Thank You, Members!
Read on to learn more about the great work your Member dollars bring to life!
Hannah Stonehouse Hudson emerges from her ice fishing shelter to begin packing up equipment for a move to another location on Lake Superior. Derek Montgomery for MPR News
MPR News Keeps You Informed
MPR News keeps you informed through great storytelling. With your support, MPR News has brought you voices from all around Minnesota. Reporter Dan Kraker shared the story of Hannah Hudson, a widow and ice fisher whose husband died on Lake Superior. Kraker brought you out on the frozen lake with Hudson as she returned for the first time since her husband had fallen through the ice.
Rochester-based reporter Catherine Richert took us across the state from Grand Marais to Albert Lea to tell the stories of pregnant women who have to travel hours to get prenatal care and deliver their children. The 4-part series had heartbreaking tales and an analysis of how changing demographics in a small town affect the finances of rural hospitals and clinics.
You’ve also learned about the Opjorden family, who have measured the temperature and taken precipitation readings for the National Weather Service for 125 years; Paul Berglund, a James Beard Award-winning chef who is moving from Minneapolis to Rochester; Edie Ramstad, the owner of a chain mail supply business in Ada; David Whitaker, a champion auctioneer who competed to keep his title in Moorhead; and Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram, whose town is looking to a future with Google after relying on the coal industry.
These stories happen because of you!
Steve Staruch with Music with Minnesotans guest Mike Orsted MPR
Classical MPR Explores Relationships
Your support powers Classical MPR and makes programs like Music with Minnesotans possible. Each week, host Steve Staruch welcomes a guest into the studio to explore and share their personal musical favorites. Guests included Mike Orsted, a retired Presbyterian minister whose personal playlist featured several intimate and playful works; and Kristina Boerger, a new professor of choral leadership and conducting at Augsburg University, who explored the relationship between beauty and justice.
J.S. Ondara performs at First Avenue during night two of The Current’s 14th Birthday Party Mary Mathis/MPR
The Current Handcrafts Listening Experiences
Members like you make everything you hear on The Current possible — from Oake and Riley in the Morning, to The Chart Show with Mark Wheat, to the all-Prince stream Purple Current.
Recently, we celebrated Black History Month on February 1 with our first ever 24-hour stream dedicated to music from black artists whose voices and songs changed the world, and aired Musichead Essentials profiles on some of the most vital artists of the last century. Mark Wheat hosted The Greatest Love Songs of all-time for Valentine’s Day, and on International Women’s Day on March 8, we played nothing but music fronted by musicians who identify as women across genres and eras, presented by the women of The Current.
We also invited you to several terrific parties including a two-day 14th birthday celebration at First Avenue with Cloud Cult, J.S. Sondara, Bad Bad Hats, and Scrunchies and a day party in Austin, Texas, at SXSW featuring 11 artists on two stages. Full performances from the SXSW day party will be available on YouTube and Facebook soon!
Why your gift matters
Contributions from members and donors pay for half the regional MPR programming you enjoy.
How MPR puts your dollars to work
Nearly 75 cents of every dollar comes back to you in programming.
Figures are for the operating expenses of MPR’s regional program services (MPR News, Classical MPR, and The Current)
Take a look at our Annual Report for more information.