‘Finding Minnesota’ finds Cokato

November 12, 2007

WCCO’s Bill Hudson tours the Gust Akerlund Studio for upcoming show

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Bill Hudson, host of the popular WCCO News feature, “Finding Minnesota,” found his way to Cokato and the Gust Akerlund Studio last Tuesday.

The “Finding Minnesota” segment airs Sunday evenings at 10 p.m., featuring unique places or “hidden gems” across the state, and soon will feature the studio.

Cokato Museum Director, Mike Worcester sent a press release to WCCO regarding the museum’s current display on Gust Akerlund’s photography and glass plate negatives.

Thanks to Sandra (Lind) Lindquist, a 1983 DC graduate and producer at WCCO, the release was passed on to Hudson.

“We are very excited and thrilled WCCO chose to feature the Gust Akerlund Studio as a part of its ‘Finding Minnesota’ segment,” Worcester said.

Most recently, “Finding Minnesota” has featured Split Rock Lighthouse on the north shore, Olde Country Winery in Lake Lillian, and the nearby Carlson’s Orchard.

“We decided to do the story because of the interest in old photos that capture and preserve a town’s past. It should be very interesting for our viewers,” Hudson said.

“This validates our long-held belief that the studio holds a special place in Minnesota history,” Worcester said.

“It will be neat for former Cokato residents to see their hometown featured on one of the state’s largest TV stations,” he added.

The segment will show viewers a new look at the museum and the studio – “Maybe in a way they never have seen it before,” Worcester said.

Viewers will see the studio, the techniques Akerlund used working with glass plate negatives, and the finished product in the form of photos in the gallery, according to Worcester.

One of his hopes is that the segment will draw those interested in photography into the museum.

Due to the show, the display will be extended through Jan. 20, according to Worcester.

This episode of “Finding Minnesota” is expected to air Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m.