The programs were produced by Pioneer’s Dana Conroy with videography and editing by Pioneer’s Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy. This is the fifth year in a row that Pioneer has earned Upper Midwest Emmys for its local programs, totaling seven Emmy awards.
Sonderzüge: A Box Car Story won in the Documentary – Historical category. Postcards producer Dana Conroy interviewed Ron and Diane Fagen of Granite Falls about the process of acquiring an authentic box car used during World War II to transport victims of the Holocaust and Allied prisoners of war. Conroy also visited with Chris Wilson, co-owner and senior exhibit designer at Split Rock Studios in St. Paul who designed the artful and realistic setting for the boxcar exhibit at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. The program centers on the life story of Aino Lavoie, a refugee from Estonia who survived the Holocaust and was transported in boxcars like the one featured in the exhibit. Lavoie, 87, is a resident of the Jasper Sunrise Village assisted living facility in Jasper.
A complete version of these two programs, including all seven of Pioneer’s 2017 nominated programs, may be viewed online by visiting www.pioneer.org/emmys. All of these productions were made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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