Cindy Dorn, Dan Balluff, Amanda Anderson and Bret “T-Bone” Amundson have been hired to create two new seasons (26 episodes) of the popular Prairie Sportsman show which originally began airing in the 1990s. Pioneer is expanding and diversifying the show to reach a statewide audience. New episodes will include stories about kayaking, endurance riding and recreational trail sports, as well as hunting and fishing. Each segment will also feature environmental protections that are needed to sustain outdoor recreation. The new series will begin airing on January 29, 2017 with funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Pioneer’s members and Corporate Sponsors.
Cindy Dorn, Producer
Cindy Dorn (nee Pansch) grew up in the Odessa, Minnesota area and graduated from Ortonville High school. She has a degrees in Journalism/Mass Communications and American Studies from Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Cindy first worked for Pioneer Public Television as Development Director in the 1980s and eventually came to serve as producer of the nationally distributed Country Spiresdocumentary. Dorn has worked in communications positions for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and, most recently, served as Development Director for Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa.
Daniel Balluff, Videographer/Editor
Dan Balluff has family roots in Beardsley, Minnesota. He grew up in the Twin Cities, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Wildlife Biology, and worked as an EPA biologist and videographer and Minnesota Department of Health research scientist. Balluff has a degree in Film and Video from American University and has made several documentaries about Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and Comore.
Amanda Anderson, Digital Media Specialist
Amanda Anderson is a recent transplant to Montevideo from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has family in Farwell, Minnesota and has fond memories of romping around Southwest Minnesota farmland. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Journalism, International Studies and Photography and most recently worked as a freelance writer for Lake Minnetonka Magazine.
Bret Amundson, Host
Bret “T-Bone” Amundson is a graduate of Woodbury High School and Brown Institute in the Twin Cities. He is also a waterfowl guide at Mid Migration Outfitters in the Lac qui Parle area and was Publisher/Radio Host/Photographer with the Minnesota Sporting Journal Magazine and Radio Show. Most recently, Amundson served as the host of Northland Outdoors Television and continues to serve as host of Sporting Journal Radio, heard on 24 stations across the Midwest.
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.