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Kandiyohi County continues to create spending plan for American Rescue Plan funds

May 24, 2022

Kandiyohi County continues to create spending plan for American Rescue Plan funds
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners held a work session on how to spend the remaining $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county has. Out of the original $8.3 million, the board dedicated 75 percent of it to expanding broadband access in the county. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meets in a work session Tuesday, May 17, to discuss how to spend the remaining $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds not yet designated by the county for a specific purpose. Read

Kandiyohi County, Charter Communications partner on $800,000 broadband project to serve 170 homes, businesses

May 16, 2022

Kandiyohi County, Charter Communications partner on $800,000 broadband project to serve 170 homes, businesses
A cooperative project between Kandiyohi County and Charter Communications will bring broadband to more than 170 rural, unserved homes and small businesses in the county. Charter is investing more than $563,000, and the county has committed nearly $240,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding. Read the full story from the West Central Tribune 

Kandiyohi and Meeker counties join together to bring broadband to residents

February 22, 2022

Kandiyohi and Meeker counties join together to bring broadband to residents
WILLMAR—Over the past year, Kandiyohi County has been concentrating on bringing high-speed broadband to all corners of the county. The County Board has even pledged to use up to 75% of its American Rescue Plan Act coronavirus relief money to fund various broadband projects. At the Feb. 15 County Board meeting, the commissioners approved a letter of support for a grant application being pursued by a party outside of Kandiyohi County. Vibrant Broadband from Litchfield is applying for a USDA ReConnect

Kandiyohi County Commissioners and state legislators agree on importance of broadband

January 8, 2022

Kandiyohi County Commissioners and state legislators agree on importance of broadband
WILLMAR—At their annual visit to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, District 17 Senator Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, and District 17B Representative Dave Baker, R-Willmar, were on hand to not only give an update on what is happening in St. Paul, but to also take in the concerns and priorities of the board. “We’re here today to listen,” Baker said. The topic the group spent the most time on during Tuesday’s meeting was broadband. Since early 2021, the county board has

Kandiyohi County gives money for broadband

January 1, 2022

Kandiyohi County gives money for broadband
WILLMAR—Twenty-three homes along 30th Avenue Northwest in Dovre Township of Kandiyohi County might soon have access to high-speed broadband. A proposed Charter project would bring speeds up to 100 megabits download and 20 megabits upload to the area, which is currently considered unserved by the state. “It is kind of isolated,” said Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl at the Dec. 21 Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting. “We are trying to get them some broadband

Arvig moving forward with broadband project in Prinsburg, Minnesota, funded partially by coronavirus relief funds

December 6, 2021

Arvig moving forward with broadband project in Prinsburg, Minnesota, funded partially by coronavirus relief funds
PRINSBURG—Approximately 500 residents of Prinsburg will soon have the option of purchasing high-speed broadband services. Following the construction of an 8.1-mile fiber network, the city will have access to speeds reaching one gigabit for residents and 10 gigabits for businesses. “Arvig is committed to bringing the highest quality broadband services to rural communities like Prinsburg,” said Mark Birkholz, director of customer operations and southern markets at Arvig, in a news release

City of Prinsburg takes next step for broadband project

November 8, 2021

City of Prinsburg takes next step for broadband project
PRINSBURG, MN, November 8, 2021: On Tuesday, November 2nd, the Prinsburg City Council held a community broadband meeting at the Prinsburg Community Center to complete the next step towards a fiber-to-the home broadband project in partnership with Arvig. Over 40 people were in attendance, including community members and business owners, City representatives, Arvig Enterprises, Inc., and Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission Broadband Committee members. Access to high-speed

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith visits Willmar to talk broadband

October 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith visits Willmar to talk broadband
WILLMAR—There has been a local, state and national push to expand broadband access into underserved or unserved areas, especially since the pandemic has shown how instrumental it is to have reliable high-speed internet. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, in a visit to Willmar on Friday, joined a roundtable discussion about broadband to hear and learn about how broadband expansion is going in Kandiyohi County. “I’ve been coming to Kandiyohi County to talk about broadband for a long time,”

New London Township broadband projects receive American Rescue Plan funds from Kandiyohi County

October 8, 2021

New London Township broadband projects receive American Rescue Plan funds from Kandiyohi County
NEW LONDON—The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners continues to approve grants to broadband expansion projects, using the county’s American Rescue Plan Act allocation. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the commissioners approved funding up to $185,828 to help pay for broadband upgrades in three neighborhoods located in New London Township and a small piece of Burbank Township. “The (Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission) broadband committee has

High-speed broadband on its way to Prinsburg, with help from Kandiyohi County

September 24, 2021

High-speed broadband on its way to Prinsburg, with help from Kandiyohi County
PRINSBURG—As has been the common theme over the past 18 months, residents in Prinsburg have grown to learn just how important high-speed internet can be. And like so many communities, the city has found what the local providers have to offer isn’t enough. “They are just not able to meet our needs,” said Roger Ahrenholz, Prinsburg mayor, at Tuesday’s Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meeting. Prinsburg is considered underserved by the Minnesota Department of Employment
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners held a work session on how to spend the remaining $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county has. Out of the original $8.3 million, the board dedicated 75 percent of it to expanding broadband access in the county. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meets in a work session Tuesday, May 17, to discuss how to spend the remaining $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds not yet designated by the county for a specific purpose. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune
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