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Peripheral Vision: Borderline Minnesotans and Their Access to News.

Anderson, Eric.

Outside the metropolitan areas, in 1995 many Minnesotans found their selection of news sources limited, and some were relying on news from media outside the state. Do they have adequate access to local news and to news about Minnesota? A graduate student in geography studied the flow of news across Minnesota's borders by looking at news reception in pairs of cities: Austin, Minnesota and Mason City, Iowa along the Iowa-Minnesota border; Fergus Falls, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota along the Dakota-Minnesota border; and Rochester, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin in the extreme southeastern part of the state. He found Fargo's media working hard to present news about both Minnesota and North Dakota, but media in the other cities tended to exclude the neighboring state. Political boundaries are a significant news barrier, although their impact is mitigated by patterns of commerce and population distributions. In this study radio stations were found to be most aggressive in crossing state borders. Local news tends to come from the community where it is produced. Only Austin, Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, and the Twin Cities broadcast locally-produced television news in Minnesota.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
25 (4): 9-13
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