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Fifty years ago, the St. Croix River was at risk of becoming, in the words of Sen. Gaylord Nelson, "a floating Coney Island." Then, a delegation of elected officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin stepped in. In 1968, they passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which protected more than 13,000 miles of riverway in 40 states. This is the story of the river's history and its preservation.

"The Wild and Scenic St. Croix," a partnership between Afton Films, the St. Croix River Association, nationally renowned Craig Blacklock and Twin Cities PBS.

(Photo courtesy of Craig Blacklock)

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A hundred years ago, Minnesotans had turned their back on the Mississippi River. This is the story of its renaissance.

"Rebirth" pays tribute to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the only National Park devoted to the mythic Mississippi. Made in partnership with Twin Cities PBS, it premiered in May 2016.


In the isolated beauty of Lake Superior's Madeline Island is a magical place where the next generation of classical musicians is learning the art of the string quartet.

This film tells the story of the Madeline Island Music Camp.

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