Every August for the past 34 years, lovers of old time music and bluegrass have been gathering in rural Minnesota to play music and build community. Pioneer Public Television's Postcards crew visited El Rancho Manana campground near Richmond to learn more about the annual festival. Music by the Eastern Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band is featured along with an interview with Brett Day, the Main Stage Coordinator for the event. Craig Evans is also interviewed about the history of the banjo. “I’m a late in life bluegrass musician and documentarian,” said Evans.
Next the Postcards crew travels to Morton to learn aboutDakota Wicohan -- an organization that seeks to preserve Dakota as a living language, and through it, transmit Dakota life ways to future generations. The segment features Sharon Pazi, Executive Director, who says that the focus is to "remember, reclaim, and reconnect."
"Before we even get to teaching the language, there's a process that we have to go through which includes taking pride in who you are, taking pride in being Dakota, and understanding that the language is relevant,“ said Glen Wasicuna, a Dakota language instructor.
The final portion of the program explores the culture of ice fishing in Minnesota and how a small factory based in Montevideo pioneered the concept of a luxury ice fishing house. According to nationwide news reports, Ice Castle Fish Houses of Montevideo has revolutionized ice fishing. “The days of fishing out of the old wooden box are over,” said Chad Hiepler, who is interviewed for the story along with Brett Drexler and Karen Bogan.