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

The measure would give the Department of Natural Resources authority to fine unpermitted groundwater users up to $20,000 dollars. (04/09/2014)
Receding water levels
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)
Lake Harriet beach
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)
Way last winter, we sent the photographer team of Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber crisscrossing the state to help us tell the story of "Fighting for an American Countryside." And they hit on an idea: Why not ask folks to finish this sentence: "My Town Is ..." They did. Here's the video. (08/23/2013)
In the running struggle to maintain good health care services in rural America, facilities called critical access hospitals are among the key players. If you know anything about them, you might have felt the shudder that ran through them Thursday. (08/16/2013)
MPR's four-year Ground Level project has explored rural Minnesota with one guiding quest: Where are people trying to fix things? We talked to hundreds of people concerned about everything from elderly care to entrepreneurs, and now we've put together our findings in an e-book and online. (08/14/2013)
One thing the Legislature did this week was raise the amount of money the state will send to local governments to help them provide basic services. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Dave Peters, who directs MPR's Ground Level project on community issues, about local government aid about how they might spend the money. (05/23/2013)