Northern Community Internet Blogs

Blandin Foundation Letter in Star Tribune: State broadband cuts would hamper rural access to Internet

I was pleased to see Kathy Annette’s letter to the editor in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the state of broadband at the State. Here is an abridged version… The world is not backing away from broadband investment, so why would Minnesota? Opportunity should not be limited by ZIP code. ...

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What does testing really tell us?

Students here at Schoolcraft are at the mid-point in their testing season. For us, the spring testing season runs roughly 5 weeks long with different grade levels taking turns at showing what they know in Reading, Math and Science. ...

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Snowbirds

Junco Formerly known as Snowbirds, the Juncos are coming back up north in droves. male Junco female Junco ...

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Connected Nation Maps and Data – new Minnesota maps on the way

Here’s the word from the Office of Broadband Development: The Office of Broadband Development is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contract with Connected Nation to continue mapping broadband availability in Minnesota. ...

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Buying & Selling MN Homes

Here in sunny and now finally warm Minnesota we have had a fabulous past few days with record breaking warm termperatures.  Note to sellers: Sellers need to take advantage of this break in the weather and spruce up the outside of the home. ...

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Buying & Selling MN Homes

Here in sunny and now finally warm Minnesota we have had a fabulous past few days with record breaking warm termperatures.  Note to sellers: Sellers need to take advantage of this break in the weather and spruce up the outside of the home. ...

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Spring and the Time to get Your Move On!

While ideal weather is one of the main advantages to selling your home in the Spring, another advantage is that the children do not have to be moved in mid-school year. ...

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Spring and the Time to get Your Move On!

While ideal weather is one of the main advantages to selling your home in the Spring, another advantage is that the children do not have to be moved in mid-school year. ...

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Free webinar on $400 million Healthcare Connect Fund

A great chance to learn more… The Healthcare Connect Fund provides $400 million in funding for broadband network and access services to be used by rural healthcare facilities and consortiums. ...

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Free webinar on $400 million Healthcare Connect Fund

A great chance to learn more… The Healthcare Connect Fund provides $400 million in funding for broadband network and access services to be used by rural healthcare facilities and consortiums. ... More from Blandin on Broadband

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MN House adds broadband to budget but only $8M for broadband grants

This afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee took up the jobs bill with an updated budget resolution. The amendment proposed $250K per year for the Office and $8M total grants. I just got word that the amendments are adopted and bill will be moving to the floor. ...

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Update from RS Fiber & HBC on Gig access in Renville and Sibley Counties

Actually it’s an update that covers most of Sibley County and portions of Renville, Nicollet, and McLeod Counties. According to CED Magazine… The RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Communications plan to bring a new fiber network to Minnesota with the help of Calix systems and software. The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. ... More from Blandin on Broadband

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April 27: PlaceBase Productions is Facilitating a Story Swap in Bemidji

Artists, directors, performers, arts organizers, crafts people, gallery owners, teachers, and all-around arts appreciators:  Let your voice be heard! ...

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Frugal Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

You toss and turn and you just can’t seem to fall asleep.  Or you are able to fall asleep, but you keep waking up.  Poor sleep isn’t just frustrating; It can cause you to make bad spending decisions or cause expensive (and dangerous) accidents. ...

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Frugal Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

You toss and turn and you just can’t seem to fall asleep.  Or you are able to fall asleep, but you keep waking up.  Poor sleep isn’t just frustrating; It can cause you to make bad spending decisions or cause expensive (and dangerous) accidents. ...

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Health Isn't A Trend

Don't start a diet with an expiration date. Focus on a lifestyle that will last forever.Health Isn't A TrendDon't start a diet with an expiration date. ...

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If you cut broadband funding, you jeopardize e-government cost saving proposals

The Grand Forks Herald brought up an interesting perspective on the broadband funding debate… Minnesota township officials want to make sure they can attend state-mandated training, even though many do not have good enough Internet service to take the courses online. State Rep. ...

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Le Sueur looks at State broadband cuts and what they really mean to Le Sueur; other communities might take note too

Like many other rural news sources, Le Sueur News Herald has recently posted an article on the proposed cuts to broadband budget in the House. BUT they really went through what the cuts could mean to the community of Le Sueur. They recognize that Le Sueur is not fully served… According to State Broadband Data Development(SBDD), 13.6 percent of Le Sueur County residents do not have access to what is considered by the Federal Communications Commission to be high speed Internet. ... More from Blandin on Broadband

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Health Isn't A Trend

Don't start a diet with an expiration date. Focus on a lifestyle that will last forever.Health Isn't A TrendDon't start a diet with an expiration date. ...

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The Attitude Adjustment You Need When It Comes to Money

There’s a little thing we tell ourselves about our money that has big financial consequences. We say it innocently and hopefully.  Sometimes we say it often.---------- Continues after advertisement ---------- ---------------------------------------------------- “If only I had more money.” We think that if we just earned a little more money or we just got some lucky break and got a little windfall, things would be better. ...

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