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Jon Panzer, engineering director, from left, Les Heen, general manager, and Chelsea Young, communication coordinator, visit about the growth of Pioneer Public Television since its start 45 years ago. They are on the set for "Post Cards,'' a locally-produced program that features the people and communities in western Minnesota. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Public TV station in rural Appleton, Minn., keeps up with the times

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In 1966 commercial television ruled the airwaves by premiering shows like "The Monkees,'' "Mission Impossible,'' "Batman,'' "Star Trek'' and the "Newlywed Game.''


On Feb. 7 of that year, a group of people flipped a switch and started broadcasting Educational Television from a 400-foot tower planted next to a rural school house holding all of its electronic gear.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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