Prairie Public to air new documentary Thursday evening

Mary Ann Lehr, Lehr ND. Submitted Photo
Submitted Photo Carolyn Sperle, Napoleon ND.

On Thursday September 7 at 7 p.m. CT Prairie Public has scheduled the premiere of a new documentary in its Germans from Russia series. “Gutes Essen: Good Eating in German Russian Country” celebrates the food culture of the Germans from Russia who emigrated to south central North Dakota beginning in the 1880s.

The 60-minute documentary visits the kitchens of 10 local cooks who make strudels, sauerkraut, kartoffel-kurbis strumbus, fleischkuechla, borscht, rahmnoodla, pickled beets, stirrum, knoephla soup, and kuchen. It spends a morning at the historic Model Bakery in Linton where kuchen is hand crafted, and tours Grandma’s Kuchen in Ashley to see a mechanized method for mass marketing. Sausage making at Schmitt Locker in Napoleon and the Supervalu Grocery in Zeeland, the church fair and supper in Strasburg, Octoberfest in Napoleon and the 91stannual Sauerkraut Days in Wishek are also featured.

This is the ninth documentary in Prairie Public’s award-winning Germans from Russia series, which began with “Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie” in 1999. The series has explored the food, culture, art and music of these agricultural pioneers whose quest for land and peace led them across several continents and shaped them into a distinctive ethnic group.