Lakeland Public TV in Bemidji gets Equipment Upgrades

Sep 10, 2007

(Detroit Lakes, Minn) – Congressman Collin Peterson and Congressman Jim Oberstar announced a $398,436 grant to Lakeland Public Television from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The station, serving northern Minnesota, covers news in both Oberstar and Peterson’s districts, and is the only public television station in Minnesota to provide a nightly newscast.

“Lakeland Public Television is a tremendous asset to viewers in north-central Minnesota,” Peterson said. “From local news and weather to televised candidate debates, the station offers an important public service and is very deserving of this funding that will allow it to upgrade its equipment.”

“Lakeland Public Television is committed to a high standard of journalistic excellence,” said Oberstar. “We need to support public television stations that are working hard to provide service to their communities. Without this help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, many rural stations would not be able to convert to the new high-definition digital technology.”

Federal law requires that all television stations convert to new high-definition broadcast equipment by February of 2009.

Lakeland PTV is based in Bemidji but provides coverage in Brainerd and Wadena with translator towers. Its total coverage is 7,500 square miles, serving 383,000 people.