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Luck & Love: A Rodeo Story Screening & Broadcast

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Download photo of Tanner Aus being interviewed by executive producer Dana Conroy and videographer/editor Ben Dempcy


GRANITE FALLS, Minn., February 16, 2024 - On Tuesday, February 13, Pioneer PBS and Granite Falls Western Fest PRCA Stampede Rodeo co-hosted three screenings of Pioneer PBS’s new documentary Luck & Love: A Rodeo Story featuring local rodeo star Tanner Aus, in a special preview event at Pioneer PBS headquarters in Granite Falls. 

A professional rodeo athlete, Aus is a professional bareback bronc rider, who has had to balance his grueling rodeo schedule with family life in small-town Minnesota. Luck & Love: A Rodeo Story gives viewers a glimpse inside the life of a star rodeo athlete. 

All three screenings sold out with nearly 250 people in attendance to watch the preview and meet Tanner as well as the filmmakers and staff at Pioneer PBS. 

Download photo of the screening inside the Pioneer PBS studio


Due to the overwhelming interest in this event, Pioneer PBS is having an encore screening at the station Saturday, March 9 on a first-come basis. The film will play at 11 a.m., 12, p.m., 1 p.m, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Luck & Love: A Rodeo Story will be paired with the Pioneer PBS’ Postcards piece featuring the Granite Falls Western Fest PRCA Stampede Rodeo, a world-class rodeo held annually at LeeMar Ranch in Granite Falls, Minnesota. The segment also features John Richter and Holly Johnson of the Western Fest board. 

“Professional rodeo is really a family event. There’s something for everyone,” said Richter. 

Luck & Love: A Rodeo Story will also be available to watch on air and streaming on the Pioneer PBS video player, PBS App and Pioneer PBS YouTube channel Monday, February 19 at 8 p.m. 

Pioneer PBS is honored to be your television station—the only station in western Minnesota telling your stories and raising your voices into the media landscape.

Credits for Luck & Love: A Rodeo Story: Executive Producer Dana Conroy, Videographers/Editors Ben Dempcy, Kristofor Gieske

The program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and members of Pioneer PBS.

About Pioneer PBS
Established in 1966, Pioneer PBS is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing stories from rural Minnesota with the world. For more information visit or call 800-726-3178.