APRIL

04/18/2018  Blois Olson, Author of "Morning Take" on AM Radio: "Volatility of Media and Politics".  Host: Mike Lehmann.  

04/25/2018  Bob Dickey, Managing Director and Technical Strategist, RBC Wealth Management: "The Stock Market Ahead - Better Than You Think".  Host: Dan Biersdorf.

MAY

05/02/2018  Dave Racer: "Passion for Patients - Comments on Health Care Today".  Host: Roger O'Daniel.

05/09/2018  Grant J. Merritt: "Iron and Water", a Memoir of Family, Mining Pioneers and Unscrupulous Magnates, and the Fight for Minnesota's Natural Resources.  Host: Cliff Erickson.

05/16/2018  Gerry Hegna, Educator, Coach, Retired High School Principal, volunteer missionary, and now VP of the Foundation for Philippine Medical Missions: "FPMM Mission 2018 - Island of Negros".  Host: Dan Biersdorf.

05/23/2018  Melisa Franzen,
MN State Senator: "Review and Discussion of the 2017 Legislative Session".  Host: Mike Casserly.

05/30/2018  Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer at Computer Forensic Services: "Blockchain and Bitcoin, The Good and the Dark Side".  Host: Terry Bonertz.

JUNE

06/06/2018  Reverend Warren Jorenby, Retired: "Reflections on Fifty Years of Working to Beat the Devil".  Host: Cliff Erickson.

06/13/2018  Col. Don Patton, Director of The Twin Cities WW II Round Table: "Minnesota's Involvement in WW II".  Host: Mike Lehmann.

06/20/2018  TBA.  Host: Gene Hoff.

06/27/2018

JULY

07/04/2018

07/11/2018

07/18/2018

07/25/2018

AUGUST

08/01/2018

08/08/2018

08/15/2018

08/22/2018

08/29/2018

SEPTEMBER

09/05/2018

09/12/2018

09/19/2018

09/26/2018

OCTOBER

10/03/2018  Geza Simon MD, Hungarian Escapee Immigrant, Retired Physician and Volunteer: "Yes, There Was Once an Iron Curtain".  Host: Cliff Erickson.

10/10/2018

10/17/2018

10/24/2018

10/31/2018

NOVEMBER

11/07/2018

11/14/2018

11/21/2018

11/28/2018

DECEMBER

12/05/2018

12/12/2018

12/19/2018

12/26/2018


JANUARY

 

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04/18/2018  Blois Olson, Author of "Morning Take" on AM Radio: "Volatility of Media and Politics".  Host: Mike Lehmann.  


BIO:
 

Blois Olson is the founder and principal of Fluence Media, a high-stakes media consulting and content creation company. The agency is called on daily to provide perspective, strategy, and execution to clients on public affairs, litigation communication, labor/management, online/social media consulting, crisis management and other critical issues facing brands, personalities, and organizations. Capitalizing on new technologies and authentic relationships, Fluence strategies connect content and distribution with high-stakes, high-level media strategy for growth companies and organizations.

 

Blois was named one of the Top Marketers in 2012 by Minnesota Business magazine, and one of 200 Minnesotans you should know by Twin Cities Business magazine in 2011. Corporations and organizations seek his counsel on public affairs, crisis communications, and online and social strategy.

 

Fluence Media has quickly become a trusted partner for clients on reputation and critical issues in nearly every business sector. In the first four years in business, Blois has handled global, national, and local media crises for clients and corporations.

 

At 26 he founded his first agency, New School Communications, and was at the forefront of using technology to manage reputation and public relations issues for clients such as

Coca-Cola, Pfizer, IBM and many others. He sold New School to Tunheim in 2008 and served as the Executive VP of Tunheim for five years.

 

In addition to providing a daily political voice on WCCO Radio, Blois has provided his analysis on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio and in the New York Times, Newsweek, Newsweek-Asia, and Agence France-Presse. He is also a regular contributor to “Almanac” and “at Issue.”

 

A Minnesota native, Blois’ love of current affairs was born during his job as a newspaper carrier for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, where he received a B.S in political science and journalism.

 

He resides in St. Louis Park with his two children and enjoys golf, reading, travel, and staying active.



 



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04/25/2018  Bob Dickey, Managing Director and Technical Strategist, RBC Wealth Management: "The Stock Market Ahead - Better Than You Think".  Host: Dan Biersdorf.


BIO:

Bob Dickey has been with RBC Wealth Management for over 45 years in several roles that have all had a focus on working with the firm’s advisors and the equity markets. Bob has a large following of individual and institutional investors in the U.S. and Canada. 

As the firm’s Technical Strategist, Bob publishes the “Technical Update,” a daily public market commentary, and also a monthly chart pack, “Market Maps,” which seek to guide advisors and their clients in the equity, commodity, and fixed income markets. Bob is a past winner of the Business Week Magazine Market Predicting Contest and the Wall Street Journal Dartboard Contest, and was awarded “Best in Business” by Twin Cities Business Monthly Magazine. 

Prior to joining the Portfolio Advisory Group in 1988, Bob managed the Options Department for eight years, and also worked for six years in the Margin Department of RBCWM. 

Bob is a lifelong resident of Edina, Minnesota where he lives with his wife and three grown children who are sill close by. Bob majored in Architecture at the University of Minnesota. 

Discussion points:

  • Be careful of letting the short-term noise of the news and the many different random opinions from distracting you of your long-term goals.
  • The stock market is about 1/3 of the way into a long-term secular bull market that began in 2009 and has much more upside potential over the next several years.
  • The near-term volatility represents future opportunity after it settles down again.
  • Group rotation and positioning in the right market areas will continue to be an important theme going forward.


 


 
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05/02/2018  Dave Racer: "Passion for Patients - Comments on Health Care Today".  Host: Roger O'Daniel.
 
 

Dave Racer Biographical sketch:
 

Author, lecturer, educator, publisher, talk-show host, entrepreneur. These titles and more aptly describe Dave Racer’s life work. 

Born and raised in St. Paul, Dave majored in Music Education at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. While still serving in the U.S. Air Force (1967-1971), Dave studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he changed his major to Educational Psychology. In the Air Force Dave served as a classroom instructor and course writer. Upon discharge, he worked in retail sales. In 1974, Dave became self-employed, by founding two ServiceMaster franchises and successfully building them into the second-largest operation in Minnesota. Dave has remained self-employed ever since.

 

Presentation Topic: Passion for Patients - Comments on Health Care Today

Passion for Patients is the title of one of his books.  He plans to bring along a dozen copies of this book for those who wish to buy one.



 

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05/09/2018  Grant J. Merritt: "Iron and Water", a Memoir of Family, Mining Pioneers and Unscrupulous Magnates, and the Fight for Minnesota's Natural Resources.  Host: Cliff Erickson.

 

                          RESUME OF

                          GRANT J. MERRITT

 

 

Grant is from Duluth and earned a B.A. degree in political science from the 

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), and a masters degree in Public Administration 

and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He served as a Lieutenant in the 

U.S. Air Force in Texas and South Carolina from 1957-59.

 

Grant is the Grandson of Alfred Merritt, who along with his brothers Leonidas

and Cassius discovered the Mesabi Iron Range in Mt. Iron, Minnesota on 

Nov. 16, 1890. 

 

Grant was appointed to lead the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in its

fledging years by Governor Wendy Anderson serving from 1971-75. He then

returned to private practice in Minneapolis and also was a special consultant

to the Governor on the Reserve Mining case from 1975-77. He was one of the

first citizens to insist publicly that Reserve Mining Company stop dumping

67,000 tons a day of taconite tailings into Lake Superior and spearheaded

the successful effort to switch to on-land disposal of the tailings.   

 

In later years Grant has served on a number of non-profit boards including

the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota where he was President for three

years. For the past nine years he has been researching and writing about

the Merritt years in their Mesabi Iron venture and preparing a book on that

history as well as his environmental work. The book “Iron and Water”

will be available for purchase in late May by the University of Minnesota Press

and on Amazon. There will be a book launch at the Loft on Washington Avenue

in Minneapolis on the evening of June 7, 2018. Finally, he is still handling several environmental cases. 



 







 
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05/16/2018  Gerry Hegna, Educator, Coach, Retired High School Principal, volunteer missionary, and now VP of the Foundation for Philippine Medical Missions: "FPMM Mission 2018 - Island of Negros".  Host: Dan Biersdorf.

BIO:

 

Professional career in Education:

11 years in LeSueur teaching Social Studies and coaching Football, Hockey, and Baseball.

9 years as Principal and Athletic Director in Marathon City, Wisconsin.  

25 years as Principal at Champlin Park HS in Anoka - Hennepin District (part of planning team for opening in ’92).

Retired in 2016 from Champlin Park HS.

 

Since 2006 — Mission Involvement in the Philippines: 

The Foundation for Philippine Medical Missions (FPMM) was formed about 16 years ago by Filipino - Americans who were born and educated in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States as doctors and nurses. These founders formed FPMM to give something back to their country.

 

I have been personally involved in 7 missions - all at different locations in the Philippines, plus trips between missions to make contacts and plan.

My role has grown over these past 12 years:

Initially I went to help wherever I could - supplies, cleaning, etc. My involvement increased progressively, leading to my becoming 

Vice President of FPMM.

 

In 2008 I started the eye clinic aspect of our mission, and it has grown from about 1,000 pairs of glasses in 2010, to approximately 10,000 pairs of glasses in 2018 (we now fit based on prescriptions rather than

the ‘hunt and peck’ system which we used for several missions).

 

I began collections of Beanie Babies, so that all children who come to the mission receive one toy for comfort (for many it is their only toy).

I began the collection of canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs, as mobility assistance for the elderly and the handicapped is a big issue.

I now manage the mission itself, as in 5 major areas with as many as 17,000 patients, logistics and flow of people to various providers is important.

I work year around with others in Minnesota collecting medical equipment and supplies that we sort, store, pack and ship to the Philippines. We ship 4 to 5 semis of goods for each mission.

I am part of the Advance & Post Team that arrives 10 days early to have things ready for the doctors and nurses when they arrive, and stays several days after the mission ends to pack up and ship items to be stored until our next mission.



 

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05/23/2018  MN State Senator Melisa Franzen: "Review and Discussion of the 2017 Legislative Session".  Host: Mike Casserly.


BIO:

 

Senator Franzen is a small business owner and is the Co-Founder and President of NewPublica, a public relations and strategic communications firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Senator Franzen was previously an attorney at Target Corporation for eight years where she held various positions in Government Affairs and Community Relations. She earned her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Economic and Community Development from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and her J.D. at Hamline University School of Law.

She has been a lifelong volunteer in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys and Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES). She is a former President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and Regional Vice President of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Senator Franzen’s legislative proposals reflect her strong advocacy for quality early childhood education, ensuring a well-trained educated workforce, and closing the achievement gap. She also understands the value of making sustainable investments in transportation infrastructure. Her key policy interest remains her work in health care policy and believes access to health care should be affordable, transparent and accountable to the patient. She is leading efforts to reform the prior authorization process for medications.

Senator Franzen grew up in Puerto Rico where she was active in Girl Scouts and 4H. She resides in Edina with her husband, Nathan, and son, Philip.  They enjoy traveling and going up north to their cabin in Finland, Minnesota.



 



 
05/30/2018  Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer at Computer Forensic Services: "Blockchain and Bitcoin, The Good and the Dark Side".  Host: Terry Bonertz.



 
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06/06/2018  Reverend Warren Jorenby, Retired: "Reflections on Fifty Years of Working to Beat the Devil".  Host: Cliff Erickson.

 

Biography:

 

Warren Jorenby

 

Born in South Dakota.

Moved to Duluth, MN at age 9.

Graduated Duluth Denfeld High School.

B.A.  University of Minnesota Duluth

M.Div  Luther Seminary

 

A varied work history including:

  • stock boy at grocery store
  • auto mechanic
  • funeral home jack of all trades
  • optician for several years
  • aircraft mechanic/crew chief  (Staff Sgt. with 148th Fighter Group)
  • lay campus minister
  • campus pastor
  • parish pastor

 

Ministry history:

  • Campus minister - St. Cloud State University
  • Campus minister - University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
  • Campus pastor - University of South Dakota
  • Senior campus pastor - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Pastor - St. Olaf Lutheran, Austin, MN
  • Senior pastor - First Lutheran, Albert Lea, Mn

 

Recipient of Distinguished Service Award from National Lutheran Campus Ministry. This award included a summer of study at Uppsala University in Sweden and travel throughout Scandinavia.

 

Nine interim ministries in parishes in the metro area.

Having ‘failed’ retirement four times, actually retired at 72.