"All About Pipestone" will air on Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. The episode will be repeated on Monday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after the premiere broadcast through the station's web site: www.pioneer.org/postcards.
The episode begins with a story about the award winning Lange's Cafe -- a family owned business which has not closed a single day since it opened back in 1955. Owner Steve Lange and long time server Darlene Iler are interviewed. Steve admits that he didn't always know how to manage a restaurant saying, "I'm very blessed, I have excellent employees. I give them a lot of credit because when I came in I only knew how to eat food and they taught me over the years all the rest that I needed to know. "
The next Postcards Pipestone segment covers the country schoolhouse project at the Pipestone County Museum. Susan Hoskins, executive director at the museum, and former country schoolhouse student Maurice Bickford are interviewed. Maurice recalls jokingly about finding his classmates belongings on the walk to school, "We were collectors," he says "We were finders and keepers. Sometimes we would give it back depending on if we got along with them or not."
Pipestone transplant Bruce Weigle talks about his Native American Heritage, his new found home and his love of flute playing. "When I play its just about getting in my heart more than my head. I try to shut off my brain and let the energies flow through me and express myself through the music," Weigle says.
Finally, Dennis Hansen, the Managing Director of the Pipestone Performing Arts Center talks about the history of this unique home for community based art in the heart of the Pipestone Historic District. "We are very fortunate being a small community of 4,500 people to have a facility like this. It's amazing," says Hansen.