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Two area stories earn Pioneer Public TV Emmy nominations

Four Minnesota produced programs by Pioneer Public Television have been nominated for four Emmy awards.

This is the most Emmy nominations earned in a single year by PPTV in the 47 year history of the regional public television station.

The nominated programs feature stories about a western Minnesota threshing show, a small town singer songwriter who finds critical acclaim in the Cities, a small town newspaper editor who grows to wield national influence in Washington D.C. and how a country western singer working in rural Minnesota helps inspire a vibrant organization to honor fallen veterans through annual motorcycle rides.

“All these programs celebrate stories about exceptional local people who work with others to make the world a better place to live,” said PPTV General Manager Les Heen. “We are fortunate to be able to capture these stories, share them and showcase the integrity, talent and leadership of those who live in our viewing area.”

PPTV producers Dana Johnson, Tim Bakken and Andrea Singleton collaborated in the production of the programs which can be viewed on-line by visiting:

The nominated programs and their youtube links are:

Rollag Threshing Show Short ( Nominated in the “Interstitial,” or between programs category, this three minute promo highlights the annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion event held every Labor Day weekend in Rollag. Narrated by Ken Speake, the program was produced and edited by Tim Bakken with assistance from producer Andrea Singleton, photographer Jake VanEvery and Andy Garske.

My Way Back Home: Caroline Smith ( Nominated in the Arts/Entertainment Program Category, this 30 minute program is part of PPTV’s My Way Back Home series which explores relationships between musicians and their hometowns. Each episode features lively performances, behind the scenes footage, personal stories and glimpses of family life. This nominated program features Caroline Smith, an indie folk artist from Detroit Lakes who tours nationally with the band Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps. PPTV’s Dana Johnson is the program’s Executive Producer in collaboration with Dan Huiting as the director of photography and Kevin Russell as the editor.

A Lake Lillian Man: Glen Johnson ( Nominated in the Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic Single Story Category, this 12 minute segment from PPTV’s Postcards Series tells the life story of Glen Johnson as he grew from a Kandiyohi County farm boy to the Assistant Director of the U.S. Treasury Department under President Lyndon Johnson. PPTV’s Dana Johnson is the producer and photographer of the program and Kevin Russell is the editor.

Tribute to the Troops ( Nominated in the Special Event Coverage (other than News and Sports) Category, this 12 minute segment from PPTV’s Postcards Series features the story of how country western musician Rocky Lynne developed the idea and passion for creating the first “Tribute to The Troops” motorcycle rides to honor the lives of fallen heroes and fellow veterans. Tribute to the Troops has since grown to expand throughout the Upper Midwest. Pioneer can be viewed on KWCM Channel 10 - Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 – Worthington and K49FA – Fergus Falls.

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