Leadership change at Minnesota paper could mean more coverage of rural
July 7, 2014 by Blandin Foundation
In a move that brings Minnesota’s largest newspaper back under homegrown ownership, businessman Glen Taylor finalized his purchase of the StarTribune last week. Taylor, who is originally from Comfrey, Minn. (population 382), already has displayed his rural roots, stating that he would like to see the StarTribune increase their statewide coverage. In last Monday’s paper he said:
“When I was a young person, and we lived on the farm, boy, I’ll tell you a lot of people got the Tribune … and I don’t want us to end up [as] a Minneapolis or suburban paper,” said Taylor, who grew up in Comfrey, a town 50 miles west of Mankato. “I think it should be a statewide paper, and anything I can do to support that, and help in that area, I’m going to do that.”
This is good news for rural. In our 2013 Rural Pulse survey, 34 percent of rural Minnesotans, and 26 percent of urban residents, said that the rural voice is not being heard by legislators and policymakers. Furthermore, in a 2013 Center for Rural Affairs report on rural voice, 27.5% of rural respondents said that having a statewide presence is the most important element in promoting public policy and economic development interests in Minnesota. Sustained, in-depth coverage of Greater Minnesota could help bring rural issues and triumphs to a bigger stage.
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