Matti Wangerin and Hannah Burkhardsmeier are two sisters who have created Matti's Millinery -- a mail order, historical costuming business which has designed and sold more than 1,000 costumes in 17 countries worldwide from their shop near Fergus Falls. Postcards tells the story of how the business came into being by combining Matti's creativity and sewing prowess with Hannah's internet marketing ability. A show of their creations at the Kaddatz Galleries is also featured in the program as is footage from a Downton Abbey event that was held at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls in December 2013. "It is fun for all this to be happening here," says Burkhardsmeier. "We love working together!"
The episode continues with a journey to Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in Clinton, Minnesota. Owner Bonnie Carlson took on the business fourteen years ago with a desire to be her own boss and give something back to the community. The town has rallied around her because they know that small town grocery stores are being closed down throughout the Upper Midwest. "Grocery stores are a big part of a healthy community," said local customer Kathy Draeger who is interviewed in the story. "We don't want to become a rural food desert," she added. Clinton is a close knit community that welcomes newcomers according to Lois Torgerson, editor of the Clinton Northern Star who is also interviewed in the program: "You see people in church and you see them at Bonnie's," says Torgerson.
The final segment of the program takes viewers to the tiny hamlet of Vining, Minnesota (pop.78) where glass artist John Olesen shapes spectacular art objects with fire. The episode follows the creation of a bowl from start to finish. Viewers will see how Olesen uses special tools and techniques to shape the glass -- taking it in and out of a 2,400 degree furnace. "Glass is a fascinating material to work with," says Olesen. "Seeing how it solidifies right in front of you and the story that unfolds is a wonderful thing."