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MinnPost relies on reader support to survive. In fact, more than two-thirds of MinnPost’s funding comes from reader donations.

It can be a bit disorienting to be part of the media when the world’s media comes to town, as it has this month with the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

That’s especially true when the story that’s being told around the globe feels — as the killing  of George Floyd and its aftermath does — so intensely local.

But the experience can also be clarifying, offering almost daily reminders of why local news in general is so important, and why MinnPost’s particular brand of it — providing in-depth coverage of issues vital to the public interest, free to every reader, always — is so essential.

Here’s the thing, though. Just because it’s essential doesn’t mean it’s easy — or cheap. It takes time, resources, and — most important — a dedicated staff: people who need salaries and health care, computers and phones.

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