Al Schoch is in his fourth decade of broadcasting and journalism. That includes more than 20 years in the Twin Cities, where Al has been active in radio, television, wire service and digital media.
A native of Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Al graduated from Bloomsburg University, where he was a member of Delta Pi social fraternity. His radio career took him from Pennsylvania to the southeastern U.S. for ten years with stints in Augusta, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; and Tallahassee, Fla.
Al has won more than 30 broadcast awards both nationally and locally in five different states. In addition to working with the WCCO radio news team, Al is a stringer for the Associated Press and public address announcer for University of Saint Thomas football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams.
Among Al’s favorite aspects of being Minnesotan are the State Fair and the boy’s high school hockey state tournament. Al lives in the Como Park neighborhood of Saint Paul along with his wife Amy — a White Bear Lake native and graduate of Hill-Murray and the U of M — and their cats Doctor Foster and Pork Chop.
AmeriCorps inducted its first members 20 years ago, and on Friday the service organization swears in thousands of new volunteers nationwide. President Obama administers the AmeriCorps oath from the White House. Former president Bill Clinton, who was in office when AmeriCorps started, is also part of the live broadcast.
Thursday night’s annual Minnesota 9/11 tribute concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell is a time for reflection and solemn music. But this year there’s an added twist. The Teddy Bear Band plays its fun and participatory music for kids for the first time ever at the 9-11 concert. Manager, singer and bass guitarist Richard Erickson says they aren’t changing their upbeat act.
While the Shakopee Sabres football team works out behind the school, trainer Christy Hager is inside the school building treating players who get bumps and bruises.
One month ago Saturday, Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was killed in the line of duty. A makeshift memorial on the site of the shooting remains in front of A & J’s Garage, near the intersection of Smith Avenue and Dodd Road in West St. Paul.
The University of Minnesota is monitoring the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and has taken some precautions. Students from West Africa coming to the U are not asked to take extra health checks as a precaution against the spread of the Ebola virus.
Everyone associated with Augsburg College is mourning the loss of sports legend Edor Nelson, who died Wednesday at the age of 100. Nelson reached his centennial birthday on Aug. 18, and Augsburg had a party for him on the Minneapolis campus.
The stalks in Minnesota’s corn fields are close to 7 feet high. The kernels are still developing and if the weather holds up, the ears reach maturity in about a month and a half. That’s when harvesting starts and there are indications of yet another bumper crop.
Artist Tristan Kyrsta of Ham Lake had never before crafted a sculpture of junk pulled from Minnesota waterways. But she readily accepted the challenge of turning trash into treasure, drawing from experiences when she was a little girl.
One of the prime State Fair destinations for shoppers and vendors is the Grandstand. It’s where some have made selling wares a lifelong event. Billy Newcomb has been selling kitchen gadgets for 30 years at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.
Residents of New Brighton are waiting to find out how a broken sewer near Long Lake will affect their homes. Monday’s severe winds toppled a tree that uprooted the top of a sewer line just off 16th Terrace Avenue.
Every dog has his day and Saturday is it for Duke the dog. Duke was elected mayor of the northwestern Minnesota community of Cormorant, and he being is sworn in Saturday.
With school starting in less than two weeks, parents are urged to make sure their children’s vaccines are updated. For the first time in Minnesota, vaccines are required against Hepatitis A and B for kids entering early-education programs.
The Minnesota State Fair begins a week from Thursday, but there is already plenty of activity at the historic fairgrounds. Dozens of carpenters, landscapers, traveling ride operators and maintenance crew are all pushing deadlines to have things ready to go in seven days.
Minneapolis police are investigating after a body was found following a dumpster fire. Authorities say dispatchers received a call about the trash bin fire about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Police were called to the scene a short time later because a body was found next to the dumpster.
Minnesota farmers are bracing after Russia imposed a U.S. food ban in reaction to sanctions. Exports are important for Minnesota farmers, who grow more food than they can use. The ban, which is now in effect, means even more surplus food and lost revenue.