<![CDATA[Pioneer Public Television - News]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:42:08 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Xenos Art Film and Discussion to be held Dec 1 at SMSU]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:29:59 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/xenos-art-film-and-discussion-to-be-held-dec-1-at-smsu
A special screening and discussion of Dana Johnson’s 10 minute art film Xenos will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in the Fine Arts Building at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) at 1501 State Street in Marshall MN.

Xenos was recently featured in the Portland Film Festival and was nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy Award.  The film was funded by an individual artist grant awarded to Dana Johnson by Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC).  The project involved more than 30 artists, including the Prairie Lotus Traditional Hmong Dance Troupe from Walnut Grove.  The entire film was shot over the course of two days in Appleton, Minnesota.

In the film, a group of aliens come to a rural town and are greeted with hostility by some of the local residents. The film provokes important questions about being a newcomer in a small town, protecting a community's identity and traditions, and the masks we wear to conceal our inner identity.

A discussion with Dana Johnson will follow two showings of the 10 minute film.  Johnson is the Senior Producer of Pioneer Public Television’s award winning Postcards program. The discussion will be lead by Lauren Carlson, a Dawson Minnesota based writer and poet who recently has been awarded an emerging artist grant from SMAC.

The event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.  The event is being sponsored by Pioneer Public Television, the SMSU Theater Department and SMAC.  For more information, contact Nicole Zempel, Pioneer Public TV Community Relations representative atnzempel@pioneer.org or at (320) 212-3945

About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world.  For more information visit:www.pioneer.org.
<![CDATA[Pioneer Schedules Four Downton Abbey Final Season Premiere Events]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:22:17 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/pioneer-schedules-four-downton-abbey-final-season-premiere-events
In cooperation with several regional partners, Pioneer Public Television has scheduled four special sneak previews of the first episode of the final season of Downton Abbey.  The event times and locations are as follows: (Click on location for ticket information).

• Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. Estebo Performing Arts Center, 100 George Ramseth Drive, Redwood Falls, MN
• Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Carlos Creek Winery. 6693 County Rd 34 NW, Alexandria, MN
• Friday, December 11 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Little Theater,  24 Central Ave E. New London MN
• Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Theater, 318 S. Main Street Milbank, SD

The events are free to Pioneer members on a first-come first-served basis, but tickets must be reserved online by visiting www.pioneer.org.  A limited number of tickets will be made available to non-members who will be asked to make a voluntary donation to their local PBS station. In Alexandria, a special $50 a plate fundraising dinner is being hosted before the premiere event.  For more information visit www.pioneer.org/carlos-creek-tickets.html

The events will feature a special showing of the first hour of the final season of Downton Abbey, an international television sensation created by Oscar winning writer Julian Fellowes.  For the past 5 years, the program, (which airs on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on Pioneer Public TV) has attracted a growing base of fans who tune in to watch the aristocratic Crawley family navigate a rapidly changing world in England during the 1920s and now the depression of the 1930s.

The show has inspired a nationwide interest in Edwardian era clothing and fashion, with top designers like Ralph Lauren offering gowns and tweed jackets based on the hit TV series.  Audience members are encouraged to dress up for an informal "fashion show" that will be held as part of the evening festivities. Door prizes, Silent auction items and a Downton Abbey trivia quizzes are also planned for the events.

For those who can’t make the premieres, the Downton Abbey program will be broadcast on Sunday, January 3rd at 9 p.m. on Pioneer Public TV. Visit our Downton Abbey Fan Page.
<![CDATA[“Meet the Author” Farm History Book Signing in Montevideo]]>Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:32:20 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/meet-the-author-farm-history-book-signing-in-montevideo
The Chippewa County Historical Society and Pioneer Public Television are co-sponsoring a book signing, reading, and discussion with Michael Lansing, author of the new book: Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics. The event will be held on Thursday November 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Montevideo Chippewa County Public Library. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In 1915, western farmers mounted one of the most significant challenges to party politics America has seen:  the Nonpartisan League, which sought to empower citizens and restrain corporate influence. Before its collapse in the 1920s, the League counted more than 250,000 paying members, spread to thirteen states and two Canadian provinces, controlled North Dakota’s state government, and birthed new farmer-labor alliances. Yet today it is all but forgotten, neglected even by scholars.

Lansing's book offers a new look at the Nonpartisan League. He argues that the story of the League is an instructive example of how popular movements can create lasting change. Lansing’s book shows how the League was a response to economic inequity that has the potential to inform contemporary movements.

Author Michael J. Lansing is an Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Pioneer Public TV and the Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS) are sponsoring his visit to the area to convene local history buffs who can talk with Lansing about how his research on the Nonpartisan League connects with what we know about western Minnesota’s long history as a focal point of farmer-led activism. Local primary source materials from the CCHS archives about the Chippewa County Farmers Alliance, the very first farmer owned elevators in the nation, the rise of rural electric cooperatives, the Farmers’ Holiday Association, and the Farmer Labor Association will also be discussed.

For more information on this event, please contact Patrick Moore, Communications Director at Pioneer Public Television, 320-289-2919 or pmoore@pioneer.org.

<![CDATA[Pioneer Public Television Sends Video Crew to Uruguay]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:26:02 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/pioneer-public-television-sends-video-crew-to-uruguay
Joah Colby, Dana Johnson, Rafael Di Candia and Ben Dempcy are on location for Pioneer Public Television in Montevideo, Uruguay for two weeks to create a documentary about the rich ongoing cultural exchange between Uruguay and Minnesota
For more than 50 years,  Minnesotans and Uruguayans have been taking part in a people-to-people cultural exchange facilitated through the Partners of the America’s organization.  Hundreds of Uruguayan professionals, artists and farmers have been coming to Minnesota to learn about our food production systems, our art scene, our medical and judicial systems and our entrepreneurial culture.  In turn, hundreds of Minnesotans of every stripe have been traveling to Uruguay to learn about their art, their language, education system, environmental protection, cultural heritage and political system.  In the process, many important relationships have been formed and successful projects launched.   Several of these exchanges have involved people from Montevideo and western Minnesota.

In an effort to document the rich, ongoing history of cultural exchange, Pioneer Public Television, based in Appleton, Minnesota, has sent a three person production team to Uruguay for 2 weeks.  The Upper Midwest Emmy Award winning duo of Dana Johnson and Ben Dempcy along with freelance videographer Joah Colby are currently in Montevideo, Uruguay and surrounding communities carrying out a whirlwind schedule to try to capture the essence of Uruguayan culture and its relationship to Minnesota.  The project was funded in part by a contribution from Lowell Hellervik, a Montevideo Minnesota native, and through a travel grant from Partners of the Americas.

Highlights from the journey will be woven into a half hour documentary to be aired on Pioneer Public TV sometime in 2016.  It is expected that the video will explore how the unique immigration story of Uruguay contributed to the development of afro-uruguayan rhythms of candombe and tango -- art forms that originated in Uruguay.  The project also hopes to provide view of the sister cultures of Minnesota and Uruguay through the eyes of high school aged youth.

“We have so much to learn from each other,” said Johnson.  “It is a great honor and once in a lifetime experience to be here,” she added. “Uruguay is a beautiful culture and we hope to let more people know about it”
About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.
<![CDATA[Participants Sought for Appleton “Story Swap” Workshops November 5 & 6]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:26:53 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/participants-sought-for-appleton-story-swap-workshops-november-5-6
PlaceBase Productions, in partnership with Pioneer Public TV and the Appleton Chamber of Commerce, will hold a “Story Swap” Workshop Series to gather stories for The Spirit of Appleton -- an original, community-based theater production to be performed on Appleton’s Main Street in June, 2016.  Two Story Swap Workshops will be held at the Pioneer Public TV Conference Rooms at 120 W. Schlieman Avenue in Appleton on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m and Friday, November 6 from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.  The workshops are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Patrick Moore at 320-289-2919.

The stories collected at these events will help form the script for the large-scale, site-specific theater production that will be performed in conjunction with a celebration of Pioneer Public TV’s 50th anniversary in 2016.

Facilitated by Ashley Hanson & Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions, Story Swap Workshop participants will be asked to share stories, history and memories of the community of Appleton and the beginning of Pioneer Public TV.  Whether you are an amateur historian, storyteller, artist, community enthusiast, or you just love Appleton and want to talk about it, Ashley and Andrew want to hear your stories!

Open auditions for this “one of a kind” production will be held in April, 2016. PlaceBase will be looking for 50 local performers, musicians, artists, volunteers and western Minnesota enthusiasts to assist with the production. Auditions will be open to all ages and abilities; no previous experience or preparation necessary.

Theater artists Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions have successfully produced similar large-scale theater projects in the communities of New London, Granite Falls, Fergus Falls and Bloomington. Their productions have ranged from exploring the Minnesota River Valley through Walking and Paddling Theater on the Minnesota River, to exploring the history of mental health care through Bicycle Theater. In each production, more than 50 community members participated in the show and audiences in the hundreds came from across the state to celebrate the stories of these treasured Minnesota places. Find out more about their past projects at: www.placebaseproductions.com.

This activity is being made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world.  For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.
<![CDATA[Pioneer Wins Upper Midwest Emmy Award for Story About Fergus Falls' Kinetic Sculptors]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:42:36 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/pioneer-wins-upper-midwest-emmy-award-for-story-about-fergus-falls-kinetic-sculptorsPicture
A 13-minute story about a father and son kinetic sculpture workshop in Fergus Falls has been awarded an Emmy Award issued by the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on October 3, 2015 at the new Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America in Bloomington.  5,000 Moving Parts features Jeffery and Carl Zachmann as they talk about their passion for creating sculptures that are displayed in homes and at museums, businesses and hospitals across the world. The program was produced by Pioneer’s Dana Johnson with photography and editing by Pioneer’s Kristofor Gieske and additional editing by Pioneer’s Ben Dempcy. This is the third year in a row that Pioneer has received an Upper Midwest Emmy and it is the first award for a Postcards production.

The award won in the highly competitive Lifestyle Program category and was presented in front of a large sold-out crowd of television professionals from all disciplines of the industry from a five state area, according to Johnson.

Johnson said she was first introduced to the Zachmanns and their kinetic sculpture through a show they had at the Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls.  “It was a fun interview -- they really took an interest in what we did and were really excited to have us there,” Johnson recalled.  

“It was the personality of the Zachmann’s explaining their rare form of art that made the story,” said Gieske, who recorded and edited the program which originally aired on Pioneer in March, 2015.  “From the minute we first set up the camera in their workshop, I knew it was going to be a good piece,” Gieske added. “They are good storytellers.”

A complete version of 5,000 Moving Parts, past Emmy Award winners and all of Pioneer’s 2015 nominated programs may be viewed online by visiting www.pioneer.org.   Many of these productions were made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Pioneer Public TV is an award winning, viewer supported television station serving western Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Iowa.  For more information, visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178.

<![CDATA[Pioneer Public TV Grateful for Jon Panzer’s 25 years of Service]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:39:18 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/pioneer-public-tv-grateful-for-jon-panzers-25-years-of-service
Pioneer Board Chair Patricia Kubly recently presented Station Manager Jon Panzer with a plaque in honor of his 25 years of service to the station.
Pioneer Public Television is honoring the 25th work anniversary of Station Manager and Chief Engineer, Jon Panzer.  Panzer grew up in Albert Lea and after graduating from high school (class of 1988) he majored in video production at what was then called the Hutchinson Technical College (now Ridgewater). He started working at Pioneer in September of 1990 in master control and gradually worked his way up to station manager and chief engineer.  Panzer is now responsible for overseeing all technological aspects of Pioneer -- the towers, the transmitters, the computers and the broadcast and satellite signals which serve parts of 5 states with award winning programs.

Panzer was an Eagle Scout, (Order of the Arrow, Vigil Level) in high school and he brought this proven ability to focus and serve in a leadership capacity to Pioneer.  “When I started working here, I hate to say it, but to be honest, things were a mess,” Panzer said.  “I have spent 25 years cleaning stuff up and putting things in order.”  In the past 25 years Panzer has overseen and directed a complete rebuild of the station from the cameras, to master control to the tower system and transmitters.  He wrote, secured and delivered on more than $5 million in state and federal grants that have helped pay for everything from new towers, the conversion to digital broadcasting, a mobile studio and a system of backup generators.

Panzer taught himself a lot about what he knows by reading trade magazines and books and from his co-workers at Pioneer.  “Back in the early days, we just did a lot of things without knowing that we couldn’t or maybe shouldn’t do them and we learned by doing, “ he said.  His first boss was visionary General Manager Ansel Doll and “he was always trying something new,” Panzer said.  “Ansel knew how to raise money and network with people,” Panzer said.  “But he was not big on the details.  In many cases, Ansel would get something started but I and many others here at the station had to pull it off.  Nevertheless, I miss him,” he added.

Looking to the future of broadcast television and rural public media, Panzer is up for the challenge.  “The mainstream broadcast media has abandoned the rural midwest -- we are the only ones left,” he said. “We are here to tell the stories and we are going to have to do that in cheaper, quicker ways while still maintaining the standard of quality that PBS is known for.”

According to Panzer, the capability to produce high quality content has never been greater, but “it is never about the equipment, it is about the people who run the equipment.”  Fortunately, Pioneer has dedicated production staff who have been working together to produce award winning programing in recent years.

“My hope is that we will continue to attract people to get involved, invest in the future and have fun,” Panzer said.  “There is so much potential.”

Pioneer Public Television is a viewer supported PBS station dedicated to sharing the art and culture of local communities with the world.  For more information call 800-726-3178 or email yourtv@pioneer.org.
<![CDATA[2015 “4-H at the Minnesota State Fair” to Air Statewide on October 8th]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:04:28 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/2015-4-h-at-the-minnesota-state-fair-to-air-statewide-on-october-8th
Baleigh Peterson of the Blazin' West Stars 4-H Club in Sibley County shares her passion for livestock on the upcoming 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair program airing October 8th at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. Peterson is just one of several 4-Hers from around the state who will be featured on the program discussing how they "learn by doing" through their local 4-H program.
4-H at the Minnesota State Fair is a half-hour program hosted by 4-H volunteer Libby Tate featuring interviews with young Minnesotans who demonstrate how they have “learned by doing” through their local 4-H clubs.  In honor of national 4-H week, the program will be aired on Pioneer Public Television Thursday, October 8th  at 7:30 p.m. and on the stations in the Minnesota Public Television Associationnetwork.  Viewers are asked to check local listings for specific broadcast times.

Tate, of Rosemount, Minnesota, interviews 4-Hers from throughout the state explaining what they have learned about poultry, livestock, cooking, engineering and design.   According to Tate, nearly 6,000 Minnesota youth are involved with 4-H exhibits and animal shows at the fair. It is estimated that 320,000 fairgoers visit the 4-H building each year.

Throughout the program, Tate reviews the philosophy and practices of the 4-H program and its family-centered approach.   Future leaders from Otter Tail, Sibley, Fillmore, Meeker counties and other regions in the state are featured.  

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair was produced and edited by Kristofor Gieske of Pioneer Public Television.  Gieske was assisted by fellow Pioneer staff members including Production Director Timothy H. Bakken, with additional videography and editing by Ben Dempcy.  

Major supporters for 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair include the CHS Foundation, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Gold’N Plump.
<![CDATA[Five Local Programs on Pioneer Public TV Nominated for Emmy Awards]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:33:58 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/five-local-programs-on-pioneer-public-tv-nominated-for-emmy-awards1
Five locally produced programs by Pioneer Public Television have been nominated for Emmy Awards to be issued by the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on October 3, 2015 in Minneapolis.   This is the second year in a row that five Upper Midwest Emmy Award nominations have been earned by Pioneer in a single year.

Pioneer staff members Dana Johnson, Andrea Singleton, Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy collaborated on many of the nominated programs which feature stories about Western and Southwestern Minnesotans including the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, the Worthington Windsurfing Festival, a Chainsaw Artist from Madison and a father son team of Kinetic Sculptors from Fergus Falls.

Xenos, a film produced by  Dana Johnson as an independent art project was also nominated for an award.  The film was produced with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) and Johnson collaborated with more than 30 people to create the film.  Her collaborators included Pioneer’s Kristofor Gieske as editor and freelance videographer Dan Huiting who has worked with Johnson on previous award winning documentaries.  Artist Naomi Schliesman of Fergus Falls contributed the masks for the film and Jacob Pavek composed the original music.

Actors in the film include Brian Dempcy of Madison along with Roy Hanley and Sammi Leno of Hancock. Members of the Hmong Community from Walnut Grove are also featured in one of the scenes performed in the historic Opera House above the Pioneer Public TV studios.   The movie was shot in two days in Appleton in October, 2014.

The nominated programs (with the exception of Xenos which has not yet been released for online viewing) can be viewed on: www.pioneer.org.

Pioneer Public TV is an award winning, viewer supported television station serving western Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Iowa.  For more information, visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178.
<![CDATA[Pioneer Receives Grant to Produce Historical Play About Appleton]]>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:09:39 GMThttp://www.pioneer.org/news/pioneer-receives-grant-to-produce-historical-play-about-appleton
Pioneer Public Television was recently notified that it had been successful in applying for a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council for the purpose of hiring PlaceBase Productions to write, direct and produce a play about the history of Appleton to be performed next spring in conjunction with a celebration of Pioneer’s 50th anniversary.  

The Appleton Chamber of Commerce will be serving as the community partner for the play which will take the form of a “walking theater performance” on Appleton’s main street.  The play will be performed by local citizens and will tell real stories about events and people of Appleton in the form of story and song. Similar plays have been produced by PlaceBase Productions in recent years about the communities of Granite Falls, Fergus Falls and New London.

In celebration of Applefest and to kick off the research phase of the play project, Pioneer Public TV is sponsoring a History Hayride of Downtown Appleton on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  If you are interested in taking part in the hayride please RSVP by calling Pioneer Public TV at 320-289-2622.

Local historian Tom Rice will be narrating the historical tour which will begin at the footbridge on the north end of Main Street.  Special guests for the hayride will be Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions.  Over the next several months Hanson and Gaylord will be meeting with individuals and groups to gather stories about Appleton's history to include in the play.  

This activity is being made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information, contact Patrick Moore at Pioneer Public Television 320-289-2919 or pmooore@pioneer.org.

About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world.  For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.