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Presented by the City of Altoona, this podcast explores the people, events and happenings within the community.  Hear from those both behind and in front of the scene, as well as from your neighbors.

New Episodes Drop the 3rd Monday of each month.

Episode #7  Click Here to Listen


The Nostalgic Bean is a lovely coffee and bake shop in Altoona and the owners Adam and Gretchen join us to talk about their experience behind small business owner. What led them to buy the business and what they’ve learned over the last year.

Balancing keeping things the same while mixing in changes when taking over an existing business.


Why they see the arrival of the container park as an opportunity for their brick and mortar business.


Investing in downtown and the potential


Their passions beyond their business.


Episode #6  Click Here to Listen

Rump’s Butcher Shoppe has become a staple of the city center of Altoona and we hear the story. Bob Adrian took a chance on Altoona a decade ago and its worked out exceptionally well. It all starts with his passion for working in the food industry that translates into running his own butcher shoppe.

What pointers does he have for local businesses?


What other passions does he have?


And why the name “Rump’s”

Episode #5  Click Here to Listen

Cross country skiing is a very popular activity in the Chippewa Valley and Ted Theyrl  is one of the most prominent advocates for the sport. What drives his passion and what it means to share it with others?

The youth program for the ski team has nearly 200 kids signed up and many progress to the full team.


Tower Ridge, Lowes Creek, Hickory Ridge and Hoffman Trails are among area locales that are perfect for cross country skiing.


Its also a sport that the Eau Claire Ski Striders will help assist adults to get into sport.

Episode #4  Click Here to Listen

We meet Debra Goldbach, the Recreation Manager with Altoona. Along with Mike Golat the city administrator, they take us through the multitude of events and activities being held this winter in the community

Episode #3  Click Here to Listen

Mayor Brenden Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat highlight an exciting new project coming to downtown Altoona. They chat with Lyle Stoflet from Containers Up, about a new endeavor that is bringing an all new commercial space to the city.

Containers Up is a company that specializes in re-purposing containers into useable building space.


Why is Altoona moving ahead with this and the goals for it.


What business/operations should the community expect to populate the container park?

Episode #2  Click Here to Listen

Lace up those sneakers because on this episode we are meeting the people behind CrossFit River Prairie and learn why a guy with a financial background opened a workout spot.  What exactly is crossfit and why was River Prairie and Altoona selected as the site.

Bob Tanner, Erika Tanner and Tanner Hoversholm introduce us to the business and themselves.

Episode #1 Ginormous Pumpkin Festival   Click Here to Listen

On the debut of this podcast series presented by the City of Altoona, we get the lowdown on the Ginormous Pumpkin Festival at River Prairie Park on 9/24/22.  We meet Ben Paulzin from Down to Earth Garden Center and find out why he got into growing giant pumpkins, if giant pumpkins make for a good pumpkin pie and if he himself actually likes to eat pumpkins

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