live in. And Daniel Kaiser helps us find the best source for sulfur.


 Episode 1311:



We visit with Alie of "Bleed Heart Floral Farm and Design." Jim Koelsch of "Back to Your Roots" offers insights in food science and preparation. And Angie Peltier talks about the problem of SCN infestation.


 Episode 1310:



We talk to economist Edward Usset about current and future market planning. Agronomist Jacob Jungers discusses the Kernza Project. And Chryseis Modderman talks about manure management.



 Episode 1309:



We talk with Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm about her chocolate creations. We sit down with Bill Gordon, president of American Soybean Assoc. to talk about the state of soybeans. And Jochum Weirsma tells us about growing fall rye.


 Episode 1308:



We speak with 



 Episode 1307:



We speak with the current "Princess Kay of the Milky Way," Amy Kyllo and Midwest Dairy's Theresa Reps. David Nicolai talks with us about hail damage. And JoAnn Lower shares a story with us about rhubarb.



 Episode 1306:



On this episode of Farm Connections: a panel discussion about distance learning and Seth Naeve from the U of M talks about managing your field after a hail storm.



 Episode 1305:



Today we talk to farmer and podcaster Mitchell Hora about the current state of agriculture and connecting with an audience. JoAnn Lower shares a story about ducks. And we hear from Bruce Potter on making better insecticide decisions and minimizing development resistance. We also check out a dairy farming drive through experience.



 Episode 1304:



We talk about the wonders of the natural world with naturalist Kate Fitzgerald. JoAnn Lower shares a story about people brought together from worlds apart. Lisa Behnken tells us about soybeans and weed control. And we talk to Mike Landuyt from the MN cattleman's Association.



 Episode 1303:



We talk with the new Executive Director of MN Farm Bureau, Karin Schaefer. We meet Al Batt, writer, storyteller and avid ornithologist. Ryan Miller talks about corn and weed management. And we learn about the advantages of pork from Compart Family Farms.



 Episode 1302:



We visit with JoAnn Lower to understand how she writes her stories. We discuss the future and options for small businesses with Chris Hahn and we share a new "Best Practices" segment from the University of MN.



 Episode 1301:



We talk with Trent Loos about Ranching and agriculture. The University of MN tells us about early season alfalfa management and we hear a story from JoAnn Lower.


 Episode 1213

Today we talk about turkeys with the Petersons at Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls. We talk with Ryan Miller about end of season weed management and we hear a story from JoAnn Lower. And we hear about a younger farmer coming back to the family farm.



 Episode 1212

Host Dan Hoffman learns about the past and present of industrial hemp production. Our Best Practices segments focuses on Fall Nitrogen application. And did you know wheat is Minnesota's third largest crop?



 Episode 1211

We travel to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for "Farm at the Arb". Brad Carlson talks to us about Fall tillage. JoAnn Lower tells a story about her father and Lynn Ketelsen, along with Chuck Wingert, talk about farm land prices in our area.



 Episode 1210

Farm Connections travels to Rock Dell, Minnesota to visit the Rock Dell Cooperative Creamery; Wally Thomas provides good advice for farmer/banker relationships; Melissa Wilson talks manure application with cover crops; and we learn about Minnesota's hops industry.



 Episode 1209

We head to Farm Fest this week. We speak with Tom Petersen the Commissioner of Agriculture and Kent Thiesse. We talk about the economy and other farm business issues. Brad Carlson talks to us about using variable rate nitrogen treatments.



 Episode 1208

 Christopher Brenna with Revolutionary Earth tells us about building community agriculture in Rochester. We talk with Harry Stine of Stine Seed, and find out how he got started. And we talk about manure application in our Best Practices segment.



 Episode 1207

Host Dan Hoffman talks with Corey Hoffman about the devastating effects of a winter barn collapse and he visits with AgriTalk host Chip Flory. Our 4-H'er Mikenna Erickson introduces us to her steer, Zeke; Liz Stahl talks grazing of cover crops; and is industrial hemp a viable crop for Minnesota farmers?



 Episode 1206

We visit the Bremer Dairy Farm. We discus farm safety with Nick Schiltz and Kate Harrington. David Nicolai joins us with Best Practices. A new 4H focus from Grace Erickson talking about "Steve," her dairy steer. Lynn Ketelsen updates us on the pork industry.



 Episode 1205

 This week, Dan visits the Gene Anderson Farm for Breakfast on the Farm. Dan also hosts Charz Vriez from 40 Square to talk about health care. We also meet "Daisy Mae," find out when cover crops work, and learn about bloggers and farmers sharing common interests in food.



 Episode 1204

On today's show we find out what it's like to be a dairy princess. JoAnn Lower shares a story that's been passed down from generation to generation and David Nicolai shares in the Best Practices segment.



 Episode 1203

 We visit with Pam Benike at Prairie Hollow Farm and discuss farm diversification. We attend a Return On Investment Event put on by the Minnesota Extension in Owatonna. And Brad Carlson shares in the Best Practices segment.



 Episode 1202

 We discuss solar energy with of Ralph Kaehler of Novel Energy Solutions and Chris Olafson and Curt Shellum of Solar Connection, Inc. in Rochester. We attend GreenSeam's 36th Annual Rural Legislative Forum in Mankato and introduce 2 new segments; Focus On 4H and Best Practices.


 Episode 1201


2019 Riverland College Ag Summit in Austin, MN. We visit with Chief Economist of the American Petroleum Institute, Dr. R. Dean Foreman, the Commissioner of the MN Department of Agriculture, Thom Petersen and the CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel, Randal Doyal.



 Episode 1113

Host Dan Hoffman sits down with Barbara O'Connor to reflect on the farm crisis of the 1980s.  
Kent Thiesse explains beginning farmer tax credits; Liz Stahl explains the benefits of cover crops; and Lynn Ketelsen gives an update on the status of the harvest. 


 Episode 1112

Host Dan Hoffman visits with Greg Petersen, also known as Machinery Pete about used equipment values.  
We also get some advice on land rental rates.


 Episode 1111

We visit the O'Connor farm near Blooming Prairie. Kent Theise tells us why MFP payments won't solve cash flow issues. We also talk with U of M Extension educator Brad Carlson about variable right nitrogen.



 Episode 1110

Farm Connections host Dan Hoffman learns about what it takes to prepare for harvest on the O'Connor farm. He attends a crop field day with Ryan Miller of the University of Minnesota Extension. Kent Thiesse explains the new Market Facilitation Payments, and Lynn Ketelsen visits a farmer using cover crops.



 Episode 1109

We visit Dream Acres Farm in Wykoff, Minnesota to learn about sustainability and good old fashioned fun. Storyteller JoAnn Lower tells us about her special friendship with her brother.  Kent Thiesse talks strategies for managing the recent declines in net farm income, and we visit the historic Gilfillan Estate.



 Episode 1108

Farm Connections visits The Bee Shed's hives, Kent Thiesse updates us on the current state of the Farm Bill, JoAnn Lower tells a story about comfort food, and Lynn Ketelsen explores biodiesel.



 Episode 1107

We visit the Pauley Alpaca Company in Rochester. Kent Thiesse informs us about the changing dairy industry. And April Van Ruden joins us to discuss the inclusion of STEM education into the 4H county program.



 Episode 1106

 We travel to Onalaska, Wisconsin to Rainbow Ridge Farms and Steve Lawler discusses the results of a 3 year soil survey. And Kent Thiesse brings us the ag business forecast.



 Episode 1105

 We visit the goat farm of Shanna McCann who makes soap from goats milk. Kent Thiesse discusses negotiating fair land rental rates. Judy Barka tells us what technology holds for the future of ag.


 Episode 1104

Dan Hoffman visits Garvin Heights Winery in Winona; Kent Thiesse talks about plans for CRP in the next farm bill; Dan visits local farmer, Tom Finnegan, about investing in conservation and cover crops.



 Episode 1103

 Dan Hoffman visits with Dr. Jerry Nelson about life-changing forks in the road; JoAnn Lower shares a story about a favorite lamb, and Kent Thiesse talks about the impact of tariffs on Minnesota agriculture.



 Episode 1102

 Explore southern Minnesota's agriculture scene with host Dan Hoffman.  Topics:  Acres Conference for niche markets; a story from JoAnn Lower; and a local FFA students competition


 Episode 1101


We visit the 2018 Riverland College Ag Summit: Agriculture Renewed. Guests:  Riverland President Adenuga Atewologun, Dr. Jerry Nelson, Kyle Huneke, Nathan Smit, Valerie Earley and Corey Howe. Host Dan Hoffman with co-host Blake Pedersen.


 Episode 1013:


We discuss mental health with Meg Moynihan. Kent Theisse brings his thoughts on custom farming alternatives and Joanne Lower shares with us, another of her farm stories.


 Episode 1012:


Test-run the combine simulator at Riverland College. Hear how crop insurance changes may effect farmers.  And we talk with the Dean of Southern MN Center of Agriculture, Brad Schloesser.


 Episode 1011:


Featuring Al-Corn Clean Fuel's new expansion project; and Steve Peterson talking about his experience as a farmer and agribusiness professional in sustainability.


 Episode 1010:


Featuring Willy Mekeel and drones; Dennis Whalen's truck scale; and Minnesota Corn Growers' Innovation Grants.



 Episode 1009:

We head to Winona to experience Camp Explore Ag Day. We also visit with David Nicolai, MN Extension. 


 Episode 1008:

 Learn about the railroad, model trains and plant pathology.


 Episode 1007:

Dan Hoffman visits Spring Valley for the Root River Antique Engine & Tractor Show. We learn about super modified garden tractors.


 Episode 1006:

We feature Berryhill Farm and learn about Leicester Longwool Sheep. And Joanne Lower tells us a story about her Grandmother.


 Episode 1005:


We meet with Tom Cotter to talk about cover crops. We talk with  Dr. Kenneth Ostlie about insecticides and pest management. And Kent Thiesse gives us his ag forecast.



 Episode 1004:

This week we featured cover crop champions and SWCD Resource Specialist, Steve Lawler.


 Episode 1003:

 Featuring A&B Ranch miniature horses and weed management with Dr. Jeff Gunsolus.


 Episode 1002:

 Dan Hoffman visits Squash Blossom Farm; JoAnn Lower tells a story about her neighbors; Kent Thiesse talks legislative priorities for farm communities; and Lynn Ketelsen visits the Oliver Kelley Farm.


 Episode 1001:

Hear what agricultural leaders are saying at "Leveraging Agricultural Innovations For Global Good" at the Hormel Institute in Austin, MN.

 Episode 913:

Host Dan Hoffman learns more about the University of MN farmer-lender mediation program, tours the Northern County Co-op facility in Stacyville, IA and Lynn Ketelsen talks fall storage.


 Episode 912:

We visit with Jeanie Borlaug Laube about her father's legacy; Steve Diebele explains his pastured pork model; Kent Thiesse talks about election issues; and Lynn Ketelsen describes bioreactors.


 Episode 911:

On this episode, we visit the largest organic conference in the US, Kent Thiesse talks cash rental rates, Lynn Ketelsen explains MN Corn innovation grants and we visit the regional Scottish Highland Cattle Show.


 Episode 910:

Shepherd's Way, Mary Buschette, farm income forecasts, JoAnn Lower storytelling and biotech soybeans.


 Episode 909:

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.


 Episode 908:

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.


 Episode 907:

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.


 Episode 906:

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.


 Episode 905:

Learn about Robotics on a dairy farm and a University of Minnesota Ag Program.


 Episode 904:

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.


 Episode 903:

 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.


 Episode 902:

 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.


 Episode 901:

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.

 Episode 713:

Farm Safety and Storytelling
We talk about farm safety and hear a story fom JoAnn Lower.



Episode 712:

Grain Transportation, Crystal Farms, Absolute Energy
We learn about the challenges of Grain transportation in the midwest.


Episode 711:
Rural Depression and the Director of "Belleville"
We'll hear from a storyteller, a movie director and a farm counselor.  They all have something valuable to share on this important topic.
Episode 710:
MN State Fair
We visit the Minnesota State Fair. The Common Table, Little Farm Hands and the Grand Champion show at the Beef exhibit.
Episode 709:
Farm Fest 2014
We travel to Farm Fest. Talk to pork ambassadors and an experienced soybean producer; Visit with the Exec. Director of the MN FSA office and learn more about the technology of Drones in farming. 
Episode 708:
Ethanol with its Advantages
The industry of Ethanol. We talk to farmers, producers and a race car driver.

Episode 707:


 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.



Episode 706:


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.



Episode 705:


Trout and Agriculture

Explore the intersection between fish & agriculture as student-raised infant trout are released into the wild!


Episode 704:

Reindeer Farm

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!


Episode 703:


Tractor Collection

On this episode, we explore one of the most interesting collection of tractors near Zumbrota, MN.


Episode 702:


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!


Episode 701:



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!


 Episode 813:



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.



 Episode 812:



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.



 Episode 811:



Broadband Service

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.



 Episode 810:



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.



 Episode 809:



Dick Hagen and Janet Kubat Willette




 Episode 808:



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



Episode 807:



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.


Episode 806:



Forage, peas, and farming trends

We visit a pea field and learn about new trends in farming.


Episode 805:



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.



Episode 804:



Ag in the Classroom / Solar Energy

We visit students learning about farming. Also we learn about solar power from Featherstone Farms


Episode 803:



Organic Vegetables / An Orchard with bees

We recently visited Featherstone Farm and Sekapp Orchards.


Episode 802:



Maple Syrup and Buffer Strips

We visit a maple syrup farm in Waterville and Justin Hanson teaches us about buffer strips.


Episode 801:



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.


More Episodes

Episode 601:


MN State FFA Convention

Dan visits the Minnesota State FFA Convention held annually at the University of Minnesota campus.


Episode 602:

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.



Episode 603:

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.

Episode 604:


Fuel Economy & Bio-Fuels

Dan visits with a team of students who created a small fleet of supermileage vehicles that have won regional, national and international awards for their fuel economy. He also visits with Tim Rudnicki of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and Dan Erickson of Minnesota Corn Growers Association to learn how Minnesota crops are being used to created renewable energy sources.




Episode 605:



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.




Episode 606:


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! 





Episode 607:

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!


Episode 608:


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!




Episode 609:


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.


Episode 610:


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.


Episode 611:


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.


Episode 612:

The Big Iron Show

In this episode we go to the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota!


Episode 613:


In this episode we talk to FFA officers from around the state.

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.


KSMQ'S "Farm Connections" Inside the Grain Elevator 513

On this Farm Connections, Dan visits his alma mater, University of Minnesota, St. Paul. He interviews a specialist in farm marketing to better understand the economics of farming. Then he meets up with young agriculturalists studying at the U of M, including the new Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the new Minnesota Pork Ambassador and the State's FFA Reporter.



Episode 413:

Agriculture Old and New

Episode 412:

Alpine Farming

Episode 411:

Tractor Country

Episode 410:

Safety on the Farm

Episode 408:

Farm Royalty

Episode 407:

Alternative Ag Products

Episode 406:

It's Fair Time!

Episode 405:

Farming a Continent Away

Episode 404:

Creatures Great and Small

Episode 403:

How to Know Your Ag

Episode 402:

Real World Milk Production

Episode 401:

Farming Yesterday and Today

Episode 706:
 We meet Rich Watkins and Deputy Katlynne Fisher to talk about the Criminal Justice program offered at Riverland Community College in Austin. Also we talk with Dan Urlick who lines up musicians and singers for Austin ArtWorks Festival. A KSMQ production. (Ep706)

Episode 705:
 We meet Blake Zimmerli, a young music composer from Austin, and we talk with Kane and Andrea Malo, a married couple who are both principals at Austin schools. Produced by KSMQ. (Ep705)
Episode 704:
 This week Eric talks with Raquel Hellman from the Hormel Institute about their work in biomedical research, and we meet a couple firefighters from Austin. We also chat with Johanna Rupprecht from the River Arts Alliance in Winona.

Episode 703:
 This week Eric talks with Mower County Assessor Joy Kanne about her job and the rise in property values in Mower County. We learn about the Big 9 Music Festival coming to Austin and the Bluff County Art Tour in southeastern Minnesota. Also, we visit with Kris Viesselman from Lanesboro Arts.
Episode 702:
 Eric talks with Sarah Hartman and Laura Helle with the Austin Human Rights Commission. And we learn about Austin Area Arts. We also talk with Marcus Thompson who is the Mower County Solid Waste Officer to discuss recycling.
Episode 701:
 "On Q" returns to KSMQ. KSMQ Public Television's Eric Olson talks to Trish Harren, the Mower County Administrator; Darlyne Paulson and Kari Brick from the Albert Lea Art Center; and Justin Osborne from Four Daughters Winery.
Episode 604:
 Meet Gerard Academy's Ambassador of the Year, Tiffany Ellinghuysen. Judy Bergen talks about her experience raising a family in Austin, and Freeborn County's passion for baseball is more than 150 years old.

Episode 603:
 Renewable energy choices, Riverland College Student Body President and the massive lock & dam system on the Mississippi River.

Episode 602:


KSMQ's On Q features the new CEO Program for Austin High School; a tour through the historic Hubbard House in Mankato; and a conversation on how reptiles make great pets. We also introduce our new Austin Voices segment with special guest: Chad Andersen.


Episode 601:

Host Eric Olson visits with Dr. Ciota, CEO of the Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea and Austin about the status of changes between the two campuses, along with other news in medical care.
Episode 504:

The performing arts theatre in Chatfield, the Spam Museum, the creation of the Winona cemetery, and the Taopi Wildflower Preserve are discussed.

Episode 503:

Paint the Town Pink. Kathi Finley & Mike Keeley continue efforts to raise funds to fight breast cancer. John Garry shows us how he's helping to create a friendly business environment. Also see how Hollandale got its start and learn about the care of dogs.

Episode 502:

2 Communities are trying to secure a veterans home. Also Laura Helle from Austin Area Commission for the Arts talks about how things are going in the area. And learn about butter churns in Owatonna. We go back to an episode of Cities On the Move and hear from a Riverland College Theatre Director and we go ghost hunting

Episode 501:

We talk to Austin students who are finding out good behavior is the norm. Learn how a community is handling housing needs and about the history of Minnesota State University Mankato.  
Episode 404:

Featuring MPCA Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Flood re: water quality, Steve Kime with Vision 2020 Bike/Walk Committee update, Winona's lumber industry, and a look back at an old episode of Snap Shot and the Story Lady Doll & Toy Museum.

Episode 403:

  Featuring George A. Hormel autobiography, Vision 2020 Waterways Committee, Freeborn County creameries, and a look back at Diversity Connections' conversation about Native American history.


Episode 402:
Featuring deer feeding ban, Vision 2020 Community Pride & Spirit Committee, the automobile industry in Steele County, and a look back at Health Connections re: insomnia
Episode 401:

 Featuring Austin Poverty Task Force, Vision 2020's Austin Aspires update, Blue Earth County agriculture and a look back at an old Snap Shot episode featuring Niagara Cave.

Episode 226:
Join the Journey is an organization in Rochester that helps patients with breast cancer - both emotionally, and with fun physical activities like the Making Waves project. We'll learn more about it. Also, Craig Clark will be joining us. He is the City Administrator for the City of Austin. We'll find out a little more about what he does and what's been happening in town. And, Geoff Smith from the Community Pride & Spirit Committee of Vision 2020 is looking for you...to roll up your sleeves to benefit the community.
Episode 225:

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.

Episode 224:

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. 

Episode 223:
Join On Q Host Eric Olson with Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, President of Riverland Community College when they talk about the new connection between Riverland Community College and Minnesota State University - Mankato. It gives area students more options for higher education. Richard Lemons, Chair of the Austin Human Rights Commission talks about their Community Conversations. And Cody Fox from the Soil and Water Conservation District highlights Dobbins Creek.
Episode 222:

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.

Episode 221:

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. 

Episode 220:
Join On Q Host Eric Olson to learn more about the Journey to Growth initiative that is balancing economic development growth in Rochester.  Guest host Stephanie Passingham talks with Austin Public Schools Superintendent David Krenz and Melissa Barr from Mayo Health System about the new health kiosks being installed for District employees.  And, Steve Kime from the Bike/Walk Committee provides a Vision 2020 update.
Episode 219:

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.

Episode 218:

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. 

Episode 217:

In this episode, Larry Dolphin, Adrian Lee and Sandy Forstner. Also joined by guest host, Courtney Wyant.




Episode 216:

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.



Episode 215:

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.




Episode 214:

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.




 Episode 213:


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.



 Episode 212:


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.



 Episode 211:


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.



 Episode 210:


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.



Episode 209:

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. 



Episode 208:


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.



Episode 207:


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!




Episode 206:


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.

Episode 205:


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.

Episode 204:


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.

Episode 203:


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.

Episode 202:


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! 


Episode 201:


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.


Episode 304:

On this episode of On Q, we turn over the host chair to Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, President of Riverland Community College. Dr. Atewologun invites three guests into the studio to shed some light on the vision and development of the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Agriculture and Food Science Innovation and its global focus. Episode 304

Episode 303:

  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


Episode 302:
In this episode we learn about the possibility of renewable biomass being used in the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester. The Mower County Humane Society is hosting their annual walk-a-thon and we learn more about the good work they do with the funds they raise. And, John Gray shows us the new directional signs from Vision 2020.
Episode 301:

  Host Eric Olson talks with John Mueller, Gareth Hataye and Laura Helle.

View More Episodes of On Q

Episode 101:

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.


Episode 102:

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.


Episode 103:

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.


Episode 104:

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.


Episode 105:

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.


Episode 106:

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.


Episode 107:

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.


Episode 108:

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.


Episode 109:

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.


Episode 110:

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.


Episode 111:

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


Episode 112:

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.


Episode 113:

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.


Episode 114:

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.


Episode 115:

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.


Episode 116:

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. 


Episode 117:

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.


Episode 118:

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.


Episode 119:

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.


Episode 120:


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. 


Episode 121:


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.


Episode 122:


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.


Episode 123:


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.


Episode 124:

Austin's Schools Referendum

In this episode we talk with the Superintendent and get a Vision 2020 update. 


Episode 125:

Austin Bruins

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.


Episode 126:

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!


Season 20 - Episodes

Episode 2001

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara checks in with Park Planner Jeff Feece to learn more about the Soldier’s Field master plan. We visit a tribute to the trucking industry of the early to mid 1900s, and we learn more about the sport of curling. Danielle Teal sits with Aikong See to learn about Hope Central and the Project Hope Movement. Lastly, Nicole visits with Cheryl Thode and Wendell Amstutz to talk about mental wellness in the new year.

Episode 2002

Alison Zelms, Rochester city administrator, walks us through the city's 2-year operating budget; we check in with Steve Schmidt after his retirement from Rochester Civic Music; Danielle Teal dives into scuba with Szablis Klee of Southeast Scuba Escape; we visit Art Heads Emporium, a reimagined Rochester business; and Michael Wojcik tells us what's happening in Rochester.

Episode 2003

Nicole meets with Meaghan Sherden, MPH, and Michael Melius from Olmsted County Public Health to discuss the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and what makes the Omicron variant unique. We discuss taxes with David Oeth from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to learn what might look different as you file this year. We check out the "Homecoming Queen" exhibit at the Rochester Art Center, and visit the new Treedome storefront on Broadway.

Episode 2004

Nicole checks in with Patrick and Sarah Phelan, co-owners of Fiddlehead Coffee Co., to discuss their newest location opening in Rochester this spring. Danielle Teal chats with Sheila Buehler APRN, CNP, to learn more about her new business, Foot Care Professionals LLC. Andy Smith tells us all about the recently opened Garden Party Books, and we meet Sarge, a K9 who competed in a national police dog competition. Finally, Nicole discusses the the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge with Rochester Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director Chao Mwatela and Community Co-Designer and Equity Specialist Wafa Elkhalifa.

Episode 2005

Nicole chats with the President of the Rochester NAACP Wale Elegbede about the upcoming Black History Month Speaker Series. Danielle Teal visits with Chef Eman Abdulmuaty from SETO Bakery. We meet Rochester piano teacher Mackenzie Roberts, and head back to Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse to chat with Andy Smith. Lastly, we meet Brenda Kardock, Adam Dickinson, and Catherine Davis with the Rochester Public Library Foundation.

Episode 2006

Nicole sits down with Dan Fifield, RN, from The Landing MN to discuss how their nonprofit has grown in the last three years. We head to Silver Lake Foods to explore the oldest grocery store in Rochester, and visit Quarry Hill Nature Center to hear what they do when the weather gets chilly. Danielle Teal checks in with Christine Beech to learn about her business, Copiavia, and how they are helping nonprofits. Lastly, Nicole meets author Leilani Raashida Henry and Abby Currier, the Community Engagement and Events Coordinator with the History Center of Olmsted County. They discuss Henry's new book, The Call of Antartica: Exploring and Protecting Earth's Coldest Continent, and the upcoming author discussion at the History Center on February 19th.

Episode 2007

Nicole meets with Psalms Frye, owner and Doula of Peace and Compassion Birth Services. Danielle Teal checks in with Dan Sweeney from Great Harvest Bread Co. in Rochester. We learn a little bit more about cross-country skiing, and we learn how to be smart salters throughout the winter with Sadie Neuman. Lastly, we sit down with Dr. Tej Khalsa to discuss their new podcast The Last Breath Podcast, designed to connect you to your inner being, higher meaning, and greater purpose.


Season 19 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1901

Producer Annie Krenik is joined by Vietnam War combat medic Bill Strusinski to talk about his book "Care Under Fire." Susan Haskamp talks about her work as advancement manager at Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association. And Danielle Teal checks out the new restaurant ThaiPop.

R-Town, Episode 1902

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara visits with Julie Winters from Rochester Pride to talk about their work in the community. We meet Lina Choung, a dance instructor specializing in traditional Cambodian dance, and check out the new ping pong LED installation in Peace Plaza. Jeremy Elder tells us about the Filipino martial art form Kali. Lastly, Dee Sabol tells us about grant funding the Diversity Council received to promote health equity.

R-Town, Episode 1903

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara visits with Miguel Valdez to discuss National Hispanic American Heritage Month. We learn about Wale Elegbede’s immigration journey and how he came to Rochester and we check in with the Rochester Fire Department during Fire Prevention Month. Lastly, we visit with Tim Penny to learn about the FEAST! Local Foods Network.

R-Town, Episode 1904

Nicole visits with Laura Sutherland of Olmsted County to discuss domestic violence. We learn about the Thrive Conference and the womens organization Bridging the Gap, and we check in with the Rochester Repertory Theatre. Lastly, we visit with Abe Sauer of Old Abe Coffee.

R-Town, Episode 1905

Nicole chats with Brad Vigesaa about the upcoming Nerdinout Con at the Mayo Civic Center. We learn about a not-so-unusual collecting hobby, and head to Sekapp Orchard to pick out some pumpkins. Molly Pudwell from Pudwell Insurance Partners tells us about enrolling in Medicare. Lastly, we discuss the $3.12 million grant awarded to Rochester and DMC EDA with Patrick Seeb and Cindy Steinhauser.

R-Town, Episode 1906

Nicole checks in with the Rochester Civic Theatre to explore their recent haunting. We visit the Downtown Roller Disco, and take a short tour of the Rochester Art Center. Terry Gries from the Community Food Response tells us about their mission and how the community can support them. Lastly, Rochester Management Analyst Heather J. Heyer tells us about the redistricting following the 2020 Census.

R-Town, Episode 1907

Nicole sits with Rochester Assistant City Attorney Tran Nguyen to discuss the Just Deeds Project. We check out the Rochester Farmers Market, and go Trunk-or-Treating at Family Promise Rochester. We meet Philip Muehe, the new Managing Director of Rochester Repertory Theatre Company. Lastly, Nicole discusses how Olmsted County is combating homelessness with Mary O'Neil and Jacob Radtke.

R-Town, Episode 1908

Nicole talks with Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Branch of NAACP about their new program, RISE for Youth, a program that will provide Black and underrepresented students with new pathways to success in education and employment. Danielle Teal sits with mosaic artist Debra D'Souza to discuss her art and the making of mosaics. We also learn more about Rochester's beloved Ear of Corn water tower, and hit the streets to learn more about fashion.

R-Town, Episode 1909

Nicole meets Dr. Azar Maluki, Board Chair of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, to discuss the upcoming listening session at the Rochester Area Foundation. We visit the Lion Heart Clay Works, and we visit RCTC to view Zoe Cinel's newest art exhibit "TOO HOT TO HANDLE, A Portrait of the Artist With Pain." We check in with Dan Nowakowski from the History Center of Olmsted County to discuss Mayowood as we approach the holiday season. Lastly, Nicole visits with Holly Masek to discuss what's coming to Downtown Rochester for the holidays.


Season 18 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1801

This week on R-Town, Nicole sit's down with Ken Baerg, Operations Director for 125 Live, to discuss the new R-Town filming location and the future of 125 Live following the pandemic. We head to Silver Lake Pool to learn more about the temporary shut down earlier this summer, and Danielle Teal visits with Judy Braatz to discuss this year's turnout for Rochesterfest. Nicole also has a discussion with Jorrie Johnson about the Bloomberg Global Mayor's Challenge and initiatives to increase diversity in Rochester's workforce.

R-Town, Episode 1802

Nicole sits down with Tiffany Alexandria to discuss the upcoming Night Market in Rochester. We head to Thursday's Downtown to explore the in-person celebration, and talk with some vendors about their experience. Kate Jirik from the Elder Network stops by to tell us about how they're helping seniors in 2021. Lastly, Planner Emma Miller-Shindelar comes by to tell us how we can get involved with the new City Zoning Ordinance.

R-Town, Episode 1803

Danielle Teal hears from Zoe Cinel with the Rochester Art Center about their upcoming Iraqi American Cultural Celebration. Javier Ortiz tells us how he followed his dreams to become a barber, and we take a walk through 125Live. Scott Schneider tell us all about the upcoming Olmsted County Fair, and Holly Masek from the Rochester Downtown Alliance stops by to talk about all the upcoming events this summer.

R-Town, Episode 1804

Nicole sits with fashion blogger Trina Morris to discuss some 2021 fashion trends. We learn about an Egyptian immigrant who made his way to Rochester, and we head to Tom Kadlec Auto Body for Bike Night at Torque and Tacos. Dennis Wong from Dunn Brothers Coffee and Blue Plate Diner stops by to discuss his business and the construction on North Broadway. Lastly, we welcome the newly named program manager for Olmsted County’s Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach Team Sidney Frye II.

R-Town, Episode 1805

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara discusses the spreading Delta variant of COVID-19 with Director of Public Health at Olmsted County Health Services, Graham Briggs. We learn more about Family Promise Rochester and the services they provide, and we check out a parking lot concert from the Rochester Community Band. Lastly, April Dahl from Dahl Dance comes by to chat with Danielle Teal about the future of ballroom dance.

R-Town, Episode 1806

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara chats with Misha Johnson from the Rochester Civic Theatre about their upcoming 70th Birthday Bash. Sylwia Oliver shares the story of how she came to Rochester, and we check out the "Yield: Keeping A House" installment for Art4Trails. Steven Schmidt from Rochester Civic Music stops by to share about upcoming events. Nicole Mucheck from the new Southeast Regional Crisis Center discusses the services they provide and how they're working to help the community.

R-Town, Episode 1807

Danielle Teal sits down with Dr. Kent Pekel, Interim Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools, to discuss the coming school year amidst a pandemic. We head to Rochester Gymnastics Academy to learn more about the difficult sport, and we head to McQuillan Field Park to check out Rochester Community Development Neighborhood Week.

R-Town, Episode 1808

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara checks in with the Village Agricultural Cooperative to learn about their mission to create a place where global cultures gather to share everything there is to know about food. The founders of Eureka Childcare tell us about their plan to prepare children for a lifetime of learning, and Erin Vasquez sits with Danielle Teal to talk about the importance of community schools. Lastly, Wendy Turri from Rochester Public Works stops by to discuss the research around detecting future COVID-19 outbreaks in wastewater.

R-Town, Episode 1809

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara sits with MN State Auditor Julie Blaha to discuss her latest projects and how they can benefit local governments like Rochester. An asylee from Cameroon shares his story, and we check out the Neon Green Studio Pop Up Art Cart. Danielle Teal sits with Julie Johns and Ivete Martinez to discuss the upcoming Med City Arts Festival.


Season 17 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1701

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Jeremy Westrum, owner of Rootz of Inspiration, to discuss how he came to Rochester and started his business amidst a pandemic.

R-Town, Episode 1702

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Sylwia Oliver to discuss what's coming next for 125Live and the future of community centers in Rochester.



R-Town, Episode 1703

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Samantha Erickson from the Rescued Room to discuss home organizing and upcycling as the weather is getting warmer.

R-Town, Episode 1704

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Ryan Yetzer, Interim Deputy Director of Community Development, to discuss the Downtown Waterfront Southeast Small Area Plan.

R-Town, Episode 1705

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Melissa Eggler to discuss the upcoming ART(is)T Therapy Artisan Market at Little Thistle Brewing Co. Go support your local artists on May 1st, at 10 a.m. Inclement weather date is May 8th.



R-Town, Episode 1706

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Rosei Skipper to discuss the music scene in Rochester, and how you can support local artists while we continue to fight the pandemic.

R-Town, Episode 1707

This week on R-Town, Amarachi Orakwue sits down with Bud Whitehorn, the new community liaison between the Black community and the Rochester Police Department, to discuss the meaning of Black Lives Matter and how the Rochester community can work to support black lives.

R-Town, Episode 1708

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with local DJ LaidEe P to discuss the entertainment industry in Rochester, MN, and how the community and local businesses can come together to support local artists.



R-Town, Episode 1709

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal discusses the affordable housing crisis in Rochester with City Councilwoman Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick.

R-Town, Episode 1710

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal and Amarachi Orakwue sit down with Captain Jeff Stilwell of the Rochester Police Department to discuss community policing and building relationships with those who do not trust the police force.

R-Town, Episode 1711

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Jinny Rietmann, Executive Director at Workforce Development, Inc., to discuss the ongoing worker shortage in Rochester and across the country.



R-Town, Episode 1712

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Holly Masek, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Dina Abo Sheasha, Director Of Business Development at Curve Solutions to discuss Downtown Rochester and the events coming this summer.

R-Town, Episode 1713

This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Brandon Helgeson, Executive Director of Rochesterfest, to discuss the upcoming festival, the schedule of events, and how Rochesterfest is celebrating coming back after a year-long pause.


Season 16 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1601

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Reverend Emily Carson to discuss unpacking 2020 this New Year. We check in with the Rochester Community Bike Club, 125Live Esthetician Liz Guevremont describes how her new business is fairing in the pandemic, and Master Chef Contestant Shari Mukherjee shows us some popular recipes. Dr. Amit Sood and Danielle discuss the ways we can all become more resilient in 2021.



R-Town, Episode 1602

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Graham Briggs, Director of Olmsted County Public Health, to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine. Vangie Castro discusses her immigration story from the Philippines to the United States, and Bryan Wattier from MegaWatt Entertainment stops by to discuss how they're fairing through the pandemic. New Walkabout correspondent Amarachi Orakwue chats with Naura Anderson about Threshold Arts and supporting the work of local artists.

R-Town, Episode 1603

This week on R-Town, Danielle talks with Dave Oeth with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to discuss how the Rochester community can access free filing assistance. We meet Rawhi Said as he describes how his family fled their home in Bosnia and we check in with Wale Elegbede to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. New City Administrator Alison Zelms stops by to discuss the future of Rochester and the 2021 Budget.



R-Town, Episode 1604

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with the RDA to discuss how Social Ice is changing this year. Kim Sin describes his journey to America and Amarachi Orakwue sits down with George Thompson to discuss his life in Rochester. We also chat with Rev. Andre Crockett about the new community liaison position in Rochester.



R-Town, Episode 1605

This week on R-Town, Danielle welcomes the new City Council President Brooke Carlson, and they discuss everything up and coming for the city of Rochester. Amarachi Orakwue has a chat with Abe Sauer of Old Abe Co., and checks in with Fade Clinic Barbers to discuss cool hairdo is popular in 2021.



R-Town, Episode 1606

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Misha Johnson and Eric Decker to talk about the upcoming digital production of Romantic Fools by Rich Orloff. Amarachi chats with Jennifer Schimek from Rochester Reiki Retreat, and visits with Matt Arnold from Detour Athletics. Wale Elegbede from the Rochester NAACP comes by to discuss how the NAACP is commemorating Black History Month and addressing the pandemic.


R-Town, Episode 1607

This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with the League of Women Voters to discuss redistricting in Minnesota following the 2020 Census. Maureen Wismayer from the Rochester Figure Skating Club stops by, and we visit with Lenny Williams and Dr. Nancy Adegoke from Trill or Not Trill. We also have a discussion with Dan Jensen about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Olmsted County.



Season 15 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1501

This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara hosts a roundtable discussion with City Council Ward 6 candidates Molly Dennis and Craig Ugland. They discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Rochester, racial inequity, fighting for social justice, affordable public transportation, and the use of tax dollars in the community.



R-Town, Episode 1502

Rochester City Council Ward 4 Candidates Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick and Katrina Pulham join Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara to discuss their platforms as we approach the Nov. 3rd. election. They discuss COVID-19, social justice, neighborhood initiatives, and the future of public safety and community in Ward 4.

R-Town, Episode 1503

Danielle Teal stops by this week to sit down with Olmsted County Elections Specialist Katie Smith to discuss the upcoming November General Election. They discuss the different ways to vote, where to find the information, and how you can participate in the election.



R-Town, Episode 1504

Candidates for Rochester City Council Ward 2 Incumbent Michael Wojcik and Mark Bransford join Nicole to discuss their platforms as we approach the Nov. 3rd. election.

R-Town, Episode 1505

This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara hosts a roundtable discussion with City Council Ward 6 candidates Molly Dennis and Craig Ugland. They discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Rochester, racial inequity, fighting for social justice, affordable public transportation, and the use of tax dollars in the community.



R-Town, Episode 1506

This week on R-Town, Nicole chats with Heidi and Kamau Wilkins from Rochester for Justice to talk about their upcoming event, From Grief to Action. We check in with Dr. Lilly Wagner, an immigrant from Germany, and head downtown with Danielle Teal to say hi to some business owners. Executive Director of the Jeremiah Program JoMarie Morris and Nicole discuss the Grand Opening of the new Rochester campus and what's coming next for the Jeremiah Program.

R-Town, Episode 1507

This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara hosts a roundtable discussion with City Council Ward 6 candidates Molly Dennis and Craig Ugland. They discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on Rochester, racial inequity, fighting for social justice, affordable public transportation, and the use of tax dollars in the community.



R-Town, Episode 1508

Danielle Teal sits with Wale Elegbede to discuss his TED Talk about building community and fighting Islamophobia. We stop at SPARK Children's Museum and head to Ironside Axe Club to explore how we're having fun at all ages. Director of Olmsted County Public Health Graham Briggs comes by to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and the best way to celebrate the upcoming holidays while staying safe. .



Season 14 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1401


R-Town, Episode 1402


R-Town, Episode 1403


R-Town, Episode 1404


R-Town, Episode 1405


R-Town, Episode 1406


R-Town, Episode 1407


R-Town, Episode 1408


R-Town, Episode 1409



Season 13 - Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1301


R-Town, Episode 1302


R-Town, Episode 1303


R-Town, Episode 1304


R-Town, Episode 1305


R-Town, Episode 1306


R-Town, Episode 1307


R-Town, Episode 1308


R-Town, Episode 1309


R-Town, Episode 1310


R-Town, Episode 1311


R-Town, Episode 1312


R-Town, Episode 1313


R-Town, Episode 1314




Season 12 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1201


R-Town, Episode 1202


R-Town, Episode 1203


R-Town, Episode 1204


R-Town, Episode 1205


R-Town, Episode 1206


R-Town, Episode 1207



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Season 11 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1101


R-Town, Episode 1102


R-Town, Episode 1103


R-Town, Episode 1104


R-Town, Episode 1105


R-Town, Episode 1106


R-Town, Episode 1107

R-Town, Episode 1108

R-Town, Episode 1109



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Season 10 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 1001


R-Town, Episode 1002


R-Town, Episode 1003


R-Town, Episode 1004


R-Town, Episode 1005


R-Town, Episode 1006


R-Town, Episode 1007

R-Town, Episode 1008



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Season 9 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 901


R-Town, Episode 902


R-Town, Episode 903


R-Town, Episode 904


R-Town, Episode 905


R-Town, Episode 906


R-Town, Episode 907

R-Town, Episode 908



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Season 8 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 808


R-Town, Episode 807


R-Town, Episode 806


R-Town, Episode 805


R-Town, Episode 804


R-Town, Episode 803


R-Town, Episode 802

R-Town, Episode 801



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Season 7 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 709


R-Town, Episode 708


R-Town, Episode 707


R-Town, Episode 706


R-Town, Episode 705


R-Town, Episode 704


R-Town, Episode 703


R-Town, Episode 702

R-Town, Episode 701



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Season 6 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 607

R-Town, Episode 606

R-Town, Episode 605

R-Town, Episode 604

R-Town, Episode 603

R-Town, Episode 602

R-Town, Episode 601



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Season 5 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 508

R-Town, Episode 507

R-Town, Episode 506

R-Town, Episode 505

R-Town, Episode 504

R-Town, Episode 503

R-Town, Episode 502

R-Town, Episode 501



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Season 4 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 415

R-Town, Episode 414

R-Town, Episode 413

R-Town, Episode 412

R-Town, Episode 411

R-Town, Episode 410

R-Town, Episode 409

R-Town, Episode 408

R-Town, Episode 407

R-Town, Episode 406

R-Town, Episode 405

R-Town, Episode 404

R-Town, Episode 403

R-Town, Episode 402

R-Town, Episode 401



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Season 3 Episodes

R-Town, Episode 312

R-Town, Episode 311

R-Town, Episode 310

R-Town, Episode 309

R-Town, Episode 308

R-Town, Episode 307

R-Town, Episode 306

R-Town, Episode 305

R-Town, Episode 304

R-Town, Episode 303

R-Town, Episode 302

R-Town, Episode 301



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Season 2


R-Town, Episode 201

R-Town, Episode 202

R-Town, Episode 203

R-Town, Episode 204

R-Town, Episode 205

R-Town, Episode 206

R-Town, Episode 207

R-Town, Episode 208

R-Town, Episode 209

R-Town, Episode 210

R-Town, Episode 211

R-Town, Episode 212

R-Town, Episode 213


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Season 1

R-Town, Episode 101


Friday, 8:00 p.m.;  Saturday, 4:30 p.m.;  and Sunday, 12 noon.

R-Town, Episode 102

R-Town, Episode 103

R-Town, Episode 104

R-Town, Episode 105

R-Town, Episode 106

R-Town, Episode 107

R-Town, Episode 108

R-Town, Episode 109

R-Town, Episode 110

R-Town, Episode 111

R-Town, Episode 112

R-Town, Episode 113

R-Town, Episode 114


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