Nicholas Engan is the subject of the first Postcards segment which explores the story behind the making of his yet to be released feature film “Kandiyohi” which was shot in various locations in western Minnesota in 2009. The film, as Engan describes it, is “a character study and a thriller” centered on the plight of three childhood friends, a robbery gone wrong and a ruthless, corrupt sheriff out for revenge. Postcards viewers will be treated to scenes from the film’s trailer which were filmed at the Cenex gas station in Clara City, lonesome roadside locations in Kandiyohi County and the Horseshoe Bar in Lake Lillian. “Making independent, personal films is terrible, beautiful and wonderful all at the same time,” says Engan.
The next segment captures the excitement surrounding the final performance of Tennessee Williams “The Glass Menagerie” by the Prairie Wind Players in Barrett, Minnesota. Director Twig Webster shares his excitement about the performance and his sorrow that after two months of intense practice, the show must come to an end. “We’ve become a family,” he says. This is the way it has been for the past 35 years as the company has grown to include more than 150 members, drawing a cast of volunteers and patrons from a 100 mile radius around Barrett. “We’ve found that people like to get dressed up and have a nice catered meal,” said executive director Christy Johnson. “I am proud of the quality and that I can be a part of this unique community theatre,” she added.
The episode concludes with a feature on Billy Thompson and the Arv Hus Museum in Milan. Thompson is the 3rd generation to work out of the family building on Main Street in Milan. “Billy,” as he is known by the locals, tells the story about how his father started the museum out of his appliance and electrical shop back in 1983, but it wasn’t until Billy retired in 1993 that he began in earnest to create the tourist destination Milan is known for today. With more than 400 photographs, dozens of antique radios and exceptionally well preserved vestiges of Milan’s history, the Milan Arv Hus Museum is truly one of a kind. “The good Lord put an idea into my head and from there it went to my heart and from there to my hands,” said Thompson as he described the process of creating the museum over the past several years. “I want people to know about our forefathers.” he added. “The past always forms the future.”