Minnesota supplies $1.95 million for new public TV equipment

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A capital investment bill signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton this week provides Pioneer Public Television with $1.95 million to purchase equipment for its new studios.

“All of us at Pioneer greatly appreciate receiving legislative support for equipment at our new facility in Granite Falls,” said Pioneer GM Les Heen on the station’s website. “The funds will allow us to purchase permanent studio lighting, relay towers and other critical infrastructure to allow us to start broadcasting from the new building.”

Private sources will provide an additional $2.5 million to complete financing of the new studio. The legislation, signed into law Tuesday, begins a “year-long transition process” to move to the new building, the station said.

An appropriation bill for the new facility was introduced earlier by two Republicans, Rep. Chris Swedzinski of Ghent and Sen. Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls. The final capital investment bill passed “with overwhelming bipartisan support,” according to the station.