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Milan’s Billy Thompson featured on Postcards May 14
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Pioneer PBS’s Postcards program will share a funny story told years ago by the legendary William (“Billy”) Thompson Jr. of Milan along with excerpts of two original new documentaries on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 17 at 7 p.m. and Monday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. The stories will also be available for online viewing through the station’s website: www.pioneer.org/postcards.

Milan enthusiast Billy Thompson died in April at the age of 91. The Postcards crew went back into the archives and pulled out an interview recorded seven years ago where he tells of his famous double decker outhouse -- a key attraction of his one-of-a-kind Arv Hus Museum on Milan’s Main Street.

The episode will include a preview of The Horse Relative -- a new hour-long documentary about the historic art of horse regalia and how it is being revived and reinterpreted for a new generation in Dakota communities. The premiere of the documentary is set to air on Sunday, May 17 at 6 p.m. on Pioneer PBS.

The episode also includes an excerpt from the recently aired, new half hour-long documentary The Devil’s Instrument which explores the history, lore, craft and haunting music of the Hardanger fiddle and the dances that accompany it as they are practiced in present day Norway.

The episode wraps up with Dawson poet Lauren K. Calrson sharing two of her original poems.


About Postcards

Postcards is produced by Dana Conroy with videography and editing by Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy. The program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Production sponsors for the program include Shalom Hill Farm, Explore Alexandria Tourism and the Lake Region Arts Council.

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:

www.pioneer.org