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Prairie Public receives Emmy Awards

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Category: Television

Fargo, N.D., October 20, 2010—Two Prairie Public documentaries have been honored with 2010 Emmy Awards.

“A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson,” produced by Bob Dambach and edited by Dave Geck, was named best cultural documentary. “Homesteading,” produced by Kim Stenehjem and edited by Heidi Nelson, was named best historical documentary.

Winners were announced at the twelfth annual Regional Emmy Awards Gala in September at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

“This is a very competitive process,” said Dambach, Prairie Public’s director of television. “It’s gratifying to know that, not just one, but two local productions have been recognized this year by our peers in the national broadcasting industry.”

“Every person on the production team contributed,” added Stenehjem. “And every one played a part in making these two documentaries worthy of winning this prestigious award.”

“A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson” is a 30-minute program that chronicles the route this prolific photographer has taken in his career. It examines how his Icelandic heritage relates to his craft, the mentors and muses that inspire him, the students who enthuse him, and the philosophy that explains his considered view.

“Homesteading” blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendents of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled to create a life for themselves on the prairies. The one-hour documentary tells of the hardships the pioneers endured and the successes they celebrated.

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Regional Emmy Awards honor the work of local television stations and include news, sports, documentary, educational, and entertainment program categories.

Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit organization and community licensee that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota, and public radio service to North Dakota. In addition to broadcasting services, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides a wide range of educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

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