Pioneer continues to settle in as new screening events are planned for Granite Falls studio
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Nature of the Beasts screening with Nick Molle
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Late last month, Pioneer PBS moved another staff group to Granite Falls. With the latest group of seven production employees moving in, Pioneer PBS has reached the point where 90 percent of its employees work daily in Granite Falls. Only three master control employees remain in Appleton. The new television campus in Granite Falls will reach full capacity sometime in late fall or winter of 2020 once the master and studio control equipment and relay towers have been installed.

The new studio in Granite Falls has been abuzz with activity as the workforce has nearly doubled and hundreds of students, organizations and volunteers have toured the facility in recent months. Pioneer PBS is continuing with its regular production schedule and the station’s fleet of six vehicles continues to fan out for hundreds of miles in every direction to capture stories and build community through screening events.

The new studio will be center stage for some special screening events in August and September.

Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. — Nationally acclaimed nature documentary producer Nick Molle of Estes Park, Colorado will present a special screening at Pioneer PBS’ studio of his latest film Nature of the Beasts which is set to air on Pioneer PBS a week later on Thursday, August 8. The August 1 event is free and the public is invited to attend. Molle is married to Granite Falls native Mary Beth (nee Finnes) Molle.

Thursday, September 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. — Pioneer PBS will host a special screening, discussion and dance party to celebrate the release of Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music at the Granite Falls studio and the nearby Memorial Park. Other Country Music events will be held on August 29 in downtown Fergus Falls at A Center for the Arts and on September 12 at the Breezy Barn in Tracy. All events will feature live country music, line dance instruction and facilitated discussions led by Obama and Bush Fellow Ashley Hanson of the Department of Public Transformation.

The new facility in Granite Falls is “Coming Into View” as a regional crossroads and civic engagement hub to share and discuss the thoughtful and thought provoking stories that Pioneer PBS produces and distributes. While it may take five years or more for the native grasses surrounding the new building to become fully established, Pioneer PBS is well on its way to putting down some deep roots alongside some of the oldest exposed rock on the continent. Come see us soon!

For more information on studio news or upcoming events, call 1-800-726-3178 or visit