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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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Chris and Anna Lee Theis, Dave Ramsey Financial Coaches in Chippewa Falls   Click Here to Listen

This week’s beverage of choice:   Leinenkugels Northwoods Amber and New Glarus MoonMan

Getting your financial goals in order as an individual but also for couples. Financial burdens can be a key stressor on any relationship. Where to start and what should the realistic means be? Chris and Anna Lee work with many people and families each year in the area, teaching the Dave Ramsey philosophy while injecting their own personal experiences.

Just a few steps can set you up to have extra money to spend on fun things each month.



Craig Olsen – accountant with Clifton Larsen Allen   Click Here to Listen


This week’s beverage of choice: Imperial Dark Goulden Carolus

With tax season upon us, we’re taking with a local accountant. What is new, what has been changed and the important things you should know with all the alterations in recent years.


When it comes to preparing taxes, when to turn to a bookkeeper, tax preparer or CPA?

Does he have any “receipts in a shoebox” stories?


Most commonly missed opportunities/deductions.


The conversation pivots to what it takes to become a CPA. The education and career path. What is CLA doing to cultivate the next generation of CPAs.


How does the tax season impact a CPA’s home life?



Benny Anderson - Visit Eau Claire   Click Here to Listen

This week’s beverage of choice: Lazy Monk Baltic Porter

Events and activities returned in full throat in 2022 with even more in the pipeline in 2023. There is so much to be excited in the Chippewa Valley and Benny Anderson gives us an overview.

- What are some of the top events coming in 2023

- Momentum carrying through the pandemic

- The area’s strength and weaknesses

- Hotel Room Occupancy

- Taking ideas from other communities

- Sports Tourism

- The impact of UW-Eau Claire

- Being the midwest’s music capital

- Impact of Pablo

Jerry Jacobson - President & CEO of Northwestern Bank   Click Here to Listen

This week’s beverage of choice: Leinenkugels Honey Weiss

Jerry Jacobson jumps on the program to give his annual “state of things” report on not only Northwestern Bank but the overall economic status locally and regionally.

In addition to his association with the bank, he is on the board of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.


- What is making the economic so vibrant in the area?

- What impacts of a possible recession could impact the Chippewa Valley?

- Changes coming to Northwestern Bank

- Renovations planned for the downtown Chippewa Falls branch

- Will Federal Reserve keep raising interest rates?

o What is the indicator that is likely to make the Fed to stop raising?

- Opinions on cryptocurrency

- What advice does he have for the everyday person in today’s economic environment



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