I'm another one in Minot, ND.
Nice flood we had this past summer!
Fox/ABC are in HD. The only news station reporting news in HD is KXMC (CBS), which they remind us continually.
I notice that at least over Dish (haven't A/B tested with OTA yet), Fox's national prime time program volume is consistently low, and even after bumping the volume up 5+dB, it still sounds compressed.
If an engineer told me, "Yes, they're using dynamic compression to save on signal bandwidth," I'd believe that. If one said, "They're compressing the entire signal because the exec in Bismarck wants the commercials louder," I'd believe this. Or maybe it's bad equipment imparting distortion? Or some dial norm problem?