Farewell to SAT 9 after 19 years, 320,000 miles - KMSP-TV

Farewell to SAT 9 after 19 years, 320,000 miles

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

After 19 years of service and more than 320,000 miles, a much-loved member of the FOX 9 family has retired. This summer marks the end of the road for KMSP-TV’s satellite news truck known as SAT 9.

“With apologies to the Grateful Dead, what a long, strange trip it’s been,” senior engineering supervisor Bill Hutchinson said in a memo. “Well, I wouldn’t necessarily call all of it strange, because this truck has brought a lot of history to the Upper Midwest, and the nation as well.”

Notable moments covered by SAT 9

St. Peter, Minn. tornado

North Dakota flooding (Engineer's note: With two 40-gallon tanks of diesel to run it, a news crew could leave Eden Prairie, Minn., drive to Fargo, N.D., run the generator for 8 hours and get to near St. Cloud, Minn. before stopping for fuel.)

Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

President Bill Clinton’s impeachment

Payne Stewart plane crash in Aberdeen, S.D.

Wildfires in the Boundary Waters

Hormel plant strike in Austin, Minn.

Vikings vs Packers games at Lambeau Field

Septuplets birth in Des Moines

Gov. Scott Walker recall in Madison, Wis.

NFC Championship in New Orleans

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