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Focused on destination development and a wide range of topics including tourism, entertainment, hospitality, retail, entrepreneurism, economic development and more. Conversations are engaging and relatable. Presented by Experience Rochester Minnesota.

Focused on destination development and a wide range of topics including tourism, entertainment, hospitality, retail, entrepreneurism, economic development and more. Conversations are engaging and relatable. Presented by Experience Rochester Minnesota.

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United States

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Focused on destination development and a wide range of topics including tourism, entertainment, hospitality, retail, entrepreneurism, economic development and more. Conversations are engaging and relatable. Presented by Experience Rochester Minnesota.

Language:

English


Episodes

Tiffany Alexandria shares her Asian culture through food, photography and community collaboration

6/30/2022
Tiffany Alexandria loves travel and experiencing authentic places. She grew up in Taiwan and moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 2017 with her husband, a Rochester native. As a lover of food, Tiffany started a foodie website, focusing on recipes from Taiwan, which also showcases her amazing photography skills. She's a big supporter of farmers markets, sourcing local ingredients and BIPOC start-up businesses. In 2021, Tiffany created a new event for the community, called Night Markets, bringing...

Duration:00:21:35

Minnesota Tourism Professionals Share their Perspectives on Growing the Tourism Economy

6/16/2022
The summer travel season is heating up and revenues at hospitality businesses are the strongest they’ve been in more than two years. Two MN tourism professionals offer unique perspectives on growing the tourism economy: Linda Jurek is Executive Director of Visit Cook County in Northeastern Minnesota. Kris VonBerge is Executive Director of Visit Little Falls in Central Minnesota. Both tourism regions are rich with amenities for the traveler. And more opportunities are emerging to drive...

Duration:00:27:02

Advertising Executive Doug DeGrood discusses his career and his new book: The Right Side of the Fairway: 18-golf inspired lessons for healing, preventing and living with cancer

6/2/2022
Doug DeGrood has been a fixture in the Minneapolis advertising community for over 30 years. His award-winning work has touched many well-known brands. After he and his business partner sold their ad agency at the height of his career, Doug was diagnosed with cancer. This life-changing news brought a whole new perspective and a new appreciation for life. An avid golfer, Doug published a book titled The Right Side of the Fairway: 18 Golf Inspired Lessons for Healing, Preventing and Living with...

Duration:00:23:34

College students discuss COVID-19 and campus life

5/19/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted campus life for college students over the past two years. MyLe Luong, a student at University of Minnesota Rochester and Alex Strelow, a student at Winona State University, both located in Southeast Minnesota, share their experiences of virtual learning, lessons learned during the pandemic, and the importance of being together. University of Minnesota Rochester Winona State University Experience Rochester Blog: A Semester at the Mayo Civic...

Duration:00:18:51

The Growth of Shrpa – An Online Travel and Exploration Resource

5/5/2022
In 2019, a new travel site emerged called Shrpa.com. It's an exploration platform connecting content creators with communities with an end goal of making it easier for people to get out and explore. Chris Lukenbill is the co-founder of Shrpa.com. He's a serial entrepreneur from Rochester, Minnesota who found funding success for this new venture at pitch competitions. In 2021, Shrpa got the endorsement of the state tourism office, Explore Minnesota, which has provided underwriting support...

Duration:00:25:49

Meet Postcard Jar Travel Bloggers Ann and Steve Teget

5/3/2022
In 2014, Ann and Steve Teget left their highly successful jobs in corporate America. Inspired by new adventures, the empty nest Midwesterners began publishing the Postcard Jar travel blog highlighting their many travel adventures. Ann and Steve will admit starting the blog wasn't easy, but they've learned a lot along the way, including how to live healthier, thanks in part to the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Over the course of two years, they've lost a combined 200 pounds and have...

Duration:00:25:44

Events Are Back and So Are the Benefits

4/20/2022
Events are important to communities. From 5K runs to farmers markets and festivals, events provide many benefits. The shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the industry. In this episode, two leaders in the events industry share their perspectives: Mary Anderson is President of Anderson Race Management. Her 25-year-old business, based in the Twin Cities, is involved in 200 running events a year throughout the country. Holly Masek is Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown...

Duration:00:31:53

Meet John McGivern and His New Travel Show

4/7/2022
For nearly a decade, John McGivern traveled up and down the state of Wisconsin for a travel program on public television. In 2022, he debuted a brand new travel show on commercial TV. It's called "John McGivern's Main Streets" and features 13 communities from six Midwestern states. After filming in Rochester, MN last summer, John recently came back to the city for a preview party of the Rochester episode. In this podcast, learn more about John's new travel show and his fascinating...

Duration:00:17:16

Pizza Proves Pandemic Proof

2/23/2022
He's been described as the Immigrant Pizza King of Rochester, and his pizza business has proven pandemic proof. His name is Pasquale Presa, and he's the namesake owner and operator of Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria in Rochester, Minnesota. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and his ability to pivot quickly, Pasquale's business has flourished and diversified. Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria Experience Rochester, MN

Duration:00:25:59

Brewing a Rebound for the Craft Beer Industry

2/22/2022
In 2019, Minnesota featured nearly 200 craft breweries. COVID-19 stifled the industry's growth and created challenges, but also opportunities. Dawn Finnie, owner of Little Thistle Brewery, and Annie Henderson, owner of Forager Brewery, are two leaders in the craft beer industry from Rochester, Minnesota. Both are collaborators who successfully pivoted and credit the support of their local community to help them weather the COVID storm. Forager Brewery Little Thistle Brewing Experience...

Duration:00:29:41

Tourism Making a Comeback

2/18/2022
The tourism and hospitality industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, but there are signs of a recovery. Two leaders in the tourism industry sit down for a conversation on the impact of the pandemic, the current state of affairs, and why they are bullish on the road ahead. Melvin Tennant is President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, and Joe Ward is President of Experience Rochester, Minnesota. Experience Rochester's website

Duration:00:39:27

Tourism Makes a Comeback

2/11/2022
The tourism and hospitality industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, but there are signs of a recovery. Two leaders in the tourism industry sit down for a conversation on the impact of the pandemic, the current state of affairs, and why they are bullish on the road ahead. Melvin Tennant is President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, and Joe Ward is President of Experience Rochester, Minnesota. Experience Rochester's website Meet Minneapolis' website

Duration:00:39:27