Marty Fleischhacker, Senior Fraud Ombudsman, Minnesota Department of Commerce     [12-19-2019]

Marty Fleischhacker, Senior Fraud Ombudsman for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, conversed with Bill Raker, Access to Democracy guest host. In addition to explaining the mission of the Department, Marty discusses why and how the Department is directing significant efforts and resources towards scams and fraud. Marty’s expertise, gained through his experience of 20+ years working at Commerce, focuses on common types of financial fraud and scams, such as the fake “lottery”, the desperate “grandparent” call, and phony investment scams. Marty passes along methods and hints the consumer can use to detect scams and avoid being victimized.

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Commissioner Joe Atkins, Dakota County     [12-19-2019]

For a man who started out as the youngest School Board member in the nation (at 18), to one of the youngest Mayors in Minnesota, as well as a longtime member of the Minnesota Legislature, Comissioner JOE ATKINS of Dakota County is running out of offices to run for. On his latest visit he and Alan mused over the traffic problem on Diffley Avenue in Eagan brought into focus again by a recent tragedy, the possibility of moving St. Joseph’s Hospital to Dakota County, and other timely issues, including budget and social matters affecting the County.

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Prof. David Schultz, Hamline University   [12-13-2019]

A favorite long-time guest, and nationally renowned expert on American politics, Professor David Schultz from Hamline University, talks about the historic impeachment proceedings underway and how our current state of extreme partisanship will impact these proceedings. Professor Schultz also talks with guest host Holly Jenkins about the disservice schools do by not teaching civics classes at the high-school level to best prepare students to participate in our democracy.

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Rick King, Executive VP Thomson Reuters & Chair of MAC   [12-13-2019]

Rick King, Executive Vice President of Operations at Thomson Reuters, and Chair of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC), talks with Bill Raker, Access to Democracy guest host, about the mission, composition, and function of the MAC. The discussion focuses on MSP as both an asset to, and the annoyance from airplane noise pollution over the communities surrounding MSP. A proposal to mitigate (or “share”) some of the noise is working its way through the system.


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Senator Jim Carlson, MN SD51   [12-13-2019]

Senator JIM CARLSON, Minnesota Senate District 51, can claim the most interviews on Access to Democracy since he first appeared in 2002. During that period he has gone from private citizen to State Legislator, to a senior member of the Minnesota Senate. With his photographic recall and long family history in Eagan, Jim’s every visit with us is filled with interesting and historical facts. He and Alan recalled that past, and then looked ahead to what citizens might expect from government in 2020.

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Sheriff Tim Leslie, Dakota County   [11-22-2019]

Sheriff Tim Leslie from Dakota County has been a guest on Access to Democracy program annually since his election in 2014, after a 30-plus year career in law enforcement. Known for his willingness to utilize new methods and as an innovator in the field, he discusses with Alan the use of Drones, the implementation of body cameras for all members of the department, and the latest in DNA and forensic science in aiding his departments improvements.


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Andy Rogers, Sun ThisWeek [11-22-2019]

Community newspapers strengthen our sense of community and serve as a check on local governments including school boards, city councils and county boards. Andy Rogers, reporter for Sun Thisweek, talks about the important role of local publications with guest host Holly Jenkins. Highlighted are consequences of the concerning trend as these vital watchdogs on local government are shutting down across the country.

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Dr. Paulette Reikowski, Eagan High School Principal
[11- 8-2019]

Eagan High School in MN is a top rated public school and has received numerous awards and recognition for outstanding achievements. Principal Dr. Paulette Reikowski, the principal since 2002, talks with guest host Holly Jenkins about how the school prepares students for future success, and how Eagan High School helps students with challenges including the current vaping epidemic.


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