Pioneer nabs three Emmys

Brings Pioneer total up to 12 Emmy awards since 2013

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Pioneer PBS staff were on hand at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake to receive a record three regional Emmy Awards for local programs Postcards and Prairie Sportsman. (Pictured L to R Dylan Curfman, Bret Amundson, Cindy Dorn, Max Grabow, Ben Dempcy, Kristofor Gieske, Dana Conroy Submitted photo

GRANITE FALLS — Pioneer PBS’ flagship local programs "Postcards" and "Prairie Sportsman" received a combined three regional Emmy Awards issued by the Upper Midwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Oct. 5.

This is the seventh year in a row that Pioneer has received Upper Midwest Emmys for its local programs, adding up to a total of 12 Emmy awards since 2013.

"Prairie Sportsman" received its first-ever Emmy Award for a story about pollinator-friendly solar arrays in the Emmy’s Business/Consumer Feature Segment category. The story showcases the 1200-acre North Star Solar Array planted with native grasses and forbes rather than turf grass.

Beekeepers such as Bolton Bees and Bare Honey are raising bees and pulling honey from solar farms that is being used and promoted by cideries, breweries and restaurants such as the nationally-acclaimed Spoon and Stable.

The program was produced by Cindy Dorn with editors/videographers Dylan Curfman and Max Grabow, assistant producer Bret Admundson and voice artist Lisa Cownie.


Two Emmys were received by Pioneer PBS’ "Postcards."

A story about Dawson-based conceptual photographer Corina Kells was awarded an Emmy in the Arts & Entertainment Feature/Segment category.

Another story about ethnobotanist and restoration ecologist Linda Black Elk’s work to pass on native plant knowledge to a younger generation was awarded an Emmy in the Education/Schools Feature/Segment category.

Both programs were produced by Dana Conroy with videographers/editors Ben Dempcy and Kristofor Gieske.

The programs may be viewed online by visiting along with all 16 of Pioneer’s 2019 nominated programs.

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