Gene Sandau and Nick Johnson aren't your ordinary blacksmiths -- some people call them "Artsmiths" because the work they do is so unique and informed with a sense of history and design. For the past 28 years the forge has been ringing in Sandau's blacksmith shop in Madison and now he is serving as a mentor to Johnson whose work will be featured in the 2014 Meander Upper Minnesota River Arts Crawl. "It's fulfilling to create something out of straight iron that's got some beauty," says Sandau, who has had clients from all over the U.S. and Canada. "I fell in with Gene and things have sort of snowballed," said Johnson. "I really like the historical context," he added.
Doug & Sharla Bengtson of Wood Lake have been honing the craft of clowning together for more than 16 years and Doug started on his own in 1978. Last year they participated in 33 parades all over Minnesota as Happy Face and Candy Kisses -- The Lighterside Clowns. They took their profession of making people smile very seriously by taking part in a "clown college" years ago to improve their craft. "Clowning is a very old profession," Doug said. "It is a dying art," said Sharla. To their delight however, the Bengston's children are getting involved in clowning. "We're a three generational clown family," Doug said.
Jeremiah James Korfe is a farm boy from Clarissa who is equally comfortable in Los Angeles or Nashville where he takes to the stage and recording studio as one of Country Music Television's emerging artists. This Postcards episode finds him at home in Minnesota working on the family farm, talking about what it was like to grow up in Clarissa and how he first learned to play the violin. "In a perfect world, I would like to tour for 6 months and then farm for a few months," said Korfe. "It's a constant battle," he continued. "I love living in the country and I love farming."