Low-power FM stations in Minn., Wis., get boost

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VIROQUA, Wis. (AP) - Federal officials have granted a license for a low-power FM station to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and are considering another application from a nonprofit organization.

A La Crosse Tribune report says it's the first round of licensing since 2000. The move could eventually triple the 34 low-power FM stations now licensed in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Low-power FM stations are intended as an affordable way for community organizations to reach local populations. They have a range of about three miles.

Those licenses are only issued to nonprofit and public-safety organizations. The licenses were first made available in 2000 but the Federal Communications Commission didn't open another application window until 2013.

Minnesota and Wisconsin have another 36 low-power FM stations approved for construction and 47 with applications pending.