Duluth public safety transmitter returns to air following theft

A Duluth public safety transmitter has returned to the air after being briefly silenced by a theft.

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that the cable theft had taken station KIG64 (162.55 MHz) off the air. The station returned to the air Thursday morning.

During the outage, the Weather Service recommended that weather radio users who live in areas surrounding the Twin Ports tune to other frequencies, but no other frequency can be received in the immediate Duluth-Superior area and the station does not stream online.

Minnesota’s statewide Emergency Alert System plan requires that 37 Northland TV and radio stations monitor KIG64 for reception of emergency messages. All are also required to monitor Minnesota Public Radio’s two networks, which can also relay emergency messages.