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Care for Caregivers, Hmong New Year and the esports team at SMSU highlighted on Pioneer PBS
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The December edition of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features a recap of Pioneer PBS’s Care for Caregivers event, the Hmong New Year celebration in Tracy and the esports team at Southwest Minnesota State University. This program will air Thursday, December 9 at 9 p.m. and will be viewable online at after the original airing. Viewers are encouraged to visit Compass on Facebook and YouTube to give feedback on the stories.

On October 13, Pioneer PBS hosted a screening event and discussion promoting healthy conversations about caregiving, aging and dying. The event was hosted in partnership with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, End in Mind, Do No Harm Media, The Remember Project, Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program and Prairie Five Community Action Council. The event included a screening of the documentary, “Caregiver: A Love Story” by Dr. Jessica Zitter, a palliative care physician. Compass gathered reactions from attendees and highlighted the event.

On November 20, the Hmong community in southwest Minnesota hosted a Hmong New Year celebration in the Tracy High School gym. The day consisted of a ribbon cutting ceremony, a talent and fashion show, and traditional Hmong food. The event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Hmong people moving to southwest Minnesota.

The 2021/2022 school year marks the second year that Southwest Minnesota State University has had an esports team — they’re the first in the Minnesota State system of colleges and Universities to have such a team. The group has 41 participants who play a variety of video games like Valorant, League of Legends and Rocket League. Compass chatted with Spencer Louwagie and a number of players about how the team was started and why they enjoy being on the team.

Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer PBS via email at or call the station at 1-800-726-3178.

About Compass

Compass features current topics relevant to communities in Pioneer PBS's viewing area. Stories are digital-first, meaning they're available on Compass' Facebook page, Pioneer PBS’s YouTube page and Compass' website before being compiled into monthly broadcasts, which air the second Thursday of the month. 

Funding for Compass is provided in part by the Bremer Foundation, the Mcknight Foundation and the Viewers of Pioneer PBS. 

About Pioneer PBS

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