In honor of the Uruguay's recent victory over England in the World Cup, we put together a long lead promo for one of our Season 6 episodes to air next winter.
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.
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.
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.
Appleton, Minnesota -- Pioneer Public Television's popular Postcards program will travel to Haiti to visit Children of the Promise, an organization with origins in Prinsburg, to New London to study the craft of flint knapping with Joel Osmond, and to Ortonville to see the renovated Guesthouse by artist/writer Edie Barrett. The episode will first air on Sunday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. and will be repeated on Monday, April 28th at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 1st 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.
First, Postcards journeys to Haiti, where 15 years ago, Bud and Jan Bonnema of Prinsburg, Minnesota created a nonprofit organization called Children of the Promise (COTP) to help neglected, malnourished and sick children in northern Haiti. The story follows Jay and Kris TeBrake of rural Prinsburg as they go through the process of adopting Christella and Sabine. Kris says, “With friends in the community that have adopted children from Haiti, I think we will really be able to keep their culture alive for them”.
The next segment of the program highlights the craft of flint knapping with Joel Osmond of Oz Stone Creations in New London, Minnesota. Joel talks about how his interest in the ancient art developed, demonstrates how he uses the process to create elegant knives, and shows us some of his distinctive creations. Joel explains, “Anybody with opposable thumbs, their ancestor was a flint knapper somewhere along the line. It’s been alive longer than steel has been around. Without flint knapping we wouldn’t be here today.”
The final story of the program centers on artist/writer Edie Barrett and her newly renovated Guesthouse in the beautiful lake community of Ortonville. Barrett, a native of Ortonville, lived in California for 20 years before moving back a few years ago. She has become very involved in the art community since then and has renovated what she now calls the“Guesthouse” -- a vacation rental featuring a private art gallery of local artists, many of whom are interviewed on the program. Barrett says, “My goal is that whoever stays here has a really great time and that it facilitates their experience of who we are as a community in Ortonville.”
Postcards is funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Andrea Singleton and Dana Johnson are producers for the program and Kristofor Gieske andBen Dempcy serve as the series editors and videographers. Business sponsors for Postcards include Shalom Hill Farm, the Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality, Steffl Drilling and Pump and the Senior Perspectives newspaper.
Pioneer Public Television's popular Postcards program will celebrate the passion of an accomplished organ builder, a locally focused brewmaster and an entrepreneurial film artist from Redwood Falls. The episode will first air on Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. and will be repeated on Monday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 24th 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.
Jared Arentson has been driven by a passion for filmmaking, photography and creative design since he was a boy growing up in Redwood Falls. He left to study Media Arts in Chicago and now has returned to his hometown to set up shop. "It was exactly what I wanted to do creatively," Arentson said as he described his first abstract film project in the Postcards program. "When you are creative, you know that anything can become visually exciting," he added. "You don't have to be in a big city to be creative."
Next Postcards tells a story found just across the street from Pioneer Public TV's Appleton studios where master pipe organ builder John Nordlie of Sioux Falls designed and built his very first organ for the First United Methodist Church. From this auspicious beginning in 1977, the J. F. Nordlie Company went on to complete 44 instruments in America and abroad, ranging in size from small practice instruments to large church organs. "The instrument in Appleton is the first organ I ever built and it means a lot to me that after 37 years people love to come and hear it," said Nordlie. "These little pipe organs are like my children and sometimes they misbehave, " continued Nordlie. "But this one has been a really good instrument. It has stayed in tune."
The final story of the program centers on how the new tap room and brewery for the Brau Brothers brewery came into being in Marshall, Minnesota. Lucan native, Dustin Brau, CEO of Brau Brothers, tells how he and his wife first wanted to create a restaurant in the region so they didn't have to move from where they grew up. Since 2006, Brau Brothers has gradually grown and expanded to the point where the brewery is earning statewide and national attention for its commitment to using locally grown hops and barley. "We get home brewers in here every couple of weeks for a meeting and now we have this beer subculture," said Brau. "It is really a fun industry to be in."
An old time bluegrass music festival near Richmond, a Dakota language school in Morton and a thriving fish house factory in Montevideo are all featured in the upcoming Postcards program on Pioneer Public Television on Sunday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. The episode will be repeated on Monday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 17 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.
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.
Stories about Willmar's War Memorial Auditorium and intriguing mural, a WWII Vet who flew bombing missions in England and the career of writer and thinker Joe Amato from Marshall are all being sent over the broadcast airwaves on Sunday night April 6th via Pioneer Public Television's popular Postcards program.
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."