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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 XLV – 77th Street Underpass

Some infrastructure projects take a long time. Other infrastructure projects take a really, really long time. Then there is the 77th Street Underpass which makes all other infrastructure projects look like they were designed, proposed and built in about a week and a half. The City of Richfield, along with its other regional partners, has been trying to complete the 77th Street Underpass project for three decades. Just a couple weeks ago the Minnesota House of Representatives Bonding Committee toured the project to learn why it is important to the region.

For the forty-fifth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we talk with Public Works Director Kristin Asher about the history of the 77th Street Underpass project, why it is so important to the region’s transportation infrastructure and where the project stands.


Episode XLVI – Operation Warm  

You would be hard pressed to find someone who thinks firefighters do not do enough for their communities. Most people do not realize that besides putting out fired and providing emergency medical assistance, firefighters find all kinds of other ways to contribute to the communities they serve. In the case of Richfield, one of the department’s biggest philanthropic efforts is Operation Warm, which annually sees firefighters donate hundreds of coats to the city’s elementary students.

For the forty-sixth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we talk with firefighter Mark Watczak about why the city’s firefighters took up the cause of Operation Warm, what it means to the community and how residents can get involved.  


Episode XLVII – Heroes and Helpers   

No matter how old you are opening a gift from a friend or family members is always fun. Add the holiday season into the mix and gift giving and gift opening is one of the best times of the year. There is laughter, joking, happy tears and smiles from ear to ear. Sadly, not everyone can afford a boat-load of presents under there tree. The Richfield Police Department is doing what they can to bring the spirit of giving back to the community with its Heroes and Helpers program, which helps families in need purchase gifts during the holiday season.  

For the forty-seventh episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we talk with police Lieutenant Brad Drayna about the history, logistics and spirit of the department’s Heroes and Helpers program.   

 

Episode XLVIII – New Firefighter Alisa Brakić    

As firefighters say, they risk a lot to save a lot. Some firefighters knew from a very young age that they wanted to fight fires and save lives, others had a first career before finding their calling in the fire service. Richfield’s newest firefighters Alisa Brakić falls somewhere in the middle. She has always known that she has wanted to save lives, but it took a fateful run while in college to point her to her career as a firefighter. Since then, she has worked for the St. Cloud and Fridely Fire Departments before setting into her new role as a firefighter for the City of Richfield.

For the forty-eighth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we sit down with Alisa to discuss what prompted her to become a firefighter, what working 24 hours straight looks like and why more women should become firefighters.    

 

Episode XLIX – Wood Lake Nature Center Manager Karen Shragg     

 Eighty years ago, almost all of Richfield was covered in prairie, farmland lakes and other natural wonders. Today, it is very much the epitome of the “Urban Hometown,” but it still has quite a bit of its original natural flare due to its extensive park system and the Wood Lake Nature Center. For nearly three decades, Wood Lake Center Manager Karen Shragg has shepherded the nature center to new heights and met the needs of a changing population. Now, she is about to ride off into the sunset of retirement.    

For the forty-ninth episode of the That’s Rich(field) podcast we sit down with Karen to discuss how the nature center has changed, the impact the people of Richfield have had on her and some of her more unique experiences over the years.

 

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