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Dateline in Minnesota - A Live Journalism Event is presented by the Star Tribune and in partnership with the Mankato Free Press.

As Star Tribune celebrates 150 years of covering Minnesota, it will be hosting conversations with citizens from around the state on the  importance of independent, in-depth journalism, and on how media is changing in the digital era. Moderator John Rash will guide a discussion about the big stories impacting communities across Minnesota and the priorities and the principles journalists need to serve the public well. 

Join us and bring your opinions. We’ll be listening.

  • Tuesday, May 16
  • Lincoln Lounge & Ostrander Auditorium,
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • 5:30 pm Doors open, Appetizers and Cash Bar
  • 6:30 pm Panel Begins


  • Welcome - Glen Taylor, Owner Star Tribune
  • Moderator - John Rash, Editorial Writer Star Tribune
  • Panelists:
    • Rene Sanchez, Editor & SVP Star Tribune
    • Lee Schafer, Business Columnist Star Tribune
    • Lori Sturdevant, Editorial Writer Star Tribune
    • Joe Spear, Editor Mankato Free Press


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