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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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Rusty Volk & Northern Wisconsin State Fair Recap

Jerry sits down with Rusty Volk and Chuck Frenette of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. They recount their experiences becoming part of the fair, and tell the history of the fair up to the present day. Rusty shares his experience getting the fair restarted in the mid-2000s, and what this year's fair turned out like. They discuss the obstacles of scheduling the fair in today's world.

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Eric Anderson & US National KUBB Championship

Jerry sits down again with Eric Anderson, this time representing the US National Kubb Championship. They discuss the origins of Kubb, and how the tournament came to be hosted in Eau Claire. The style of the US National Championship is explained, and compared to those of others. Eric mentions the "next level" of Kubb tournaments. 

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Eric Anderson & West Central Regional Planning

Jerry sat down with Eric Anderson of the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to discuss transportation throughout the Chippewa Valley. Eric explains some of the projects in the Eau Claire area over the next 5 years, and plans for I-94 going forward, and how plans are proposed. The likelihood of passenger train travel connecting Eau Claire to the Twin Cities, and South Eastern Wisconsin are touched on, along with areas poised for growth in Eau Claire. 

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Jake Leinenkugel

Jerry is joined by Northwestern Bank President Jerry Jacobson, and Jake Leinenkugel. They discuss what it was like growing up in Chippewa Falls, and what makes the town special. They recount the local haunts from back in the day, and what differences the Chippewa Valley has nowadays. The growth of Cray Computers is touched on, and what the future of the Chippewa Valley may be.

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Altoona Mayor Brendan Pratt

Jerry sat down with Altoona Mayor Brendan Pratt. Over a beer, they discuss River Prairie Recreation Programs, new building and zoning in Altoona, growth of the city along Highway 12, the emergence of Altoona as a Chippewa Valley hotspot, and recent land acquisitions by the city. 

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Dr. Usher Reform Medicine

Jerry is joined by Dr. Dave Usher with Reform Medicine. Dave discusses his choice to become a doctor, his work with the "true pandemic", his time with the Indian Health Service in Kodiak, Alaska, what "reform medicine" is and how it came about.

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Pat & Joy - Northern Crossarms Lumber

Pat & Joy Bischel bring their lively and engaging attitudes to us and talk about running a third generation local lumber company, how they've balanced being married & working together and why they winter in Las Vegas (and yes, they live right next to the Strip!)

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Scott Wolfe - Century 21 Real Estate

We're drinking a Gunpowder IPA from The Brewing Projekt and talking the local real estate market with Scott Wolfe from Century 21.  

First, Scott and Scott discuss the unique hair style (or lack thereof) they have, then we progress into the local real estate market.

 

-Where is all of this demand coming from that is driving up prices?

- Is the entire market 'hot' or is it only certain segments (ie: is it just single family homes or is it also townhomes, apartments, etc.)

- The fact that there is actually more supply available than people think

- Scott describes that moment he's able to tell a client that their offer was accepted.

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