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On November 28, 2018, the City of Richfield started a weekly podcast dedicated to expounding on the city’s many projects and programs, as well as talking to people of interest within the community.

The podcast, which is titled That’s Rich(field), is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Check out the most-recent episodes: 

Episode XXXVII – Councilmember Ben Whalen  

In the past two years, the Richfield City Council has undergone quite a transformation, with a new mayor and three new council members. The newest of these council members is Ben Whalen who represents Richfield's east side. Elected in February, he has been on the job for a little more than six months, so has hit the grown running providing important contributions to the city’s long-term goals, recreation services and infrastructure projects.

For the thirty-seventh episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we sit down with Whalen to discuss everything from what brought him to Richfield to where he sees the city going in the future.


Episode XXXVIII – Roundabouts

Did you know that the State of Minnesota is home to more than 200 roundabouts? As all residents know, four of those roundabouts call Richfield home, with three more being added at the conclusion of the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project.

The Richfield City Council declared September 2019 to be Roundabout Education, Awareness and Safety Month in the city. So, we thought it would be a good time to dive deep into the rationale behind Richfield’s roundabouts.

For the thirty-eighth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we sit down transportation engineer Jack Broz to discuss why some of the city’s intersections have incorporated roundabouts to enhance pedestrian safety and more effectively move traffic from Point A to Point B.


Episode XXXIX – R City Threads

Nowadays it seems like everyone has a side hustle. If you are not familiar with the term, a side hustle is a type of employment undertaken in addition to one’s full-time job. Approximately, 99.9 percent of society is happy to be employed in some field or another. However, for many people, their job does not bring them to the kind of joy that their favorite hobby does, so they start a side hustle. Someone may be an accountant by day, but an artisan baker by night that sells their side hustle bread at weekend farmers markets or pop-up restaurants.

One of Richfield’s best known side hustlers is Cesar Castillejos. By day he is the leader of Richfield Young Life group, but by night he is the owner of 1 of 1 Clothing Company, which has a Richfield inspired clothing line called R City Threads.

For the thirty-ninth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we talk with Cesar about what got him into fashion design and how the community is embracing his Richfield-inspired designs.


Episode XL – The Great Pumpkin Giveaway

In the 1966 primetime animated television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Linus attests, "Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see."

Here in Richfield we are big believers in the Great Pumpkin and if he is looking for the most sincere pumpkin patch we would humbly suggest he stop by Fairwood Park on October 12 for the fifteenth annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see…

For the fortieth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we talk with Steve Schneeberger the founder of the event about its origins, how it has grown and what it is like to give away 600 pumpkins.

Episode XLI – Ice Arena Renovation Project  

Minnesota is known for its many distinctive items: hotdishs, lakes, Post-Its, and the Coen Brothers, just to name a few. However, the state is probably best known as the State of Hockey. Residents from 9 months to 99 years of age love spending time on the ice year-round whether it is indoors or outdoors.

Founded in 1971, the Richfield Ice Arena is still operating with its original ice generation plants. Due to the diligent work of ice arena staff, the system has met the needs of residents, but due to the systems age and a new United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation, that may not be the case for long. The city is considering renovating the ice arena to bring it up to modern standards and provide further amenities to residents.        

For the forty-first episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we talk with Richfield Ice Arena manager Kris Weiby to learn where our ice arena has been and where it looking to go in the future.  

 

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