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Caregiving, the Milan pergola, a new coop and Woman Farmer of the Year on Pioneer PBS
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Dean and Deanna Hoffman

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The September edition of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features a heartwarming story about caregiving, a new pergola in Milan, the Perennial Promise Growers Cooperative and Farmfest’s Woman Farmer of the Year. This program will air Thursday, September 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.

Dean and Deanna Hoffman have been married since 1957. Deanna has been a caregiver for Dean since 1983 when Dean suffered a severe stroke. Hear their personal story and learn about the caregiver support services offered by Wellspring Faith in Action in St. James. 

Milan recently received funds from the Age-Friendly Community Building Project grant from the Southwest Initiative Foundation to build a pergola so people of all ages can sit down and get to know one another. 

The Perennial Promise Growers Cooperative became an official cooperative on July 28 when they met at a field day event in Goodhue. The group has 15 current members, but the organization's president, Carmen Fernholz expects that number to swell over the next year. During their July 28 gathering, the organization’s President Carmen Fernholz of Madison and Vice President Ben Penner of St. Peter signed the group's articles of incorporation after 18 months of organizing and planning.

On Thursday, August 5, Jane Goplen was awarded the second annual Woman Farmer of the Year award at Minnesota Farmfest. Compass talked with Goplen about how she felt about winning the award.

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. Stories about aging with dignity are funded by the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging.

About Pioneer PBS

Established in 1966, Pioneer PBS is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: