Popularizing Online Media in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

September 6, 2010 Updated Sep 6, 2010 at 10:36 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. --- Fans of regional, online media shared an exciting moment in Duluth today with Joel and Laurie Kramer, the founder of alternative, online news outlet MinnPost.

The progressive news outlet offers in–depth analysis of state news and relies on member support, much like Minnesota Public Radio.

The website is http://www.minnpost.com. Kramer estimates membership at 18,000.

Kramer and his wife pulled up to the popular eatery Sarah's Table in Duluth at approximately 5:30 p.m. Their goal: popularizing alternative, web based media.

The gathering brought in just one online reader from Duluth, and another from Grand Marais.

But those low numbers didn't get the two, online media gurus down.

Summed-up by Kramer, the online news organization is striving to grow in popularity:

"MinnPost is a non–profit trying to find a way to sustain high–quality journalism at the regional level, covering the state of Minnesota – serious public affairs journalism for readers that care about the state and the state's future, and who read a lot" Kramer said.

Although the editor/founder did find his way to Duluth, he said his plan did not include penning any articles about the Twin Ports during his brief visit.

However, Kramer did say he visited the Labor Day picnic at Bayfront Festival Park.

"It was cold," he added.

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