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By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Golden Girl

Royal native nabs fourth Emmy Award for work on Minnesota TV program


November 26, 2020


Clay Central alumnus Kelly Jo McDonnell has built a successful career producing outdoor TV shows in Minnesota.

It's safe to say Kelly Jo McDonnell is the only Royal native with four Emmy Awards under her belt.

The 1988 Clay Central alumnus snagged a coveted gold statue for producing Minnesota Bound's "Boundary Waters At Risk" program. Minnesota Bound has aired on KARE-11 NBC in Minneapolis for 24 years and is a "magazine-style show," according to McDonnell, that focuses on stories of the great outdoors in and around the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

"Boundary Waters At Risk" was a three-part breakdown of the proposed copper mine at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It featured interviews from individuals on b...

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