Anyone who has ever driven through Canby has seen the famous Lund-Hoel house on the corner of 4th Street and Hwy 75. The Postcards crew takes viewers inside this beautifully restored and maintained Victorian home. The house was originally built by land speculator John Lund in 1891, but it was his sister Mary Lund Hoel and her husband Reverend Olaf Hoel that gave this home its charm. Since 1975 volunteers have worked to restore the landmark and keep it open for tours. “The community likes to kind of think of it as their home too,” said Bernadine Miller, a board member of the non-profit organization that maintains the home and the Carriage House Interpretive Center.
Next the Postcards crew travels to New York Mills to learn about the sculpture work of Timothy Cassidy who creates large metal sculptures on his 45 acre home studio. Cassidy graduated from New York MIlls high school and left to earn an art degree in St. Paul but then returned to create a lifestyle as an artist. The first year he exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair in 1997, he won first place. His pieces have been shown all over the country and recently 4 of them were placed around his hometown. “I think being an artist in a small town has a lot of benefits,” said Cassidy. “I look at my pieces as conversation starters,” he added. “It’s interesting to hear everybody’s point of view.”
Finally Postcards tells a story about how a love for music can cross international boundaries and language barriers to bring a globe trotting professional musician to perform for a small town fundraiser. Sandy Erickson Jeremiason of Montevideo discovered violinist Nuno Flores of Portugal online and he suggested that he could come and teach and perform in the community. Postcards captures the concert that Flores put on at the Hollywood Theater in downtown Montevideo to raise funds with the Catlin Pauling family for the Batten Disease Support and Research Association. “Music is a language you know,” says Flores. “And we are all connected by that language.”