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Prairie Public Television series premieres tonight

Lori Penner

An exciting TV series will premiere tonight. Portals of Power, a three-part series featuring the movers and shakers of the Red River Valley will air at 7:30 p.m. on Prairie Public Television.

The series will provide an informative and engaging look at business, commerce and entrepreneurship in the Mid-Continental Trade Corridor.

Portals of Power opens the doors to many inspiring and intriguing stories about what's been imagined and accomplished in the mid-continental region and showcases the innovative spirit that has created many success stories on both sides of the border.

Filming of the first episode was completed in May, 2009, and now viewers in Canada and the U.S. will be treated to the fruit of months of careful research, artful direction and insightful writing.

"Episode one will preview on Sept. 25," said executive producer Bill McCaughey. "The rest of the series will be premiering over the winter, probably starting in December. Each show is about 30 minutes long and will air six to eight times on Prairie Public."

Some of the scenes were filmed at the Emerson border crossing, dealing with border issues, while another segment revolves around the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business.

Richard Edwards, general manager of Bridges International Television Inc. said the idea for the show came about in 1993, and he feels there is an even stronger need for it now.

"If you're looking at traveling across the border it kind of demystifies the process," he said.

They will also discuss the mid-continental trade corridor, a priority that governments of several levels have made. "It certainly has business people very excited about the future," he said.

Jim Carr, president and CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba is the host of the series. He was delighted to be part of the project, and says, "Bringing trade, commerce and business news from both sides of the border will provide the prairie region with insights to current affairs and important information that affects our communities."

Carr said the issues touched on by the three part series is of great interest to businesses he represents in his job.

"There's a vast amount of trade between Canada and the U.S.," he said. "Many Manitoba businesses depend on easy access to that market."

"Therefore a border that facilitates the movement of goods and people is essential to the economic well being of Canadians and Americans."

Portals of Powers will enlighten many viewers to the issues surrounding the boundary between Canada and the U.S.

The series will also be marketed and made available on both sides of the border, and will be made available at PBS stations in Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska.