Tanner Siegert grew up in Appleton and Madison Minnesota, but now he is touring the country with theYoung Americans, a nonprofit group of talented young performers spreading the importance of interactive music, dance, and performance worldwide. Pioneer's Postcards crew caught up with Siegert and his troupe when he came back to his hometown last September to perform and interact with his alma mater and revisit the streets of his childhood home. “The fact that what I love to do can change someone’s life for the better, that’s all that matters to me,” said Siegert.
Ken Nyberg’s Sculpture park in Vining (pop.98) has earned a “Worth a Detour” rating on Roadside America’s web site and upon viewing the Postcards segment about the park, you’ll know why. Nyberg is a welder and construction foreman who uses leftover lawnmower blades, scrap metal and other materials to fashion a collection of whimsical public art sculptures and a popular wayside rest stop in this home of NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg (yes, she is Ken’s daughter). “I always liked making things where I didn’t have to duplicate it, “ said Nyberg. “Repetition isn’t something I like.”
The photography exhibit Estar en el Prairie is a project created by two University of Minnesota Morris seniors, Jordan Wente and Natalie Hoidahl, to celebrate the emerging importance of the Latino community in western Minnesota. Wente and Hoidahl paired photographers in the Morris area with Latino members of the community to create a space for communication between the Spanish speaking and English speaking cultures in Morris and the surrounding area. Photographers Katie Lederman and Ashley Dial are interviewed in the piece along with Hector Garcia of El Paso, Texas. “It’s not like in Morris there’s a blatant outcry of racism,” according to Wente. “There really is a silence of misunderstanding, and we’re trying to break that silence.“