Magnuson resides near
spent several years working for Citibank. When his job was cut, he decided there
would never be a better chance to try to restructure his career path and do
something he always dreamed of. So he recorded some videos with intent to just
upload to the internet. Much to his surprise, they were picked up by a local TV
station and developed in to a weekly comedy show, which aired on FOX and the
local NBC affiliate for 7 years, hence the forming of his company, Caribou
Productions. Todd has since produced hundreds of local TV commercials that have
aired all over the
he is a full time TV host and producer, yet he still feels that love for
children and animals. He always had a vision that one day he would have a nature
show on SDPB. Unsure of how to pursue his dreams, one day his career path
unexpectedly led him to what would eventually become to key factor in
achieving his dreams...an actress that would make the perfect co-host and give
the show just the magic touch that it needed, to set it aside from the other
thousands of submissions they receives in a year.
Todd met an actress named Terri Lawrenz on the set of a local commercial filming in 2005. He was impressed with her personality and her chemistry with others on the set so he asked her to be part of his show on NBC. Soon after working with her, they began talking about doing a documentary. She was excited to be part of it, but a little reluctant to touch reptiles. Todd felt that could be just the right twist that was needed to set his show out from the rest. So she agreed. During the summer of 2007, they traveled South Dakota filming the pilot episode of what was to be called "South Dakota Wildlife Adventures". In the fall of 2007, the pilot episode was completed and sent to South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Almost immediately, they received a response. Nervously, Todd and Terri put on their best business attire and trekked to Vermillion, South Dakota. Together with a dedicated team at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, they have not only created a great series, but also an entire package, made complete by online learning, as well as personal classroom visits and stage shows. After discussing things further, they agreed to widen the perspective of the show from simply "wildlife", to all of "nature", therefore changing the name to "Nature Adventures".
Terri Lawrenz is a full time actress and model. She resides in southwestern Minnesota. She has 4 children, ranging in age from 9 to 23, and a two year old granddaughter. She was raised on a dairy/crop farm, with animals of all sorts around her to care for, instilling her love for animals and virtually eliminating any future chance of being afraid of a little hard work. Before her career in modeling and acting found her, she was a in-home child care provider for 9 years...and perfectly happy with that. As her children were getting older, she realized she needed to find a job that offered her more flexibility so she could attend her kids' sporting events and school functions. In the local paper one day, she noticed an ad for a health and beauty product promoter. She called it. It ended up being a talent agency. The rest is history. In the 7 years she has been modeling and acting, she has already earned a lengthy list of credits, ranging from an appearance on The Apprentice, to print ads for Apple Computers, to local commercials across the country, to national infomercials, to live modeling on stage in front of thousands. She discovered that deep inside, she was a born performer. She has shared the stage with many celebrities....Michael Corbett (NBC''s Extra), Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, and Donald Trump... to name a few. Terri has been on TV sets and newspapers from literally coast to coast. And in the past 4 years not a week has passed by that her face has not graced TV sets in at least one part of the country. She has been told many times by people that have worked with her, that there is something about her that is just "magnetic".....genuine. Terri would just shrug her shoulders and credit her upbringing, love and appreciation of life and small town personality as the key to her success.
Together Magnuson and Lawrenz have combined their greatest loves....children, animals and television production....to entertain, engage, enlighten and educate people whom they meet and that tune in to watch them each week. And they are living their dream doing it. When people come to them for advice and to inquire how they have accomplished all they have, the response is simple...'We didn't give up'.