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Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission hires Willmar city planner for business development post

April 9, 2021

Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission hires Willmar city planner for business development post
WILLMAR—The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission has found its next business development manager and didn’t have to look far to find her. Current Willmar City Planner Sarah Swedburg has accepted the position and plans to start around May 6. She is replacing Connie Schmoll, who is retiring at the end of May. Schmoll has worked for the EDC for just over seven years. Lately she has been focusing on expanding broadband through the county, business development

County gets up to speed on broadband

April 7, 2021

County gets up to speed on broadband
WILLMAR—Expanding high-speed broadband to all corners of Kandiyohi County has been a dream and challenge for many for more than two decades. “This is an ongoing issue. It is a task we are constantly struggling to fix,” said Kandiyohi County Administrator Larry Kleindl, during a work session of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The meeting Tuesday was specifically about broadband issues in the county. With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus

Kandiyohi County to offer funds to townships expanding broadband reach

February 17, 2021

Kandiyohi County to offer funds to townships expanding broadband reach
WILLMAR — Any township in Kandiyohi County that decides to bring high-speed fiber broadband to its residents, or expand a system already in place, is eligible to receive $25,000 from the county to assist with the project. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, at its meeting Tuesday, approved a resolution approving the $25,000 investment for each township that is part of a broadband deployment project. If every township took the county up on its offer, it would cost $600,000. The board’s

Take your internet speed for a test drive

October 22, 2020

Take your internet speed for a test drive
WILLMAR—One of the lessons learned so far during this pandemic is how important internet accessibility is, especially when so much of life is being done from home. Remote work, distance learning and entertainment have all jumped online and those households with slow internet, or in some cases no access at all, have found themselves struggling to keep up and stay connected. “This is important, people need it to work from home, connect with family members, do school work,” said Connie

Efforts to secure REAL broadband continue

October 5, 2020

Efforts to secure REAL broadband continue
Many rural Kandiyohi County residents still remain without access to high-speed broadband and the many benefits that come from having such access. The situation has never been more apparent than in the past months of social distancing, working from home and distance learning.    The Broadband and Advanced Technology Committee of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a committee focused on securing high-speed broadband for all people in our county. The

Survey shows high-speed broadband still a priority in Kandiyohi County

March 23, 2020

Survey shows high-speed broadband still a priority in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR—Nearly half of respondents to a broadband survey taken in Dovre, Mamre and St. Johns townships in Kandiyohi County said they would be willing to spend on average $61.47 a month for high-speed broadband service. “There is a demand for high-speed broadband and people are willing to pay,” said Connie Schmoll, business development manager with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The survey, completed by the EDC and Compass Consultants, was sent

Advocating for Broadband in Kandiyohi County

December 19, 2019

Advocating for Broadband in Kandiyohi County
A contract with Compass Consultants Inc. for an engineering study will determine fiber broadband feasibility in rural Kandiyohi County townships, including Dovre, Mamre and St. Johns townships. Pending the study outcomes and a positive response from the township constituents, we will submit a Border-to-Border application to the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development (OBD) by August 2020. Border-to-border high-speed internet access is the goal throughout Minnesota. The OBD helps Minnesotans understand

LTD Broadband brings service to Kandiyohi County

October 23, 2017

LTD Broadband brings service to Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County residents in search of rural broadband service have a new option: wireless. LTD Broadband spent the summer months building broadcast tower sites across the county and is now offering high-speed internet to rural homes and businesses. So far, 31 towers have been built, with seven more scheduled for completion this fall. When completed, nearly every rural location in the county will have wireless access to broadband with speeds up to 25 megabits per second, the company said

Clock is ticking on broadband sign-ups in Kandiyohi County

June 12, 2017

Clock is ticking on broadband sign-ups in Kandiyohi County
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

New map released of broadband project area

April 28, 2017

New map released of broadband project area
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.