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As one of the economic engines of the KSMQ viewing area, Rochester, Minnesota is brimming with business, cultural and historical significance. And of course there is also great change taking place as a result of the Destination Medical Center project. What is Rochester talking about? Join Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara each week as we take a trip to “R-Town.”
 
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This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara is meeting Psalms Frye, owner and Doula of Peace and Compassion Birth Services. Danielle Teal checks in with Dan Sweeney from Great Harvest Bread Co. in Rochester. We learn a little bit more about cross-country skiing, and we learn how to be smart salters throughout the winter with Sadie Neuman. Lastly, we …
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara sits down with Dan Fifield, RN, from The Landing MN to discuss how their nonprofit has grown in the last three years. We head to Silver Lake Foods to explore the oldest grocery store in Rochester, and visit Quarry Hill Nature Center to hear what they do when the weather gets chilly. Danielle Teal checks in …
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara chats with the President of the Rochester NAACP Wale Elegbede about the upcoming Black History Month Speaker Series. Danielle Teal visits with Chef Eman Abdulmuaty from SETO Bakery. We meet Rochester piano teacher Mackenzie Roberts, and head back to Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse to chat with Andy Smith. L…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara checks in with Patrick and Sarah Phelan, co-owners of Fiddlehead Coffee Co., to discuss their newest location opening in Rochester this spring. Danielle Teal chats with Sheila Buehler APRN, CNP, to learn more about her new business, Foot Care Professionals LLC. Andy Smith tells us all about the recently ope…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara meets with Meaghan Sherden, MPH, and Michael Melius from Olmsted County Public Health to discuss the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and what makes the Omicron variant unique. We discuss taxes with David Oeth from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to learn what might look different as you file this …
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara meets Dr. Azar Maluki, Board Chair of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, to discuss the upcoming listening session at the Rochester Area Foundation. We visit the Lion Heart Clay Works, and we visit RCTC to view Zoe Cinel's newest art exhibit "TOO HOT TO HANDLE, A Portrait of the Artist With Pain…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara talks with Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Branch of NAACP about their new program, RISE for Youth, a program that will provide Black and underrepresented students with new pathways to success in education and employment. Danielle Teal sits with mosaic artist Debra D'Souza to discuss her art and the making of…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara sits with Rochester Assistant City Attorney Tran Nguyen to discuss the Just Deeds Project. We check out the Rochester Farmers Market, and go Trunk-or-Treating at Family Promise Rochester. We meet Philip Muehe, the new Managing Director of Rochester Repertory Theatre Company. Lastly, Nicole discusses how Olm…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara checks in with the Rochester Civic Theatre to explore their recent haunting. We visit the Downtown Roller Disco, and take a short tour of the Rochester Art Center. Terry Gries from the Community Food Response tells us about their mission and how the community can support them. Lastly, Rochester Management A…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara chats with Brad Vigesaa about the upcoming Nerdinout Con at the Mayo Civic Center. We learn about a not-so-unusual collecting hobby, and head to Sekapp Orchard to pick out some pumpkins. Molly Pudwell from Pudwell Insurance Partners tells us about enrolling in Medicare. Lastly, we discuss the $3.12 million …
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara visits with Miguel Valdez to discuss National Hispanic American Heritage Month. We learn about Wale Elegbede’s immigration journey and how he came to Rochester and we check in with the Rochester Fire Department during Fire Prevention Month. Lastly, we visit with Tim Penny to learn about the FEAST! Local Foo…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara visits with Julie Winters from Rochester Pride to talk about how their work in the community. We meet Lina Choung, a dance instructor specializing in traditional Cambodian dance, and check out the new ping pong LED installation in Peace Plaza. Jeremy Elder tells us about the Filipino martial art form Kali. …
 
This week on R-Town, producer Annie Krenik is joined by Vietnam War combat medic Bill Strusinski to talk about his book "Care Under Fire." Susan Haskamp talks about her work as advancement manager at Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association. And Danielle Teal checks out the new restaurant ThaiPop. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 9-24-21)Connect with us! Fa…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara sits with MN State Auditor Julie Blaha to discuss her latest projects and how they can benefit local governments like Rochester. An asylee from Cameroon shares his story, and we check out the Neon Green Studio Pop Up Art Cart. Danielle Teal sits with Julie Johns and Ivete Martinez to discuss the upcoming Me…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara checks in with the Village Agricultural Cooperative to learn about their mission to create a place where global cultures gather to share everything there is to know about food. The founders of Eureka Childcare tell us about their plan to prepare children for a lifetime of learning, and Erin Vasquez sits wit…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits down with Dr. Kent Pekel, Interim Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools, to discuss the coming school year amidst a pandemic. We head to Rochester Gymnastics Academy to learn more about the difficult sports, and we head to McQuillan Field Park to check out Rochester Community Development Neighborhood Wee…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara chats with Misha Johnson from the Rochester Civic Theatre about their upcoming 70th Birthday Bash. Sylwia Oliver shares the story of how she came to Rochester, and we check out the "Yield: Keeping A House" installment for Art4Trails. Steven Schmidt from Rochester Civic Music stops by to share about upcoming…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara discusses the spreading Delta variant of COVID-19 with Director of Public Health at Olmsted County Health Services, Graham Briggs. We learn more about Family Promise Rochester and the services they provide, and we check out a parking lot concert from the Rochester Community Band. Lastly, April Dahl from Dah…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara sits with fashion blogger Trina Morris to discuss some 2021 fashion trends. We learn about an Egyptian immigrant who made his way to Rochester, and we head to Tom Kadlec Auto Body for Bike Night at Torque and Tacos. Dennis Wong from Dunn Brothers Coffee and Blue Plate Diner stops by to discuss his business …
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal hears from Zoe Cinel with the Rochester Art Center about their upcoming Iraqi American Cultural Celebration. Javier Ortiz tells us how he followed his dreams to become a barber, and we take a walk through 125Live. Scott Schneider tell us all about the upcoming Olmsted County Fair, and Holly Masek from the Rocheste…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole sits down with Tiffany Alexandria to discuss the upcoming Night Market in Rochester. We head to Thursday's Downtown to explore the in-person celebration, and talk with some vendors about their experience. Kate Jirik from the Elder Network stops by to tell us about how they're helping seniors in 2021. Lastly, Planner Emma…
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole sit's down with Ken Baerg, Operations Director for 125 Live, to discuss the new R-Town filming location and the future of 125 Live following the pandemic. We head to Silver Lake Pool to learn more about the temporary shut down earlier this summer, and Danielle Teal visits with Judy Braatz to discuss this year's turnout f…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Brandon Helgeson, Executive Director of Rochesterfest, to discuss the upcoming festival, the schedule of events, and how Rochesterfest is celebrating coming back after a year-long pause. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 6-18-21)Links: http://www.rochesterfest.com/https://www.facebook.com/Rochesterfesthttps://twitter…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Holly Masek, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Dina Abo Sheasha, Director Of Business Development at Curve Solutions to discuss Downtown Rochester and the events coming this summer. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 6-11-21)Links: https://www.downtownrochestermn.com/https://www.facebook.com/Do…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Jinny Rietmann, Executive Director at Workforce Development, Inc., to discuss the ongoing worker shortage in Rochester and across the country. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 6-4-21)Links: https://workforcedevelopmentinc.org/https://www.facebook.com/SEMNWorkforce/https://www.linkedin.com/company/workforce-developme…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal and Amarachi Orakwue sit down with Captain Jeff Stilwell of the Rochester Police Department to discuss community policing and building relationships with those who do not trust the police force. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 5-28-21)Links: https://www.rochestermn.gov/government/departments/policehttps://www.facebook.com/Ro…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal discusses the affordable housing crisis in Rochester with City Councilwoman Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 5-21-21)Links: https://www.rochestermn.gov/government/city-councilhttps://www.rochestermn.gov/government/city-council/council-members/kelly-rae-kirkpatrick-ward-4https://kelly4council.org/Connect…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with local DJ LaidEe P to discuss the entertainment industry in Rochester, MN, and how the community and local businesses can come together to support local artists. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 5-14-21)Links: https://www.facebook.com/MzPeesziehttps://www.instagram.com/Laidee_Phttps://twitter.com/LaideePConnect with …
 
This week on R-Town, Amarachi Orakwue sits down with Bud Whitehorn, the new community liaison between the Black community and the Rochester Police Department, to discuss the meaning of Black Lives Matter and how the Rochester community can work to support black lives. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 5-7-21)Links: https://barbershopss.com/https://www.facebook.…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle Teal sits with Rosei Skipper to discuss the music scene in Rochester, and how you can support local artists while we continue to fight the pandemic.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 4-30-21)Connect with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSMQPBS/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksmqtv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSMQ #RT…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Melissa Eggler to discuss the upcoming ART(is)T Therapy Artisan Market at Little Thistle Brewing Co. Go support your local artists on May 1st, at 10 a.m. Inclement weather date is May 8th. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 4-28-21)Connect with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSMQPBS/ Instagram: https://www.instagra…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Ryan Yetzer, Interim Deputy Director of Community Development, to discuss the Downtown Waterfront Southeast Small Area Plan.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 4-23-21)Connect with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSMQPBS/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksmqtv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSMQ #RTown Website: h…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Samantha Erickson from the Rescued Room to discuss home organizing and up cycling as the weather is getting warmer.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 4-9-21)Connect with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSMQPBS/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksmqtv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSMQ #RTown Website: http://ksmq…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Sylwia Oliver to discuss what's coming next for 125Live and the future of community centers in Rochester. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 4-2-21)Connect with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSMQPBS/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksmqtv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSMQ #RTown Website: http://ksmq.org/rtow…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Jeremy Westrum, owner of Rootz of Inspiration, to discuss how he came to Rochester and started his business amidst a pandemic.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 2-26-21)Connect with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KSMQPBS/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksmqtv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSMQ #RTown Website:…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Wayne Gannaway from the History Center of Olmsted County to discuss how they're handling the pandemic. We hear from Elsamawal Ali about his journey to America and Brandon Helgeson from Rochesterfest stops by to discuss their plans for 2021. Amarachi Orakwue chats Chris Lukenbill about his new community servic…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with the League of Women Voters to discuss redistricting in Minnesota following the 2020 Census. Maureen Wismayer from the Rochester Figure Skating Club stops by, and we visit with Lenny Williams and Dr. Nancy Adegoke from Trill or Not Trill. We also have a discussion with Dan Jensen about the COVID-19 vaccine rol…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Misha Johnson and Eric Decker to talk about the upcoming digital production of Romantic Fools by Rich Orloff. Amarachi chats with Jennifer Schimek from Rochester Reiki Retreat, and visits with Matt Arnold from Detour Athletics. Wale Elegbede from the Rochester NAACP comes by to discuss how the NAACP is commem…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle welcomes the new City Council President Brooke Carlson, and they discuss everything up and coming for the city of Rochester. Amarachi Orakwue has a chat with Abe Sauer of Old Abe Co., and checks in with Fade Clinic Barbers to discuss cool hairdo is popular in 2021. (MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 2-5-21)Connect with us! Facebook:…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with the RDA to discuss how Social Ice is changing this year. Kim Sin describes his journey to America and Amarachi Orakwue sits down with George Thompson to discuss his life in Rochester. We also chat with Rev. Andre Crockett about the new community liaison position in Rochester.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 1-29-21)Conne…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Dave Oeth with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to discuss how the Rochester community can access free filing assistance. We meet Rawhi Said as he describes how his family fled their home in Bosnia with two bags and the clothes on their backs, and we check in with Wale Elegbede to reflect on Martin…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Graham Briggs, Director of Olmsted County Public Health, to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine. Vangie Castro discusses her immigration story from the Philippines to the United States, and Bryan Wattier from MegaWatt Entertainment stops by to discuss how they're fairing through the pandemic. New Walkabout correspon…
 
This week on R-Town, Danielle sits with Reverend Emily Carson to discuss unpacking 2020 this New Year. We check in with the Rochester Community Bike Club, 125Live Esthetician Liz Guevremont describes how her new business is fairing in the pandemic, and Master Chef Contestant Shari Mukherjee shows us some popular recipes. Dr. Amit Sood and Danielle …
 
In this brand new series, Danielle Teal visits with members throughout the Rochester community to discuss hot topics that are on the minds of Rochester citizens. This week we're talking with Steve Dunn, Joe and Jessica Phillips, and Tiffany Piotrowicz about the state of businesses in Rochester.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 12-2-20) Connect with your local b…
 
In this brand new series, Danielle Teal visits with members throughout the Rochester community to discuss hot topics that are on the minds of Rochester citizens. This week we're talking with Joe Sedelmeyer from Visiting Angels and Karen Hanson from Home Instead about supporting the older community this holiday season.(MPTA, Legacy, KSMQ, 12-1-20) L…
 
Danielle Teal sits with Wale Elegbede to discuss his TED Talk about building community and fighting Islamophobia. We stop at SPARK Children's Museum and head to Ironside Axe Club to explore how we're having fun at all ages. Director of Olmsted County Health Graham Briggs comes by to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and the best way to celebrat…
 
Danielle Teal sits down with RCTC Professor Chad Israelson and Century High School teacher Shane Baker to discuss the results of the election and how both educators are handling our country's political divide in the classroom. We head to Riverside Elementary to explore how they’re addressing diversity and inclusion, and we head to 125Live to check …
 
This week on R-Town, Nicole chats with Heidi and Kamau Wilkins from Rochester for Justice to talk about their upcoming event, From Grief to Action. We check in with Dr. Lilly Wagner, an immigrant from Germany, and head downtown with Danielle Teal to say hi to some business owners. Executive Director of the Jeremiah Program JoMarie Morris and Nicole…
 
Nicole discusses the future of small businesses in Rochester with Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director of Communications Brent Ackerman and Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance Holly Masek. They discuss grants and opportunities that are available to local businesses and different events coming to Downtown Rochester…
 
In this brand new series, Danielle Teal visits with members throughout the Rochester community to discuss hot topics that are on the minds of Rochester citizens. This week, Danielle chats with Rochester First Responders, Captain Jeff Stillwell of the Rochester PD, Mandee Marx with the Rochester Fire Department, and Kate Arms with the Mayo Clinic Am…
 
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