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February Edition of Compass airs Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. on Pioneer PBS
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The February edition of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features an interview with the mayor of Murdock about the city’s decision to grant a permit to the Asatru Folk Assembly; a pumpkin patch in Appleton; a woman in Willmar who is running for cancer research; and an episode of Undowanpi (We Sing). This program will air Thursday, February 11 at 9 p.m. and will be viewable online at after the original airing. Viewers are encouraged to visit Compass on Facebook and on YouTube and give feedback on the stories.

Compass interviews Murdock Mayor Craig Kavanagh about the city council's decision to grant a conditional use permit to the Asatru Folk Assembly. The AFA, a white supremacist religious organization, purchased a former lutheran church located in a residential zone in town and needed this permit to hold religious-related events and gatherings there. The segment also features an interview with Professor Raleigh Levine, a professor of law at the Mitchell Hamline school of Law, about the First Amendment and how far its protections reach.

Then, Chuck and Sandy Tatge of Appleton make sure any child who wants a personalized pumpkin gets one. A trip to their pumpkin patch shows how they bring joy to children and adults alike.

In January, Maria Isabel Mera accepted the 100 Mile New Year Challenge from the American Cancer Society. Maria, who works at Jennie-O and is the chair of Iglesia Paz y Esperanza in Willmar, finished her 100 miles in 22 days. She kept running for the entire month of January and ultimately ran 134 miles. Iglesia Paz y Esperanza helped her raise over $1,000 for the American Center Society.

The next segment features Opie Day, a lead singer from the group Midnite Express. Day was interviewed for a project by Pioneer PBS’s Tanner Peterson, highlighting what traditional song and drum means to four different Native artists. 

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.

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