Season 3 - On Q
We talk about several programs in our community that focus on students. For our youngest learners, Amy Baskin from Austin Public Schools visits with Anna Otto about how toddlers learn. Catherine Haslag shares how mentoring has greatly increased student participation in the science fair. And, Jennifer Lawhead gives us an Austin Aspires update. Episode 303
Host Eric Olson talks with John Mueller, Gareth Hataye and Laura Helle.
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Technology, Hunger & Community Visioning
On this program we explore technology, hunger and community visioning. First, the Austin Public Schools are introducing technology curriculum to students as kindergarteners, and keeping it current all through high school. Corey Haugen, Josh McRae and Rayce Hardy are joining us to tell all. In 2010, Hunger Free Minnesota set a goal to close the gap on 125 million meals statewide that people were missing. David Dayhoff joins us to tell us how it's going, particularly in our region. Later, Laura Helle will introduce the Vision 2020 project for the City of Austin.
Counties Merging Human Services, Silica Sand Mining, Bike & Walking Trails
On this episode of On Q we examine a proposal by Mower, Waseca, Steele and Dodge counties to merge their human services. Craig Oscarson and Julie Stevermer of Mower County join Eric in the studio. Then Jason Gilman of Winona county discusses the proposed silica sand mining operation in southeastern Minnesota. And in our Vision 2020 update Eric visits with Steve Kime about the area's bike and walking trails.
Blue Zones, Author Janet Groth & Vision 2020-Austin Gateway Project
On this episode of On Q, we find out if you can live longer if you live in Albert Lea or Mason City with Angela Determan and Ellen Kehr. We will also learn what happens to a young girl (Janet Groth) who grew up in Austin when she makes her way to New York City and ends up getting quite and education at The New Yorker magazine. Cheryl Corey also joins us to explain the Gateway goal for the Vision 2020 team.
Albert Lea Streetscape Project, Shellrock River Watershed District & Vision 2020 Recreation Center
Eric talks with Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams about their proposed streetscape project. Brett Behnke drops by to introduce the new dredge for the Shellrock River Watershed District. And Matt Cano talks about the Vision 2020 Recreation Center committee.
Bullying, Libraries & Vision 2020 Waterways
Stephanie tackles the subject of school bullying by talking with Kevin Strauss, an influential speaker and storyteller. Then she sits down with of Ann Hokanson, Director of the Austin Public Library, to talk about new literary publications. And Eric's Vision 2020 guest is Heath Garey, who discusses Austin's valuable waterways.
Community Development Projects in Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna
On this episode of On Q, Eric takes a close look at significant changes in communities within our region. First, he meets with Dr. Mark Ciota of the Mayo Clinic Health System to learn more about a merger and expansion in Austin and Albert Lea. Then he's joined by Mayor Tom Kuntz of Owatonna, who discusses present and future city projects. And in the Vision 2020 segment, Eric talks with Stephnee Leathers of Austin's Downtown-A Destination Committee.
The Hormel Institute/Violence Against Women/Austin Utilities Building
On this episode of On Q, we learn more about the proposed expansion of the Hormel Institute in Austin. We'll also be talking with members of the Zonta organization to find out what they're doing to eliminate violence against women. And we meet with Belita Schindler, who shares the Vision 2020 plans for the Austin Utilities Building.
On Q Holiday Special
Over the holiday season, On Q featured performances by area artists -- the Austinaires singing group of Austin High School (directed by Brian Johnson), the guitar duo of Dave Rohde and Jorge Evasku, harpist Rachel Christensen, and a string quartet from the Austin Symphony Orchestra (Sue Radloff, Millie Masse, Emily Blain, & Darrin Sellers).
Austin Harvard Graduate/Flu Vaccines/Community Pride
On this episode of On Q Eric visits with Anthony Hernandez, a graduate of Austin High School and more recently Harvard University. Anthony shares his experiences getting an education at an Ivy League school and talks about his future plans in education. Next, Eric meets with Lisa Kocer, a Community Health Services Administrator, who explains the ins and outs of flu vaccines. In the Vision 2020 segment, we get a visit from Erin McClimon of Austin's Community Pride & Spirit Committee.
STEM Education/Community Engagment/Business Friendly Environment
On this episode of On Q, Eric looks into the value of STEM education (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) by visiting with a teacher and students from Kingsland Public Schools, which received national accreditation for its STEM programs. Then Eric meets with Craig Johnson to discuss the virtues of community engagement. And during our Vision 2020 segment, he's joined by Eric Connett of the Business Friendly Environment Committee.
Haiti Relief/Hurricane Sandy Recovery/Vision 2020 Education
In Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, we're known for being friendly, helpful people. Our guests on this episode of On Q are wonderful examples of how much we care for not only our neighbors, but also for our fellow human beings across the country, even the world.Dr. Dick Schindler, a long-time physician in Austin, describes his work in Haiti. Then Russ Nelson and Bill Bumgarner, linemen from Austin Public Utilities, talk about their trip to help recovery efforts following Hurricane casinoider.info Sandy. Also, Randy Kramer from the Education Committee for Vision 2020 shares their latest efforts.
Breast Cancer Research/Southern Minn. Initiative Foundation/Vision 2020 Technology
On this episode of On Q, Eric talks about painting the town pink with Cheryl Corey and Gail Dennison. This annual tradition raises awareness about breast cancer and we learn what The Hormel Institute is doing to prevent it. Tim Penny from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation brings us up to date on its efforts. And Eric chats with Mark Nibaur about the Community Wide Technology Committee for Vision 2020
Hormel Foods Shareholder Meeting/Robotics Team/Vision 2020 Recreation
On this edition of On Q, Eric gets an inside look at the Hormel Foods Corporation Annual Shareholder's Meeting when he visits with Austin Daily Herald editor Adam Haringa. Then he's joined by Austin High School Robotics Team Coach/Advisor Ryan Stanley and his students, who demonstrate their latest projects. And Mark Bjorlie from the Recreation Committee for Vision 2020 provides an update on the tours we heard about earlier in the season.
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council/Apple Lane Childcare Center/Vision 2020
On this episode of On Q, Shannon Hart, Director of the Apple Lane Childcare Center joins Eric to give a rundown -- and a sneak peek -- of their new facility under construction. But first, Eric welcomes Susan Olson from Austin who was recently appointed to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Then Laura Helle will recap some of the latest accomplishments of Vision 2020.
Catholic Church/Artworks Festival/Vision 2020 Downtown
On this episode of On Q, Eric Olson visits with Father Jim Steffes of Austin's Catholic parishes to discuss the impact of the new Pope on local congregations as well as the church worldwide. Then he's joined by Alice Holst and Bonnie Reitz who talk about the Austin Artworks Festival and how you can get involved. And Stephnee Leathers drops by to talk about the progress of Downtown plans in Austin.
Randy Kehr and Job-Z/Photographer Eric Johnson/Vision 2020 Rockin' the Block
On this episode of On Q, Host Eric Olson visits with Randy Kehr from Albert Lea. The JOB-Z economic development program has its critics; we find out from Randy if it’s working for them. Eric Johnson stops by to share some of his most interesting photographs of the news he’s covered in our region. And Geoff Smith from Vision 2020 tells us how to foster community spirit by rockin’ the block.
Ann Hokanson & Students/Vision 2020 Bike/Walk
We have some amazing young people in our region, and on this episode of On Q, we get to meet some of them. Austin Public Library Director Ann Hokanson is joined by Taryn Sims to talk poetry and Sonya Zieske from Albert Lea introduces us to some geography bee, Destination ImagiNation and knowledge bowl competitors. And, of course, we’ll get our Vision 2020 update, this time from Dick Schindler for the Bike/Walk Committee.
CDC Findings/ACE Scores/Czech Journalists /Vision 2020 Mary Ann Wolesky
The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study uncovered a link between childhood trauma and chronic diseases. On this episode of On Q, two guests join Host Eric Olson to talk about ACE scores and what they mean. We get a visit from some Czech Republic journalists and Mary Anne Wolesky gives us an update on Vision 2020 activities.
Sela Fadness/Sgt. Dave Pike /Vision 2020 John Garry
On this episode of On Q, we visit with local gymnast Sela Fadness and her coach Mark Raymond about her triumphant win at State this year. Sgt. Dave Pike also stops by to talk about the importance of being able to communicate during critical community events. And, of course, we'll get a Vision 2020 update, this time from John Garry.
Jim Hurm/Amy Wangen /Vision 2020 Community Identity
On this episode of On Q, Host Eric Olson talks with Jim Hurm, Austin City Administrator about LGA. State funding may sound boring, but you’re going to want to hear this good news. Amy Wangen drops in to talk about how enactment of real-life situations helps to train a better workforce. And Laura Helle joins Eric to talk about Vision 2020’s community identity project.
Greyhounds & Blue Sox/Cedar River/Vision 2020 Gateway
On this episode of On Q, we'll be talking baseball with the Austin, MN Greyhounds and the Austin Blue Sox. Also we'll get an update on the Cedar River watershed district. And we'll visit with John Gray about Vision 2020s effort on the Gateway Committee.
New Riverland President/Waterways Committee for Vision 2020
On this episode of On Q, we'll be getting to know the new president of Riverland College in Austin, MN. And we'll be hearing about the Waterways Committee for Vision 2020.
Austin During WWII/Trey Mewes/Vision 2020 Windows
In this episode, we'll revisit the history of Austin during World War 2. Trey Mewes will talk about how Austin's population has changed and Stephanie Leathers will update us with Vision 2020 on downtown windows.
Year Round School at Sumner
In this episode we discuss the year round calendar at Sumner Elementary School (Austin, MN) Also, we'll be talking with a representative from a local organization that feeds hungry children and a Vision 2020 update.
Austin's Schools Referendum
In this episode we talk with the Superintendent and get a Vision 2020 update.
Find out what the Austin Bruins are up to. We'll talk with the coach and some of the players! Brigitte Campbell with Habitat for Humanity will also be stopping by with a Vision 2020 update.
Officer Blust & Bosco, Mower Refreshed, Rec Center
Sandy Anderson of Mower Refreshed visits us. Along with Officer Eric Blust with canine, Bosco. Also Matt Cano gives us a Community Rec Center update!
Season 2 - On Q
Host Eric Olson talks with Bonnie Rietz and Belita Schindler about this year's ArtWorks Festival, held annually in August. The Hormel Foundation sponsors an annual Gifted and Talented Symposium. This year, attendees included a delegation from Turkey; and they'll be joining Eric here. And a Vision 2020 update from Mayor Tom Stiehm.
Host Eric Olson when he meets Albert Lea Area Schools Teacher of the Year winner Todd Lange. Dawn Helgeson from Arc Mower County tells us about the summer Special Olympics available in Austin. And, Mark Thein talks about how he helps small businesses get started.
Find out more about the MacPhail Center for Music, which is coming to Austin, MN. Jonathan Zierdt from Greater Mankato Growth shares the good news about the job picture in southern Minnesota. And Steve Kime will convince you to bike to work this summer.
Megan Moeller from Rochester Public Works Department describes the clean-up project that is held in April. Michael Sparby, Senior Project Strategist with AURI, explains their mission and latest project, and John gray updates us on the Gateway Committee's efforts.
We look at the new building plans for Austin Utilities with Mark Nibaur and talk about the changes in the energy industry at large. Brock Besse, director for the Rochester Pops Orchestra introduces the newest musical organization in town, and Jennifer Lawhead, from Austin Aspires, talks about the inventory of resources, she is discovering for area students.
Karla Carroll and Natalie Guanella talk about the new Pi Academy at Southgate Elementary. Cody Anderson shares this year’s goals for the Plunging for Pink event. And, Matt Cano explains the benefits of the proposed turf dome for Westcott Field.
In this episode, Larry Dolphin, Adrian Lee and Sandy Forstner. Also joined by guest host, Courtney Wyant.
Eric Olson visits with Michael Cotter and Bev Jackson Cotter about the art of storytelling and their new book, "The Kildeer". Trey Mewes teaches Eric a thing or two about video gaming. And Richard Lemons provides a GIG Austin update.
Guests include Ann Austin of United Way of Freeborn County, John Garry, Executive Dir., Development Corporation of Austin, and Mary Barinka with Peer Power Partners.
Host Eric Olson visits with Trey Mewes from the Austin Daily Herald about the 2014 election season. Author Milt Ost recounts his travels while he was writing the historical fiction book, "Tumbleweeds Burning". And, Stephnee Leathers from the "Downtown–A Destination" Committee gives us a Vision 2020 update.
Judge Rysavy, Destination Medical Center & SHIP
In this episode, Judge Donald Rysavy joins us to tell us about his career and Lisa Clark, Exec. Dir. of DMC Economic Development Agency, tells us what's happening in Rochester. And a Vision 2020 update with Karissa Studier with Mower County SHIP.
Increasing Teacher Diversity in Public Schools, Gerard Academy & Vision 2020
In this episode, we visit with Bruce Ramsdell and Sheila Berger about increasing teacher diversity. Then we talk with Damien Lundino-Green from Gerard Academy and we get a Vision 2020 update from Laura Helle.
Bill Callaghan / Austin Mountain Bike Team / Graffiti
In this episode, we talk with Author Bill Callaghan tells us the value of praise for children! Spencer Salmon from the Austin mountain bike team stops by and Jeff Smith tells us how he's turning graffiti, around town, into art.
AmeriCorps and ArtWorks Festival
In this episode, we talk with Gretchen Erickson, who tells us what its like to be involved with AmeriCorps. We meet Grace Heimsness who is the new Intern for the ArtWorks Festival and we get an 2020 update with John Gray.
Association of Fundraising Professionals and WLI
Host Eric Olson talks with Gail Dennison of the Hormel Institute about the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the recent award given to The Hormel Foundation. Annemarie Vaupel and Chris Grev recap the important work WLI is doing for children in our area. And, Laura Helle tells us why now is a great time to volunteer in the community.
Intentional Social Interaction, Military Helps and A-Destination Austin
Learn how military families cope with deployment with our guest Tammy Estes from Military Personnel Services Corp. Also, learn what intentional social interaction is with Dane Smith of Growth & Justice and Dani Heiny of Riverland Community College. Then we'll conclude with a Vision 2020 update from Stephnee Leathers.
MNDOT and Science-based Reading
On the next episode of On Q, Host Eric Olson talks with Mike Dougherty from MNDOT regarding highway construction projects affecting southern Minnesota. Courtney Wyant shares the interesting content of a new science-based reading club at the Austin Public Library and Steve Kime encourages us to get out and bike!
NOAA, Susan Hanson, & John Gray
Susan Hanson tells us about a new program called "Teen Scenes". Todd Shea from NOAA tells us how to become a storm spotter and John Gray from Vision 2020 updates us on bridges and roads.
Big Awards and Big Data, and a 2020 Rec Center Update
This On Q looks into the work of Habitat for Humanity Freeborn/Mower, which won a statewide award for its coalition building. Eric visits with Executive Director Brigitte Campbell. Then Dan Hoffman, host of Farm Connections, joins Eric in the studio to interview Wall Street Journal writer Jacob Bunge about the collection of data generated by high tech tractors. Then Matt Cano drops by with an update from the Vision 2020 Community Recreation Center Committee.
Josh Wahlen, Pacelli Girls Basketball, & Community Concierge
We interview music artist, Josh Wahlen and hear him perform. We also see why Lyle Pacelli Girls Basketball is doing so well! Then we'll get a Vision 2020 update from Kristen Olson and learn about Community Concierge.
Legos as a learning tool, Home Buyers classes, and a 2020 Tech Update
David Wolf of Austin Public Schools and a student tell us about Legos in the classroom. Umbelina Cramer from Three Rivers Community Action explains how home buyers can be more informed. And Mark Nibaur gives us a 2020 update on technology about the Internet.
Albert Lea Businesses, a New Fire Chief and the Plunge for The Pink.
Business retention & expansion in Albert Lea, Austin's new fire chief and the Plunge for The Pink!
Austin Trapshoot Club, Rep. Poppe, and Vision 2020 - Austin Rec Areas
We learn more about the sport of trapshooting when Stephanie Passingham visits with members of the Austin Trapshoot Club. Then Minnesota State Representative Jeanne Poppe (DFL -- District 27B) drops by to talk regional politics with Eric Olson. And Steven Kime of the Vision 2020 Bike/Walk Trail Committee describes developments to Austin's public recreation areas.