Appleton, Minn. -- The final touches are being pieced together for the long awaited documentary of South Dakota’s country music legend Sherwin Linton to be shown for the first time on Sunday, September 28 at 2 p.m. at the Watertown Event Center at 1901 9th Ave. SW, Watertown, SD. Pioneer Public Television director Tim Bakken is gathering extra footage of Linton singing in the coteau hills near Peever. Pam Linton is busy assembling the exhibit of “career treasures” that will be on display at the Watertown Event Center before the show. Sherwin is still scanning his encyclopedic brain for memories and reminiscences that would be important to include in the 90 minute story about his 60 year career as a performing artist.
According to Linton, the exhibit of career treasures that he and Pam intend to bring to Watertown include: guitars and instruments, costumes, stage clothes, awards, plaques, albums, posters, photos and other memorabilia going back to the 1950s. Linton intends to attend his Class of ‘57 high school reunion on Saturday night the 27th and then he and Pam will be on hand to greet those that come and see the world premiere of Sherwin Linton Forever on the Stage on Sunday. Doors will open at noon at the Watertown Event Center where a sell out crowd is expected. Advance tickets can be ordered through Pioneer Public TV’s web site at www.pioneer.org/sherwinlinton or by calling 1-800-726-3178.
“We can’t wait to see all of our South Dakota friends at the premiere in Watertown on September 28th,” said Linton. “But if that event is sold out, we encourage those that can’t get in to attend the show in Luverne on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. at the historic Palace Theatre,” he added.
The documentary traces the story of how Linton created his own rock 'n' roll and country radio show and band at the age of 15 in Watertown, South Dakota. Now at age 75, Linton continues to perform and is listed in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not for never missing a performance in almost 60 years.
A documentary that follows a couple from Prinsburg, Minnesota as they adopt two girls from an orphanage in Haiti has received an Emmy Award issued by the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on September 13, 2014 at the awards gala at Target Field, Minneapolis. Haiti Love won the award in the Topical Documentary Category. It is the second year in a row that an Emmy Award has been earned by Pioneer Public Television, a small rural station operating out of one of the oldest buildings and smallest towns in the U.S. public television system.
Haiti Love traces the story of Jay and Kris TeBrake of rural Prinsburg as they adopt two girls from an orphanage in Haiti. Pioneer’s Senior Producer Dana Johnson produced and directed the documentary, Dan Huiting was the director of photography with additional videography by Kristofor Gieske. Kevin Russell was the editor for the program which originally aired on Mother’s Day in May 2014. Pioneer has planned another broadcast of Haiti Love for Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on Monday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. The program can also be viewed online at video.pioneer.org/video/2365244418/.
According to Johnson, the process of making Haiti Love was both “demanding” and “miraculous.” Johnson raised the funds and secured Pioneer’s backing, arranged the travel (with “insane logistics”) and then worked day and night for 10 days in Haiti with award-winning videographer Huiting. Upon her return, she became violently ill and yet still had to organize and prepare to capture the Minnesota footage contained in the story.
“It was very emotional,” Johnson recalls. “Adoption is a difficult topic to present,” she added. “We were so grateful to the TeBrakes for their courage, honesty and willingness to show what the process is like.” Johnson is also quick to give credit to editor Kevin Russell whose artful presentation of the story lends a “contemporary and evocative” feel to the documentary.
“We are thrilled to receive an Upper Midwest Emmy for the second year in a row,” said Pioneer General Manager Les Heen. “Our folks have worked hard to produce high-quality programs for our viewers, and it is terrific to see that hard work recognized with an Emmy Award.”
There will be an Open House for tours of Pioneer Public Television's new Mobile Studio on Sunday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the TV Station’s Studios on 120 W. Schlieman Ave., Appleton before the unit appears in the Applefest Parade at 2:30 p.m.
After the parade, the Mobile Studio will be available for tours at the Swift County Fairgrounds from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. as part of the Applefest Sweepstakes and button drawing festivities to be centered around the Chuck Brown building on Sunday afternoon. The event is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Pioneer Public TV at 320-289-2622.
The Mobile Studio is capable of recording concerts, town meetings, plays and sporting events with as many as seven digital cameras that can be linked to the trailer with fiber optic cable. A full video directing suite and separate audio suite are set up inside the climate controlled and soundproofed trailer. The Mobile Studio exterior wrap features photographs from around the Pioneer Public TV region, including images taken by local photographers Kristi Fernholz and Rob Rakow.
To date, Pioneer has used the mobile studio to record episodes of Funtime Polka at the Larry Olsen Farm in Lake Benton and a series of performances at the Minnesota Old Time Music and Bluegrass Festival near Richmond, Minnesota. It is expected that the mobile studio will be used in the first televised Minnesota gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season tentatively scheduled to be held in Rochester on October 1st.
Funding for the Mobile Studio was raised from a variety of sources, including the USDA’s Rural Utility Service, which helps rural communities to expand and keep their technology up to date. Local Pioneer Public Television members also contributed to the construction and development of the studio through a fundraising drive held last November for “Give to the Max” Day.
Currently, Pioneer Public TV is seeking input from members and nonprofit partners in the viewing area about events that could be documented through the Mobile Studio. For more information or to propose a use for the studio, email the station at email@example.com.