GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The June edition of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features Granite Falls baker Michelle Huggins, Alexandria’s Inclusion Network and creative architecture. This program will air Thursday, June 10 at 9 p.m. and will be viewable online at www.pioneer.org/compass after the original airing. Viewers are encouraged to visit Compass on Facebook and YouTube to give feedback on the stories.
When Michele Huggins started Doughp Creations, she thought it was important to eat things that grow nearby. In this story, Huggins’ shares her food philosophies, as she mills her own grain and slaps and folds her dough. Huggins has also been exploring ways to give back to the community and bake with a cause, especially after a year of heightened awareness of police brutality toward people of color.
Since 2003, the Inclusion Network in Alexandria has aimed to make central Minnesota a welcoming place for all. Through diversity training and consulting, theatrical and educational events, a panel-based series, Voices, and other year-round activities, the Inclusion Network works to create a more inclusive community for all of Alexandria’s residents.
In 2018, community conversations and a creative community design/build process began at a vacant building on Main Street in Granite Falls. The final segment will feature a look at a collaboration between the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Department of Public Transformation to reimagine and renovate old and vacant buildings, one in St. James and another, the Yes! House, in Granite Falls.
Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer PBS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the station at 1-800-726-3178.
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.
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