Dave Peters

Dave Peters

Editorial Director, Special Projects, MPR News
Minnesota Public Radio
dpeters@mpr.org
(651) 290-1387

Dave Peters is the editorial director of special projects, overseeing Ground Level, MPR News' project covering topics that involve people taking action to improve the quality of life in their communities. He began work for MPR in 2009. Before that he spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, including stints as the senior editor for local news at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and as the nation-world editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Dave Peters Feature Archive

Contaminants of emerging concern
A state and federal study of Minnesota's groundwater has found increasing evidence of consumer and other chemicals known as 'contaminants of emerging concern.' (06/26/2014)
The recent heavy rains have been a drought-buster, leaving Minnesota entirely drought-free for the first time in a long time. But that's not the same thing as ending concern about the state's groundwater, Jim Stark, director of U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota, told MPR News' Cathy Wurzer on Morning Edition today. (06/19/2014)
Senate and House conferees agreed late Wednesday to spend $20 million on broadband infrastructure in Minnesota, marking the first time lawmakers have decided to put money into building faster Internet connections. (05/15/2014)
Stray Minnesota facts from the 2012 ag census released Friday. For bar bets and trivia games. (05/03/2014)
The measure would give the Department of Natural Resources authority to fine unpermitted groundwater users up to $20,000 dollars. (04/09/2014)
Homeowners and businesses near the shrunken lake have sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, arguing it should not have been so free with allowing nearby cities to pull water from the ground, thereby sucking water away from the lake. (03/26/2014)
We're on a cusp, says Rep. Jen Wagenius. By that she means many Minnesotans are starting to think differently about water -- how much of it we have, how contaminated it is, how we should use it to make it last, what we pay for it. (02/12/2014)
Hennepin County had a bigger net out-migration than any other Minnesota county, although it's not what you'd expect. They were headed to Fargo. (02/07/2014)
Minnesota should put $100 million of its surplus into a fund to help pay for broadband infrastructure in parts of the state that now are poorly served, a state task force studying the issue is recommending. (01/28/2014)
A task force is divided over recommending to restore a $75 million sales tax exemption for telecommunications companies that buy equipment to expand operations. (12/03/2013)
Last year, this iconic border town lost nearly 300 good-paying paper mill jobs. The shock has subsided and tears have dried, but the work of rethinking what this company town might become is just beginning. (The Daily Circuit, 11/15/2013)
We invited nine International Falls residents -- natives, newcomers, left-and-came-backers, old, young, layoff sufferers and entrepreneurs -- to the back room at the Coffee Landing to share with us and themselves the hopes and misgivings they have for this place. (11/10/2013)
The residents of Carlton and Thomson, two small towns southwest of Duluth, are voting Nov. 5 whether to consolidate. A vote in favor by both would mean Thomson would become an official neighborhood of Carlton at the end of 2014. If you're counting, that would reduce the number of Minnesota cities to 853. (10/22/2013)
The iconic paper mill in town has diminished and will shrink some more this weekend when part of the mill shuts down. Boise Inc. is reducing production, and, in the process some 265 high-paying manufacturing jobs are getting axed. (09/25/2013)
Ten percent of the nation's adults say they don't have broadband at home but do have a smart phone, says a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. On the other hand, the same report shows that phenomenon has done nothing to narrow the urban-rural gap. (08/29/2013)