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Curling in the Twin Cities
Jul 16, 2019
Ep. 33 Sealand Curling Team
StoneCast interviews Baron Matt Heile and Lord Ryan Claussen of the Sealand Curling team.
Apr 17, 2019
Ep. 32 Dr. Carlin Anderson
StoneCast returns with a roar! This week, we're joined by Dr. Carlin "Carly" Anderson, sports psychologist for the Shuster rink. Dr. Carlin was there through all of the 2018 historic Olympic run (and even came back with an injury to prove it). She answers a few questions about mental strategies for amateur sports (such as league curling), how to learn, burn and return, and how to recognize when your mental game needs a boost. She also shares a few stories about how she became a psychologist (Fixin' to Go Out!). Enjoy the show.
Sep 13, 2018
Ep. 31 Rich Ruohonen Part 2 of 2
Part 2 of 2 StoneCast interviews Rich Ruohonen. Topics include Purple Art (1:20), Past Episode Critiques (4:53), The Tiger Woods of Curling (10:41), Rich's One and Only 8-ender (13:04), Techno Broom (15:58), The Best Sweepers (17:34), St Paul Cash Spiel Cure Lupus Spiel (23:00), Listener Questions (26:53), Curling Clubs, Head Injuries, and Liability (30:45), and Where did TSR Time come from? (37:30).
Aug 26, 2018
Ep. 30 Rich Ruohonen Part 1 of 2
Jordan and Kristefor sit down with Rich Ruohonen over the summer to talk about the HP Program (7:00), the catch (12:10), changes in curling (20:00) and meeting the press at worlds (37.50). This is part 1 of a 2 episode series.
Jul 17, 2018
Ep. 29 Field Notes: Granite Curling Club Summer Spiel
In the middle of June, Jordan flew to Seattle for the annual Granite Curling Club Summer Spiel. Hosted by Todd Schultz and GCC president Phil Shryock, the Summer Spiel was three days of World Cup-themed curling and excellent, excellent food. Northwest Correspondent Geoff Ujdur skipped the team and joined Jordan with Todd and Phil late before their Saturday match in StoneCast's first Field Notes. After two long days of spieling, the conversation covers a brief history of the GCC, the polyamorous scene in Seattle, "that guy" at every bonspiel, "the pig incident," and more. Thanks to Todd and Phil for taking some time once things were underway. Note: Field Notes #1 was recorded using an old digital recorder and not the finer StoneCast equipment. Volume may vary a bit.
Jun 3, 2018
Ep. 28 - Lisa Rudolph and The Richfield Curling Club
We interview Lisa Rudolph and discuss the formation of the newest curling club in the Twin Cities, The Richfield Curling Club.
Mar 29, 2018
Ep. 27 - Tallinn Cup (Ordway, Smeed, Rivillas, Miller)
Kristefor and Jordan interview Erik Ordway, Dave Smeed, William Rivillas, and Dr. John Miller in the International Room at the Saint Paul Curling Club. They discuss the joys of international curling at the 2017 Tallinn Cup in Estonia.
Jan 30, 2018
Ep. 26 - Mary Deuhs
Today, Jordan and Kris speak with St. Paul’s Mary Deuhs. We discuss ageism, infants with iPads, and the mysterious adult beverage we got from a great accountant (3:00); state championship scheduling woes and hosting issues (9:00); participation trophies then and now (12:40); everywhere Mary has lived and curled (14:30); Mary’s Alaskan adventure with sled dogs (19:30); the crying room (24:30); a 90-year-old’s curling shoes (27:30); and overall good curling (28:40).
Nov 22, 2017
Ep. 25 - Kim Rhyme
“NARNIA!!” Today we're joined by Kim Rhyme, power curler and wonder dancer (1:15). The primary purpose of our podcast is concocting better Bloody Marys (1:55), but we also learn about Kim’s background (4:50) and her dance company (5:30). We discuss a Guatemalan exchange student’s future Olympic curling career (9:13). Kim tells us about joining the curling club (12:20) and being a vagabond competitive curler with her sister, Katie (15:05). We discuss two proposals in the curling world (15:45, 16:38), watch a jig-dancing video of Arnold Asham (24:20), and finally promote Kim’s curling podcast and a thrilling book (27:30).
Sep 24, 2017
Ep. 24 - 2017 SPCC Summer Work Crew John Ordway and Scott Clasen
“If the shoe fits!” Today, we are joined by the St. Paul Curling Club’s manager, Scott Clasen. We are also joined by John Ordway / AKA Eric’s dad / AKA the-guy-with-the-wicked-northern-accent. We discuss the enormous amount of construction that’s going on over the summer (2:20); and have a conversation about cost-effective LED light bulbs (3:25). Learn about the annual chair project (4:47) and be sure to tell Scott if someone is abusing the chairs – he’ll be “PO’ed” and he will shame the culprit to the Tuesday work crew. Hear about how Eric’s family and his dad’s fake son Brian tied for first in the golf tournament and are trying to cheat their taxes with the money they won (13:45). We also talk about Tab Benoit’s blues music (16:50); Scott tells us about the US Curling Association’s Members’ Assembly (22:23); and John’s vision for an awesome real estate development project (18:16).
Aug 5, 2017
Ep. 23 - Mike Pfundstein
Just throw the f*cking shot, man!” This week on StoneCast, we throw back some bold and spicy Bloody Marys and talk to Mike Pfundstein, AKA Mr. Hobber Dobber. We discuss which curling positions we like and which we struggle with (10:50); a former chef, we chat about which cooking shows are the best (including a brief note of Julia Child’s probable interest in cooking-related bondage at 10:15); Mike’s nuggets of wisdom span league play, broomstacking, and a few thoughts on why leagues beat bonspiels (19:10); also, “slow play SUCKS.” We can’t promise any Olympic-level tips and tricks, but we truly do give the best advice on how to kill it in a 4 P.M. curling match on a Sunday. And as with most things in life, “If you’re not having a good time, you should get the hell off the ice!
Jun 5, 2017
Ep. 22 - Rick Crotty
This week on StoneCast, we smash s^&* up with Rick Crotty, a club curler at the St. Paul Curling Club. We begin with some metal talk (2:25) and discuss Rick's unexpected intro to curling. We learn about the lauded Lysne/Crotty Metal Cup--who won this year?-- and talk about fundamentally changing things in St. Paul with the XCL and Lingerie Curling League. Rick tells us about intimidation tactics (12:00) and throwin' a few bombs in Maplewood--"It's a rock concert, let's get something straight here!" Last, we share some fight stories and hear about the ECE--Erotic Curling Edge (25:00). Warning to our family listeners; there is some explicit material throughout.
Mar 30, 2017
Ep. 21 - Amanda Clore and Jessica Erickson
Buck buck buck! This week, we speak with curlers, bowlers, golfers, and chicken raisers extraordinaire Amanda Clore and Jessica Erickson at the Frogtown Curling Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. We'll hear a little about the Brier crowd this year (too loud? Not loud enough?); get a tour of the exclusive Sheet E bar (say it fast); hear a little about bowling, chickens, and Pete Westberg's advice on the proper laying age of chicks; and finally look ahead to the future of "the fun club."
Feb 22, 2017
Ep. 20 - Dick and Paula Arnold
What did you do after the war--World War II, that is? Paula Arnold was on the vanguard of women's curling in St. Paul, supported by her husband, Dick, and a band of merry curlers. This week, we've got Dick and Paula Arnold. Tune in for some early Winter Carnival bonspiel talk (they founded it, 1:56); the start of women's curling in St. Paul (6:46); curling with the East Coast (Elitists!) at Ardsley, St. Andrews, and Broomstones Curling Clubs(15:31); hear a bit about Kerr Dunlop, physical culturalist and the St. Paul Saints' biggest fan (17:17); then wrap with some bonspiel tales (punchbowls of martinis?! - 26:20), and a few stories about the Goodwill Bonspiel via single-prop jet (28:40).
Feb 3, 2017
Ep. 19 - David Mcintyre/Tim McMahon
Scottish Men's 2017 Curling Tour to the USA at the St. Paul Curling Club! We interview David Mcintyre, Scottish curler who is Vice President of Ayr Curling Club and Ayr Curling Rink, about the tour and the quest for the Herries Maxwell trophy(5:03). We then talk to St. Paul Curling Club President Tim McMahon (16:30) about the tour and wood.
Dec 6, 2016
Ep. 18 - John Bauer
We speak with a John Bauer, one of the founding members of Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. First we hit the mail bag and answer a listener's challenge (1:53), then we discuss the weight room at Fogerty Arena, named after our guest (7:10). John tells us the origins of the facility, we talk a little smelt fry, and discuss how Four Seasons got built (8:40 - 24:30). We talk a little curling in the high schools (29:00) as well as effective additive ingredients for cement block (32:00).
Oct 30, 2016
Ep. 17 - Scott Clasen
Kristefor and Scott Clasen, manager of the St. Paul Curling Club, pull up during Saturday Juniors at the St. Paul Curling Club. Jordan is absent this episode, as he takes paternity leave to care for Stella (1:22). We hit the mailbag (2:00); unveil our first ever sponsor, Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore (4:34); Scott gives us an update on the Tuesday work crew accomplishments at the club (5:00); discussion of the Oakville Curling Club and the Lefty Spiel(8:00); then a discussion of the tri-spiel and short end curling (9:20). Ruby joins the podcast (11:52) and Scott discusses the Clasen boys curling pedigree (13:00) and their competitive junior team (18:04). We wade into various USCA topics (19:41); talk about speed skating (25:20); the Puerto Rico curling team (27:37); and conclude with a talk on German fare at the Clasen Oktoberfest party.
Oct 10, 2016
Ep. 16 - Tim Solin and Pete Westberg
This week, we follow up with Pete Westberg (Ep. 2) after a trip to Sweden for the Men's Senior World Championships. Teammate Tim Solin also joins us. The first of the StoneCast Fireside Chat Series (as well as International Series No. 1), tune in for some shout-outs from the mailbag (1:35); some World Championship pool play recollections (4:30) with Russia, Latvia (and the Latvian shot of a lifetime at 8:00), Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Scotland, followed by a quarterfinal loss against Denmark (15:15); a scrappy discussion (#ESF) (21:30); some discussion of Sweden and the Swedes’ dominant engineering capabilities (25:30); and some aquavit and a little Svenska historical context (30:15).
Sep 18, 2016
Ep. 15 - Jim Dexter
Jim Dexter of the Saint Paul Curling Club is our guest on StoneCast. We introduce new theme music (00:00) and have our first mailbag segment(1:30); Dex tells us about how he learned to curl (7:16); demystifies the term Hobber Dobber (9:20); talks about sweeping with a Rink Rat (10:41); how he started coaching (16:01); midwest ice makers (19:00); and heaps on the praise of Kettle Moraine Bonspiel (24:30).
Aug 10, 2016
Ep. 14 Dennis And Meg Abraham
Today, we visit with Meg and Dennis Abraham at their bookstore, Once Upon a Crime (www.onceuponacrimebooks.com). We cover their curling beginnings (1:47); good times at Costello’s (3:30); their time on the board (5:00); the story about the bookstore (8:40); grocery stores and meat departments (13:13); singing at the Saint Paul Curling Club (18:30); our first wrap-up (20:00); how we met Jordan (20:30); Chuck’s pants (22:00); Abraham v. Lysne 2016 (27:17); the 2nd wrap-up; and ask a few existential questions (29:15).
Aug 1, 2016
Ep. 13 Gretchen Pietruszewski
Gretchen Pietruszewski visits with StoneCast on a summer afternoon. In this episode, we discuss our buddy Bombo as official StoneCast dramaturg and testing for park ranger (1:48); Gretchen's experience managing the Frogtown Curling (3:34); the members-only Frogtown Bonspiel (10:00); a beautiful StoneCast duet (11:28); the Hibbing Curling Club, Last Chance Bonspiel, and outboard motors (14:35); the private St. Croix Beach Club (16:00); dad talk (19:10); Neselpacks [https://www.neselpacks.com] and other inventions (22:30); and a little about the annual Frogtown pig roast (26:08).
Jul 10, 2016
Ep. 12 - Darcy Ellarby
Kristefor and Jordan interview Darcy Ellarby. We talk about her Arena Club Nationals runs (0:49), the beginnings of the Dakota Curling Club(1:50 & 5:44), the Pirate Spiel (7:29), Guy Fawkes bonfires (12:01), the Hollywood Spiel (16:29) and the CurlingZone Guy (22:39).
Jun 26, 2016
Ep. 11 - Carl Ball
StoneCast goes to Chaska and records an interview with Carl Ball in the Chaska Curler's lounge. We talk about the TCCA's junior working group (1:30), MMA (6:30 & 13:34), Farmer Wisdom (16:45) and a Surprise Chaska Guest (25:00).
Jun 12, 2016
Ep. 10 - Brad Clasen
Brad Clasen visits with StoneCast on sheet 9 at the Saint Paul Curling Club. Brad clarified the Wausau Modified Game (6:26), talks about his family (13:00 and 18:20), curling at Kettle Moraine (16:25), and sings about childhood things and bells (23:35).
May 28, 2016
Ep. 9 - Mairin Barrett
Mairin Barrett talks to StoneCast on sheet 9 at the Saint Paul Curling Club. Mairin talks about her Junior Curling Team (1:38) and coach (5:17), cribbage and tough shots at the Rugg Spiel (7:08), Key Club (13:00), her birthday and favorite brooms(16:51), marching in Hawaii (18:09), and favorite curlers (19m30s). At one point (22:52s), Mairin turns the tables on us.
May 16, 2016
Ep. 8 - John Benton
This week, we speak with John Benton, director of curling operations at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. Tune in to hear about the Twin Cities Curling Association Metro Club Championship (0:43), the Benton family heritage at the St. Paul Curling Club (3:53), team meltdowns on the ice ("Curling is not a democracy!" 7:35), the definitive picture of how the Four Seasons Club works, is operated, and the challenges and rewards therein (10:00), cribbage and John's "curling family" (18:45), and John's #1 factor that makes a successful team (21:01).
May 3, 2016
Ep. 7 - Regan Birr
This week, we speak with Regan Birr, Director of Communications of the Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. Listen up to hear how Regan got into curling (2:40), a few notes about the Lupus Spiel, the search for a cure, and how to reach a Lupus Spiel championship event (3:20), how Regan met her husband, Todd (a curling romance at 9:30), a few notes about Minnesota curling (12:14), secrets of a good marriage and late-night stories of Lupus Spiels past (16:45), and the update on Gabe's Restaurant (20:20).
Apr 11, 2016
Ep. 6 - Dan Middlecamp
In today's pod we speak with Dan Middlecamp, the sixth and final nominee for the St. Paul Curling Club Board of Directors. We discuss a controversial shot during the Men's World Championships in Switzerland (:50), the national anthem (4:30), SPCC playdown draws and sub rules (7:45), Kris' dreams of owning a liquor store (12:16), Dan's board nomination and ideas (13:15), fatherhood and curling (14:24), first impressions of skips and subs (19:17), and even hear a little from Will Middlecamp and Ruby Lysne, special guests to the Saturday pod.
Apr 8, 2016
Ep. 5 - Chris Houghton
Today, Kris speaks to Chris Houghton, another nominee for the St. Paul Curling Club Board of Directors. Tune in to learn the 3M fight song (00:00), a little about Chris (1:30), proprietary secrets of ice preparation (3:00), playdowns, ice etiquette, and IT opportunities at SPCC (11:26), curling in Europe (15:01), the fickle nature of curling (17:06), and moral questions of great importance (20:15).
Apr 4, 2016
Ep. 4 - Kristin Lovejoy
This week, we speak with Kristin Lovejoy, another nominee for the St. Paul Curling Club Board of Directors. Tune in to hear about the intricacies of bottleskipping (1:25), the Sippee Spiel (4:18), SPCC board goals (5:44), promoting SPCC on a global level (8:55), Highland Week (13:11), next year's Scottish tour (17:54), and more.
Mar 27, 2016
Ep. 3 - Donn Satrom
Today, we speak with Donn Satrom, a longtime SPCC member and current nominee for the Board of Directors. Tune in to hear a little about Donn (1:13), highlights of 50+ years of curling (8:50), Donn's experience as a former board member (10:15), sordid tales of Selby Avenue (12:04), playoff and handicap conundrums (14:25), and the annual Satrom Spiel and Satrom award (22:25). Bonus for those looking for actuary humor.
Mar 20, 2016
Ep. 2 - Pete Westberg
Today we speak with Pete Westberg, another nominee for the 2016/2017 Board of Directors at the St. Paul Curling Club. Westberg is a two-time Senior Mens National Champion, and he shares some thoughts with us about preparing for the Senior World Championship in Sweden (:52 and 5:20), trade secrets of bonspiel success (10:43), the status of the ice in St. Paul and Pete's experience as an ice maker (12:56 and 18:35), and the Margarita Curling Club (22:25).
Mar 13, 2016
Ep. 1 - Mike Barrett
On the initial StoneCast pod, we speak with Mike Barrett, one of the nominees for the 2016/2017 Board of Directors at the St. Paul Curling Club. Tune in to hear about junior curling (3:27), the Rugg spiel and a contested cribbage championship (6:30), curling with kids(8:08), the board and volunteering at SPCC (13:12), and the high-performance program (18:44).