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Season 4 - On Q

Episode 404:

Featuring MPCA Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Flood re: water quality, Steve Kime with Vision 2020 Bike/Walk Committee update, Winona's lumber industry, and a look back at an old episode of Snap Shot and the Story Lady Doll & Toy Museum.

Episode 403:

  Featuring George A. Hormel autobiography, Vision 2020 Waterways Committee, Freeborn County creameries, and a look back at Diversity Connections' conversation about Native American history.


Episode 402:
Featuring deer feeding ban, Vision 2020 Community Pride & Spirit Committee, the automobile industry in Steele County, and a look back at Health Connections re: insomnia
Episode 401:

 Featuring Austin Poverty Task Force, Vision 2020's Austin Aspires update, Blue Earth County agriculture and a look back at an old Snap Shot episode featuring Niagara Cave.


Season 3 - On Q

Episode 304:

On this episode of On Q, we turn over the host chair to Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, President of Riverland Community College. Dr. Atewologun invites three guests into the studio to shed some light on the vision and development of the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Agriculture and Food Science Innovation and its global focus. Episode 304

Episode 303:

  We talk about several programs in our community that focus on students. For our youngest learners, Amy Baskin from Austin Public Schools visits with Anna Otto about how toddlers learn. Catherine Haslag shares how mentoring has greatly increased student participation in the science fair. And, Jennifer Lawhead gives us an Austin Aspires update. Episode 303


Episode 302:
In this episode we learn about the possibility of renewable biomass being used in the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester. The Mower County Humane Society is hosting their annual walk-a-thon and we learn more about the good work they do with the funds they raise. And, John Gray shows us the new directional signs from Vision 2020.
Episode 301:

  Host Eric Olson talks with John Mueller, Gareth Hataye and Laura Helle.


Season 5 - On Q

Episode 504:

The performing arts theatre in Chatfield, the Spam Museum, the creation of the Winona cemetery, and the Taopi Wildflower Preserve are discussed.

Episode 503:

Paint the Town Pink. Kathi Finley & Mike Keeley continue efforts to raise funds to fight breast cancer. John Garry shows us how he's helping to create a friendly business environment. Also see how Hollandale got its start and learn about the care of dogs.

Episode 502:

2 Communities are trying to secure a veterans home. Also Laura Helle from Austin Area Commission for the Arts talks about how things are going in the area. And learn about butter churns in Owatonna. We go back to an episode of Cities On the Move and hear from a Riverland College Theatre Director and we go ghost hunting

Episode 501:

We talk to Austin students who are finding out good behavior is the norm. Learn how a community is handling housing needs and about the history of Minnesota State University Mankato.  

Season 7 - On Q

Episode 714:
 We talk with LIFE Mower County's Dawn Helgeson, who works with individuals with developmental disabilities. Then we'll talk with Chris Meyer from CERTs about how the community organization for clean energy has made an impact on Minnesota.

Episode 713:
 Eric talks with Phil Burkhart from Austin Symphony Orchestra about the new season. And Mrs. Universe 2021 Tori Hope Petersen, formerly from Albert Lea, tells us about her experience, and talks about her new book called "Fostered."

Episode 712:
 This week Eric talks with Dr. Joey Page, the Superintendent of Austin Public Schools about the new proposed Referendum that is coming up for a vote in November. He answers many questions about the Referendum that you may have been wondering about.

Episode 711:
 This week we have special guest Jessica Cabeen, who has worked extensively in the Austin Public School District and is also now a public speaker and author. She's also the new principal for the Austin Online Academy.

Episode 710:
 Today we meet a special woman who trains local leaders to be better at what they do. And we have a very special guest who resembles none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Episode 709:
 Eric speaks with Brad Kramer, who makes safety training fun. And Elaine Hansen from the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce tells us what the chamber has been involved in recently.

Episode 708:
 Eric talks affordable housing tips with Taggert Medgaarden from the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Austin. We also meet Dave Merrill from the Austin Parks, Recreation and Forestry and discuss the Emerald Ash Borer problem.

Episode 707:
 Eric meets Lindsey Williams the Theatre Director at Riverland Community College here in Austin and we talk with Shari Jenson Executive Director Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce. Produced by KSMQ.

Episode 706:
 We meet Rich Watkins and Deputy Katlynne Fisher to talk about the Criminal Justice program offered at Riverland Community College in Austin. Also we talk with Dan Urlick who lines up musicians and singers for Austin ArtWorks Festival. Produced by KSMQ.

Episode 705:
 We meet Blake Zimmerli, a young music composer from Austin, and we talk with Kane and Andrea Malo, a married couple who are both principals at Austin schools. Produced by KSMQ.

Episode 704:
 This week Eric talks with Raquel Hellman from the Hormel Institute about their work in biomedical research, and we meet a couple firefighters from Austin. We also chat with Johanna Rupprecht from the River Arts Alliance in Winona.

Episode 703:
 This week Eric talks with Mower County Assessor Joy Kanne about her job and the rise in property values in Mower County. We learn about the Big 9 Music Festival coming to Austin and the Bluff County Art Tour in southeastern Minnesota. Also, we visit with Kris Viesselman from Lanesboro Arts.

Episode 702:
 Eric talks with Sarah Hartman and Laura Helle with the Austin Human Rights Commission. And we learn about Austin Area Arts. We also talk with Marcus Thompson who is the Mower County Solid Waste Officer to discuss recycling.

Episode 701:
 "On Q" returns to KSMQ. KSMQ Public Television's Eric Olson talks to Trish Harren, the Mower County Administrator; Darlyne Paulson and Kari Brick from the Albert Lea Art Center; and Justin Osborne from Four Daughters Winery.

Season 6 - On Q

Episode 604:
 Meet Gerard Academy's Ambassador of the Year, Tiffany Ellinghuysen. Judy Bergen talks about her experience raising a family in Austin, and Freeborn County's passion for baseball is more than 150 years old.

Episode 603:
 Renewable energy choices, Riverland College Student Body President and the massive lock & dam system on the Mississippi River.

Episode 602:


KSMQ's On Q features the new CEO Program for Austin High School; a tour through the historic Hubbard House in Mankato; and a conversation on how reptiles make great pets. We also introduce our new Austin Voices segment with special guest: Chad Andersen.


Episode 601:

Host Eric Olson visits with Dr. Ciota, CEO of the Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea and Austin about the status of changes between the two campuses, along with other news in medical care.

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