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From the in-box: Helping KFAI, Tomorrow’s Book, North news

A public radio station seeks your help, northern Minnesota media wants your cash, e-book fans have a place to go, and a gubernatorial debate with more than its share of newsies.
By David Brauer

A grab-bag of morning news …

♦ KFAI — the public radio station Strib board chair Mike Sweeney isn’t complaining about — has suffered a listenership drop lately. Now, station management is looking for current and non-listeners to evaluate programming services and give advice on how to improve things. If you’d like to help out these very deserving folks, click here to fill out a 2-minute survey and perhaps become part of a January focus group.

♦ Last week, I wrote about the Duluth News Tribune accepting (or failing to accept) donations from readers.’s Beth Bly has a wide-ranging roundup of the business prospects and problems at a host of northern Minnesota media operations here.

♦ Minneapolis-based August Publications, which I know mostly for excellent Spring Training guides, has launched Tomorrow’s Books, which covers all things e-reader, content, tools and formats. If you’re a junkie for such tech, or an author, worth following.

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♦ It’s not for a few weeks yet, but the Minnesota News Council and the League of Women Voters will host a pre-caucus gubernatorial debate Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in Bloomington. It’s open to the public, but you have to pre-register, and journalists seeking credentials should contact Sarah Bauer. Moderators are MPR’s Gary Eichten, the Strib’s Lori Sturdevant, and Alexandria Echo Press Editor Al Edenloff. The DFL, GOP and Independence parties are caucusing on Tuesday, Feb. 2, by the way. Happy Groundhog Day!