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A new year brings new seasons of local shows on Pioneer PBS
New Year of Pioneer PBS 2022

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn — At the Pioneer PBS studios in Granite Falls and Appleton, the editing suites have been buzzing and producers have been searching for just the right images. The programming department has been scheduling new local shows and the communications staff has been devising promotional strategies. The development team has been lining up corporate support and the engineering staff has been making sure everything is going smoothly. It takes many hands to create local television and the staff of Pioneer PBS is excited to bring you a new line-up of shows for 2022!

Celebrating its 35th season, Prairie Yard & Garden premieres on Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Mike Cihak has worked for decades producing and editing this classic Pioneer PBS show and Mary Holm returns for her eighth season as the host. The program has repeat broadcast showings on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 1 p.m. Every episode is made available for online viewing at

The public is invited to participate in a special Prairie Yard & Garden screening and discussion event on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 3 p.m. CST in Herman. The free event will include a preview of the new PY&G story about Herman native Rita Kaiser, her fairyland gardens and the young gardeners she inspires. Those wishing to attend in person can come to the Herman Community Center at 416 Atlantic Ave. S. in Herman. Participants can also receive a Zoom link to view the event online by registering at

Prairie Sportsman premieres its 13th season on Sunday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. Prairie Sportsman is Pioneer PBS’s most widely distributed program, with every PBS station in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Iowa also sharing the show. Produced by Cindy Dorn, hosted by Bret Amundson and edited by Dylan Curfman, Prairie Sportsman celebrates the outdoors and explores ways we can protect and restore natural resources. The program has repeat broadcast showings on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Episodes are available for online viewing anytime/anywhere at

Postcards,  Pioneer PBS’s popular art, culture and history show, returns for its 13th season with a premiere on Thursday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Produced by Dana Conroy and edited by Ben Dempcy and Kristofor Gieske, Postcards has received 18 Upper Midwest Emmy® awards in the past nine years. The program has repeat broadcast showings on Sundays at 7 p.m. and Mondays at 1:30 p.m. All previously aired Postcards programs can be viewed online at

Your Legislators returns for it’s 42nd season on Thursday, January 27 at 8 p.m. and will continue with weekly broadcasts on Thursday nights through to the end of the Minnesota legislative session in May. The show is produced by Matt Johnson with production assistance from Mollie Londgren. Barry Anderson will again host the show from his home using Zoom to ask viewer submitted questions to representatives of the Minnesota House and Senate. Viewers with questions are encouraged to call 1-800-726-3178, email or tweet @YourLegislators during the hour-long program. Every episode is made available for online viewing at

Compass continues with its monthly broadcasts on Thursday, January 13 and Thursday, February 10 at 9 p.m. Producer/reporter Amanda Anderson’s public affairs stories are posted immediately on Compass’ social media and website and are then combined into  monthly broadcasts with the help of editor Esmeralda Ziemer and production assistant Matt Johnson. Viewers are encouraged to visit Compass on Facebook and on YouTube to give feedback on the stories. Every episode is made available for online viewing at

An all new LANDMARKS series, Cemeteries of Minnesota, will premiere on Friday, February 25 at 7 p.m. Travel along with Minnesota historian Doug Ohman, as he explores the fascinating world of cemeteries. From the earliest burial grounds to the most current cemetery practices, Ohman will highlight Minnesotans that have a passion for these sacred grounds. Produced by Timothy Hale Bakken with production assistance from Matt Johnson, this is the fifth installment of the popular LANDMARKS series.

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