Starting November 28, 2018, the City of Richfield will be starting 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.
Episode I - Mayor Pat Elliott
For our first episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Mayor Pat Elliott and talk about growing up in Richfield, his time on the city council and his plans for the future.
Episode II - Organics recycling
For our second episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Minnesota Green Corps member Rachel Lindholm to talk about the city's new organics recycling program.
Episode III - Road reconstruction
For the third episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with city engineer Jeff Pearson to discuss road reconstruction, roundabouts and the city's complete streets policy.
Episode IV - Holiday fire safety
Episode V - Winter at the Wood Lake Nature Center
For our fifth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Wood Lake Nature Center naturalist Ashley Hansen to discuss the nature center's annual Candlelight and Ice event taking place on December 31, as well as all the other winter happenings at the nature center.
Episode VI - Winter weather and smart salting
For our sixth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Public Works Department Operations Superintendent Chris Link to discuss how the city tackles winter weather. We also talk about how smart salting is saving the city money and better for the environment, while still keeping residents safe on the roads.
Episode VII - Community policing
For our seventh episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Richfield Police Department Lieutenant Brad Drayna and Community Liaison Diana Chaman Salas to discuss how the city's police utilize community policing to build trust in with residents, as well as how this relationship leads to a safer Richfield.
Episode VIII - First-time homebuyer program
For our eighth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Housing Specialist Celeste McDermott to discuss the city's new first-time homebuyer program, as well as the other various housing programs offered through the Community Development Department.
Episode IX - New Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez (Part I)
Our ninth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast is going to be delivered in two parts. For the episode, we sat down with new Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez to discuss her background, what led her to run for mayor and her vision for the city's future. However, we covered so much more, so we decided to break it up into two parts. Tune in next week to listen to the conclusion of the interview.
Episode IX - New Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez (Part II)
For the second part of our ninth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast, we finish our conversation with new Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez. Topics discussed include the importance of equity and inclusion, being elected Minnesota's first Latina mayor and the upcoming State of the Community event to be held on February 20.
Episode X - Curling
Episode XI - Richfield Public Schools
Episode XII - Chamber of Commerce
For our twelfth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Richfield Chamber of Commerce president Anne Schultz to discuss the city's thriving business community. Schultz also explains how businesses are giving back to the community and how a prosperous business community impacts the city and schools.
Episode XIII - City Manager Katie Rodriguez
For our thirteenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with new city manager Katie Rodriguez to discuss her background, what brought her to Richfield and the opportunities that lay ahead for the city.
Episode XIV - Historic February Snowfall
For our fourteenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we brought in the best of the best Public Works Department staff we could find to discuss how the city's snow removal crews battled February's historic snow accumulation.
Episode XV - Stormwater
When you live in the land of 10,000 lakes, you care about water quality. For our fifteenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Water Resource Specialist Patrick Martin to discuss how the city protects its stormwater. He also talks about ways that residents can aid in keeping Minnesota’s stormwater pollutant free.
Episode XVI - Councilmember Edwina Garcia
For our sixteenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down with Councilmember Edwina Garcia. Over the course of her career, Councilmember Garcia has done it all! She was the first woman of color elected to the Richfield City Council and the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is also in the process of mentoring Minnesota's next generation of leaders. Plus, she tells some of the best stories in the business!
Episode XVII - Meet Councilmember Mary Supple/HRA
At-Large Councilmember Mary Supple lives a double life when it comes to her public service. She is a councilmember and the chairperson of the city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). Oh, and she is also a sixth-grade teacher at the middle school. For our seventeenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we sit down and talk with her about the city's public schools, why the HRA is necessary to help Richfield grown and how the first couple months of her city council tenure has gone.
Episode XVIII - Richfield's oldest resident, Pat Marble
Curious about what the world was like more than one hundred years ago? If so, you are going to want to listen to our eighteenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast. For this episode, we sit down with Pat Marble. She was born in 1912 and is more than likely, Richfield's oldest resident. She may also be one of Richfield's most active resident. Pat volunteers at the city's community center three times a week and in her words, "pretty much runs the place..."
Episode XIX - Unity in the Community
Richfield is one of the most diverse cities in Minnesota. People who were born in countries all over the world, now make Richfield their home. It is this rich diversity of cultural heritages that makes Richfield so great. For the nineteenth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we are discussing this weekend's Unity in the Community event, which celebrates the different cultural backgrounds of Richfield residents. To do this, media coordinator Neil Ruhland sits down with Richfield Police Department community liaison Diana Chaman Salas.
Episode XX - New Recreations Services Director Amy Markle
If you are a frequent visitor to the Wood Lake Nature Center, there is a good chance that you know Amy Markle. Until recently, she was a naturalist at the nature center. However, a little over a month ago, she was appointed to the post of Richfield Recreation Services Director, which oversees the city's parks and recreational offerings. For the twentieth episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we talk with Amy about her career leading up to her promotion, her favorite part of the Wood Lake Nature Center, and her hopes and dreams for the future of the city's parks.
Episode XXI - Richfield Farmers Market
Sometimes it feels like summers last for approximately 19 minutes in Minnesota, that is why as soon as the weather warms up, residents spend as much time outside as possible. One of Richfield's favorite past times is the summer farmers market. For those of you who are unaware, Richfield boasts the third oldest farmers market in the Twin Cities and on May 18 it opens for the 2019 season. For the twentieth-first episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we talk with Bonnie Hanna-Powers, coordinator of the farmers market, about the market's history, its commitment to sustainability and all the new things she has in store for this year.
Episode XXII - Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project
Lyndale Avenue is not under construction, it is under reconstruction! The Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project kicked off in earnest in April and is moving along on schedule. For the twenty-second episode of the That's Rich(field) Podcast we talk with project engineer Logan Vlasaty about the changes coming to Lyndale Avenue, the project planning process and how it will be safer for residents in its future iteration.