GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The October edition of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features the groundbreaking of a Montevideo veterans home, the plant-based egg processing facility in Appleton, the Minnesota 4-H agronomy program and a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on behalf of residents of the Broadmoor Valley manufactured home park. This program will air Thursday, October 14 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.
A groundbreaking event for the Montevideo Veterans Home — one of three new veterans homes being built by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs — took place on August 23, 2021. In 2018, the Minnesota State Legislature approved $32 million for the three homes. The Montevideo project received $9.4 million dollars. Local Vietnam War veteran, Steve Williams, who died unexpectedly in 2018, donated nearly $3 million to the project. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota State Sen. Andrew Lang, Minnesota State Rep. Rob Ecklund and Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke were all in attendance. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Established in 2011, Eat Just is a company that makes plant-based eggs. Eat Just's facility in Appleton, where they make Just Egg, is the largest plant-based egg facility in the world. Located on Musterman Street, Eat Just’s Appleton location employs about 50 people.
Five years ago Minnesota 4-H, with some targeted money from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, added agronomy to their program offerings. Agronomy is the science and technology of plant production and students in the aronomy program at Minnesota 4-H learn things like how to most efficiently grow sugar beets and corn to the difference between GMO and selectively bred crops. They also took on the task of busting some common agriculture myths.
On August 27th, Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison visited Broadmoor Valley, a manufactured home park in Marshall, to announce a lawsuit against the park’s owner Schierholtz and Associates. Paul Schierholz is a resident of Colorado Springs. Compass interviewed Attorney General Ellison about the lawsuit and got a tour of Broadmoor Valley from two residents.
Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer PBS via email at email@example.com 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.
Funding for Compass is provided in part by the Bremer Foundation, the Mcknight Foundation and the Viewers of Pioneer PBS. Stories about Minnesota 4-H are funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
About Pioneer PBS