Mainstreet Radio

Mainstreet Radio began in 1987, with an introductory member staff of Rachel Reabe, John Biewen and Leif Enger, whose mission was reporting from rural Minnesota to all of Minnesota. It first appeared as part of MPR Journal and Morning Edition broadcasts, providing both long and short form news features. In the years following, Mainstreet Radio expanded both in reporter contributions and programming. Starting in the 1990’s, Mainstreet Radio presented a monthly two-hour special, focusing on rural issues. Important regional topics included the environment, economy, and health matters outside the Twin Cities metro.

Mainstreet Radio has won numerous journalistic awards, including for the programs “Meth in Minnesota” and “The Rural School Challenge.”

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