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NORTH STAR JOURNEY: A journal exploring the history and culture of Minnesota communities


March 22, 2022

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 21, 2022 – MPR News has launched a new reporting series that aims to tell authentic narratives of diverse communities throughout Minnesota.

Stories from “North Star Journey: A journal exploring the history and culture of Minnesota communities” can be heard on MPR News Morning Edition, All Things Considered with Tom Crann and Minnesota Now with Cathy Wurzer, and on

The series kicked off this week with editor Brandt Williams exploring the power of names, from the Dakota origins of Minnesota to the power of George Floyd’s name. Reporter Nina Moini visited the historic Rondo neighborhood, the heart of the largest Black community in St. Paul that was split by the construction of I-94. Minoi reported on ongoing efforts to “reclaim what was stolen.”

The series will continue throughout the spring and summer, with new radio segments, web stories and multimedia components released weekly.

“North Star Journey is an inclusive storytelling effort by MPR News that sheds light on the people that make up unique places and spaces across Minnesota,” said Sarah Glover, MPR News Managing Editor. “By going deeper with our reporting, by nature, we will tell the trials and the triumphs of diverse communities and the stalwarts working to preserve their history and culture.”

MPR News listeners can submit North Star Journey story ideas at

About MPR News

MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching nearly 600,000 weekly listeners, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting, including George Foster Peabody Awards, the Alfred I. DuPont Award and the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award. Visit for the latest regional, national and international headlines.


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