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Forum staff reports, Published February 05 2014

KVRR broadcasts first high-definition newscast

FARGO – KVRR-TV broadcast its first high-definition newscast Wednesday night.

The station has been producing Fox newscasts for viewers in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota since 2000.

The switch required purchasing high-definition gear, a studio redesign and a lot of work, said Kathy Lau, general manager of KVRR and chief operating officer of Red River Broadcast and Red Rock Radio.

“From a management point of view, it’s been almost like building a station from the ground up,” Lau said. “It’s been no simple task, but we’re very excited. We’re looking to give our viewers the best product possible.”

WDAY was the first local TV news program to offer high-definition newscasts in February 2012. KVLY and KXJB also broadcast in high definition.

Red River Broadcasting owns KVRR, as well as KDLT in Sioux Falls, S.D., KQDS in Duluth, Minn., and 25 radio stations in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.