Coronavirus – Covid-19

Consistent with the policies of both the City of Eagan and State of Minnesota, as well as out of concern for our staff and volunteers, Access to Democracy is taking a hiatus in programming. Please visit here occasionally to see when we return.

See you all on the other side of Coronavirus –

Sharon and Alan Miller
Founders and Producers

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Deon Clark, CEO TCI Solutions, LLC
[3-6-2020]

Deon Clark is the President of CSI Solutions and Board Chairman of the Legacy Initiative, two organizations which serve underserved students and which teach them professional skills to enable them to enter the workforce with the confidence and talents necessary to move ahead in a competitive society. Himself a product of an underprivileged background, Deon described his climb from there, to a leadership position in the Navy, to teaching in college, and his commitment to improving the lives of others.

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Eagan PD Chief Roger New
[3-6-2020]

Eagan PD Chief Roger New
started his career with the Eagan police department as a Community Service Officer. Rising through the ranks to patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief, he became Chief two and a half years ago. Roger discussed with Alan some of his most interesting experiences, including a dangerous snapping turtle confrontation. The Eagan police department is now moving into its new headquarters, with state-of-the-art equipment including an expanded forensics capability.

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[3-6-2020]

Eagan FD Chief Mike Scott
[3-6-2020]

The Eagan Fire Department has undergone many recent transformations, from a volunteer service to a full time professional force, from five outdated fire houses to three, located in more effective locations in the city. And it has been led since 2004 by Chief Mike Scott, a 40 year veteran who first joined the day he turned 18. From a firefighting family, Mike has overseen the purchase of the latest equipment, including two hook and ladders necessary to deal with a changing community.

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Christopher Crutchfield
[2-21-2020]

Christopher Crutchfield bears a name that is famous throughout Minnesota, and much of the northwest. Recently featured in a New Yorker magazine article, Chris is an attorney, adjunct professor at a college and a university, and Deputy Director of Ramsey County Community Relations. But his passion for 25 years has been leading re-enactments of the Underground Railroad which helped slaves escape to freedom in the 1800’s.

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[2-21-2020]

Prof. David Schultz
[2-21-2020]

David Schultz, professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Hamline University, is interviewed by Bill Raker, ATD guest host. Professor Schultz shares his views and insights on the 2020 elections, including a review of the Democratic candidates debate in Las Vegas in February. He provides helpful information and perspective on the MN Presidential Primaries on March 3, highlighting the controversy regarding the requirement to disclose party affiliation. Professor Schultz explains the analysis and projections in his newest book “Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter”.

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Tim Quady, Blue Rhino Studio
[2-21-2020]

Tim Quady, of Blue Rhino Studio had to make a choice in 1987 – stick with investment banking as he graduated college or follow his heart into a career in art. He followed his heart, and Blue Rhino Studio was born. After the initial struggle of establishing a business, Blue Rhino, in Eagan, is now one of the world’s leading companies in furnishing models, fabrications and artistic creations to museums, galleries private businesses and collectors. He shares that experience here.

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[2-21-2020]

Don Shelby, Media Giant
[2-7-2020]

Don Shelby, one of the most famous media figures in the Midwest, interviewed by guest host and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson, spent a half-hour swapping stories and relating the history of Shelby’s award winning career, from the time he looked to the late Dave Moore as his mentor, to his four decades with WCCO-TV, and some of the incidents that were the most memorable in his career.

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