THOUGHTS ON REPLACING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Byron Dorgan

Byron Dorgan
Former US Senator
State of North Dakota

Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan joined Mike McNamara yesterday on MacTalk to share his ideas about The Trump Administration, the Affordable Care Act and our Nation’s nuclear agreements.

Dorgan also voiced concern for a national political climate where “compromise is the lubricant that makes democracy work,” yet “compromise is a four letter word these days” in Washington D.C. “If you do start compromising and finding middle ground you’ll have a primary opponent” Dorgan stated in a matter of fact tone.

The former North Dakota Democratic Senator also  predicted that the Affordable Care Act won’t easily be replaced, simply because the task is complex and the most conservative members of the Republican Party won’t be interested in creating a new entitlement to subsidized health insurance.  Listen as he explains the “why’s” of this complex debate.

REVENGE PORN: Mike Berg & Greg Lotysz

Mike Berg
Former GFC Football Coach
Greg Lotysz
Former NFL Player

REVENGE PORN — a serious subject that is often in the news.  The Marine Corps is facing a controversy over a Facebook page devoted to images of female Marines posted without their consent that had over 30,000 followers.  Mike Berg has been involved in “Boys to Men,” a CVIC Program that addresses revenge porn and sexting.  A very interesting discussion.

ST CLOUD TICKET UPDATE: Jody Hodgson

Jody Hodgson
General Manager
Ralph Engelstad Arena

Jody Hodgson, General Manager of Ralph Englestad Arena, joins us with an update on ticket sales for the opening round series of the NCHC Playoffs that has UND taking on St Cloud State.  We talk how ticket sales went today along with when single game and unpurchased student tickets will go on sale.

Jody is also involved in Grand Forks youth hockey and commented on the quality of youth and high school hockey that gets played in the GF/EGF area with such great success in recent years.

AL GRASSER TALKS INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES: 47th Avenue South Interchange first, then the 42nd Street Underpass

Al Grasser
Engineer
City of Grand Forks

Al Grasser, the Engineer for the City of Grand Forks joined MacTalk today for a discussion on Infrastructure Priorities, here are some of the highlights:

Transition Infrastructure Priorities:  If Grand Forks City Engineer had to prioritize transportation projects the I-29 Interchange at 47th Avenue South would be at the top of the list, followed by the underpass at 42nd Street.

The interchange at 47th Avenue South:  Grasser explained the linkage to 32nd Avenue South, without the interchange, 32nd has to be made substantially wider to accommodate traffic that would otherwise be diverted by such an interchange.

The underpass at 42nd Avenue South:  Grasser cited the population growth via apartments on 42nd between Demers Avenue and Gateway Drive and longer trains that are up to one quarter of a mile longer than trains of the past, which take more time to clear the intersection.

How will City Street repairs be funded:  A 50/50 Split of City Funds and Special Assessments would fund the repair of local streets which he knows won’t be popular.

An interesting interview that has big implications for the City’s upcoming sales tax vote.

 

 

MIAMI SWEEP — ST CLOUD IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NCHC PLAYOFFS AND A HOTEL FIRE: DANE JACKSON

Dane Jackson
Associate Head Coach
UND Men’s Hockey

DANE JACKSON, Associate Head Coach UND Men’s Hockey, joined us to discuss the Fighting Hawk’s sweep of Miami, the late night fire alarm and Cam Johnson’s well prepared exit from the hotel that night.

CHEF-TALK: Mac, Kim Holmes & Rich West of the Sky’s restaurant

Rich West
Co-Owner
Lounge Manager
Sky’s Restaurant

Rich West, part-owner and Lounge Manager at Sky’s restaurant in Grand Forks  joins Kim Holmes and Mac to talk about restaurant ownership and the bar business.

A Grand Forks native, a former employee of Kim’s and a goaltender for Red River High School, Rich is the quintessential Grand Forks guy who’s made good in his hometown.  You’ll enjoy the discussion.

WRITING “THE BIG BIG FLOOD” — COUNSELING STUDENTS… MENTORING PLAYERS… & BEING STRAIGHT WITH PARENTS: Bill Chase

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

Not many people know that the song that is the climatic moment in the SPA play “Keep the Faith”  — was co-written by Bill Chase.  Yep… he co-wrote it.  He discusses how it came to be in the summer of 1997 and his feelings on seeing it performed.

Chase makes interesting points as he discusses how young people have changed over the course of his time as a counselor, and how not allowing them to fail ultimately deprives them of the coping skills to overcome adversity often leaving them lost as they approach college or life on their own.

Bill also talks about the constant challenge of keeping hockey FUN in a city that places incredible emphasis on that sport… with kids playing or training twelve months a year… and with parents who have their own opinions of how things ought to work.  No small challenge, yet he “enjoys it more than I ever have.”