#36: Fred melo of the pioneer press

Fred Melo is a reporter for the Pioneer Press. He covers St. Paul including the mayor’s office, city council, and anything else Fred finds newsworthy. The Boston native began working for the paper in 2005 by covering crime in Dakota county.

In the episode, Fred talks about the hidden gems of St. Paul, big stories over the years, and his role of being a citizen and a reporter living in St. Paul.

We also talk about the state of the Pioneer Press. During his tenure at the paper, Fred has witnessed a sharp decline of staff members due to cuts by ownership, a common theme for many publications across the nation.

#35: Erin Rufledt - living the questions

Erin Rufledt is the founder of Luminary Lab, a brand strategy company that helps businesses of all sizes craft compelling stories. She has worked with all types of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, global humanitarian organizations and leading nonprofits.

In 2015, Erin traveled the world living in 12 different cities over the course of 12 months and aptly dubbed her adventure The 12 Places Project.

In the interview, we talk about the thrilling and unsettling feeling of life on the road. We also discuss how to navigate life’s big questions.

And she’s from the jump rope capital of the world!


Stephanie Varone is a recording artist well-known for her powerful National Anthem performances. The Kansas City native has performed for the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, as well as most pro teams in the Twin Cities.

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#33: What is Humanism?

#32: Healing Sierra Leone with Hindolo Pokawa

#31: Feeding 10 Billion People by 2050 with Fred Haberman

#30: The Duke Pieper Story

#29: Gender Differences in Public Relations

#28: Jumping Without a Safety Net - Lori Myren Manbeck

#27: Duty-Bound Journalism with Chris Serres

#26: New Look at Women's Health with Dr. Beth Westie

#25: From Africa to America - The Basil Ajuo Story

#24: A Product of His Own Curiosity - Andy George

#23: The Opportunity Chaser - Shayla Hoheisel

#22: A Good Kind of Crazy with Jared Kamrowski

#21: Handsome Hog Executive Chef Justin Sutherland

#20 Purple Politics with MinnPost's Briana Bierschbach

#19: Mickeli Before - The Man on Fire

#18: Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult

#17: Amelia Rayno On Facing Unfortunate Choices, Sports Journalism, & Bigfoot

#16: Brother Ali - Checking Dominant Culture, Living With Self-Love

#15: Laughing with Comedy Nerd Justin Severson

#14: Sit Back and Listen with MPR's Tom Weber

#13: Medical Cannabis with Dr. Andy Bachman

#12: Living and Thriving with Asperger's Syndrome

#11: Lake Minnetonka, Beer, & Hockey with Josh Leddy

#10: MN Cup Winner Deepinder Singh Talks Energy, Autism, & Bourbon Fridays

#9: The Yoga Nomads on Escaping Corporate America

#8: The World of Craft Beer with Insight Brewing's Ilan Klages-Mundt

#7: Finding Your Voice with Molly Mogren

#6: The Art of Selling Hot Dogs with Nate Beck

#5: Sound Therapy with Frank DiCristina

#4: Virtual Reality with Chuck Olsen, CEO of Visual

#3: Drones with Michael Welsh from Sky Candy Studios

#2: Polyamory with Jennifer from Poly in the Cities Podcast

#1: Introduction to Twin Cities Podcast