GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The December edition of Pioneer PBS’s reformatted public affairs program Compass features an update on a whites-only organization's, the Asatru Folk Assembly, move into Murdock; one man’s run across Minnesota to promote LGBTQ-safe outdoor opportunities; a police/resident partnership in Redwood Falls; and a Dakota Community Artists-in-Residence project. This program will air Thursday, December 17 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 on YouTube and give feedback on the stories.
Compass continues its coverage of a white supremacist organization's, the Asatru Folk Assembly, move into Murdock. In a 3:1 vote during their city council meeting on December 9, the Murdock City Council approved a conditional use permit requested by the AFA. This past summer, the AFA purchased a former Lutheran church in Murdock which is currently zoned residential. The group needed this conditional use permit to gather there. Watch and comment on Facebook and YouTube.
Mikah Meyer spent 38 days this fall running 209.98 miles across the state of Minnesota to promote his new program, Outside Safe Space, an initiative to support LGBTQ-safe outdoor spaces. Meyer started his journey on the Minnesota/South Dakota border—at the State Line Wayside Park in Revillo, South Dakota—and concluded his run in Stillwater, Minnesota on October 11. Compass met up with Meyer in Montevideo. Comment on the story on Facebook or YouTube. Watch and comment on Facebook and YouTube.
As a response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Redwood Falls resident Dan Kates planned a march. He didn't want to let the movement fizzle and when he was asked to join the Redwood Falls Police Commission by Police Chief Jason Cotner he thought that might be a good opportunity to enact change. Watch and comment on Facebook and YouTube.
Over the past year, Pioneer PBS’s has been collecting stories as part of an environmental scan of our viewing area—trying to unearth untold stories, including one about the successful transition of an organic farm from farmer Carmen Fernholz to farmer Luke Peterson.
Finally, Fern Cloud participated in the Dakota Community Artists-in-Residence program—a collaboration between the Department of Public Transformation in Granite Falls, Dakota Wicohan in Morton and Racing Magpie in Rapid City South Dakota. The program asked artists to design and implement a creative project addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on their community. Fern Cloud wanted to create something that helped people to reflect and look inward. Watch and comment on Facebook and YouTube.
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.
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