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

Tom Miller
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

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.

THE RYDELL HOUR: Pre-Winter Car Checkups, Winter Car Washes & Extending Warranties

Kathy Lind
Guest Experience Mgr
Craig Rogne
Rydell Service Center

Kathy Lind and Craig Rogne from the Rydell Auto Group joined the program to talk:

(1) Why you should get your car checked before things go wrong in the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere

(2) Why winter car washes are necessary

(3) Extending warranties for quality cars that are capable of going 200,000 miles on one engine of maintained well.

Great information each week during CarTalk!


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

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.


Thoughts on the The Vietnam War series on PBS: Jeff Bakke

Jeff Bakke
Captain, US Army
Vietnam, 1969
Jeff Bakke
Captain, US Army
Vietnam, 1969

Jeff Bakke dropped out of college in 1967 and joined the US Army.  After accepting an Army offer to go to Officer Candidate School and a tour in Germany, Jeff headed to Vietnam in 1969.

After a year in Vietnam he returned to the United States, left the Army and enrolled in the University of North Dakota.  His post-Army life took him to teach in East Grand Forks and a career as an educator and coach.

Jeff joined us to discuss his thoughts on the Ken Burns documentary airing on PBS — The Vietnam War

Eliot Glassheim talks Congress & Polling Stations

Eliot Glasshiem
Politician, Entrepreneur, Newspaper Columnist

Longtime Grand Forks politician and now a columnist for the Grand Forks Herald Eliot Glassheim joins us to talk (1) Federal Assistance after disasters and the requirements that need to go with that aid, (2) what “regular order” means in Congress, (3) the challenge that Senator Heidi Heitkamp ahead of her as she seek reelection to the US Senate and (4) his frustration at the Grand Forks City Council’s decision to have only one polling station for the November 2017 Sales Tax vote.

Mike Berg talks NFL protests & UND Football after two big losses, what’s next?

Mike Berg
Former Football Coach
Grand Forks Central HS

Coach Berg joins us to talk about the controversy surrounding national anthem protests in the NFL and UND (1-3) Football after two big losses, including an opening Conference loss to Montana State last Saturday in the Alerus Center 49-21.  We’ll talk to the former Grand Forks Central coach about what to do with so many injuries so early in the season.