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KRII
(semi-satellite of KBJR-TV
Superior, Wisconsin /
Duluth, Minnesota)
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Chisholm / Hibbing, Minnesota
Branding Range 11
Northland's NewsCenter
Slogan We Give You More
Channel Digital: 11 (VHF)
Subchannels 11.1 NBC
11.2 The CW
11.3 CBS
11.4 Weather Now
11.9 MyNetworkTV
Owner Granite Broadcasting Corporation
(Channel 11 License, Inc.)
First air date December 18, 2002
Callsign meaning Range II (11)
Sister station(s) KBJR
KDLH
Former channels 11 (VHF analog, 2002-2009)
Effective power 63 kW
Height 200.4 m
Facility ID 82698
Antenna coordinates 47°51′39″N 92°56′46″W / 47.86083°N 92.94611°W / 47.86083; -92.94611

KRII is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Iron Range of Northeastern Minnesota that is licensed to Chisholm. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 11 from a transmitter in Meadow Brook. Owned by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation, the station has a bureau on East Howard Street (a.k.a. U.S. 169) in Hibbing. KRII is sister to NBC affiliate KBJR-TV and CBS affiliate KDLH in Duluth. Though identifying as a station in its own right, KRII is considered a semi-satellite of KBJR-TV of Duluth, Minnesota. It places inserts into KBJR's newscasts, and airs its own commercials. KRII rebroadcasts most of KBJR's syndicated programming, and the two stations share news stories. In terms of coverage, KRII serves the northern portion of the Duluth market while KBJR serves the southern.

Digital programming

Their signal is multiplexed.

Channel Programming
11.1 main KRII programming / NBC HD
11.2 KDLH-DT2 "Northland CW 2" (The CW)
11.3 KDLH (CBS)
11.4 KBJR-DT4 "Northland's NewsCenter Weather Now"
11.9 KBJR-DT2 "My 9" (MyNetworkTV)

History

KRII signed-on for the first time on December 18, 2002 as a semi-satellite of KBJR. It was originally licensed to International Falls but was changed to Chisholm, which is closer to Duluth, before signing-on. They were granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997. As a result, it did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead on January 6, 2009 over a month before the end of the digital television conversion period for full-service stations, KRII turned-off its analog signal and turned on its digital signal (an action called a "flash-cut"). After shutting off analog broadcasts to switch over to digital television, KRII began multi-casting programming on digital subchannels. Their bureau is home to two full-time reporters who contribute Iron Range coverage (identified as "Range 11") to the KBJR news broadcasts. Originally, there was a separate news segment originating from KRII that was inserted into the weeknight 6 and 10 o'clock shows.

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