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One of the ORIGINAL Eau Claire Hometown Media Podcasts and the longest active client!


Stop by every Thursday morning as we debut a new episode.  Hosted by ECHM's Scott Montesano and Northwestern Bank's Jerry Kuehl, they bring in local guests to discuss local happenings while sampling some great beers.  Tune in to learn more about local topics and to also get their opinions on various beers.

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Updates on Projects in Eau Claire  Click Here to Listen

This week’s beverage of choice:  Paulaner Salvator Double Bock

Guest Aaron White – Community Development Director w/ Eau Claire


Economic growth continues to explode in the city of Eau Claire and Aaron joins us to provide updates and where we go from here

-         Where do things stand with the transit center?

-         Finally having a grocery store downtown

-         Plans for the mall area

-         The Cannery District and the creation of  “artist suites”

-         Redevelopment of “Shopko Plaza”

-         Industrial projects

-         What needs does the city have?

-         Impact of the UW-Eau Claire

-         The future of Carson Park

Updates on Projects in Chippewa Falls  Click Here to Listen


This week’s beverage of choice:  Paulaner Oktopberfest Bier

Guest Brad Hentschel – City Planner in Chippewa Falls


Exciting projects continue to develop in Chippewa Falls. Brad is here to update on what is going on and what is still to come. The Chippewa Crossing development features prominently in the conversation. It was a process, 20 years in the making.

He also provides updates on exciting downtown projects, including the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union building.

Brad details the arrival of a unique, new battery factory.



Suzanne Becker w/ Feed My People Food Bank  Click Here to Listen

This week’s beverage of choice:  Abita Amber Lager


Food insecurity is an issue nationwide, and that includes the Chippewa Valley.  Feed My People Executive Director Susan Becker stops by to talk about the issue from a local perspective.

-         How does the Food Bank operate?

-         Who benefits from the Food Bank

-         The influence and focus on providing nutritious and healthy foods

-         Where does funding come from?

-         The need for volunteers and donations

-         The wide area covered

UWEC Chancellor Jim Schmidt  Click Here to Listen

This week’s beverage of choice:  Gunpowder IPA

Its been a tough time for higher education and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt joins the program to discuss the impacts locally and where things stand here. What is being done at UWEC to combat the changing landscape and some of the fun projects coming online.


- Building relationships between students, faculty and administration

- Insuring a college education is still a worthwhile investment

- Transformation of the college in recent years

- Connections with the community

- High level research opportunities students at UWEC are getting

- Sonnentag, Simpson Field and other projects





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