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MPR gets $10 million donation – one of the largest ever gifts to a public radio station

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An anonymous donor has given American Public Media – the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio – a $10 million donation.

It's one of the single largest gifts to any public radio station in the country, the Pioneer Press says.

MPR News says a longtime supporter of the company gave the gift without restrictions and the money will go toward "funding technology to enable digital growth and audience integration, as well as classical music programming, music in schools and marketing."

"We're deeply grateful for every member and donor who shares our passion for public service and our dreams for the future," MPR president and CEO Jon McTaggart said Wednesday, MPR News notes. "This is a very special donor who's making a transformative investment to help make those dreams a reality."

The gift comes after MPR downsized over the summer, which resulted in several employees being laid off, the Star Tribune says. It's not clear how much the Minnesota station will receive, or if it will affect staffing.

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