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Dassel residents filmed for TV show

December, , 2007

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Several senior citizens from Dassel might be on Twin Cities Public Television in December.

The documentary about vital aging is scheduled to be on Channel 17, Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. It is called “Shaping Your Community for a Lifetime.”

Dassel area residents were interviewed and filmed Sept. 11 by a crew from Twin Cities Public TV channel 2 from St. Paul about their relationship to the community.

Jeannette Servin, Audrey Peterson, Dianne Johnson and Deanna Martens were interviewed about their volunteer efforts at the Dassel Area Historical Society.

Johnson said Tuesday she remembers the interviewer asked questions about community volunteering, what happens to small towns when businesses leave, and what they thought revitalized small towns.

TPT Senior Producer Steve Spencer and cameraman Jim Kron also interviewed Dassel residents at the Third Street Cafe, and went to Dassel City Hall to interview City Administrator Myles McGrath about services in the city for older residents.

Spencer also interviewed Meeker County Commissioner Amy Wilde of Dassel about vital aging and what services and volunteer opportunities are available through the county for older residents.

Wilde had been contacted in August by TPT about the interviews because she has been active in other Board on Aging initiatives. The TPT crew had visited several communities in the Twin Cities and was interested in talking to people in a rural location for its documentary.

The documentary will be broadcast on all Minnesota Public Broadcasting System stations.