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Rural Minnesotans Ready for Unprecedented Broadband Investment

October 19, 2021

Broadband champions gather at statewide conference to organize for anticipated federal funding Grand Rapids, MINN – “This is a game changer,” said United States Senator Amy Klobuchar about the pending federal infrastructure bill which includes $65 billion in broadband funding. Klobuchar joined more than 100 rural Minnesota broadband champions at the Building on Broadband: Inspiring…


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Fond du Lac's high-speed internet boosts community during pandemic

November 29, 2021

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance profiled the work of Fond du Lac Band community leaders to bring high-speed internet to homes and businesses and community spaces on the reservation -- a necessity for work and home life during the pandemic. Check out more about Fond du Lac's broadband…

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ElderCircle’s Assisted Transportation: Making Health Care Accessible for Rural Older Adults

November 4, 2021

It’s hard to get around in rural places without a car. It’s even harder when you’re older. There are some things you just can’t miss or put off, though, if you don’t have a ride. Dialysis, radiation, and surgery to name a few. “Health care is pretty important at our age,” joked Jan Erickson, a…


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Due to COVID restrictions we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. New online training opportunities are currently under development. Please stay tuned for upcoming offerings.

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January 1 - December 31

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January 1 - December 31

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December 15

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