Deb Breberg, an insurance agent from Dawson, Grant Aaseng a minister from Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria and Amy Hesteness, an Early Childhood professional from Moorhead are all featured in the two episodes. The Pioneer Postcards production crew visited each contestant in their hometown and captured their stories about being chosen for the award winning Alt for Norge which was voted Norway’s best reality show in 2011 and 2012.
Locally produced footage is intermingled with clips from the actual program shot on location in Norway where western Minnesota residents are shown taking part in challenges and activities designed to teach them more about Norwegian heritage and culture. Joseph Ruud, a student and football player at the University of Minnesota Morris, also appears in the program as a contestant.
The contestants must be of Norwegian descent and the reality show documents how they travel throughout the country and compete in a variety of events for the opportunity to meet with distant relatives descended from family members who have remained in Norway.
Breberg was given the name “Sexy Lefse” by the Alt for Norge producers, much to her chagrin. Aaseng displays his skills as a canoeist and fire starter in one of the contests. Hesteness is moved to tears when she is shown the village where her ancestors came from in the wake of a devastating fire in 1836.
“It is really captivating television,” stated Postcards Senior Producer Dana Johnson. “It is fascinating to see how much we can learn about our own culture by watching our friends and neighbors delve into this Norwegian adventure,” she added.
Postcards is funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Producers for the program are Andrea Singleton and Dana Johnson; videographers and editors are Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy. Business sponsors for Postcards include Shalom Hill Farm, the Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality, Steffl Drilling and Pump and the Senior Perspectives newspaper.