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Pioneer TV to feature four Minnesota River state parks

APPLETON -- Pioneer Public Television is offering viewers a guided tour of four state parks on the Minnesota River.

The locally produced "Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations'' will feature Big Stone Lake, Lac qui Parle, Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks.

A free public screening of "Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie's Edge Casino and Resort near Granite Falls.

The 30-minute production will premiere at 7 p.m. on May 22 on Pioneer Public Television with rebroadcasts at 12:30 p.m. May 23 and 7 p.m. May 26.

The program is narrated by award-winning journalist Ken Speake. He introduces viewers to park managers, explains how the parks were created and what they offer visitors.

This project was funded in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Production partners for "Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations" include Shalom Hill Farms, Big Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce, the city of Granite Falls and the city of Fairfax.