University of Minnesota Crookston staff member and alumnus Ken Mendez 2011, along with alumni Victoria Ramirez 2002 and Allan Dragseth 1957, also a member of the Campus Advisory and Advancement Board, were featured in Prairie Public’s upcoming documentary “Ésta Es Mi Casa – This Is My Home”. The documentary chronicles the migration stories of Hispanic families who came to the Red River Valley to help with hoeing beet fields, tending crops, and bringing in the harvest. 

These families’ migration stories are as compelling as those of the families that migrated centuries earlier. They took extensive risks and experienced culture clashes, climate shock, and language barriers.

Now, one and two generations later, these migrant workers have assimilated and settled in the region. Their children and grandchildren are working as professionals. They have contributed their own cultural stamp to the region’s art, cuisine, diversity, and economy.

Prairie Public has produced a half-hour documentary to examine the amazing journey of the Red River Valley’s Hispanic community.

How to Watch
Tune in to Prairie Public on Thursday, January 28, at 9 p.m.
Stream on, the PBS Video App, or YouTube after the broadcast.

Story Contact: Shawn Smith - - (218) 281-8414