WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County Commissioners had an urgent message Tuesday for property owners in a Consolidated Telecommunications Co. broadband project zone: The clock is ticking. Customer sign-ups reached 72 percent of the goal this week. But another 220 or so are needed before Consolidated Telecommunications can start construction of a fiber line poised to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County. The longer it takes to reach the sign-up goal, the greater the likelihood
Pre-registrations for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) for Kandiyohi County’s broadband project has reached 67% of its goal! Only 267 more people are needed. Hear more about the local project below. http://kandiyohi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/05-23-17-Phone-remote-with-Dan-and-Kelly.mp3 Do you know that installation costs are waived for those in Kandiyohi County’s fiber broadband grant project? If you register after the project is completed, installation costs could be in excess of
WILLMAR—The Willmar Wye rail bypass project has completed a big step in the process this week. The Federal Rail Administration and the Federal Highway Administration have signed off on the Finding of No Significant Impact document, which is the last step in the environmental portion of the project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Tuesday in a news release. The impact document is based on the environmental assessment worksheet, which evaluates the need, environmental issues
WILLMAR—Ground was officially broken Wednesday for a new $11 million outpatient surgery center that will enhance the level of care and meet growing community needs for same-day, lower-cost surgical services. The project is being undertaken by Willmar Medical Services, a joint venture of Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers. “It’s an exciting time for all of us,” said Mike Schramm, president of Willmar Medical Services and chief executive of Rice Hospital. The
The Minnesota Farmers Union unveiled its report What Do Rural People Think? on April 26, 2017. It is a distillation of 14 conversations in 14 rural communities held between March 27 and April 26, 2017. Here’s the quick summary (broadband is #3!) Since the 2016 national, state and local elections, there seems to be an ever-present question on the minds of policymakers, elected officials, the media and organizations of all kinds: What do rural people think? $43,429 per year is too much
Residents in the areas of Sunburg, West Norway Lake, Norway Lake, Games Lake, Lake Andrew, Lake Florida, Lake Monongalia, County Road 40, County Road 5 are encouraged to sign up for the new fiber broadband service coming to the county. We have reached 52% of the goal and need just 388 more interested users for the project to move forward. Sign up today at http://join.connectctc.com.
At their recently held strategic planning session, the EDC’s boards identified four overarching goals on which to focus their efforts: The EDC will strengthen partnerships and connections with existing businesses to be a catalyst and build capacity for organic growth. The EDC will explore and increase operations to support efforts to improve the tax base by attracting new residents with higher income and educational levels. The EDC will position and market itself as the expert in business
WILLMAR—The surprising optimism of farmers in spite of bleak revenues and the powerful punch agriculture has on the local economy were two key points revealed by an in-depth survey of Kandiyohi County ag producers. A report on the survey, which was commissioned by the Ag and Renewable Energy Committee of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, was presented last week at two public forums. The report will help the committee “develop a plan and a vision”
The EDC recently completed interviewing 51 ag producers in Kandiyohi County. The data was compiled and analyzed by Jim Molenaar, who presented the data at two workshops on April 5, 2017. Ag producers, local business leaders and officials received the data and then discussed strategies to move the reports findings forward. Click on the link 2017 Ag Producer BRE Report to view the report.
WILLMAR—Customer sign-ups are underway as Consolidated Telecommunications Co. begins laying the groundwork to bring high-speed internet to rural north central Kandiyohi County. The last in a series of meet-and-greet sessions on the project will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Dethlefs Center in Spicer. Representatives of the company will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. There also will be a chance to sign up for the service. Commitments from future users will be important