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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 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 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!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

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

Past Seasons:

Episode 312:


Farming in Kenya

Episode 311:


Painting – Minnesota Agriculture

Episode 310:


Economic Impact

Episode 309:


Ag Technology

Episode 308:


Farm Business Transition, Estate PlanningAg Technology

Episode 307:


Tell Your Story!

 

Episode 710:

  

 

S.M.A.R.T. Garden and Shrubs

We visit the S.M.A.R.T. garden at RCTC in Rochester, MN. And we learn more about Shrubs at the Minnesota Arboretum.

 

 
 

Episode 709:

  

Native Flowers and Herbs

We travel to Prairie Moon Nursery to learn about native plants and flowers. And then we learn about herbs from Master Gardener, Jessie Crane.

 
 

Episode 708:

  

Silver Bee Farm and Rochester Garden Tour 1

We visit Silver Bee Farm with Nutritionist, Amy Pleimling. Then we explore our first garden this year from the Rochester Garden Tour. And Chef Larson shows us how to make Baby Heirloom Potato Salad. 

 

 

Episode 707:

 

Glass Sculptures and Garden Beverages

We look at Glass Sculptures on display at the MN Arboretum. And talk about things from the garden we can drink!

 

 

 

Episode 706:

 

The Year of Renewal and Food Dehydration

In this episode we go to the garden of Liz Bankes and learn about her "Year of Renewal". Then Mary Bell gives us advise on drying all kinds of food and we'll learn how to make Lilac Poached Chicken from Chef Larson.

 

 

Episode 705:

 

The Living Wall and a Japanese Garden

We visit the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester to see the stunning "Living Wall". Then we travel to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to get a tour of a Japanese Garden. Chef Larson's recipe is "Stir fried Brocolli with Red Miso and Walnut Sauce". 

 

Episode 704:

 

Wicking Beds, Winter Squash and Water Features

Joe Deden demonstrates how to make a wicking bed, to conserve water. Landscape expert, Dave Sloan talks about the components of a pond at the Central Gardens of North Iowa and Chef Larson serves up "Winter Squash".

 

 

Episode 703:

 

Flower Arrangement and Garden Art

Learn how to make a bouquet from the flowers in your garden. Liz Reckner and Kayla Meier share some of their best tips. Artist, Jim Wegner shows us how to add something very special to our gardens and Chef Larson cooks with mushrooms.

 

 

 

Episode 702:

 

Aquaponics and Birds

In this episode we learn all about aquaponics; growing plants with water and live fish. We meet author and naturalist, Stan Tekiela, who shows us how to attract birds to our backyard garden. Also Chef Larson makes an "Arugula Salad" with crab, walnuts and apple.

 

 

Episode 701:

Grafting Apple Trees and Bug Management

Learn how to graft apple trees with Dan Bussey of Seed Savers; Manage favorable and unfavorable bugs with the help of Entomologist Jeff Hahn. And Chef Larson shows us how to make "Apple Tarte Tatin".

 

 

 

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Episode 601:


Springtime Pruning and Bee Pollination

On this episode, Rick Pleggenkuhle helps us make the right cuts when pruning our plants in the spring.  Andrew Pruett shows us why bees are important friends in the garden.  And, of course, Chef Stephen Larson brings us his tasty take on spring garden produce -- this time it's Belgian Endive.

 

 

Episode 602:


Micro-greens and Sustainable Foods

 

Episode 603:


Growing Asparagus and Soil Quality

 

Episode 604:


Growing Mint and Using Low Tunnels

 

Episode 605:


Hydroponic Gardening and Diagnosing Plant Problems

 

Episode 606:


Native Plants & Labyrinth

On this episode we learn about native plants, visit a labyrinth garden and get a recipe from Chef Larson.

 

 

Episode 607:


2 Gardens

On this episode we visit 2 different gardens. One from the Rochester Garden Tour and Silver Bee Farm which is a working market garden. Chef Larson will also give us a recipe for fried red tomatoes.

 

 

Episode 608:


Fairy Garden and Hops

On this episode we learn how to make a fairy garden and grow hops for home brewing.

 

 

Episode 609:


Organic/ Blue Fruit Farm

On this episode Organic farms are explained as we visit Blue Fruit Farm.

 

 

Episode 610:


Elderberry Wine Making & Oronoco Garden

On this episode, we learn about growing elderberries and making wine from them. Also we visit an Oronoco, MN garden with a large pond. 

 

 

Episode 611:


Minnesota Nuts and the Pepperfield Project

On this episode we learn, after the development process of 30 years, how nuts are grown in Minnesota. Then we visit the Pepperfield Project in Decorah, IA

 

 

Episode 612:

Permaculture Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces

On this episode we learn what permaculture is and also how to do gardening in smaller spaces.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Spring Into Action – 501

The first episode of Garden Connections' new season gets viewers off to a good start on the growing season by exploring ways to garden before the ground thaws. First, Stephanie joins Walter Ellis for a tour of Bonnie Plants in Nora Springs, Iowa, which grows thousands upon thousands of vegetable, flower and herb transplants. Then Stephanie visits with Rick Pleggenkuhl, from Cerro Gordo County Extension Service, who'll outline the key principles behind garden design. We'll also hear from Jennifer McCauley-Oftelie who illustrates the ingredients for a good seed starting mix.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Small But Mighty – 502

Gardeners know the power of seeds; they are small but mighty. Stephanie joins Laurie LeGrande for a tour of River Valley Sprouts in Houston, Minnesota. Laurie and her husband Jack Moe grow sprouted seeds for consumption rather than planting. Later Stephanie visits with Master Gardener Candy Marshall, from Clear Lake, Iowa, who demonstrates the many methods of seed starting for plants you want to jump start. We'll also hear from Jennifer McCauley Oftelie who shows you that a little TLC will rescue those tools that you may have neglected last fall.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Preparing the Soil – 503

A healthy garden begins with healthy soil, and on this episode of Garden Connections we learn how soil can be tested. Stephanie begins by drawing samples from KSMQ's own community garden plot. Then she brings them to Frontier Labs in Clear Lake, Iowa, where soil expert Rich Finstad measures its chemical make-up. Next, Stephanie is joined in the potting shed by Aimee Whiteaker, horticulturist and former host of Garden Connections, to talk about bulbs. What is a bulb? What is the best way of handling them? How and when should they be planted? You'll be surprised by what we "dig up" on this Garden Connections.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Master Gardener/Handling Bulbs – 504

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie is joined by Master Gardener Paul Trcka to learn best practices when planning a garden. He'll help us plan our own garden plot. Then Jennifer Oftelie, our local community gardener, offers tips on gardening attire and accessories. Finally, Stepanie meets with garden expert Darnell Reindl who demonstrates ways divide perennials, peonies, rhubarb and other garden favorites.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Central Gardens/High Tunnel Gardening – 505

One of the best ways to appreciate gardening is to experience it on a grand scale. On this episode of Garden Connections, Stephanie travels to Central Gardens of North Iowa where she meets gardener Leigh Trembath, and gets a behind the scenes look at how this lush garden is "awakened" in the spring. Stephanie also visits with John and Jan Ulland of Austin, who provide the ins and outs of high-tunnel gardening. And we catch up with Jennifer Oftelie, who identifies the plants we'll be putting in our community garden plot.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Orchids/Cooking With Greens/Planting Seeds – 506

On this episode of Garden Connections, we explore the fascinating world of orchids, with guidance from an expert grower from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Next, Chef Larson gives us innovative ideas for cooking with greens. Then it's planting time for our own garden at the Austin Community Gardens, a project we'll follow throughout the season.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Working Worms/Ask Aimee/Transplanting – 507

On this Garden Connections, we learn about the contributions of earthworms to your garden by visiting a worm farm in Spring Valley. Then horticulturist Aimee Whiteaker answers your questions about volunteer plants and the best time to harvest lettuce. After that, we continue our work at the Austin Community Gardens by transplanting what we grew indoors earlier this spring.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Bale Gardening/Cooking Rhubarb/Mulching – 508

On this Garden Connections, we learn how to garden using straw bales -- an easy, innovative way to grow healthy plants in just about any location. Then Chef Larson shows us a great way to cook rhubarb with delicious results. We also join Jennifer Oftelie in our Austin Community Garden plot where we learn how to apply different kinds of mulches and row covers.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Landscape Arboretum/Ask Aimee/Planting Vegetables - 509

On this Garden Connections, we'll explore the vast grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, a treasure trove of delights for gardeners of all backgrounds. Horticulturist Aimee Whiteaker will answer questions about garden pests and plant infections. And we'll be planting and transplanting vegetables at the Austin Community Gardens.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Rain Gardens/Succulents – 510

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie explores beautiful and innovative rain gardens in Rochester. They use run-off from buildings and streets to efficiently water plants, and the result is a lush, environmentally friendly residential hideaway. Later, she's joined in the potting shed by an expert in succulents, exotic plants that require very little water. And Chef Stephen Larson shows us another novel use of our garden harvest—rhubarb ale.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Peonies/Container Gardening – 511

There are flowers and there are FLOWERS, and on the next Garden Connections Stephanie gets a close look at the peony, which has a plump, luxuriant, fragrant blossom. She takes us to Kenyon, Minnesota to meet with farmers who raise peonies on a large scale. She also gets lessons in small scale planting when she's joined in the potting shed by an expert on container gardening. And Chef Stephen Larson shows us a new way to prepare romaine lettuce -- on the grill.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Country Garden Tour/Weed Control – 512

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us on a tour of an old farm that's been converted to breathtaking country residence filled with lush gardens. We also work in our community garden where we get The traffic that goes in casinomatrix.net sites on a daily basis should be your judgment criterion. a lesson on weed identification and control from a master gardener. And Chef Larson joins us for a primer on fresh herbs for cooking.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Growing Hostas and Mushrooms – 513

On this Garden Connections, we seek out the origins of some of our favorite garden staples. First, Stephanie takes us to Shady Oak Nursery where we learn how hostas get their start in test tubes. She also visits a farm in Winona and discovers how culinary mushrooms are raised.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Serendipity Gardens/Garden Update – 514

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us to Serendipity Gardens in Albert Lea where writer Carol Hegel Lang has created a sumptuous, serene cottage garden. Then Chef Stephen Larson shows us new ways of incorporating beets into recipes. And Master Gardener Paul Trcka diagnoses the condition of our community garden.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Woodland Garden/Growing Roses – 515

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie explores a beautiful woodland garden in Rochester complete with a fish pond and steep rocky slope. She learns how to manage planting near a wild area and the challenges of planting on a hill. Then Chef Larson uses fresh beets to create delicious black velvet cupcakes. Stephanie also travels to the C. A. Rohrer Rose Garden in Winona to get essential tips on how to grow and care for roses.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Central Gardens/Fair Time! – 516

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us back to the beautiful Central Gardens of North Iowa to see how it's blossomed by mid-summer. We enjoy the many lush flower gardens and learn about Central Gardens' summer activities. Then Master Gardener Paul Trcka answers viewer mail. And Stephanie visits Freeborn County Fair to learn how to enter your own garden produce and flowers in your local county fair.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Garden Tour/Dealing with Dry Spells – 517

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us to a luxuriant garden in Rochester where owner Ken Zimmerman describes his many efforts to perfect this inviting backyard getaway, which includes planting for color, maintaining trees, creating trouble-free lawn edging, and choosing statuary and other decor. Then Chef Larson creates a delicious dish from fresh green beans. And then Stephanie visits a thriving country garden to learn watering techniques in hot weather.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Farmers Markets/Seed Saving – 518

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie visits the Farmers Market of Mason City, Iowa to see what's offered and to get a sense of what it takes to sell produce in these markets. Then Chef Larson shows us how to prepare fresh sweet corn with delectable results. Finally, Stephanie is joined in the potting shed by Norrie MacIlraith, former host of Garden Connections, who shows how to save seeds.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" Family Garden/Harvest Time – 519

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie visits a fun suburban garden in Rochester to see how it's been developed into an inviting family recreation area. Chef Larson demonstrates another delicious recipe featuring fresh green beans. Then Stephanie joins Jenn Oftelie in our community garden plot to harvest our produce and to look back on this unusual growing season.

KSMQ's "Garden Connections" ISU Booster Garden/Putting Your Garden to Bed – 520

On this Garden Connections, Stephanie takes us to Mason City, Iowa where an ambitious gardener frames his garden around a personal passion—Iowa State University. Chef Larson shares another innovative recipe with fresh sweet corn. Then Stephanie is joined in the potting shed by Shelley Pederson, who shares techniques for putting your garden to bed for the winter.

Past Episodes:

Episode 413:


Pickling

Episode 313:


Weeding Your Garden

Episode 312:


Square Foot Gardening

Episode 311:


Herb Gardens

Episode 310:


Flower Arranging

Episode 309:


Flower Bulbs

Episode 308:


Honor Gardens

Episode 307:


Community Gardens

Episode 305:


Vegetable Gardens

Episode 304:


Soil Preparation

Episode 303:


Starting Seeds Indoors

Episode 302:


Preparing a Shopping List for Your Garden

Episode 301:


Garden Inspiration

Past Episodes:

Episode 211:


Gardening with Children

Episode 209:


Landscaping for Wildlife

Episode 207:


Landscaping for Curb Appeal

Episode 206:


Choosing the Right Landscaper

Episode 203:


Planting Trees and Shrubs

Episode 202:


What to Plant in Your Garden

Episode 201:


Preparing a Garden: How Green is Your Thumb?

Episode 214:
 

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 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.


 

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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.

 

Holiday Special:


On Q Holiday Special
Over the holiday season, On Q featured performances by area artists -- the Austinaires singing group of Austin High School (directed by Brian Johnson), the guitar duo of Dave Rohde and Jorge Evasku, harpist Rachel Christensen, and a string quartet from the Austin Symphony Orchestra (Sue Radloff, Millie Masse, Emily Blain, & Darrin Sellers).

 

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!

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