THE AVOCADO & HOW TO COOK GREAT WALLEYE: Kim Holmes

Kim Holmes
Head Chef
MacTalk Cafe

The MacTalk Head Chef joined to discuss the wonders of the Avocado and how to cook great walleye.  

Kim Holmes makes us smart about how to pick avocados out of a pile, how to ripen them after you get them home and his favorite uses of one of the world’s great fruits (that’s right, the avocado is a fruit!) and a couple of tricks to preserve it after you’ve used avocados to make guacamole.

We also discuss preparing one of the upper Midwest’s great regional treats:  WALLEYE.  Kim discusses his preference for Wondra Flour over All Purpose Flour when preparing walleye and how to cook it.

THOUGHTS ON 20 YEARS AFTER THE FLOOD OF 1997 & THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION: Curt Kreun

Curt Kreun
ND State Senator (R)
District 43

North Dakota State Senator Curt Kreun, (R) Grand Forks, joins the program to discuss the recovery of Grand Forks & East Grand Forks 20 years after the Flood of 1997 and the recently concluded Legislative session.

Kreun discusses (1) the net effect of the reduction of State Income Tax rates on revenue, (2) ND University System funding and fiscal oversight, (3) State Infrastructure Funding and (4) ending the Biennium style of State governance.

Always an interesting interview.

THE FOUNDER AND BUILDER OF UND’S CENTER FOR INNOVATION ISN’T DONE YET: Bruce Gjovig

UND Center for Innovation CEO Bruce Gjovig speaks to a packed room at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center during a retirement celebration for Gjovig who’s retiring at the end of April. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Bruce Gjovig, the recently retired leader of UND’s Center for Innovation, joined MacTalk to discuss his career as the founder and builder of the Center and it’s noteworthy achievements over the course of over thirty years.

In an incredible interview, Bruce discusses Tom Clifford’s influence in the creation of the Center, its initial funding, the Flood of 1997, the creation of the Center’s Foundation and the role James Ray played in expanding the Center.

Bruce also discusses how was the Center for Innovation is funded, if he was asked to steer the Center in a new direction by the new UND Administration and how his termination was handled by the University.

From growing up on a farm/ranch near Crosby, ND to leading UND’s Center for Innovation for three decades, Bruce Gjovig built a self-sufficient organization with the soul of an entrepreneur.  He’s not done yet either.  A GREAT INTERVIEW.

 

 

RETIREMENT UPDATE: Ryan Bakken

Ryan Bakken
Grand Forks Herald

Ever wonder what veteran Herald writer Ryan Bakken is doing these days?  We catch up with him and talk about the future of the newspaper business and the work he’s proudest relative to The Flood of 1997.

Ryan also updates us on his daughter Andrea who we all came to know via his periodic columns about her and her life.

 

20 YEARS LATER & PAYING FOR FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE: Doug Christensen

Doug Christensen
Former Grand Forks City Council member

The longtime Grand Forks lawyer and former Grand Forks City Council joins us to discuss issues the City has faced since the Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks.

Doug discusses the Grand Forks City Council going from fourteen members to seven members, the decision to rebuild downtown, the landfill and the bumpy road that any community travels as it recovers from a catastrophic event.

We also discuss that big infrastructure bill and how to pay for it.

20 YEARS LATER: Scott Hennen

Scott Hennen
Partner at Bakken Beacon Media/Great Plains Media

Scott Hennen, the Host of Hot Talk on KCNN in 1997, joins MacTalk to discuss the events surrounding keeping KCNN on the air during the Flood and the key role that he and the station played in the information flow to citizens in the aftermath the Flood.

Hennen also discusses the Flood itself, the media coverage, the fierce post-flood debates, The Angel and much more.  Truly interesting stuff.

In a personal discussion, Hennen recounts Hugo Magnuson’s fine voice and singing while appearing as a guest on his 100th  Birthday and interviewing Ralph Engelstad the morning of the opening of Ralph Engelstad Arena.

You can find Scott and his broadcasts here.

 

 

20 YEARS LATER: Steve Wasvick

Steve Wasvick
Bergstrom Electric
President, Grand Fork Planning & Zoning Commission

Steve Wasvick, Bergstrom Electric’s Branch Manager in Grand Forks and the President of the Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission joins us to discuss the work he did leading up to the Flood of 1997 and the then the work during the Flood and Post-Flood.  Steve represents the huge number of contractors that worked tirelessly for months without days off to restore services to citizens in need.