Shar Jorgenson graduated from Milan High School in the early 1960s, became a farm wife and went on to establish an extensive business selling quilting patterns all over the world. Jorgenson talks about how she used a meat saw to cut her first acrylic patterns and about how her very first TV show was produced by Pioneer Public TV in Appleton. The success of her TV show (which ran for 13 seasons on PBS stations nationwide) and now her youtube channel have created opportunities for Jorgenson to teach and travel to Scandinavia, Europe and the Caribbean. “Everywhere you go the women are all the same just like we are back home here in Minnesota,” said Jorgenson. “They all have the same love of sewing.“
Next the Postcards crew travels to New Ulm to visit with Dodie Wendinger, the executive director of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Wedinger talks about some of the 155 musicians and bands who have been inducted into the museum including Bob Dylan, Prince, Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, the Whoopee John Wilfred Band and Herald Loffelmacher and the Six Fat Dutchman. Linda Schroeder also works at the Hall of Fame and she talks about Christy Hengel and his famous concertinas. Hengel lived in New Ulm and made more than 500 instruments for customers throughout the country. “You can’t get them anymore,” says Schroeder who has been playing since the 1970s. “Not the ones that were made by Christy Hengel -- they are the Rolls Royce of the concertina, ” she added.
The final segment features world famous photographer Jim Brandenburg of Luverne at home on his Touch the Sky Prairie Wildlife Heritage preserve. Brandenburg talks about growing up in the shadow of this prairie and how he was taught by author Frederick Manfred and others to appreciate, love and protect the tall grasses of his home. “I’ve spent a lot of time in my life traveling the world and lived in some spectacular places, but I always seem to come back to the prairie, “ said Brandeburg. “I’ll be long forgotten 100 years, 200 years from now, but Touch the Sky will still be here.”