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Eckankar-What is it? What do they believe? David Maloney and Heather Davari share their journeys

Did you know the worldwide headquarters of a faith organization is located here in Eastern Carver County? The Eckankar Temple is that huge piece of land located at Hwy...

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Bob Roepke- Community outlook and some serious gratitude for responders

Back for another visit is long time Chaska community advocate Bob Roepke to discuss happenings in Chaska and broader Carver County Minnesota. Bob has a great deal to be...

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Welcome to Season 6! So what are we trying to do here anyway? Also, where have we been???

Thank you for your interest in Living In Carver County Minnesota and our hyper-local podcast. What started as a bit of a lark is now in season 6 and...

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Grecia Lozano, Latino Voices is making a difference locally with people from around the world

Grecia is the Executive Director of Latino Voices, an organization formed in 2019 with a mission to connect and inform the Latino Community in Carver County with resources, news,...

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Kris and Rachel Residence, owners of Red’s Savoy Pizza along with Matt Udermann

The origin of this business is an incredible story of faith, grace and the impact of someone seeing the value in a person even when they are at their...

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Carver County Commissioner District 1 Candidate Q&A with Gayle Degler & Lisa Anderson

“Elections matter” seems to be plastered all over the media these days.  The elections that have the most direct impact on the day to day lives of voters are...

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Rich Wagner, President Dunwoody College of Technology- The value of an education in the trades

What Minnesota institution of higher learning has the highest ROI (return on investment) on tuition dollars spent relative to earning??? Dunwoody College of Technology has been turning out highly...

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Bob Roepke- A conversation about community, leadership and the upcoming elections

Bob Roepke is a local legend for his extensive community involvement dating back to the early ’80s.  Bob and I visit about the leadership qualities he likes to see...

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Jill Zieroth of the MDI (Minnesota Dairy Initiative) discusses the future of the family dairy farm

Jill Zieroth discusses the future of the family dairy farm in Minnesota.  The MDI comes along side the farmer with a full menu of support and expertise ranging from...

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Chaska High School Football Coach Bryan Dahl on developing great humans & doing the daily hard stuff

Chaska High School Football Coach Bryan Dahl on developing great humans, doing daily hard stuff and oh yeah, winning a lot of football games. Bryan is an inspired leader...

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Welcome to Season 5 The Living In Carver County Podcast! (“how can my kid get credit?” )

Welcome to Season 5. I wanted to thank everyone who has been a guest, a listener, a talent scout, a encouraging voice and of course a few critics. You...

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Denis Halleron CEO of Carcierge, a private car shopping service dishes on all things cars or what I call; “Car buying 101”

Denis Halleron knows the car business after a lifetime of experience owning, operating multiple service shops and working for various dealers and he shares that wealth of experience with...

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Chaska Police Chief Ryan Siebert talks about police work in 2022

Ryan Siebert has been Chief of Police for a couple of years now and he has settled in nicely even though arguably there has never been a more challenging...

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Lyndon Robjent- Director of Public Works and County Engineer talks about ROADS (and parks and trails)

We are going to talk about transportation. Okay, don’t check out on this episode because this was a really interesting talk about the complexities of building and maintaining the...

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Khai Tran; Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Carver County among other hats

Khai Tran is a busy man. (Especially for a guy who is supposedly retired.) He is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Carver County. He is also...

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Char Zielin- Mental Health Coach, Trauma Specialist and all around Bad Ass

Charlotte Zielin is Mental Health Coach who takes her clients beyond therapy. Her method involves not just dealing with the issues around the source of the trauma but going...

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Sue Schmidt, Lead Teacher at New Beginnings helps young Moms prepare for their new world

My guest this episode is Sue Schmidt.  Sue is with New Beginnings and it is one of those places you’ve maybe noticed out of the corner of your eye...

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Pastor Greg Snow of St Johns in Chaska- Church in a changing time

Pastor Greg Snow has been the pastor at St Johns in Chaska since coming out of the seminary, first as a Vickers and then as Pastor. He is heavily...

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Tina Stofferahn, Director of Day Services with MRCI- Helping people with special needs find meaningful work

Tina Stofferahn of MRCI discusses the many services they offer for people in the community with special needs get trained, develop interpersonal skills, find employment, and continually get educated...

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Cory Whitmer- Mustard Seed gives tips for those of us who don’t have a green thumb.

Cory Whitmer- Mustard Seed Landscape and Garden Center gives some great tips for those of us without a green thumb that we can implement to have a better looking...

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Len Simich- CEO of SW Transit talks about his legacy and some of the cool stuff they have in the works

Len Simich Chief Executive Officer Len Simich has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Transit Commission since 1997. He has received numerous awards for his personal...

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Carla Beaurline- of Around Town TV; from tiaras to elder care

Carla Beaurline is one of those people you know you know, even if you’re not sure from exactly where from. She’s been a local beauty pageant participant, a MC...

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Welcome to Season 4!!! I’ve been thinking…

I’m filled with gratitude for all the guests who have agreed to spend their valuable time visiting with me to discuss things happening here in Carver County. I’ve learned...

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Bob Roepke; aka Mr Community talks about the cool stuff happening in Chaska right now.

Back for his second sit down interview, (Bob was one of the guest 5 of this show when we started) is my friend, long time community champion, Bob Roepke....

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Deb Barber- Carver and Scott County representative at the Metropolitan Council talks about growth in our area

Deb Barber serves the residents of Carver and Scott County (District 4) at The Metropolitan Council, a position she was appointed to by then Governor Dayton in 2015 and...

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Clark Machtemes, teacher, musician, farmer and all around renaissance guy

Clark’s bio on his Facebook page gives a brief sneak peak of what’s behind the Front man for the popular local music group Traveled Ground. ( Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Teacher,...

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Mary Hernandez with CAP and Espirenza discuss how she addresses unmet needs in our community

Mary Hernandez is a force for good in the community.  From her current role as the Community Project Coordinator with the CAP Agency in Shakopee and as the director...

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Andy Schornack- President of Security Bank speaks about the value of community banking

Andy Schornack President of Security Bank (Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender) talks about banking, changing markets, major regulation changes and the future of non-banking entities.  Andy has been in...

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Tom Workman- (2.0) a follow up conversation with District 2 Commissioner Workman.

Tom Workman- Tom is the Carver County Commissioner for most of Chanhassen and Victoria. (See S3, E3) He is back for a wide ranging conversation on a variety of...

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“Motch Across America”- Why is this mostly sane, generally happy, couple bicycling all the way across America???

John & Kim Motchenbacher are in the midst of riding their bicycles across America.  They started in Oregon and will eventually end in Virginia in several weeks.  The trip is...

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Ellie Krug- Changing the world with empathy, compassion and inclusion

My guest this episode is Victoria resident Ellie Krug.  Ellie is a former trial attorney, book author, public speaker, podcaster, radio show host and transgender woman.  After making the...

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Sarah Carlson- Quiet leadership behind the scenes, everywhere.

Sarah Carlson is one of those people who make things happen, quietly leading on social justice and housing issues. She chairs the commissioners on the CDA. She is active...

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Waconia Champion Dean Hilgers talks about community

Dean Hilgers is a life long Waconia resident.  He started off working part time at the local Ford dealership while in school and then became a sales associate and...

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Tom Workman, District 2 Carver County Commissioner (Chanhassen/ Victoria)

Tom Workman is a long time political guy who served on Chanhassen City Council, at the state legislature and for the past several years as a Carver County Commissioner....

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Carla Struble- CEO of EPS and Wingen Farms talks about families in business

Carla Struble is a formidable presence on local charitable boards. She bring a wealth of business experience ranging from personally working for large corporations to a starting an electrical...

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Elise Ryan, Mayor of Chanhassen gives a 2021 Update

In case you’ve been living outside the area, Chanhassen has just exploded in the past several years. New restaurants, a new brewery, a funky barber shop and lots of...

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Should I buy a business? Keith Payne, business broker offers some insights

My guest is Keith Payne of Sunbelt Business Advisors talks about buying an existing business and what that takes as well as what to be thinking about if you...

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Carl Pierson- From the WHS classroom to the Waconia City Council Chamber

Recently elected to represent Waconia’s Ward 2 city council, Carl Pierson dishes on some new things on the horizon for the City of Waconia and then we talk about...

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Bob Moeller, talks about a life of service and creating a safe place to run

Bob Moeller has been a major driving force behind the biking/ walking trails that connect several cities in Carver County. What started out as a response to the frustration...

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Carol Lagergren, Mayor of Norwood Young America

With the 212 expansion looking like a near term reality, the western part of Carver County will soon experience a rush of new people moving out. Long time resident,...

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City of Victoria Mayor Deb McMillan gives a 2021 update

Guess what Carver County city will have the largest population according to the 2040 Comprehensive Plans? I know it is hard to imagine that when you drive through the...

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Matt Podhradsky, City Manager of Chaska talks about Critical Infrastructures- Could we end up like Texas was in Feb 2021?

In Feb of 2021 the US had a record cold spell that caused massive power outages across the country forcing rolling blackouts.  No state was as profoundly affected as...

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Jason Schmucker, Managing Editor, Sun Patriot Newspaper (Waconia Patriot)

What is the real value of small town newspapers? Can’t we just get our local news on Facebook or Instagram? Abraham Lincoln said it best; “Half of everything you...

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Cara Thorpe- founder of Yellow Parachute Learning Partners

In this time of uncertainty and unrest, it can help to have some constants and Cara Thorpe believes one of those is the power of life long learning.  People...

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Elise Durbin, Director of Community and Economic Development with the Carver County CDA

My guest for this episode is Elise Durbin, Director of Community and Economic Development with the Carver County CDA. We discuss the mission and purpose of Community Development Agencies...

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City of Carver Mayor Courtney Johnson (Round 2)

If you have driven on Jonathon Carver Parkway South of Hwy 212 in the past few months, you know Carver is experiencing a building boom.  A new elementary school,...

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Lesley Wyman- “The Carver County Resilience Project”

Lesley Wyman’s day job is with Eastern Carver County School District, she specifically works at The Integrated Arts Academy in the district building.  What we got to talk about...

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Kendra Olson, Elections and Liscense manager for Carver County explains how voting works in MN.

Kendra Olson is THE Carver County elections expert. She explains how voting, vote counting and the sanctity of the voting process is handled and secured in Carver County and...

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Misty Florek, owner of Morgan Taylor Design talks home staging and making good choices with decor.

This episode is a lot closer to my day job than others and Missy Florek is a terrific home stager and frankly a little bit of a cross between...

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John Fahey, candidate for Carver County Commissioner and former mayor of Norwood Young America

John Fahey and his family are well known on the western part of Carver County. Community involvement was something he literally grew up with as a young boy and...

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Dan Keyport, world traveler, community volunteer and owner of the super cool Dolce Vita wine shop.

Dan Keyport is a world traveler, community advocate, husband, father and owner of Carver County’s coolest wine shop located in the Historic Chaska Depot. Dan talks about entrepreneurship, pivoting...

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Our real Season 2 opener is with Martha Brannon of HIS HOUSE ministry and Abundance Food program

Even here in Carver County there are people losing their housing who need a place to stay and who need food and basic necessities. His House Ministry has locations...

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Welcome to season 2 and my exanation of why the show has been on hiatus and what I’ve been doing…

I wanted to reflect on season 1 and the remarkable guests who were kind enough to spend a little time sharing their little or sometimes bigger corner in Carver...

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Matt Udermann, Chaska “Force of Nature” & Carver County Commissioner candidate talks about New Guard

You’ve probably seen the “You Matter” signs around town. I invite you to meet the Matt behind the sign. Chaska resident and bundle of energy Matt Udermann talks about...

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Corey Grenz, personal trainer at LifeTime Fitness in Chanhassen talks about sanity during a furlough

Lifetime Fitness personal trainer Corey Grenz and I riff about staying sain, fit and balanced during a quarantine and what he likes to read to stay on top of...

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Christie Larson, Executive Director of Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

The stressors of “physical distance” could become too much for some families. In Carver and Scott Counties we are fortunate to have a resource to help. Christie Larson, Executive...

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Randy Petzel invites you to check out the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge for physical distance

We are fortunate in Carver County to have direct access to over 14,000 acres of stunning wildlife refuge along the Minnesota River. Robert “Randy” Petzel is the president of...

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Dr. Richard Scott discusses Carver County’s preparedness for COVID-19

Covid-19 is everywhere on media and sometimes it’s useful to drill down to a local level to discuss how it is affecting us here in Carver County. Dr Richard...

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“Don’t go dark” What to remember if you are having trouble staying current with your home mortgage.

In this episode I don’t have a guest because of my social distancing boundaries. Also I have a ton of experience dealing with the topic of mortgage defaults. I...

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Jim Bach, Principal of Chaska High School talks about recent successes and challenges at CHS.

Chaska High School principal Jim Bach discusses some of the successes and the challenges the administration, staff and students face in a changing community. He remains optimistic about the...

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Addie Miller, Carver County district 47 senate seat candidate talks about what motivated her to run.

Chaska High school graduate and current Watertwon resident Addie Miller is a smart, young lawyer, an accomplished horse expert and a passionate advocate for the under served. She also...

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Lakewinds Food Co-op General Manager Dale Woodbeck and Chanhassen store manager Katie Lewsader

The food purchasing choices people make have consequences beyond what ends up on their plate. The decisions families make about their food impact local and regional economies, environments and...

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Mr. Cologne, Roger Storms talk about a life of community service

Long time Cologne resident and advocate, Roger Storms talks about his business career as a successful electrical contractor. (His company wired the Metrodome and the MoA) He also shares...

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Carver County CDA executive director Julie Frick talks about it’s mission and making a difference.

Julie Frick talks about the Carver County CDA and who it serves and what the impact is on Carver County residents for housing and small business through community development....

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Auburn Homes and Services CEO Mike Senden talks about Senior Housing in Carver County.

CEO Mike Senden of Auburn Homes and Serices talks about how they serve Carver County seniors with care and compassion from their campuses in Waconia and Chaska. — Send...

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Crown College is located here in Carver County. President Dr Joel Wiggins discusses higher education

Dr Joel Wiggins, President of Crown College shares about how a small, private college stays competitive in a changing world. He talks about some of the partnerships, innovative programs...

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Greg Boe, Mn State House of Representatives for 47-b talks MN politics.

Greg Boe, former Chaska City Council member and relatively new state representative for 47-b (Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria) talks his slightly unconventional for a conservative, background and about the...

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Tomas Pomazi, Part 2. We continue our conversation about Tommie’s long journey NSFW, (language)

From CA and FL gangster to small town cobbler, Tommie’s life story is almost to colorful to believe and yet here he is being his iconic, outspoken and authentic...

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Tomas Pomazi- Part 1. The story of gangster to cobbler. NSFW (language)

From CA and FL gangster to small town cobbler, Tommie’s life story is almost to colorful to believe and yet here he is being his iconic, outspoken and authentic...

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Dr Keith Brooks is the Director of Equity and Inclusion for District 112.

Dr. Keith Brooks has an extensive background in education. He helps explain his current role and the stated objectives of making Eastern Carver County schools a place where all...

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Aaron Schram owner of Schram Winery and Schram Haus talks about building a “growing” business

Aaron Scram discusses the challenges and rewards of building a business in the emerging and yet competitive wine business in the cold of Minnesota. He also talks about diversifying...

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Brian Dahlke, President of the Chaska Lions Club talks community impact by local service clubs.

In small towns across America, service clubs can make an incredible impact by raising awareness of issues and local needs. More importantly they also strive to meet those needs...

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Donta’ Hughes- Coming to Carver County and making it home.

This episode really grabbed me and made me think. Donta’ Hughes talks about his life growing up on the rough streets on the south side of Chicago and his...

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Jessica Bartholomew, founder A.C.T. United discusses child trafficking and how to protect our kids.

A.C.T. United provides education and training for churches, schools, community organizations and businesses to help end child exploitation. Through their “Youth Aware” and “#Reclaim” initiatives young people can be...

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Rick Ness, RJN Financial talks about Medicare and Medicade and how to avoid big mistakes.

Rick Ness is a financial planner with a deep understanding of how successful people structure their affairs to preserve wealth. He has seen situations where lack of planning or...

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Angela Erickson, President of the 112 Foundation discusses what the foundation does for 112 families

Angela Erickson has a heart for educators and the local 112 school district. As the new face of the District foundation she gets to express her talents and passion...

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Joel Landscrener, Executive Director of Mayer Lutheran High School.

Joel gives an enthusiastic interview on the value of an education at one of the areas only Lutheran High Schools located in Mayer in western Carver County. Joel talks...

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Matt Podhradsky, City Manager for Chaska, Minnesota

Chaska City Manager Matt Podhradsky talks about the massive changes in process in Chaska along with his role as a “buck stops here” position in Chaska’s city government. —...

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Waconia Chamber of Commerce President Kellie Sites

Kellie Sites, director of the Waconia Area Chamber of Commerce discusses the many thing “brewing” in charming Waconia in West Central Carver County Minnesota. — Send in a voice...

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Andy Mooney owner of Red Bench Bakery in Chaska talks about local business.

Andy Mooney has made a huge impact in downtown Chaska in a very short period of time with their Red Banch Bakery. It shows how accurate they were in...

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Victoria, MN mayor Tom Funk talks about the massive changes the city currently enjoys today

Tom Funk came to Victoria city government fairly recently and is enjoying many positive changes and developments the city has seen in the past few years. Victoria has several...

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City of Carver mayor Courtney Johnson talks about the explosive growth in the past few years.

Carver had grown from roughly 1200 people for decades to almost 5000 people today and there is no end in sight for the foreseeable future. New homes are popping...

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Denny Laufenburger is the previous mayor of Chanhassen and the Director at Open Hands Foundation.

Denny Laufenburger discusses his tenure as mayor of Chanhassen through the end of the recession up to 2018. He talks about the momentous changes the city experienced with development...

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Carver County Commissioner Gayle Degler, a life of service.

Carver County Commissioner Gayle Degler talks about his life in public service along with his thoughts on what’s working and what additionally he’d like to see happen for Carver...

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Al Norby, director of Love Inc of Eastern Carver County talks about coordinating church outreach.

Love Inc is a combined effort of 25 area churches in Eastern Carver County to meet the needs of the community as a combined, coordinated outreach effort. Listen as...

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What is Launch Ministry? We don’t have those problems here, do we? Corey Magstadt Director of Launch

It’s hard to imagine that in one of the wealthiest counties in the state of Minnesota that there are homeless teens right here. Corey talks about the problem and...

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What the heck is a County Commissioner and what do they actually do? I ask Randy Maluchnik to share.

Carver County Minnesota Commissioner Randy Maluchnik helps to explain what the role of a county commissioner is and how they fit in with federal, state and local governments to...

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“Caucus to primary” How and why here in Minnesota? By Maria Moeller and Molly Koivumaki ECLWV

Eastern Carver County League of Woman Voters President Maria Moeller and vice president Molly Koivumaki explain the mechanics of how Minnesota has ended up with a primary in 2020...

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Bob Roepke, former mayor of Chaska discusses, wait for it, community! That’s a bit of an inside joke

Bob is one of those special people whose impact is felt decades after he has been out of office. He was instrumental in defying Chaska’s mission, purpose and vision...

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Carver County attorney Mark Metz discusses The attorney’s office and their mission and mandates.

Mark Metz covers what his office does beyond criminal prosecution and how the attorneys approach both victims of crime as well as the defendants and their council. He also...

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Carver County Sherriff Jason Kamerud discusses policing in Carver County.

Career lawman and relatively newly elected Sherriff Jason Kamerud talks about police work in 2019 and the department’s values about how to treat people and the advantages of a...

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Mark Windschitl, talks about the big changes happening and the value system to make decisions .

Chaska Minnesota Mayor Mark Windschitl discusses some of the big changes happening and how officials and staff approach them. Mark is a decent guy trying to give back to...

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Cindy Anderson, President of the Arts Consortium of Carver County

Cindy Anderson discusses the Arts Consortium of Carver County and some the events they have scheduled. She also gives a brief history of the organization. She was very brave...

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Introduction to Living In Carver County (Minnesota) pod cast

An introduction by Greg Anderson, broker owner of REMAX Advisors West in Chaska describing the initial vision of this hyper-local podcast with topics and potential guests describing what it’s...

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