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News Clip: Broadband Grant awarded to Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

January 19, 2023

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was one of two Tribes to receive a Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to bring high-speed internet to more than 4,300 homes on the Leech Lake Reservation. Read more here

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Veterans Day: a time to stand with those who have served

November 11, 2022

For rural communities, Veterans Day is an up close and personal day of remembrance. Many of us count family, friends and neighbors among those who have served our country in times of war and peace, and are serving today. Minnesota author and veteran Diana Oestreich asks that this Veteran's Day we go deeper than simply…

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