2010 Audio Archives
5-6p.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach and his guests looked back at the year in news in west-central Wisconsin. Don Huebscher, editor of the Eau Claire Leader Telegram; Mark Gunderman, editor of the Chippewa Valley Business Report and assistant editor of the Chippewa Herald; Barb Lyon, editor of the Dunn County News; and Doug Stohlberg, editor of the Hudson Star-Observer were among the guest journalists who helped review the year in news, 2010.
5-6p.m. Thursday, December 9, 2010: Several county boards are looking into ways to make government smaller...literally. Chippewa County residents have decided to cut the size of the county board from 29 to 15. Similar measures are being considered in Eau Claire and other western Wisconsin Counties. Dean Kallenbach welcomed guests to talk about the new phenomenon of reducing the size of county boards, including Eau Claire County Board Supervisors Colleen Bates and Gerald Wilkie; Jeff French, Barron County Administrator; and Allen Buechel, President of the Wisconsin Counties Association.
5-6p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach and his guests explored the future of community television. Public Access Community Television stations throughout Wisconsin will be losing an important source of revenue on January 1. Fees collected from Cable TV companies for local programming will no longer be in place after 2010, because of a bill passed three years ago in the state legislature. Guests included Joel Desprez, executive director of Community Television in Eau Claire, Mary Cardona, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Public, Educational and Government Channels, Tim Vowell, the Director of Government Relations for Charter Communications in Wisconsin, and State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma).
5-6p.m. Thursday, November 18, 2010: The West Side featured Joe Knight, outdoor writer for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, and the Department of Natural Resources game warden Ken Thompson. They both joined host Dean Kallenbach to discuss family hunting traditions, herd management and everything in between. The upcoming gun hunting season will begin November 20.
5-6p.m. Thursday, November 11, 2010: The West Side featured Sue Bornick of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, Linda McIntyre of the Community Foundation of Dunn County and Bonnie Robinson of the Community Foundation of Chippewa County. They joined host Dean Kallenbach to discuss the importance of giving back to the community, and how community foundations help give direction to those gifts. Attorney Jack Postlewaite joined Kallenbach later in the program to talk about charitable giving techniques and tips.
5-6p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2010: The West Side featured Mort Sipress, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire emeritus professor of political science, who joined host Dean Kallenbach for an analysis of Tuesday’s election. Sipress and Kallenbach discussed their ideas and opinions about the expectations of the legislature, and the role that the western Wisconsin representatives and senators will be expected to fulfill in their upcoming term. State Representative Mary Hubler and Senator Sheila Harsdorf also joined the show to give their take about the coming months in state government and how lawmaking will be affected by the new-look legislature.
5-6p.m. Thursday, October 28, 2010: The West Side featured the 67th Assembly District Democrat C.W. King of Chippewa Falls, Independent Thomas Lange of Chippewa Falls and Republican Tom Larson of Colfax. King, Lange and Larson discussed important issues facing the district with host Dean Kallenbach. The 67th Assembly District includes parts of Chippewa, Barron and Dunn counties.
6-7p.m. Thursday, October 28, 2010: The West Side featured Candidates from the 30th Assembly District. Republican Dean Knudson of Hudson and Democrat Matt Borup of Hudson will share their opinions, discuss current issues and explain their qualifications. The 30th Assembly District includes parts of Pierce and St. Croix counties. br>
5-6p.m. Thursday, October 21, 2010: The West Side featured 93rd Assembly District Incumbent Democrat Jeff Smith of Eau Claire and Republican Warren Petryk of Eleva. Smith and Petryk discussed important issues facing the district with host Dean Kallenbach. The 93rd Assembly District includes parts of Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin and Dunn counties.
6-7p.m. Thursday, October 21, 2010: The West Side featured 91st Assembly District Incumbent Democrat Chris Danou of Trempealeau and Republican Bill Ingram of Durand. Both were invited to share their opinions, discuss current issues and explain their qualifications. The 91st Assembly District includes all of Buffalo and Trempealeau counties as well as parts of Pepin, Pierce and Jackson.
5-6p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2010: 68th assembly Incumbent Democrat Kristen Dexter of Eau Claire and Republican Kathy Bernier of Chippewa Falls discussed important issues facing the district with host Dean Kallenbach. The 68th assembly includes parts of Eau Claire and Chippewa counties.
6-7p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited Incumbent Democrat Pat Kreitlow of Chippewa Falls and Republican Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls to share their opinions, discuss current issues and explain their qualifications. The 23rd Senate district includes all of Chippewa county as well as parts of Barron, Dunn, Eau Claire, Taylor, Clark and Marathon counties.
5-6p.m. Thursday, October 7, 2010: 29th District Senator Democrat Russ Decker of Wausau and challenger Republican Pam Galloway of Wausau were invited to discuss the pertinent issues facing the area with host Glen Moberg of Wausau. The 29th Senate District includes all of Price and Rusk counties, as well as parts of Taylor, Marathon, and Shawano counties. Moberg hosts the central Wisconsin regional issues program "Route 51,". Please click here to view Route 51's website and listen too the October 7, 2010 segment.
6-7p.m. Thursday, October 7, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited 75th Assembly District incumbent Republican Roger Rivard of Rice Lake and Democrat Steve Perala of Barron to share their opinions, discuss current issues, and explain their qualifications. The 75th Assembly District includes most of Barron county as well as parts of Polk and Washburn counties.
6-7p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2010: In this program, a debate between incumbent Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and challenger Ed Thompson (R-Tomah). The moderator is former La Crosse Tribune political reporter Dick Mial. Please click here to listen to the program: Wisconsin's 31st State Senate District
7-8p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2010: 25th Senate District incumbent Democrat Bob Jauch of Poplar and Republican Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake will share their opinions, discuss current issues, and explain their qualifications. The 25th Senate District includes Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, and parts of Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, and Barron counties.
5-6p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited Republican John Murtha of Baldwin and Democrat Liz Jones of Woodville. Murtha and Jones discussed important issues facing the district. The 29th assembly includes parts of St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn Counties.
6-7p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited Incumbent Republican Mary Williams from Medford, Independent Frank Rutherford from Exeland, and Democrat Dana Schultz from Athens to share their opinions, discuss current issues and explain their qualifications. The 87th assembly includes all of Rusk and Price, most of Taylor, and parts of Sawyer Counties.
5-6p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited Republican Dennis Clinard of Sparta and Democratic Representative Mark Radcliffe of Black River Falls, both from the 92nd assembly. Clinard and Radcliffe discussed pertinent issues facing the district. The 92nd assembly includes all of Jackson, northern Monroe, and parts of Eau Claire and Clark counties.
6-7p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited Democratic Representative Ann Hraychuck from Balsam Lake and Republican Erik Severson from Star Prairie to voice their opinions, discuss issues and explain their qualifications. These candidates are from the 28th assembly, which includes most of Polk, southern Burnett, and a small portion of St. Croix counties.
Thursday, September 9, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited candidates to share their perspectives, voice individual opinions, and explain their qualifications for office. Republican Representatives Mike Conlin (Eau Claire), Warren Petryk (Eleva) and Isaac Weix (Elmwood) joined The West Side. The 93rd Assembly District includes parts of Dunn, Pepin, Pierce and Eau Claire counties.
Thursday, September 2, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited candidates to share their perspectives, voice individual opinions, and explain their qualifications for office. Republican Representatives Tamara Marie Deutsch (Menomonie), Dean S. Gullickson (Chippewa Falls), Marv Prestrud (Prairie Farm), Tom Larson (Colfax), James Lewis (Jim Falls), and Don Moga (Holcombe) joined The West Side. The 67th Assembly District includes parts of Chippewa, Dunn, and Barron Counties.
Thursday, August 26, 2010: Republicans Jimmy Boy Edming of Glen Flora and Pam Galloway of Wausau face each other in the September 14th primary to claim a space on the November ballot against 20-year incumbent Russ Decker (D-Wausau) in the 29th District State Senate Race. The district includes all of Rusk and Price Counties, most of Taylor and Marathon Counties, and smaller portions of Sawyer, Portage and Shawano Counties. Glen Moberg, host of "Route 51," Wausau's regional issues-based call-in, moderated the conversation between Galloway and Edming. Please click here to view Route 51's website and listen to the August 26, 2010 segment.
Thursday, August 19, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited Matt Borup-D of Hudson and Ben Plunkett-D of River Falls to discuss the pertinent issues facing the district. The 30th Assembly District includes parts of Pierce and St. Croix Counties. The Primary Elections are set to take place on September 14.
Thursday, August 12, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach invited candidates to share their perspectives, voice individual opinions, and explain their qualifications for office. Judith Wells Espeseth of Barron, Dari McDonald of Birchwood, Don Quinton of Spooner, and Roger Rivard of Rice Lake joined The West Side. The 75th Assembly District includes Barron County and parts of Polk and Washburn Counties.
Thursday, July 29, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach spoke to members of a coalition called The Alliance for Strong Communities, including Mike Golat, Altoona City Administrator; Carol Craig, president of the Eau Claire Area School District Board of Education; Mike Huggins, Eau Claire City Manager; Matt Stoudenmeyer, an Eau Claire city employee who is Vice-President of the Greater West Central Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and Bev Christiansen, President of the Eau Claire Schools Classified Staff Federation, AFT Local 4018. Discussion revoled around federal re-investment funding, the state budget deficit, and ways to keep local governments intact during a tough economy.
Thursday, July 22, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach visited with guests including Paul Hoch, president of the Durand Board of Education, Clay Hocking, president of the local teacher’s union, and Jim Loquai, representing a group of district citizens who are proposing cost-cutting measures. So far, the Concerned Citizens group has proposed the superintendent’s position be left vacant, a reduction in the minimum credit requirements, and using online and technical college courses as a way to reduce the number of teachers.
Thursday, July 15, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach talked with with Mort Sipress, retired professor emeritus of Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, to preview upcoming legislative elections in the region. Rod Stetzer, reporter for the Chippewa Herald also joined the show to add his perspectives about the election.
Thursday, July 8, 2010: Host Dean Kallenbach was joined by guests Joe Knight and Dave Carlson to talk about the unique outdoor adventures that can only be found in Wisconsin. Knight is the outdoor columist from the Eau Claire Leader Telegram while Carlson is the host and producer of the show "Northland Adventures" televised on 24 stations throughout the Midwest, including WQOW TV in Eau Claire.
Thursday, July 1, 2010: How can you live sustainably on your own piece of land? Cader Olive shares the way he does it. He also works with Rusk county's Natural Step group and is the county's Sustainable Educator under a federal grant. Meg Marshall is with the Eau Claire Natural Step group and works with Eco-teams to help the community lower its carbon footprint.
Thursday, June 24, 2010: Lawmakers share their long and short time experiences with us - especially on school funding. Representative Mary Hubler-D from Rice Lake is retiring after serving 25 years and Representative Kristin Dexter-D from Eau Claire is finishing up her first term.
Thursday, June 17, 2010: Wisconsin Public Radio celebrates 20 years in Eau Claire. Host Mary Jo Wagner started in the new building and is retiring after 20 years. Her guests include Jim Kissinger, who spearheaded the efforts to construct the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center and worked there from 1973-1992. Joining him is Senior Regional WPR Manager Dean Kallenbach. Then we turn to Chief Operating officer of WPR, Mike Crane and Executive Director of the ECB or Educational Communications Board, Gene Purcell. ECB owns the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center in Eau Claire and provides engineering. The program was part of an open house and picnic.
Thursday, June 10, 2010: On July 26, 1990 President George Bush Sr. signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. In his signing remarks he said "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down." For the 20th anniversary of this civil rights law for people with disabilities, we talk about whether the promises of the ADA have been achieved in Eau Claire and elsewhere. Guests include Katherine Schneider who's been blind since birth and went on to be a clinical psychologist from UW-Eau Claire before retirement. She's also an author of 2 books about living with disabilities. Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen is a lecturer in management and marketing at UW-Eau Claire and did her dissertation on workplace issues for people with disabilities. Dale Peters is Assistant city manager and director of human resources for Eau Claire.
Thursday, June 3, 2010:The challenges and benefits of farming these days in western Wisconsin - large vs. small farms; raw milk sales and manure handling. Do June Dairy Month activities help all of the agricultural industry or just dairy? Guests include Scott Schultz with Wisconsin Farmers' Union and Elk Mound farmer and Farm Bureau member, Jim Holte. Program host is Dean Kallenbach.
Thursday, May 27, 2010: An Indian nickname becomes trouble for the Osseo-Fairchild school district. Harvey and Carol Gunderson explain why they've filed a complaint about the Chieftains logo with the Dept. of Public Instruction. Joining them is Barb Munson, chair of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association's “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce. Prescott High School social studies teacher Jeff Ryan teaches "Native America since 1790" and his students testified in Madison on why the new legislation was needed. Callers from Osseo explain why the logo is important to them.
Thursday, May 20, 2010: Some Vietnam Veterans gather in Green Bay for LZ Lambeau - the welcome home some never got. Rice Lake veterans Larry Miller, Larry Anderson and Eau Claire veteran Bob Bloom talk about why this weekend is important to them especially as some veterans say if you haven't healed from that war by now - you're never going to. They explore the complaints that LZ Lambeau promotes militarism and support for the war on terror. Miller says "it can't hurt" and may help heal.
Thursday, May 13, 2010: Regional lawmakers provide insight into their legislation that passed or is waiting to be signed by the Governor. Senator Sheila Harsdorf-R from River Falls and Representative Chris Danou-D from Trempealeau talk about raw milk legislation, the regional economy, drunk driving and why all night sessions occur.
Thursday, May 6, 2010: The West Side Outside with Leader Telegram outdoors writer Joe Knight and Northland Adventures host, Dave Carlson. They tackle fishing and turkey topics as well as drought and other water issues affecting northern Wisconsin. One contentious issue right now - is the growing bass population hurting walleye in some lakes? Does global warming have anything to do with that? Guests also include Dave Neuswanger, Fisheries Supervisor for the Upper Chippewa basin at the Department of Natural Resources in Hayward and Jim Bishop in Public Affairs for the DNR in Spooner.
Thursday, April 29, 2010: Eau Claire is one of five counties selected for a common sense, pilot project that allows child welfare workers to intervene early if it's believed a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Keeping a child out of expensive foster care is a goal of this new Alternative Response. Guests include Bill Stein, Social Work Supervisor for Eau Claire County and child Forensic Interviewer Lisa Peterson. A companion program called Family Finding looks for biological family members to parent a child that must be removed from the parental home for safety reasons. Working on that are Tim Easker and Bill Gabler with the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.
Thursday, April 22, 2010: Earth Day is 40 years old. Founder Gaylord Nelson was from Clear Lake in northwest Wisconsin. Historian and Publisher of the Clear Lake Museum Chronicle, Chuck Clark joins the author of Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth, Sheila Terman Cohen. Will Fantle is Co-Founder of Northern Thunder and Outdoorsman Rick Magyar was a land conservationist in Chippewa County.
Thursday, April 15, 2010: It's prom time and some Eau Claire students are asking an important question: "Underage Drinking: Is it worth the Risk?" Guests include Betsy Fawcett, Memorial High School student and Nick Cota, North High School student. Melissa Seibel is Eau Claire's Youth Advocacy Advisor. The campaign to warn parents about providing alcohol to underage students includes Altoona Police Officer, Dana Brown, Eau Claire's Community Advocacy Director, Francie Peardon and Eau Claire School Parent Advisory Council Member, Kathleen Attermeier.
Thursday, April 8, 2010:River Falls is the first Wisconsin community to offer low cost financing for renewable energy improvements like solar hot water, geothermal systems, and wind turbines. Money through "Save Some Green" can be used by residential customers of the local utility and re-paid through their annual property tax bill. Guests include River Falls Municipal Utilities Program Manager for the Renewable Energy Finance Program, Mike Noreen, Mayor Don Richards, and UW-River Falls Facilities Management Director, Mike Stifter. Stifter is on the Powerful Choices Steering Committee that's working on renewable energy projects.
Thursday, March 25, 2010: The on-going debate over where to build a new jail in Eau Claire moves to an advisory question on the county's April ballot. Speaking in favor of building a new jail next to the current courthouse are Sheriff Ron Kramer and County Board member Howard Ludwigson. Two who support alternative sites are County Board member Ken Fulgione and City Council member Bob Von Haden.
Thursday, March 18, 2010: The intrigue of cougars and other wild cats of Wisconsin on the West Side Outside. With the latest on sitings - John Olson, furbearer specialist at the Department of Natural Resources. Adrian Wydeven is the DNR’s wolf and cougar biologist. Dave Carlson is the Producer and Host of Northland Adventures, a television program about sports, and enjoying the outdoors.
Thursday, March 11, 2010: The first Vietnam Veterans' Day is now March 29th. Legislation marking the day U.S. combat troops were pulled out of Vietnam was passed last summer. A gathering in Eau Claire is set for March 27th. Guests include Thuy Smith, an Amerasian whose American father served 3 years in Vietnam. She has been active in Vietnam veteran issues and was behind the effort to pass the legislation. Joining her is David Backstrom who served in Medical Support for the Navy and Marine Corps in Danang in 1965-66. Both just returned from a month in Vietnam. Information at 715-861-3081 or www.thuysmithinternationaloutreach.org
Thursday, March 4, 2010: A new fuel for Wisconsin farms may be biodiesel made from Canola grown on the farm. The Chippewa Valley Techical College is studying the feasibility of growing the crop on marginal land. Is it possible to produce a gallon for $2.50? Among the guests are CVTC President Bruce Barker and Agriscience teacher Dwight Swenson. Joining them is Sarona grain farmer and canola producer, Tom Perlick who's presses his own biodiesel - but only when it's profitable to do so.
Thursday, February 25, 2010: Domestic violence from the perspective of those who work with the overflowing Bolton Refuge House in Eau Claire. Judi Moseley shares what domestic abuse feels like - now she's project coordinator for the shelter's new downtown location that's being remodeled by volunteers. Gerald Wilkie is Director of the shelter.
Thursday, February 23, 2010: NEWS CONFERENCE: What went wrong at the STANLEY CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION when forged documents allowed 2 inmates to be released? Listen to Corrections Secretary Rick Raemisch explain what he knows about the snafu.
Thursday, February 18, 2010: A conversation on "Race in Eau Claire" that includes poignant perspectives from Black and Hmong members of the community. Guests include UW-Eau Claire African American History Professor Selika Ducksworth-Lawton. Due to last minute events, guests changed and also included Charles Vue, Associate Director in the office of Multicultural Affairs; the law enforcement and racial profiling perspective comes from Chief of University Police, David Sprick.
Thursday, February 11, 2010: Insight into Aldo Leopold's legacy in western Wisconsin. Guests include Exec. Dir. of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, George Meyer as well as author of The Old-Time River Rats, Kenny Salwey. Joining them are Geography Professor Sean Hartnett; Prof. Kate Hale-Wilson heads up UW-Eau Claire's Sustainability efforts; Dan Langlois is with the Environmental Adventure Center at UWEC where student Sam Lynch is learning about Leopold's land ethic. They are all involved in the 5th Annual Aldo Leopold Banquet Feb. 26 at UWEC.
Thursday, February 4, 2010: Due to the serious fiscal crisis facing local government and schools in the Eau Claire area, a group of concerned leaders has formed the Alliance for Strong Communities. The goal is to look for ways to change the way taxes are distributed so those who educate children and create safe communities aren't forced to make drastic cuts. Guests include Alliance Chair Mike Huggins who's the Eau Claire City Manager; Carol Craig is EC School Board President and Vice Chair; Matt Staudenmaier is with the Greater West Central Wis. Labor Council -- AFL-CIO; Bruce King is Govt. Affairs Dir. for the Realtors Association of NW Wisconsin. Both are members of the Alliance.
Thursday, January 28, 2010: A homeless shelter in Somerset made a big difference in Ken Lowrie's life. He spent more than 20 years of his life in and out of the illegal drug world - using and selling. Plus problems with drunk driving meant he was in and out of prison and jail many times. But he straightened his life out and today works in Hudson, owns a home and is raising his daughter. How did he do it? Some blunt details on that. Joining him is Duana Bremer, the Director of the Salvation Army's shelter, Grace Place. When there were no more good options, she agreed to let him move in.
Thursday, January 21, 2010: We find out the opportunities and pitfalls for local farmers who want to connect to local markets and large institutions. The Annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit is in Eau Claire this week. Guests include Will Allen, former basketball player and now developer of community food systems in the Milwaukee area; State Agriculture Secretary Rod Nilsestuen; Diane Mayerfeld is Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Statewide Coordinator - her workshop focused on the future of animal agriculture; Kelly Cain is Director of the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development; Rich Purdy is President of the River Country Resource Conservation and Development Council which started up the Chippewa Valley Buy Local Consortium.
Thursday, January 14, 2010: Nothing like the Deer Gun Season Report to stir up hunter dissatisfaction and bring calls for changes to baiting and feeding rules and tougher regulations to keep felons from getting hunting licenses. We provide insight into a plan to protect sensitive land in Eau Claire county and talk about refreshing things to do outdoors. Guests include The West Side Outside regular guests, Joe Knight from the Eau Claire Leader Telegram and Dave Carlson of the Northland Adventures television program.
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