Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
trobertson@mpr.org


Tom Robertson is based in Bemidji, Minn., where he covers news across north central Minnesota for MPR News. After graduating from Bemidji State University in 1991, Tom worked as a newspaper reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer and later as editor of a small community newspaper. Tom transitioned to radio in 1994 when he became news director for several Bemidji radio stations. He's been with MPR since 1997. Tom and his wife Helean have three grown children and several grandkids. They live on five wooded acres near the Mississippi River.

Tom Robertson Feature Archive

Trotting wolf
Groups challenging Minnesota rules for a wolf hunting and trapping season in the state were dealt another blow Wednesday in their effort to stop the practices. (05/28/2013)
Marv Hanson, owner of The Marvelous Fish House
Even though the city of Bemidji is surrounded by three Indian reservations, there have been few Native American-owned businesses in town. Now, a Red Lake tribal member has opened what is believed to be the first American Indian-owned restaurant in the city. Owner Marv Hanson tapped into a little-used state fund intended to help Native entrepreneurs. (05/24/2013)
Marlene Snyder
The Green Valley Fire has burned about 7,100 acres, and threatened 50 homes in the area south of Park Rapids. In addition to the homes that burned, the fire has destroyed two commercial buildings and more than 40 other structures. The fire is now 65 percent contained. (05/16/2013)
Firefighters will be working to contain a wildfire in northwestern Minnesota today. That fire near Park Rapids has already destroyed at least a dozen homes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Robertson who was at a charred part of the landscape near Menahga, Minnesota. (05/16/2013)
High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (05/15/2013)
As the Minnesota Senate debated the same-sex marriage bill Monday, some of our reporters in greater Minnesota asked state residents what they thought of the legislation. (05/13/2013)
Lake ice will play a role in the Governor's Fishing Opener for the first time in recent memory. (05/08/2013)
Rural Minnesotans are less optimistic about the economy than people in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, according to a new study by the Blandin Foundation. (05/08/2013)
Boise Inc. says it plans to lay off 265 paper workers at its plant in International Falls. (05/02/2013)
Rural phone customers in Minnesota have complained about dropped or uncompleted long-distance calls for several years. The problem stems from third-party long distance carriers that are trying to save money, FCC officials say. (04/17/2013)
More than 40 people now face charges in Minnesota's worst fish black marketing case in the last 20 years, state and tribal officials said Monday. (04/15/2013)
Ten men face federal charges for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market. (04/10/2013)
A fledgling organization called the Minnesota Innovation Institute is trying to move quickly to match skilled jobs with the Bemidji area residents who want them but aren't ready for them. (04/03/2013)
A group of central Minnesota colleges are boosting their efforts to provide training for advanced manufacturing skills, using a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. (04/01/2013)
Some Minnesota companies that have difficulty finding people to fill jobs say the problem isn't skills as much as it is a lack of housing for employees in remote parts of the state. (04/01/2013)