The episode will first air on Sunday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. and will be repeated on Monday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after the premiere broadcast through the station's web site: www.pioneer.org/postcards.
The program begins as the Postcards crew travels to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum near Granite Falls to record the stories of some of the WWII veterans from the region who recently came to visit the museum. It was there that Royal Air Force Veteran and English native Stan Reeves tells the story of his surviving the bombing of London as a boy of 16 and then training to become a bombardier on a Lancaster bomber. "I saw a lot of guys die," Reeves said. "After the war, I married a girl from Canada, got a job here in the U.S. and I have been here ever since," Reeves added. Reed, now in his 90's, has lived in Montevideo, Minnesota for several years.
Next, Postcards interviews the former director of Willmar Parks and Recreation, Dale Johnson, as he gives a tour of the historic Willmar War Memorial Auditorium's mural room completed in 1938. The story centers on the intriguing mural and engraved stones surrounding the room that were donated by all 50 states. The art deco era building is on the National Register of historic places, "I served in the military and spent four and a half years in the Navy," said Johnson. "It's nice to have a facility that's being recognized."
The final segment provides insight into the life and times of author and professor emeritus of Southwest Minnesota State University Joe Amato of Marshall, Minnesota. Amato has written more than 20 books including a recent volume of poetry: Buoyancies, A Ballast Master's Log. "The more I studied history, the more I believed you are of the place you live and the place you live feeds you," Amato said. "But I knew as a historian if I gave the place I lived a history, I would feed it."