Tom Miller on Brian Faison’s retirement: “Forced, awkward and slimy”

Tom Miller
Reporter
Grand Forks Herald

I have lots of questions surrounding the “retirement” of University of North Dakota Athletic Director Brian  — Tom Miller, Sports Reporter for the Grand Forks Herald joined the program to try to explain to me the “why’s” of this confusing story.

Roger Goddell dances & who decides if it’s ok to alter the dynamics of a community by bringing refugees?

John Lotysz
American

The NFL continues to try to find a way out of the box they find themselves in, John Lotysz joins me to talk about it.

Who decides when the makeup of a community will be altered?  Faith based refugee programs?  We’ll talk about that too.

Why I don’t watch the NFL and John Lotysz’s father was a laborer at Auschwitz

We talk the news headlines of the day:

— How old is too old to be a member of Congress?

— Permits for garage sales in EGF?

— Why Mac doesn’t watch the NFL

— John Lotysz grew up in Thunder Bay, his father was a member of the Polish Resistance during World War II, we’ll talk about it.

Stanley Lotysz
Working for the US Army Guarding German POW’s
Austria 1946

The Big Salami Swami makes his debut

The Big Salami Swami
(Kim Holmes)

The MacTalk Head Chef is Kim Holmes, he makes his debut in an exciting new feature where he’ll pick sports games and you should know, he’s not a novice.

We’ll discuss the upcoming Grand Forks Sales Tax initiative and glasses that assist colorblind people see in FULL COLOR!  The company is called Enchroma and you can find the product here.

 

Bruce Gjovig talks more innovation in the Bakken

Bruce Gjovig

Bruce Gjovig is no stranger to pioneering and innovation in business.  The founder of UND’s Center of Innovation joined MacTalk to discuss his latest writing project which chronicles agricultural innovation in northwest Minnesota and North Dakota.

While on the subject of innovation Bruce, a native of western North Dakota,  proudly recounts the petroleum extraction revolution that began in the Bakken which has made the United States an energy exporter and changed strategic equations for the nation. However, he’s most excited about current efforts underway in the Bakken to continue that extraction revolution by extracting a higher percentage of petroleum from the shale in the Bakken.

John Lotysz is fighting prostate cancer, he has a message for you

John Lotysz
American

John Lotysz formed half of “The Low Down” radio show that aired on KNOX-AM in Grand Forks with the other half being his son Greg.  John joined MacTalk to discuss his fight with prostate cancer and to give every man some advice relative to prostate health.

With the mass shooting in Las Vegas so recent in our memory, we’ll talk to John (an avid gun owner and hunter) about his thoughts on current discussions about new gun legislation.

 

Teach your kids to run and other thoughts on Las Vegas

Las Vegas Shooting Geometry
Washington Post

The nation reels from yet another mass shooting and we talk about all the things we don’t understand as authorities continue to investigate and look for answers.

Greg Lotysz joins MacTalk to talk guns, converting semi-automatic rifles into automatic rifles, concealing weapons in luggage, shooting and what to teach kids to do when someone starts to shoot or when something explodes.

Mac also answers questions about how “mass casualties” are handled on the receiving end and a whole bunch more from the mailbag.

Bill Chase talks coping with youth suicide

Bill Chase
Counselor, South Middle School
Head Coach, Red River HS Varsity Hockey Team

Lot’s of parents struggle with how to approach youth suicide when it rocks a community.  Bill Chase is a longtime counselor in the Grand Forks School District and South Middle School, he joined us to talk about some basic advice for parents as they attempt to broach such a delicate subject.

Bill also recommended this website that contains guidance specifically for parents addressing the issue of suicide with their children.