Season 2 - On Q

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.


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