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Real Talk with Rick
Real Talk with Rick
Real Talk with Rick is hosted by Eden Prairie City Manager Rick Getschow. The show began in August 2018. Rick interviews guests who are associated and involved with the City of Eden Prairie.
Real Talk with Rick
Jun 29, 2020
Who da man? You da man, Alex.
Jeopardy’s 2020 College Champion Nibir Sarma discusses growing up in Eden Prairie, competing in Quiz Bowl, the process of landing on a spot on Jeopardy and what he’s doing with his winnings.
Jun 19, 2020
Real Talk with Ric
Former Eden Prairie City Attorney Ric Rosow touches on some of his fondest memories working alongside the City Council and staff, and details how his career path shifted from wanting to join the seminary to practicing law.
May 1, 2020
COVID Conversation 3
Rick shares a few messages from individuals who responded to the City’s resident check-in survey. He and the show’s producer discuss how human interaction has shifted from in-person to over-the-screen meetings, managing the work/life balance with kids at home, and trends such as growing a beard during the stay-at-home order.
Apr 17, 2020
A Second COVID Conversation
Eden Prairie's Economic Development Manager Dave Lindahl discusses the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and how some local businesses are getting creative by shifting production methods to help combat the spread COVID-19.
Mar 31, 2020
Rick discusses the City's response to COVID-19 with Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Scott Gerber.
Feb 21, 2020
A Conversation with U.S. Rep Dean Phillips
U.S. Congressman Dean Phillips shares what inspired him to run for office, which social channels he uses to maintain relationships with Minnesotans while working from Washington, and how his connection to Dear Abby helped him build strong core values.
Jan 17, 2020
Along Came Molly
Molly Koivumaki talks about her time as a Renaissance woman in Eden Prairie, from working through various roles in the Police Department—including a stint as McGruff—to laying the foundation and hitting the ground running with the City’s Housing and Community Services Division.
Dec 13, 2019
A Healthy Dose of Hospitality
Eden Prairie Liquor’s Operations Manager Jaime Urbina drops by to chat about his history working in retail, why the City is in the liquor business, popular holiday spirits, and upcoming promotions and events.
Nov 21, 2019
Kyle’s Second Swing
Eden Prairie Police's Records Technician Kyle Duchschere tells Rick about the methods he uses to process evidence, cracking the case of Stewie P and which national celebrity took his mom to homecoming.
Oct 10, 2019
Eden Prairie's Utility Field Operations Supervisor John Carlon swings by to talk about his first job, some unexpected water main breaks he's fixed on the fly and why he's grateful to work for the City he grew up in.
Sep 26, 2019
Advocating for EP
Tom Poul is an attorney who lobbies for suburban cities in the metro area. He and Rick discuss how Tom looks out for the City and its residents' interests at the State Capitol, his love for Lions Tap and why TP doesn't just belong in the bathroom.
Sep 12, 2019
The Roaring Senior Center
Rick meets with Sue Bohnsack, the Senior Center’s recreation supervisor, to discuss popular activities for older adults, the Senior Center’s 40th anniversary and her experience getting behind the wheel in a demolition derby.
Aug 22, 2019
Lending a Hand
The PROP Shop’s Executive Director Cindy Eddy stops by to talk shop with Rick. They discuss what sparked the idea to open The PROP Shop, her background in sales and how you can help local families in need.
Aug 7, 2019
In the latest episode, Rick chats with Eden Prairie’s new Fire Chief Scott Gerber about emergency management, firefighter recruitment and partnering with other departments on calls.
Jul 18, 2019
The show’s producer, Johnny Germscheid, recaps the first year of the podcast with Rick. They discuss highlights, Johnny’s job in communications and upcoming community events in Eden Prairie.
Jun 27, 2019
The City’s Economic Development Manager Dave Lindahl discusses how he became interested in city planning, booming business in Eden Prairie and his early years jamming at Eden Prairie High School.
Jun 13, 2019
Cake Eater Conversation
Edina City Manager Scott Neal, who is the former Eden Prairie City Manager, chats with Rick about his early interest in city government and his work as a city manager in five different cities in three states.
May 30, 2019
Jon Thompson, one of the City of Eden Prairie's appraisers, talks with Rick about growing up in Eden Prairie, the property valuation process and belonging to a family that has six siblings who are appraisers.
May 8, 2019
Standing Guard Along the Thin Blue Line
Rick chats with Brian Hubbard, president of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA), about National Police Week, the law enforcement state memorial monument and how Brian became involved with LEMA.
Apr 25, 2019
1 Million Cups
Patrick Donohue is the engine that drives 1 Million Cups Eden Prairie. Recently, Rick and Patrick chatted about the foundation that built 1 Million Cups, the importance of entrepreneurship and Eden Prairie’s City Government Academy.
Apr 4, 2019
Sprechen Sie Finance?
Sue Kotchevar, the City of Eden Prairie’s finance manager, chats with Rick about growing up in a pink house, working in the Office of the State Auditor for two former governors, and managing the City's budget and liquor operations.
Mar 21, 2019
Life in the Big Leagues
Bearpath Golf and Country Club’s General Manager Greg Olson talks with Rick about his role at Bearpath, growing up in Minnesota and playing in the World Series against the Minnesota Twins.
Mar 7, 2019
What About Bob?
Rick chats with Bob Stark, the City’s sign specialist and a veteran snow plow driver, who talks about the City’s ongoing street sign fundraiser, plowing snow during the Halloween blizzard of ’91 and getting to know residents along his route.
Feb 20, 2019
On the Road Again
SouthWest Transit's CEO Len Simich discusses how SWT was formed, the benefits of using SWT’s various services, the future of transit and what he's looking forward to down the road.
Feb 7, 2019
No Running on the Pool Deck
Jasmine Ellingson, Eden Prairie’s recreation supervisor of aquatics, tells Rick about the prerequisites for getting into lifeguard training, her experience in 4-H and how almost drowning as a child inspired her to become a lifeguard. Rick asks Jasmine about Eden Prairie’s summer aquatic events, and she describes new aquatic opportunities such as the sensory swim. You’ll never guess who she would’ve picked to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Jan 18, 2019
Steve Cwodzinski - From Superior to the Senate
State Senator Steve Cwodzinski discusses moving from Superior, WI, to the Twin Cities, his picture-perfect marriage proposal and issues of interest since he was elected to the Senate in 2016. Find out why Senator Wellstone called the night before Cwodzinski was set to introduce President George W. Bush at Eden Prairie High School. Here's Rick's talk with Cwod.
Dec 7, 2018
We Built This City
Kevin Schmieg, the City's building inspections manager, touches on how the City offices have changed since the 80s, what the City is doing to make applying for permits easier and why he almost got left behind on an Alaskan adventure.
Nov 14, 2018
Stepping Up in a Time of Need
Eden Prairie Community Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber talks about the Foundation’s inception, acting as a grant maker, giving back to the community, building a strong endowment fund and three Foundation-related projects in Purgatory Creek Park. The Foundation has been around for 30-plus years and hosts annual events such as EP Gives and Prairie Brewfest, in addition to co-sponsoring PeopleFest! last summer.
Oct 31, 2018
A Sendoff for Sherry
Outgoing council member Sherry Butcher Wickstrom shares what got her involved with local government, memories of Eden Prairie's rapid growth in the 80s, how she helped Eden Prairie Center land Von Maur and her plans to dig in the dirt during retirement.
Oct 17, 2018
The Internet of Things
Rick and James Goldenstein, the City's IT network administrator, discuss Eden Prairie’s IT team, technology buzzwords, cyber security and what you can do to stay safe in the cloud.
Oct 3, 2018
Farewell to the Chief
Before former Eden Prairie Police Chief Jim DeMann retired in late September, he chatted with Rick about a few of his memories from his 31 years with the Department. They discuss how DeMann started working in Eden Prairie, his K-9 Champ, the path to becoming chief and he reveals his favorite cop movie.
Sep 19, 2018
Late-Summer Chat with Pat
Rick and Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce President Pat MulQueeny talk about the local business community, Chamber news and Pat's affinity for the Vikings. Stick around for a rapid-fire game of this or that.
Sep 5, 2018
A Conversation with the Mayor
Rick sits down with Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens to chat about her background, proudest moments in office, legacy and advice she has for future mayors. She touches on how she arrived in Eden Prairie, her first experience with local government, how becoming mayor unexpectedly affected her penmanship, her upcoming retirement and what she'll miss most and least when leaving office.
Aug 28, 2018
Testing the Waters
Rick interviews Johnny Germscheid, the City of Eden Prairie's communications coordinator and guinea pig for the inaugural podcast. Learn about how Johnny landed in Eden Prairie, his typical workday and some of his favorite hobbies.