Take the Survey: 

We want to hear your experiences! Please consider completing the survey to help us learn where support is continued to be needed, from training to access, the EDC and Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) want to continue to support Kandiyohi County communities achieving digital equity. 

Complete the online survey here or pick up a paper copy outside the EDC office located at 222 20th St. SE, Willmar. The building is open during normal business hours Monday – Friday and after hours when the Elk’s Lodge is open. Stay posted for locations county wide where the paper surveys will be located. 


Attend a Community Forum: 

Community forums will be taking place in every city of Kandiyohi County. Lemonade and cookies served where locations permit. 

City        Date      Time     Location            

Kandiyohi           6/1/2023            7:30 a.m.            Kandiyohi Civic Center                 432 Atlantic Ave, Kandiyohi MN

Atwater              6/1/2023            12:15 p.m.         Atwater Community Center              107 2nd St N, Atwater MN

Blomkest            6/5/2023            7:30 a.m.            Blomkest City Hall           103 S Main Street

Willmar               6/5/2023            5:30 p.m.            Willmar Public Library    410 5th St SW

Prinsburg           6/6/2023            7:30 a.m.            Prinsburg Community Room              501 3rd Street

Raymond           6/6/2023            9:30 a.m.            Raymond Community Center              314 Spicer Ave

Regal                   6/6/2023            6:30 p.m.            Eagle’s Nest Bar 14381 State Hwy 55, Belgrade 

Spicer                 6/7/2023            12:15 p.m.         Spicer Library                                198 Manitoba Street

New London      6/7/2023            5:30 p.m.            New London Senior Center              101 2nd Ave SW

Willmar               6/8/2023            9:00 a.m.            Willmar Public Library    410 5th St SW

Lake Lillian         6/8/2023            12:15 p.m.         Lake Lillian Library          450 Lakeview Street

Sunburg              6/12/2023          7:30 p.m.            Sunburg Community Center              211 Izola Street

Pennock             6/12/2023          12:15 p.m.         Community Center         305 Dakota Ave NE

Willmar               6/12/2023          5:30 p.m.            Willmar Public Library    410 5th St SW

Background Information:

The Digital Connection Committee  is funded and organized by the Office of Broadband Development (OBD) with the Minnesota Department of Education and Economic Development (DEED) in response to the federal Digital Equity Act. You can learn more about this program and find answers to frequently asked questions on the Digital Connection Committee FAQ Sheet.

You can learn about the full scope of this work on the Digital Inclusion webpage

What is the Digital Connection Committee? 

Under the federal Digital Equity Act, Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is developing a statewide plan to strategize improvements in internet affordability, access to internet-enabled devices, and access to digital skills training. Digital
Connection Committees serve as key partners in ensuring the plan reflects the goals and needs of all Minnesotans.

Digital Connection Committees are self-selected, voluntary workgroups. Learn more by reviewing the Digital Connection Committee Handout

When is work starting? 

NOW! The committee is actively working to develop outreach methods and materials that provide an opportunity for everyone in Kandiyohi County to provide their feedback on digital equity and accessibility. This committee concludes on June 30th, 2023. 

Updates on their work will be reported here. 

Who is serving on the Kandiyohi County Digital Connection Committee?  

Michelle Marotzke     Mid-Minnesota Development Commission

Andrew Bregar            Willmar Public Library

Debi Brandt                 United Community Action Partnership (UCAP)

Kim Madsen                Woodland Centers

Mickell  Maloyd          Woodland Centers

Fadumo Hussein         FAJ Language Services

Joel Johnson               Mamre Township

Sharon Oleson            Lake Andrew Township

Dave Sisser                  West Central Technologies

JenniferMendoza         Cumunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

Robert Moller              Green Lake Township

Pablo Obregon            City of Willmar

Want to joint the committee? Email Michelle Marotzke, Economic Developer, Mid-Minnesota Development Commission at [email protected] or call her at 320-287-1737

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