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WoMen’s Rural Advocacy Programs, winter solstice in Granite Falls and Bluenose Gopher Public House
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The January 2022 edition of Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass features an interview about Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the winter solstice event in Granite Falls and some local drink recommendations for dry (and not dry) January. This program will air Thursday, January 13 at 9 p.m. and will be viewable online at after the original airing. People in Pioneer PBS's viewing area can livestream the episode at during the broadcast time. Viewers are encouraged to visit Compass on Facebook and YouTube to give feedback on the stories.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The WoMen's Rural Advocacy Programs is a nonprofit with offices located in Marshall, Granite Falls and Redwood Falls. The organization advocates and provides services for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Becci tenBensel is the executive director of the WoMen's Rural Advocacy Programs and joined Compass to talk about the organization’s work. 

On December 21, 2021, Granite Falls celebrated the winter solstice. Bethany Naab, owner of Stella + Poppy, started her annual winter solstice event four years ago to thank her customers and to draw attention to her store, which was located one block east of Prentice Street — the main street in Granite Falls. Two years ago, she moved to Prentice street and opened the celebration to all local businesses.

The Bluenose Gopher Public House located in downtown Granite Falls is a cooperative tap house. Luwaina Al-Otaibi is the chief operating officer at the Bluenose Gopher Public House. Al-Otaibi and other cooperative members shared some of their favorite current on-tap drink recommendations for those who are (and those who are not) participating in dry January.

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

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 Mcknight Foundation and the viewers of Pioneer PBS. 

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: