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."