Northern Minnesota Public Television, Inc. dba Lakeland Public Television (LPTV), is a community-licensed, not-for-profit public media organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Since signing on the air June 1, 1980, LPTV has been a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate that produces, acquires and airs programs that are relevant to our rural and culturally diverse region.
LPTV’s mission is to educate, entertain, enrich and enlighten our “community” with the programming we produce right here in northern Minnesota and the nationally available programming we choose to air on our channels. LPTV’s vision is to be the premier, trusted, indispensable public media resource for the region. We strive to empower citizens while serving and connecting the diverse communities across our broadcast region.
The LPTV signal immediately reaches approximately 383,500 people over an estimated 7,500 square miles in northern and central Minnesota who view the station either off air (with an antenna) or via cable. Our viewing area includes Minnesota communities as far south as Little Falls, as far north as the Canadian border, as far west as Fosston and east to Bovey. Within this coverage area are the Red Lake and Leech Lake Indian Reservations and significant portions of the White Earth and Mille Lacs Indian reservations. Our viewership, it’s cultures, economics and lifestyles are LPTV’s most important indicators in the programming chosen to be broadcast on LPTV and the stories and events delved into by our locally generated programs including Lakeland News, Common Ground, Lakeland Currents, and Bemidji State Hockey.