THE RYDELL GUYS: Randy Sattler & Ray Franks

Ray Franks
Rydell Automotive Group

Randy Sattler
Rydell Collision Center

After seven years (Mac went to Afghanistan) the “Rydell Guys” rejoin MacTalk to catch up a bit and to talk car.  The Guys talk “20 Year Later” — thoughts about the Flood of 1997 and the pride they have in the Community which has worked so hard to come back for such an incredible disaster.

Car questions:

(1)  Most common accident seen by the Rydell Collision Center?

(2)  Can someone Rydell help me with all the technology that is inside my new vehicle?

(2)  Should I bother getting a crack in my windshield fixed?

(3)  If my car has to be towed, should I request a “flat bed” rig to tow it?

SPRING & SUMMER ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR GRAND FORKS: John Bernstrom

John Bernstrom, a Grand Forks public information officer who fights floods with words of warning, explanation and reassurance.JOHN STENNES

Spring means it’s road construction season again.  John Bernstrom from the City of Grand Forks, Office of Public Information joins us to lay out the major construction projects they City will execute this spring and summer and how they will impact drivers.

COUNSELING ABOUT SUICIDE: Bill Chase

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

South Middle School Counselor Bill Chase joined the program today to discuss suicide and counseling students about suicide and mental health issues.

Bill is always candid in his passion for open communication between parents and students, teachers and students and between students themselves because we all need to know someone cares “sometimes that’s all it takes” Chase stated.  Mental health issues in general and suicide in particular are issues that most parents and children don’t enjoy discussing but are necessary to open the door for problem solving during life’s difficult times.

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.

 

THE FARM REPORT & OTHER STUFF: Ross Pape

Ross Pape is a third generation farmer in East Grand Forks and a former U.S. Army SGT with two combat tours in Iraq… he  joins the program to to talk conditions in the fields this week and other ag related news.

Additionally, we’ll continue this weeks mental health discussion with Ross who has much experience in that area as a combat veteran.

THOUGHTS ON AMAZING GRAINS CLOSING & BUSINESS IN DOWNTOWN GRAND FORKS: John Holth

John Holth, co-owner of The Toasted Frog, joins the program to discuss business downtown after the announcement last week that Amazing Grains would close.

Holth also discusses the importance of the upcoming vote on Arbor Park and continuing to increase the number of dwelling units in downtown Grand Forks and definitely sees a link between more people downtown and more profitability for business.

 

GRAND FORKS POLICE LT DEREK ZIMMEL: Why React Publicly to Social Media Posts

Authorities warn of reports of nail-studded rope found over Grand Forks trail

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Lt. Derik Zimmel makes a phone call during a standoff with an armed man at the Budget Inn Motel, in Grand Forks, N.D. on June 15, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

We talk with GFPD’s Lt Derek Zimmel about the pro’s and con’s of making public comments on news generated by social media in the wake of an incident in Grand Forks which is still awaiting a complaint to reach the GFPD. Zimmel discusses the conditions under which the Police Department should react and what’s the downside if they don’t.

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.