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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The February 2023 broadcast of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features a story about Title IX and a family of coaches from Fosston and a look at the state of rural EMS in Minnesota. The program will air Thursday, February 9 at 9 p.m. on Pioneer PBS.

The first segment looks at the impact of Title IX. 2022 was the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX. While Title IX doesn't only apply to gender equity in sport, it did have a huge impact on athletic equality. Dr. Nicole Lavoi from the Tucker Center for Research Girls & Women in Sport explains that while participation in sport for females skyrocketed post-Title IX, women coaches have been left behind. But in Fosston, Bernice Carlin was the first in a lineage of coaches. In the 1960s, she helped start extramural sports for girls at Fosston High School and laid the foundation for her daughter, Kim Roysland to coach at the high school. And now, Carlin’s granddaughter Kelly Roysland Curry is the assistant coach for the University of Minnesota’s women’s basketball team. Stream this story now.

Then, learn about the state of EMS in rural Minnesota. There are a lot of challenges facing rural EMS, like staffing and funding. Mark Jones from the Minnesota Rural Health Association and Kelly Asche from the Center for Rural Policy and Development give a brief history of how Minnesota setup its EMS system and some of the challenges facing the industry. And people working in the field talk about how they're thinking about these challenges and finding solutions for them. First, Compass visits Redwood Falls to talk with Lewis Louwagie, Bradly Hanson and Richard Hawton of CentraCare EMS. Then, at Lake Region Healthcare’s Elbow Lake location, Aric Risbrudt, Carrie Clauson, Travis Nyreen and Michael Cieniawski talk about their experiences working with the ambulance service. Steam this story now.

People in Pioneer PBS's viewing area can livestream the episode at on Thursday, February 9 at 9 p.m. This special will be repeated on Monday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. and will be viewable online at Viewers are encouraged to visit Compass on Facebook at  and YouTube at to give feedback on the stories.

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.

About Compass

Produced by Pioneer PBS, ​Compass is an award-winning, solutions journalism-centered series that features current topics relevant to communities in Pioneer PBS's viewing area. Stories are digital-first, meaning they're available onCompass' Facebook and YouTube pages and website before being compiled into monthly broadcasts. The program is produced by Amanda Anderson, with videography and editing done by Amanda Anderson and Esmeralda Ziemer. Funding for Compass is provided in part by the Mcknight Foundation, the Otto Bremer Trust and members of Pioneer PBS.

About Pioneer PBS

Established in 1966, Pioneer PBS is anaward-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information