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About WDSE

The Region’s Storytellers

WDSE • WRPT believes in the power of a well-told story to engage, inspire and enrich the lives in the communities that we serve. We tell the stories of our neighbors and our region, and bring to our region the stories of our nation and our world.

A Longstanding Legacy

With its first broadcast signal reaching across the Northland in 1964, WDSE • WRPT has been the Region’s Storytellers since, harnessing the power of well-told stories to provide educational shows to the region and share the stories of the people living throughout Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

WDSE • WRPT Captures Our Past 

No one tells the stories of our region’s history like WDSE. For decades, WDSE has been preserving the stories of our ancestors, diving deep into the origin and history of Northern Minnesota and the surrounding area in a way no other media has. The result is an ever-growing archive of history from across the region. 

WDSE also shares compelling national and international stories of history through our media partners, like PBS, bringing our region free access to favorites like Antiques Roadshow, American Experience and Ken Burns documentaries, as well as to historical fiction, like popular Masterpiece series, such as Downton Abbey

WDSE • WRPT Reflects Our Present 

From critical current events to our dynamic economy to our ever-changing culture, WDSE is in our community telling the stories of the people who call the Northland home.  

With locally focused shows like Almanac North, Intersections and The Slice, we tell the stories of our leaders, neighbors and the everyday moments that reflect who we are as a community.  

WDSE is also a part of the Nation’s Largest Classroom, harnessing the power of storytelling through its partnerships with PBS KIDS and PBS Learning Media to provide free access to educational and engaging shows that support learning across every stage of life: from early childhood to high school to life-long learners.  

WDSE also creates and shares stories that reflect and inform today’s culture, from our locally produced Native Report and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra concerts, to carrying popular entertaining programs like Great Performances and Austin City Limits.  

WDSE • WRPT Will Continue to Serve into the Future 

With the support of our community – our members, and our public and private partners – WDSE has served our community for over 56 years and will continue to do so.  

WDSE will continue to uncover new stories to tell and new ways to tell them. WDSE asks for – and listens to – feedback from our community members to ensure that our station is consistently serving our viewing area.  

And, as our community is ever-changing, so is technology and how members of our community look for and watch media. With five over the air channels, two of which are also live streaming, a robust social media presence, spanning platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and through the use of the free PBS Video App WDSE will continue to evolve to meet community where it is, always innovating new ways to deliver these inspiring, engaging and enriching stories to our audience.  

Our Mission

Illuminate, inspire, and enrich lives to strengthen community.


Our Vision

Be essential to the communities we serve.


Core Values

  • Integrity: We commit to be trustworthy and respectful by working responsibly, building on the confidence of our community.
  • Excellence: We commit to inform and inspire through quality storytelling, via multiple platforms, speaking to history, today’s culture and the future.
  • Stewardship: We commit to respect those who engage with us by upholding the ideals of public television’s work and the investments behind it for the common good.
  • Collaboration: We commit to the development and cultivation of partnerships throughout our communities.
  • Inclusion: We commit to foster inclusion by offering content and experiences that represent the diverse communities and the world in which we live.
  • Education: We commit to education of the whole person through the provision of vibrant programming and trusted educational content.
  • Innovation: We commit to inspire creativity by investing in employee development, new technologies and solicitation of public input to keep our content relevant, essential, thought-provoking and engaging.
  • Engagement: We commit to engaging with members of our community through meaningful events and programming, educational workshops and classes, and other opportunities that are essential to our community members’ lives.
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