Lakeland PBS is a 501c3 non-profit corporation whose official corporate name is Northern Minnesota Public Television, Inc. Lakeland PBS operates two community licensed public broadcasting stations and is unique in the fact that the corporation is owned by the public that it serves. Lakeland PBS’ headquarters is located at 108 Grant Ave NE in a new state-of-the-art facility, with a satellite office and studio facility located in Brainerd. The corporation operates two full power digital television broadcast stations: KAWE – Bemidji, serving northern Minnesota, and KAWB – Brainerd, serving central Minnesota. KAWE started operations in 1980 and KAWB started operation in 1988. Lakeland PBS’ satellite office and studio in Brainerd opened its doors in 1998.

If you enjoy Lakeland PBS, please consider contacting your local legislators to encourage them to support the State Legacy Fund.

Open Meetings

In order to comply with the open meetings requirements of the Communications Act of 1939, 47 USC 396, et seq., as amended and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Certification Requirements, all meetings of the Lakeland PBS Board and Community Advisory Board for KAWE and KAWB, including their committees, during which official business is being conducted, will be open to the public. Notice will be provided to the public at least one week in advance except in the event of an emergency. The notice shall state the dates, locations and times of the meetings. If meetings are held telephonically, via video conference or via the internet, accommodations for public observation will be made and indicated.

Notice of meetings will also be provided via letter, email, or phone if requested.

Meetings of the Community Advisory Council and Board of Directors are held concurrently in both Brainerd and Bemidji and are linked via a teleconference unless an alternate location is noted. The public may attend these meetings at any of the noted locations. Persons who desire to attend meetings will not be required to register or provide information in order to attend. However, in some instances, security protocols or other procedures may require attendees to provide identification.

Additional information regarding Lakeland PBS Board and Community Advisory Council meetings may be obtained by calling 800-292-0922 or emailing

Board of Directors

Lakeland PBS is governed and controlled by a local board of directors. Lakeland PBS’ board of directors is made up of a cross section of citizens from our viewing area. The Lakeland PBS board meets regularly and governs the corporation.

Community Advisory Council

Lakeland PBS has a Community Advisory Council (CAC) that advises the station on programming and how well the station is meeting the expectations of the public it serves. If you’re interested in helping to advise Lakeland PBS in regards to programming, consider becoming involved in the CAC.

Public Filings

Printed copies of these reports and documents are available. To request copies, please contact Lakeland PBS at 800-292-0922. A nominal charge for copies will apply.

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