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 has collected and recorded stories from area Vietnam War veterans for a local documentary to be shown in advance of the national release of THE VIETNAM WAR by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Grow Our Own: Helping the Next Generation Find Success, will air Thursday, April 20 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. This program is a collaboration between Pioneer Public Television and Southwest Initiative Foundation to raise awareness about the fact that one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty.
Many experts cited in the program agree that the American Dream is moving out of reach for children across the country—including those in rural Minnesota. The broadcast addresses what it will take to reverse these trends and give all our children a chance to succeed.
In December 2016, employers, community leaders, elected officials, educators and students gathered in Marshall, Minn. for a summit featuring nationally known experts like Robert Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
Putnam points out that people saying “our kids” used to mean all kids in the community, not just their own children, and we must get back to that in our society. “Our sense of ‘we’ has shriveled,” he said. “This is a big deal for all of us.”
The program airs during the Month of the Young Child, a time when communities across the nation recognize the needs and rights of young children and families. It also aligns with Pioneer Public Television’s launch of a new 24/7 PBS KIDs channel, available for free to families everywhere within range of broadcasting towers and via live stream.
“Pioneer has made a commitment to serving the children of working families with quality educational programming for more than 50 years,” said Pioneer General Manager Les Heen. “This partnership with SWIF in broadcasting this vital information is at the core of our mission.”
Additional videos, including full presentations from summit speakers, will be available online at www.pioneer.org/growourown after the broadcast.
“We’re excited to share the Grow Our Own message with the help of such great regional partners,” said Southwest Initiative Foundation President/CEO Diana Anderson. “These kids sit in our classrooms today and will come to work in and run our businesses tomorrow. They will need to fill the many roles that keep our communities strong and vibrant. We must give all kids the best possible start.”
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.
About Southwest Initiative Foundation
Since 1986, this regional community foundation has contributed more than $73 million through its grant and loan programs. Southwest Initiative Foundation has helped more than 700 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which have created or retained more than 8,590 jobs; established 25 community affiliates and more than 100 school, donor-advised and other funds; 16 Early Childhood Initiative coalitions to support young children; and received 1,730 acres of farmland through our Keep It Growing℠ farmland giving program. The Southwest Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To learn more visit: www.swifoundation.org.
Contemporary Native American musician Paul LaRoche (whose adoptive surname was Paul Summers) made a triumphant return to his hometown of Worthington, Minnesota in November of 2015 to perform with the Worthington Symphony Orchestra (WASO) at the historic Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Pioneer Public Television was there with its new mobile studio to record this emotional reunion. Excerpts from this soon-to-be-classic holiday concert will be broadcast for the first time on Saturday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. as part of Pioneer’s “Making Spirits Bright” membership drive. For more information on Pioneer’s viewing area visit www.pioneer.org/cable--satellite-viewing and www.pioneer.org/viewing-area.
The premiere broadcast will feature performances by Paul LaRoche, his daughter Nicole on the flute, his son Shane on the guitar, colorful dancers and drummers all interwoven with the string and brass musicians from the WASO under the direction of Conductor Dr. Christopher Stanichar. Musical selections performed include New Age/Worldbeat style performances of “Silent Star Night,” “Shelter from the Storm,” “Creators Prayer,” “Silent Grace,” “O Holy Night,” and “Star People”.
In between the musical selections, LaRoche will be interviewed by Pioneer Public TV’s general manager Les Heen as he talks about his upbringing in Worthington and his discovery at age 38 of his biological Lakota family on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The discovery changed his life and led to the creation of the award-winning band Brulé, which tours the U.S. each year, performing at various venues for thousands of fans.
Viewers will be able to receive bonus track CD and DVD recordings of the historic concert as a thank you gift for making a contribution to member supported Pioneer Public Television. For more information, contact Pioneer at 1-800-726-3178 or at email@example.com.
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You might think it is enough for a small town public television station to produce 6 local programs (Your Legislators, Prairie Yard and Garden, Funtime Polka, Postcards, Grassland Jam, On Stage) and broadcast local candidate debates during election years. But Pioneer also works with local nonprofits, educational institutions and communities to produce custom videos that serve to inform, connect and inspire the region.
In the past eight months, Pioneer has worked with regional partners to produce 3 custom video programs:
“Minnesota Rural Nonprofits Give to the Max” was produced and broadcast in November, 2014 to coincide with the statewide Give to the Max Day that encourages Minnesotans to donate online to their favorite nonprofit organization. The program was produced with the support of and cooperation with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the West Central Initiative, United Way organizations in Douglas, Pope and Ottertail Counties, the Lakes Country Service Cooperative and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The special half hour program raised awareness about all the essential work that the rural nonprofit sector does all year long. It is viewable online at http://video.pioneer.org/video/2365367947.
Farmers Lead the Way: Climate and Agriculture in Southwest Minnesota was recorded using Pioneer’s new mobile studio in March, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minnesota. The program presented the latest research documenting how shifts in the Upper Midwest’s climate are affecting the way we farm. The special hour long program was produced with the support and cooperation of the U of M Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. It is viewable online at: http://video.pioneer.org/video/2365479104/.
Southwest Minnesota: Come for the Jobs, Stay for the Lifestyle is a six minute regional recruitment video that features newcomers touting the virtues of small town life in southwestern Minnesota. It was produced with the cooperation and support of the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council. The video has been posted to several web sites and is being shown in Hennepin County, Minnesota to job seekers considering a move to the region. It is viewable online at: https://youtu.be/ttmWR8nKZ5k.
If you are interested in working with Pioneer to use our broadcast and online communications platform please contact us at 1-800-726-3178 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How shifts in the Upper Midwest’s climate are affecting the way we farm is the focus of an upcoming special broadcast on Thursday, April 30 at 9:00 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. The program features excerpted presentations by University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley, Dr. Jerry Hatfield of the National Laboratory for Agriculture & the Environment at Iowa State University and Bryan Runck, a PhD student at the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota.
Farmers Lead the Way: Climate and Agriculture in Southwest Minnesota was recorded using Pioneer’s new mobile studio on March 16, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minnesota. The program was made possible by the U of M Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The complete presentations by Seeley, Hatfield and Runck will be available online immediately after the April 30 broadcast at www.pioneer.org/farmerslead.
“We need to look at what is happening in our back yard and understand it,” said Seeley in his presentation which documents the record number of warm nights and tropical humidity indexes that have been occurring in Minnesota over the past 10 years. “We’ve broken 8,923 daily climate records in the past decade in Minnesota,” said Seeley.
“It’s not your father’s climate,” said Hatfield, pointing to changes in rainfall, soil temperature and an increase in extreme weather events in the Midwest. Adapting to new climate conditions is nothing new to farming, said Hatfield, “We need climate smart agriculture that can preserve productivity and the overall landscape.”
Runck’s presentation focused on the U of M’s “Forever Green” initiative, which seeks to develop new economically viable crops such as winter annuals and perennials that could help farmers adapt to changing climatic conditions. “We have a suite of plant based enterprise development projects,” Runck said, referring to the initiative’s genomic research to develop the common weed pennycress into a winter annual crop that could serve as ground cover as well as a profitable oilseed crop.
The Lamberton event held in March was one of five climate change adaptation convenings being organized by the U of M Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. The purpose of these convenings is to inform Minnesotans of the consequences of climate change, and to learn what innovations and strategies they are considering and deploying at the household, farmstead, and community level to adapt to a changing environment. For more information, visit: http://www.extension.umn.edu/rsdp/statewide/climate-change-adaptation-convenings
Appleton, MN -- Pioneer Public TV is in the midst of making a new documentary "Sherwin Linton: Forever on the Stage" featuring the 58 year career of the county fair circuit musician. Linton, 74, will be appearing live in the Pioneer Public TV studios in Appleton to talk about his life on the road on Sunday March 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A sneak preview of segments of the documentary, which is scheduled to be released in October 2014, will be broadcast in between the live interviews.
"As one of the longest touring musicians in the Upper Midwest, Sherwin Linton is a living legend," stated Pioneer Public TV's Production Director Tim Bakken. Bakken says that the documentary will feature archival footage of Linton's performances dating all the way back to the 1950's,. Pioneer's production crew traveled with Linton's to his boyhood home in Watertown South Dakota in the summer of 2013 to capture footage for the documentary. The finalized broadcast will also include Linton's original music recordings and his reminiscences about the history and evolution of country western music in the Upper Midwest.
Plans call for the completed special to be broadcast starting in the Fall of 2014 as an hour long feature presentation on several public television stations in the region. A 90 minute DVD will also be produced for sale and distribution with the broadcast, according to Pioneer officials.
Pioneer is currently conducting a Spring Pledge drive to raise funds to support programming costs. Pioneer first went on the air as a viewer supported, locally owned and governed TV station in February 1966. Pioneer serves the region with three towers broadcasting programs to 45 rural counties that are home to 1 million people in western and southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and the eastern Dakotas. In 2013, there were more than 148,000 views of videos posted by Pioneer Public Television online through the station's website and youtube channel. For more information, visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178.
A few of the Pioneer staff members spent the day on Friday (08/30/13) in Rollag, Minnesota attending the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, remembering the past year Pioneer produced and edited a documentary on Rollag (see details here). Here is just a few of the photos from the day.
Pioneer Public Television is proud to premiere Keys to the City: Solving the Mystery of Big Success in Small Towns on Thursday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m.
On Keys to the City, Jack Shultz, an entrepreneur and author of Boom Town USA and 7 1/2 Keys of Big Success in Small Towns, shares stories of successful economic development in small towns across America. He is joined by nationally recognized educator and filmmaker, Craig Lindvahl, who discusses the importance of entrepreneurship in the millennial generation.
Keys to the City: Solving the Mystery of Big Success in Small Towns will air on Thursday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. This local production is made possible by funding provided by Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative and Initiative Foundation.
This program is now available online. Watch now!