Programs produced by Pioneer PBS in Granite Falls won three Upper Midwest Emmy Awards at the 2019 Awards Gala in Prior Lake on October 5. Pioneer has now collected a total of 12 Emmy awards since 2013.

Pioneer PBS’ Prairie Sportsman received its first-ever Emmy for a story about pollinator friendly solar arrays in the Business/Consumer Feature Segment category. 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, Minnesota-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.

The programs were produced by Dana Conroy with videographers/editors Ben Dempcy and Kristofor Gieske. Since 2013, stories created by the Postcards production team have received 11 Upper Midwest Emmys.

All 16 of Pioneers nominated programs may be viewed online at