A quick review of recent Postcards Season 5 highlights presented to the "Rewriting the Rural Narrative" Symposium sponsored by the Center for Small Towns at the U of M Morris.
Pioneer’s web page designer and digital communications specialist has earned a 2014 Communicator “Award of Distinction” for his work on the Pioneer Public Television website. With more than 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.
The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.
Pioneer’s website continues to gain more users every month. On average, more than 2,000 videos are viewed every week through Pioneer’s on demand video viewing platform and YouTube channel. Kiefert is a native of Benson, Minn., and is a 2009 graduate of Alexandria Technical and Community College.
Watercolorist, instrument artist, and World War II veteran to be featured on May 25th season finale of Postcards
Pioneer Public Television's season finale of Postcards airing on Sunday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. will feature a Russian watercolor artist and book illustrator from Granite Falls, a jazz musician who repurposes old instruments into artistic creations, and a WWII veteran from Montevideo. The episode will be repeated on Monday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 29 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.
Russian artist Katia Andreeva moved from Russia to Minnesota over 20 years ago and has been creating beautiful works of art ever since. When she first arrived, she continued painting familiar scenes of Russia, then evolved into floral paintings, and currently works with stories and characterizations for books. She has produced 30 illustrated books with Koechel Peterson & Associates out of Minneapolis. Andreeva says, "Right now the literature and poetry inspires my art a lot and it's something very interesting."
A story about jazz musician Mark Freitas and his repurposed instrument art is up next on the Postcards episode. Mark worked in a music store for many years and was sad to see abandoned instruments collecting dust and not being utilized. Now he shines them up and turns them into usable pieces of art, lamps and other furniture. Freitas believes every instrument has a story to tell and says, "It's really satisfying to take these old instruments and make something useful and beautiful."
In the final segment, Postcards captures the story of Orice L. Larson of Montevideo, a staff sergeant from World War II. Orice was part of an invasion in southern France where they liberated a Nazi prison camp and helped capture one of Hitler's biggest SS officers. After he retired in 1985, Orice drove the veteran's bus to the Minneapolis VA Hospital for 18 years. Despite his hard work and dedication, Orice remains modest saying, "I didn't ever think I was that important. You know, you help, you're supposed to help your fellow man."
A special delivery edition of Pioneer Public Television's popular Postcards program will focus on the historic Oliver Kelley Farm near Elk River on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The episode, which is produced in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Morris, will be repeated on Monday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 20 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 Oliver Kelley Farm is a living history museum where visitors can step back into the 1850s and learn how agriculture was practiced, how food was preserved and what daily life was like for Kelley who was one of the most influential Minnesotans of his time. Kelley was one of the founders of the National Grange movement to which we owe, among other things, rural free mail delivery service. Kelley was an early and ardent advocate for farm families, grassroots organizing and popular education. The episode features Bib Quist, the Kelley Farm site manager with the Minnesota Historical Society as he leads viewers through the historic farmstead which draws more than 28,000 visitors a year.
The 30-minute episode is produced through a special arrangement with Mike Cihak and Roger Boleman of the Instructional and Media Technologies Department at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Appleton -- Pioneer Public TV has announced the local winners for its PBS Kids Writers contest. Forty entries were submitted by 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders from all over the Pioneer viewing area. Pioneer serves communities from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota down to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and from Watertown, South Dakota to Hutchinson, Minnesota and all points in between. Although the contest had entries from many communities in Minnesota, all the winning entries this year were from South Dakota. The winning stories from each grade are:.
First Grade: Sea Creatures Save the Day by Lillie Eide of Centerville, South Dakota is a story about a family with a sinking boat that is saved by sea creatures.
Second Grade: The Adventures of Melvin and Rachel by Ernest Ting of Brookings, South Dakota is about a family vacation to Harney Peak and the Black Hills.
Third Grade: Shrunken by Allie Weber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is about a boy named Stanley who becomes a spy.
In addition, the judges chose Shrunken to create a web based video version of the story which can be viewed online at www.pioneer.org/writerscontest.
The annual PBS Writers contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and drawings.
Pioneer’s three winning stories will advance to the national contest where they will be read by a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts who will rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/wrtierscontest.
For more information, contact Patrick Moore, Communications Coordinator at Pioneer Public TV, 120 W. Schlieman Ave., Appleton, MN 56208; 320-289-2622; email: email@example.com.
Pioneer Public Television's popular local program will feature stories of a pair of blacksmiths from Madison, a clowning couple from Wood Lake and a rising music star from Clarissa on Sunday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The episode will be repeated on Monday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 15 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.
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."
Pioneer Public Television's upcoming Postcards program on Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. will feature a jazz duo from Marshall, a wood carver from Cottonwood and a WWII veteran from Benson, MN. The episode will be repeated on Monday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 8 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.
Guitarist Peter Lothringer and Saxophonist Ross Anderson have been playing jazz together for more than 10 years and their love for the music and their ease in playing comes through in this first story of the Postcards episode. Lothringer composed the music for Pioneer Public TV's popular documentary Country Spires and teaches music theory, composition, and guitar at Southwest Minnesota State University. Anderson was born in Chicago and moved to Marshall in 1998 where he has been playing jazz ever since. In 2013, Anderson released a CD: Jazztime which features jazz standards interpreted through his saxophone work and Lothinger's guitar. "Nothing compares to live music played by real musicians," according to Anderson.
A story about wood carver Don Fischer of Cottonwood, Minnesota is up next on the Postcards program. Don has been carving for nearly 20 years and has been teaching for more than 6 years. His favorite carvings are caricatures. Don says, "Wood carving should be fun as well as challenging. My goal is to help students create a carving they can be proud of when they are done."
Finally, Postcards captures the story of WWII Veteran Earl Orr of Benson, Minnesota. Most know Orr as a high school biology teacher at Benson High School for 30 years, but before that he served as a Storekeeper Second Class in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Orr served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WWII on supply ships. His job was to get food, clothing, and distribute payroll for the enlisted men. "They knew a supply ship was what all their friends needed so they took good care of us and made sure we didn't get bombed, "said Orr about his fellow fighters. Orr was interviewed during a special visit of surviving WWII vets to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, MN.
Representative Paul Marquart (DFL) District 04B of Dilworth; Rep. Paul Torkelson (R) District 16B of Hanska; Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL) District 05 of Grand Rapids and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) District 08 of Alexandria will be one of the featured guests on the next live broadcast of Your Legislators on Thursday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. on public television stations across the state.
Online video segments of the dialogue will be available for online viewing through Pioneer Public TV’s web site www.pioneer.org the next day on Friday, May 2.
For the past 33 years, Your Legislators has distinguished itself as the only statewide live call-in public affairs television show in Minnesota. In 2013, viewers from more than 500 communities in Minnesota called in or emailed questions to guide the discussions with more than 40 different state lawmakers who appeared on the show, which airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. Viewers are encouraged to call 1-800-726-3178 with questions for the legislators or email firstname.lastname@example.org during the hour-long program.
The program will be broadcast live over the air on several Minnesota Public Television stations and on cable networks and community access stations such as MCN Channel 6 SPNN and Town Square TV . Viewers are encouraged to call 1-800-726-3178 with questions for the legislators or email email@example.com during the hour-long program.
Each weekly live broadcast of Your Legislators is repeated every Sunday on the Minnesota Channel at 4:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. through the end of the legislative session.
Last week’s April 24 broadcast of Your Legislators, which featured dialogues between members of the House and Senate (Westrom, Falk adn Swedzinski) can be viewed online at www.pioneer.org/recent-episodes in searchable segments such as Sunday Growler Sales, Early Childhood Education and Medical Marijuana.
Singer Songwriter Jerry Ostensoe of Sacred Heart, Minnesota will be featured on a special On Stage in Western Minnesota program to be aired on Thursday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television.
Ostensoe, who has been performing professionally for more than 45 years, has recently released a new CD: "Whatever's Left of the Day". The performance for Pioneer Public Television contains songs from this latest CD in addition to long time favorites from Ostensoe's repertoire.
As a lifetime resident of southwestern Minnesota, Ostensoe is known for his laid back blend of country, folk and blues songs about the people, the wind blown prairies, the small towns and railroads of the region Ostensoe calls "just east of west."
The special concert was recorded in Appleton's historic Old Opera House, constructed in 1895, and is a part of an ongoing series of broadcast concerts featuring the musicians of Minnesota produced by Pioneer. Past On Stage in Western Minnesota concerts have featured Nashville recording artist Janelle Faiman of Olivia and Wiping Out Thousands, a Twin cities based electronica band.
Funding for On Stage is provided in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Pioneer is currently seeking suggestions for other musical acts from the Pioneer broadcast area (which extends from Luverne to Detroit Lakes) for consideration for future broadcasts of On Stage. For more information call 800-726-3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.