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.