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It's almost 2024, and with it comes the most important election of our lifetime. Yeah, I know, people are saying that with every passing election now. The problem is that it's right. We're navigating through some unprecedented times... at least for the USA. We've seen thinse things before in other nations and it never seems to work out. Andrew and …
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Finally... the Twins not only won a playoff game, but actually took a post-season series! Since he called it on this show months ago, the one and only Brad Carlson (The Closer on am1280) had to come on and walk through this season with us. We also take a look at the Twins offseason in preparation for next season, including possible trades and free …
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This week we sit down with our long time friend (and former Crystal Councilmember), Jeff Kolb, for his astute political analysis. We dismantle the 2022 election. What happened? Why? What can we learn from it going into 2024? Is there a correlation between the polling and the confusion we saw in the end results? We also discuss one of the most impor…
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We welcome Raymond Guimont to the podcast. Raymond is a fantasy football champion. It's that time agan. The crisp autumn air and the sound of Skol ringing in your ears. We review the top picks for this year's fantasy football draft. That's right, who's the top running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, kickers, special teams, and defenses? We'll …
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We are pleased to welcome Brad Carlson “The Closer” from am 1280 The Patriot. Every time he’s on the show, you are assured of an in depth analysis of some facet of the sports world. This week it’s all Vikings … the Uncle Burnsie years. Jerry Burns was the colorful head coach of the Vikings from ‘86-91. They started out as a talented team with the l…
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Well, well, well... the MN Legislature and Governor Walz have sure been busy since January. Walz keeps referring to this "mandate" Democrats have to get things done. You mean the one vote majority in the senate and six seats in the house? Yeah, while the Democrats are engaging in a scorched earth policy to cram their radical agenda down everybody's…
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This week we invite Bill Sankey to the show. Bill has been an electrician for 25 years. We’re told by everyone in the educational system that we have to attend a 4 year university in order to be something in this world. We need to have people in the trades to make the world go, and the schools haven’t been pushing it, despite the great money people…
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You know him, you love him, you keep requesting him… “The Closer” Brad Carlson from 1280am The Patriot is back on the show. If you’ve listened for Brad you know his political acumen, but he has even greater knowledge of baseball, so today we talk some Twins. We’ve talked about ‘87 and ‘91, but we’ve never talked about the lost years (‘93-2000). The…
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Today’s podcast, we welcome Dan Hanks to the podcast. Dan is an expert on football and basketball. So yeah, we’re talking Vikes and Wolves, but we’re not stopping there. What moves do the Vikings have to make in the off-season to improve their standing for next year? What’s going to happen to Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins? Will there ever be any rea…
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Have you noticed that the war drums seem to be beating louder lately? Russia and China are aligning against the west, and Ukraine seems to be the prize... at least that's what we're being led to believe. Things are shifting so fast and we're not being told the truth. Andew and JDB discuss Russian/Soviet history and how things are lining up again, j…
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We welcome sports expert Nick Anaya back to the podcast, and we’re talking wrestling! Of course we first need to review the Vikings season. What kind of team were they really? There were certainly some issues that need to be addressed. What kind of off-season moves do they need to make to improve next year? How much longer can we wait it out with K…
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Mark Korin, the former mayor of Oak Grove has graced our Community Solutions podcast in the past, but this is his first trip over to the Andrew Richter Podcast. Mark started in an Oak Grove advisory commission and worked his way to mayor. Under his tenure, they cut the tax levy drastically and didn’t raise it. He is a business owner, engineer, and …
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We welcome author Anne Bauer back to the show. Anne is no stranger to this podcast as a freelance journalist (NYT, WAPO), and former professor. We discuss a whole range of topics from modern medicine to the recent elections, education, certain illnesses starting with “C”, abortion, and more. We’ve talked with Anne extensively about the damage done …
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Today, Andrew sits down with Angela Cooperman, former campaign manager of Dr Scott Jensen, running for MN Governor. Angela had worked with Jason Lewis and the Republican Party of MN previous to that. She grew up in the D.C. area and brings a wealth of political experience with her. She had to navigate the political system through COVID, riots after…
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Today’s guest is Tanya Simons, who is running for re-election in Osseo Public Schools (ISD 279). It is a vast district that covers eight metro cities. She is a lifelong Minnesotan, who was involved in education through coaching and mentoring before running for school board. Our children are in the care of their school a huge amount of time, and wan…
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Hugh McTavish is running to be the governor of MN. His career path has led from biochemist to patent lawyer. He has patents for drugs that are going through clinical trials in treating Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and cold sores. He is running on an idea called “Jury Democracy”, which would put random citizens from across the state on call to sit on a jur…
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We welcome our good friend, “The Closer” Brad Carlson from 1280am The Patriot. This week it’s all about the the Minnesota Vikings. They were a dangerous team that were notoriously tough. They had 4 Superbowls under their belt, which was hardly rivaled in the NFL. What happened? It’s been 45 years and not only have they never come back to the big sh…
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This week we welcome Nick Anaya back to the show to discuss the 2022 NFL season and the upcoming fantasy football season. Fantasy Football is an obsession here in the US, and has come such a long way from newspapers and phones to all the power of the internet. We take some time to discuss the changes to the Minnesota Vikings, their recent roster mo…
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What are your favorite TV shows of all time? I know what they say, TV is amazing right now. It's like going to the movies. There's something about the tv shows that you grow up with though. Nostalgia is king. Andrew and JDB IV Jr. take a walk down memory lane. What made TV great then, as compared to now? Let us know!…
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Today we welcome the return of Jeff Kolb (@jpkolb on Twitter) to the podcast. Jeff lends his expert political analysis to all of the craziness happening around us these days. Jeff brings an adept and entertaining assessment of current events that will make you think. We start out discussing the Minnesota Governor’s race, and if Scott Jensen is the …
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Andrew and JDB4-2 sit down and discuss memories of important events in history, were they were, and how they felt. What is the first big news story that you remember? It took them a while to remember, but the ensuing discussion prompts so much more. They discuss everything from the space shuttle Challenger explosion to Ronald Reagan, Operation Dese…
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This week we sit down with Jake Beaver of the 4D podcast network (4dpodcastnetwork.com). Jake (aka Stubby J) has spent years as an editor, engineer, host, and producer of multiple podcasts. He has been able to watch the evolution of podcasting, which has come such a long way in such a short length of time. He created a couple of popular podcasts ca…
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“The Closer” Brad Carlson (https://am1280thepatriot.com/content/members/narnbradcarlson) is back and it’s time to talk the ‘98 Vikings! I know, it sounds akin to sitting down with a bowl of ice cream and an Air Supply album, but it needs to be said. Denny Green was at the helm of the greatest (and one of the most disappointing) years of Viking foot…
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Today, we bring you Kelly Gunderson, who’s expert political analysis will give us insight into what is happening in the current Minnesota legislative session. We take a look at the Governor’s race, debate the candidates, their poll numbers, and what we expect out of the election. We also vent about the inability of the Republicans to stop anything,…
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Nathan M Hansen, attorney, blogger, an irregular to the powers that be, and defending the constitution stops by this week for a chat. Nathan started his own law practice, and brings a wealth of experience in some very interesting cases. He has been able to follow his passions in defending liberty for the little guy. He defended a farmer that was be…
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This week, Nick Anaya is back (episode #16 X's and O's) to talk about one of Andrew‘s absolute favorite subjects… wrasslin! Specifically, we are talking about our favorite Wrestlemania matches. It’s about the matches, the guest referees, and the nostalgia. The matches were big and the personalities were bigger. The show, the glitz, and the glam per…
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This week, we welcome author, freelance journalist (NYT, WAPO), and former professor, Ann Bauer, back to the podcast. (https://annbauer.com/) Anne has a lot to say about the state of what is happening to our kids. We start out with the Rittenhouse trial, and the lessons that we all should learn from it. Why are some cases huge, and others are never…
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Michael Brodkorb is the former deputy chair of the MNGOP. He has also served as field staff, communications staff, and research director for MNGOP. He has been involved in campaign work for many state and federal-level candidates (Boschwitz, Coleman, Kennedy, and more). Michael is now working a professional researcher. He also authored a book calle…
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Ron “The Numbers Guy” Stoffel has been a friend of the show for many years. He’s become an expert in how the school systems work. That’s no easy task. He was a big part of the organization that put a stop to one of ISD 281’s referendums in 2007. The district came back a year later to rebrand it and bully the group into the courts to pass the refere…
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Hannah Nicollet ran for Governor of MN in 2014 with the Independence Party. She starting running for US Senate, until the gubernatorial candidate dropped out, and she switched races at the convention. Being a third party candidate is a tough job, when you have two major parties that don’t want you there to begin with. Rules for debate inclusion cha…
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Baseball guru and friend of the show, Brad Carlson (The Closer on 1280am The Patriot) is back on the show to discuss the 1991 Championship Minnesota Twins, following up on the talk we had on Episode 4 (the '87 Twins). We’ve been waiting longer than any other of the major metropolitan area with all four major sports. The team was almost completely d…
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Nick Anaya has had a life-long love of sports. He grew up playing basketball, baseball, and football, and was introduced to fantasy football at age 11. Back in those days, the scoring was done by hand, and you had to look in the newspaper to get all of the stats. You had to call the “League Commissioner” to make roster moves and declare your starti…
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John Gilmore has written for Alpha news, The Hill, Frank Gaffney, The American Conservative, and has written a book about Michelle Bachmann (Bachmannistan: Behind the Lines). John has been called a “sad and hateful man” from Rep Ilhan Omar. That makes him a-ok in our book. John not only doesn’t care, but embraces, all of the name calling the left d…
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AJ is a former writer for the St Cloud times, congressional candidate, and independent researcher. She lived in Iran for awhile as a teenager, and brings a unique perspective to the government’s push for refugee resettlement. She discusses how our government has promoted certain groups without addressing the way that Christians, women, and gays, ar…
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The Civil War is such a defining period in American history, but our schools are teaching it less and less. Lucky for you, Andrew wrote a book on the subject (Blue and Gray Forever- find it on Amazon). How much do you know about the events that led up to and defined the war? We all know that the battle over slavery was a huge part of it, but there'…
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This week we welcome Don Fernstrom to the podcast. Don is a Vietnam Veteran who honorably served our country. We sit down to talk about the Vietnam War and life afterwards. In 1963, the Prime Minister of South Vietnam was assassinated. President Kennedy authorized a build up of troops to keep the North from taking it over and declaring the whole th…
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This week we host Anne Taylor on the podcast. Anne has been at the forefront of family and educational issues for years. She has worked with groups like MN Advocates and Champions for Children and the MN Child Protection League. She cut her teeth on the Common Core program that came down from the Federal Government through the Obama administration.…
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This week, Andrew and Jason reflect upon the George Floyd trial and the aftermath of the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin. There was a lot of trepidation in the atmosphere until the verdict came down. Did the threat of a city in flames again affect the outcome? There was pressure and threats from the likes of Maxine Waters, Keith Ellison… even the s…
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Governor Walz shut down the entire state for COVID in March of 2020. Youth sports were affected, but were treated very differently once things started to reopen. Golf, working out, and professional sports went on and youth sports continued to be held hostage despite the science saying that kids are less susceptible to the spread of the disease. The…
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This week we welcome writer, freelance journalist (NYT, WAPO), and former professor, Ann Bauer, to the podcast. (https://annbauer.com/) Ann Bauer is the author of Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (a novel inspired by raising her son). She also wrote the culinary memoir Damn Good Food with Mitch Omer (owner of Hell’s Kitchen) at the behest of the Minnesot…
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Rep Erik Mortensen was elected in 2020 to his first term in the Minnesota House, Representing HD55A, which is Shakopee, Louisville Township, and Jackson Township. He used to be apolitical, but after a horrific ordeal after starting a business, he decided to run for office. When he learned that the people we are electing were actually harming the co…
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This week Andrew sits down with Kevin Roche of www.healthy-skeptic.com. Kevin has worked in the health care industry for over 50 years in everything from nursing assistant to legal counsel. His blog has focused on various issues in the medical industry until COVID-19 hit, and has not veered from it since. We’ve dealt with plagues for all of human h…
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Rob Doar is visiting from the Minnesota Gun Owner’s Caucus. The caucus exists to defend 2nd Amendment issues, and Minnesota has had their share. Rob works with the MN Legislature to watch over firearms issues that come up in legislation and discussion. COVID has had a negative effect, making it harder to speak to senators and representatives when t…
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Andrew invites (from am1280 The Patriot) “The Closer”, Brad Carlson to discuss the World Series Champion 1987 Minnesota Twins. This was a magical year to be a Minnesotan. We’ve lost so much over the decades and this year changed everything. There were some strategic trades like Jeff Reardon and Dan Gladden that set this team up to be successful. Ke…
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You’ve heard of Libertarians, but what do they believe? They don’t get much press and both major parties try to make them look crazy. Third parties need to get 5% of the vote in an election to get ballot access versus needing hundreds of signatures while under 5%. This week we bring in Chris Holbrook, chair of the MN Libertarian Party. He didn’t st…
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Well, we're back for episode two... I guess that means this is a thing now. Next up on on this eclectic list of interviews is former Crystal City Councilmember, occasional blogger, political commentator, and troublemaker, Jeff Kolb. No subject is safe. No cow is sacred. Is the caucus system or the primary going to prevail? What keeps happening with…
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Yes, it's that Andrew Richter... no, not that one, not the sidekick of the talk show host... yeah, the guy from the Community Solutions podcast. No, he's not quitting that podcast (and in fact, Jason is in tow as producer extraordinaire), but he wants to expand your horizons with a number of other subjects that are near and dear to his heart. So, t…
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