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On The Up and At ‘Em Show- Episode 332

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We once again joined Jack and Ben on the Up and At “Em show (Episode 332) to tell our story and promote our addition to the PodBabble podcast network! We’re joining a number of other great podcasts about everything from dating to sports, to libertarianism. Feel free to listen to them all… just make sure to listen to ours first! That’s a lot of ways you can now get our podcast. In addition to PodBabble or linking to it on YouTube from here, you can also find it at it’s home on, or by typing “Community Solutions” into iTunes, the Google Play store, or Spotify. No more excuses! Listen. Share. Pay it forward. Thank you so much!


December 11, 2017 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- But This is Free Money!


In this episode, Jason and Andrew are talking about grants. Don’t check out on this one. Grants fund a number of projects in your city, and/or county, and/or park district, and/or school district, etc, etc… These projects are heralded, because someone else is paying for it. It’s “free” money. Is it really free? Who pays for these grants? Are you sure that you don’t? Every grant has strings attached. It pays for all or part of a project being done in a specific way, and is often with disregard to the character, history, or population of the community that is slated to receive the grant. It can be as simple as putting lights on a little league field to as complex as redesigning a city center to meet the environmental “standards” du jour. So tune in and share with your community!

December 7, 2017 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Talkin’ Baseball

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It’s Thanksgiving week, so we thought we’d do something a little different. In this episode, Jason and Andrew welcome their friend “The Closer” Brad Carlson from 1280am The Patriot’s Northern Alliance Radio Network. We’ve been on Brad’s show many times before, and it was nice to return the favor. We wanted to have a little fun so we decided to sit down and talk some baseball. This turned into an epic discussion that actually has some really important tie-ins to local elections. You will want to tune in just for that.

We apologize for the sound quality on Brad’s mic. It happened in recording, so we did what we could to minimize it in post production. Unfortunately, it’s still not super clear, but it is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy this one, as we talk history, minor leagues, and sabermetrics!

November 30, 2017 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Why We Hate Odd Year Elections

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In this episode, Andrew and Jason have a lot to say. They start out discussing an e-mail from Robbinsdale School District 281 about interviewing a number of architectural firms to create “inviting classrooms”, based on their Unified District Vision. This seems to us like more mumbo jumbo, designed to ask for more money from taxpayers in order to get their schools updated and renovated. Nobody says “no” when it’s for the kids, right? We break it down for you, because this will surely become a trend in other school districts. Then we get into the results from a number of local races in 2017, and why odd year elections are absolutely one of the worst things man has ever conceived.

Hey, did I mention the podcast is now on iTunes and Google Play? Just search Community Solutions.  Please download it and share it with everyone you know. Thank you!!!

November 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Ranked Choice Voting

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First off, super important, breaking news! If you have a smart phone (and who doesn’t) you can now subscribe to this podcast on iTunes and the Google Play Store. Just type in Community Solutions, and you can hear every episode of The Community Solutions Podcast. You can binge listen, just like on Netflix! So please subscribe today and share with everyone you know! Let’s get the word out!

That leads us to this week’s episode. Today we are discussing Ranked Choice Voting. You may or may not have had exposure to this idea, but it is a very real thing, as cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul (and even the state of Maine!) have tried to go down this road. Does it give more opportunity to less popular parties, or just secure election for the most popular one? Does it allow for more clarity in the election process, or muddy the waters, allowing for questions in the result. Should cities decide how they vote, or the Secretary of State’s office? There are so many questions around this practice. I hope that this show will help you form an educated opinion about it.

November 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Gas Tax or the BST?

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss the gas tax in the state of Minnesota. How much is it? Who gets a piece of it? How is it spent? What roads are maintained with gas tax money? Where does Minnesota rank among the other 49 states? Who pays for what roads? Does the Metro get more than Greater Minnesota? How much money goes to roads and bridges verses transit and to bike paths? Being idea folks, we may have come up with a solution to all of this, because that’s what we do.

November 11, 2017 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- It’s (Not) A Conspiracy

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew talk about an international group that goes directly to cities to get them to implement policies that promote sustainability. That group is called the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Before 500 of you DM us to go find our tinfoil hats, suspend your belief for just a moment. This isn’t the Bilderberg Group or the Trilateral Commission. It doesn’t have the secrecy around it that lends itself to all the rumors that these other groups have. ICLEI has its own website that states what they stand for, who their member cities are (and yes, there are members in MN), and what actions they are taking to try and pass these measures. Take a listen and find out how this group has worked its way into how local governments operate, even if they are not a member city and what you can do about it.

November 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

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