APPLETON, Minn. — Nonprofits throughout western and southwestern Minnesota rely on Give to the Max Day to bring in much needed donations to sustain important work. Pioneer Public Television is hoping to raise $3,000 by November 16, 2017 to continue the work it has been doing to sponsor dialogues with Vietnam veterans in greater Minnesota. To donate visit: https://givemn.org/organization/Pioneer-Public-Tv.
APPLETON, Minn. — In honor of Veterans Day 2017, Pioneer will be broadcasting a special, locally produced Veterans Day program on Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m. The program will be recorded live on Friday, November 10 at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls and will feature musical performances by the Yellow Medicine East (YME) Concert Band and Concert Choir and Middle School choir. The keynote speech will be delivered by Lt. Col. Shawnn L. Martin, commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and professor of Aerospace Studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The program will be available for online viewing at www.pioneer.org/specials after November 13.
APPLETON, Minn. — Pioneer Public Television welcomes Deb Monahan who will serve as the new chief financial officer for the award-winning PBS station which serves more than one million households in parts of five states in the upper Midwest.
Advance screening and discussions of THE VIETNAM WAR from PBS' Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to be shown in Willmar, August 24
An advance screening of THE VIETNAM WAR documentary on PBS will be shown in Willmar in the Multi Purpose Room at the Kandiyohi County Health & Human Services Building from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on August 24. The event will feature small group discussions after the screening. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are appreciated to the Kandiyohi County Veterans Service Office at 320-231-6226. For more information about the event, contact Kayla Hawkinson at 320-289-2926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance screenings and discussions of THE VIETNAM WAR from PBS' Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to be shown in Willmar, Milbank and Marshall
Advance screenings of THE VIETNAM WAR documentary from PBS will be shown in Willmar at the Kandiyohi Government Center on August 24, at the Milbank High School on September 7 and at the SMSU Conference Center in Marshall on September 12. All of the screenings will be held between 5:30 and 9 p.m. and will feature small group discussions after the screenings. Refreshments will be served and the events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patrick Moore of Pioneer Public Television at 320-289-2622 or email@example.com.
THE VIETNAM WAR is a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick set to air nationwide on PBS on September 17 - 23. THE VIETNAM WAR will feature testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war, others who opposed it and Vietnamese combatants and civilians from many different perspectives.
Segments of THE VIETNAM WAR will form the basis of facilitated dialogues carried out with assistance from the Minnesota Humanities Center, the South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, local veterans service offices and several other local partners.
The times and listings of each screening event, with local contact information are:
Thursday, August 24, 2017 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Kandiyohi Health and Human Services Building
2200 23rd St NE #1020, Willmar, Minnesota
Kandiyohi County Veterans Service Office
RSVP's not necessary, but welcomed: PreviewTheVietnamWarWillmar.eventbrite.com
Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Milbank High School Theater
1001 E. Park Ave, Milbank South Dakota
Grant County South Dakota Veterans Service Office
RSVP's not necessary, but welcomed: PreviewTheVietnamWarMilbank.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Southwest Minnesota State University Conference Center
1501 State St, Marshall, MN
Regional Veterans Service Coordinator
RSVP's not necessary, but welcomed: PreviewTheVietnamWarSMSU.eventbrite.com
Pioneer Public Television is also in the process of collecting and recording stories from area Vietnam War veterans who are interested in sharing their stories. If you or someone you know are interested in telling a Vietnam story, contact Timothy Bakken at 320-289-2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for these events is being provided by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 2008 and by the Blandin Foundation.
About Pioneer Public Television
Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. The station can be viewed over the air on KWCM Channel 10 in Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 in Worthington and K49FA in Fergus Falls as well as on dozens of cable channels and on satellite channels.
Pioneer Public Television successfully met its goal of raising $60,000 during its recently completed Community Pride Membership Drive held from February 28 through March 18. More than 300 new members joined the station during that time and several regional communities vied with each other to win a contest for having the most calls and/or web site pledges come in during the 19-day drive.
The top communities in the Community Pride Membership drive contest were Montevideo, Luverne, Granite Falls, Morris, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Montevideo, with its 67 calls and web pledges, was the winner of the 6 month promotional package that will be used to promote that community to Pioneer’s recently expanded viewing area which extends from western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities via satellite all the way to the Missouri River in South Dakota.
Pioneer has one of the largest geographic viewing areas of any PBS station in the nation emanating from one of the smallest towns in the PBS system. In this recent membership drive, there were calls coming in from the west as far away as Kennebec, SD and, to the east, Trego, WI - a distance of 418 miles. From north to south there were callers from Ada, MN to Yankton, SD - a distance of 308 miles. “We have great supporters in many communities and we needed every one of them to make our goal,” said President and General Manager, Les Heen.
About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.
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.
Pioneer Public Television put up a Curious George themed tree earlier at the Appleton Civic Center. The tree will be on display through December. Don't forget to vote while your there!