LATV program earns top prize

Cable channel’s ‘Every 15 Minutes’ video honored by MACTA


Lakes Area Community Television staff recently attended the MACTA annual general meeting. The local community public access station received recognition for providing quality programming. Front row: Rita Jelinek, administrative assistant. Back row: Tim Schingen, programming, Dylan Strub, production, and Sarah Chatwin, access coordinator. (Submitted photo)

Lakes Area Community Television (LATV), was recognized Nov. 14 at the Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators (MACTA) annual general meeting for providing its local communities with quality educational programming.

Dylan Strub, former production specialist at LATV, the local public access station in Forest Lake, won a prestigious MACTA award in the Educational Staff Producer category. Dylan won top prize with his “Every 15 Minutes” mock car crash program that was filmed locally in cooperation with Forest Lake High School to support the school’s anti-drinking and driving campaign.

Sarah Chatwin, LATV’s access coordinator, and Forest Lake Police officer John Glader nominated Dylan for the award. The award is presented to a local access television producer in Minnesota who is dedicated to providing excellence in PEG (public, educational, government) community programming.

“This station has created great partnerships in the community,” announced Chris Vogt, a member of the MACTA awards committee and the production manager of the Lake Minnetonka Cable Commission. “This is quality programming and you can tell that Dylan is a very creative individual.”

The “Every 15 Minutes” program was shown to high school students, aired on LATV’s education channel, Ranger 20, and with the help of local businesses, was given as a DVD to families, youth groups, first responders, driver’s education staff. It can be viewed at DVDs of the program are still available at no charge to local residents thanks to generous sponsorships. Call the station at 464-1142 for more information.

Lakes Area Community Television serves the cities of Columbus, Forest Lake and Scandia and airs government meetings, citizen shows and community events on LATV cable channel 10. Its second channel, Ranger 20, airs educational shows, varsity sports, music concerts, theatre shows and school festivals.