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Mayville State University episode of 'Small Town Big Deal' to air soon

Rodney Miller and Jann Carl, hosts of “Small Town Big Deal,” visited the region on Sept. 18, for the annual Farmers Bowl, a day marked by a parade, football game and several other events.

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Hosts of "Small Town Big Deal" Rodney Miller and Jann Carl, wearing Mayville State University hoodies, link arms with President Brian Van Horn, right, and his wife Nina, center, before the football game at the Farmers Bowl, on Sept. 18, 2021.
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MAYVILLE, N.D. — A nationally syndicated television show that features Mayville State University and the Mayville-Portland and Traill County communities will soon air.

Rodney Miller and Jann Carl, hosts of “Small Town Big Deal,” visited the region on Sept. 18, for the annual Farmers Bowl, a day marked by a parade, football game and several other events.

“We were truly honored to host Rodney Miller and Jann Carl from 'Small Town Big Deal' during our 2021 Farmers Bowl celebration," said Brian Van Horn, president of MSU. "They’re big deals from small towns who were making their first visit to North Dakota. Mayville State University is also a big deal. We serve a large majority of students who come from small towns in North Dakota and western Minnesota. They find happiness and success and earn a quality education while studying at a small university. We’re excited that the show will highlight on the national stage things that make our university, our community, our region and our great state special."

The Farmers Bowl event is sponsored by the Mayville State University Foundation, and brings together community partners and MSU supporters in celebration of the agricultural heritage of the area.

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Miller, Carl and their production crew took in the events on Sept. 18 last year, and on the previous day recorded interviews with the Soholt Bakery in Mayville, and with American Crystal Sugar in Hillsboro.

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“Small Town Big Deal” is a syndicated TV show that airs nationally on cable and broadcast stations. The show tops one million viewers each week. Miller and Carl feature stories about communities and events in rural areas in the United States.

People outside the region should check their local listings to see when and on what channel the show airs.

The episode will air on Channel 11 (KVLY) on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 a.m. The episode will also air on the RFD-TV cable network on Feb. 23, at 5 p.m.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

Tips and story ideas are welcome. Get in touch with him at akurtz@gfherald.com, or DM at @ByAdamKurtz.

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