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KSAX Shutting Down, 17 Laid Off

Hubbard Broadcasting is shutting down news operations at KSAX, its ABC-affiliate in Central Minnesota, and 17 employees are being laid off.

“Although this has been a difficult decision for our company, we will be streamlining operations at KSAX-TV beginning today,” Hubbard Broadcasting president Rob Hubbard announced in an email to staff Tuesday morning.

Hubbard plans to maintain KSAX’s studio in Alexandria, MN but the station will no longer produce local news.  Instead, KSAX viewers will receive all of their news from sister station KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Read more

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Nick Lenz Lands Sports Anchor Job in Sioux Falls

Nick Lenz is leaving KSAX in Alexandria, MN for KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD.

Lenz has spent the past six months working as an anchor-reporter for KSAX. He’s joining KDLT as the station’s weekend sports anchor.

“After careful consideration I have decided to take the next step in my career,” Lenz wrote in a message on his Facebook page, announcing the move.

He added that the job at KDLT will allow him to do what he loves: covering sports.

In Exchange for Facebook Fans, KSAX Posts Video of Meteorologist Getting Tased

KSAX, the ABC affiliate in Alexandria, MN, was just 60 fans shy of 3,000 on Facebook at 9 a.m. yesterday. The news team, determined to hit the 3,000 mark by the end of the day, promised viewers watching the 5 p.m. newscast that if the goal was reached, the station would pony up the goods: video of KSAX meteorologist Mark Anthony being tased at City Park in Alexandria.

The station got its 3,000th “like” a few minutes later. As promised, the video (watch it here) was posted. Anthony — who volunteered for the tasing as part of a police demonstration — was unharmed.