On April 7, voters in the city of Appleton will elect a new mayor, the first new one in 24 years.  When the mayor-elect is sworn in on April 21, current mayor Tim Hanna will find himself out of that job.

Our Get 2 the Point podcast conversation with Mayor Hanna continues this week, as Hanna looks back at his career in government. 

This April, the city of Appleton will have its first new mayor in 24 years.  Tim Hanna made the decision to not seek re-election.  After a long career in government, Mayor Hanna has a lot of stories to tell. 

Hanna details the failed basketball tryout that got him interested in government, his time on the city council when he asked a question and got an answer that left him stumped, to the 1996 mayoral election that ended up before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.   Hear much more on these stories in this week’s episode.

Susan Finco is a powerhouse business leader.  As owner of Leonard and Finco Public Relations, Inc., Finco runs a successful agency, and manages to get involved in the community, serving on different boards and committees throughout her time in Northeast Wisconsin.  Find out more about her journey from journalist to business owner in this episode.  

Nearly 28 years ago, a young man from De Pere died in a swimming accident in Door County.  Brian LaViolette was just 15 years old.  Now, decades later, Brian’s legacy is helping hundreds of students afford higher education, through the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation.  Today the foundation has awarded 892 scholarships totaling $785,000.   In this episode of our Get 2 the Point podcast, we speak with Brian’s father Doug LaViolette about the journey, and being able to witness what he calls “the good stuff”, the impact Brian’s foundation has on young people.

 

 

January 17, 2020

Mark Skogen, Festival Foods

Chances are, you’ve been in one of the 30-plus stores across Wisconsin that is part of the company Mark Skogen leads.  As president and CEO of Festival Foods, he’s in charge of not just grocery stores but a company commitment of giving back to the communities it considers home.  Grocery stores are literally in Mark Skogen’s lineage—his grandfather opened his first store almost 75 years ago. Learn more about Mark Skogen’s leadership of Festival Foods in this week’s Get 2 the Point Podcast

He’s known locally as the “ice expert.”  For forty years, Don Herman has worked on the ice and on area lakes and rivers—assisting nearly 1,000 retrievals of various items.  Cars, trucks, ATVs, snowmobiles and boats are just some of the things Herman’s company ‘Sunk? Dive and Ice Rescue’ have recovered from local waters.  Hear his stories from a very unique business. 

This week the Action 2 Sports department is taking over the Get 2 the Point podcast.  Chris Roth, Dave Schroeder and Baillie Burmaster sum up their thoughts as the Green Bay Packers finish up the bye week.  What has surprised them and what do they think is making this team click?  Plus, some predictions about the final games of the season in this special episode. 

The gun deer hunt opens on Saturday November 23-rd.  More than a half million people will take part in the nine day season that hunters would say is "the most wonderful time of the year."    In this episode, news anchor and avid outdoorsman Jeff Alexander sits down with Jeff Pritzl, of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, to talk all things hunting.  

 

It seems that every community that takes on major road construction is now including bike and pedestrian lanes in its final project.  People like Peter and Tracy Flucke are helping make changes like that possible.  The Ashwaubenon couple’s company “We Bike etc.” helps communities plan rec trails, educates law enforcement about bike and pedestrian laws, and encourages people enjoy the outdoors.  They've also had plenty of experience,  riding thousands of miles on a tandem bike. 

    According to the federal government,  the number of U-S airline passengers flying within the United States and to international locations topped one billion people in 2018.   That’s an all-time high.   According to J.D. Power, which studies customer experience, traveler satisfaction is also steadily rising in the last decade.   People are finding air travel to be a better value.   Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport director Marty Piette wants to make sure that passengers flying in and out locally—really like it, and that those who are choosing to fly elsewhere—instead give GRB a chance.   Plus, find out how passengers can have a say in airline service and cost.  

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