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Lakeland TV breaks ground on new facility

Board members of Lakeland Public Television were one of the groups who celebrated the groundbreaking for the new facility next to the Sanford Center. The studio will be more than 20,000 square feet and should be complete by the end of February, 2015. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- A large crowd of politicians, business luminaries and other community members was on hand Wednesday for the groundbreaking of Lakeland Public Television's new $4 million facility near the Sanford Center on Bemidji's south shore.

The "dream" of building a new facility for Lakeland, currently housed on the BSU campus, became reality through the hard work of Lakeland staff and supporters, LPTV Board President Doug Oman said in his remarks.

"Dreams do come true," Oman said.

The state of Minnesota put forward almost $3 million in bonding money toward construction of the new facility, but the project also received widespread support from the Bemidji community. Nearly 300 donors gave money for the project in the $1 to $249 donation bracket alone.

The building is expected to be completed early next year. LPTV is now raising money for the "Program Future Fund," intended to bankroll a comprehensive analysis of what Lakeland viewers want to see from the organization in the years ahead.

Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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