MN Broadband Community eNews July Update

This went out to the eNews list on Tuesday, sorry I’m a little slow archiving it on the blog. I’m nearly settled back in St Paul – but it hasn’t been the super smooth transition I expected…

Cook County
With funding from the Blandin Foundation, Cook County plans to look into what it would take to invest in broadband infrastructure in their area.

Eagan-based CaringBridge, the third largest nonprofit web site in the world, has expanded service to not only provide people who are ill with a free web site but now also connects families and friends to reputable healthcare information through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control. (

Fergus Falls
A Japanese researcher visited 5 communities in Minnesota, including Fergus Falls, to look at how rural communities benefit from broadband.

Creatively using broadband in the schools, Little Crow Telemedia Network brought a local chaplain serving in Iraq into the school for Veterans Day. They also provided students with the opportunity to watch and interact with a surgical team as they performed a knee replacement. (

Minneapolis is ironing out some kinks in their wireless network. Built primarily in the winter, there are small issues with balancing foliage and wireless coverage. (

The Monticello Fiber Network moves ahead with fiber deployment despite a lawsuit filed by incumbent provider TDS. (  

New Ulm
Stained Glass and More, an online retailer experiences great increase in online sales after attending a Get Broadband sponsored training session on e-commerce and online marketing. (

St Cloud
The St Cloud Times now offers live streaming video, starting with their Granite Days weekend coverage. (

Swift County
Swift County, the latest community to take advantage of Community Broadband Resources available through the Blandin Foundation, invited Bill Coleman to present on “Leveraging Broadband for Community and Economic Development”. They plan to follow up with e-commerce training for the local business community. (

Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota recently released research that indicates that Midwest teens that use social networking sites are learning skills required for 21st century jobs. Benefits are seen across socioeconomic demographics. (

KFAI aired a show on broadband that included comments, questions and answers from three local broadband experts, Christopher Mitchell, Eric Lampland and Peter Fleck. (

The Waseca School Board recently approved a donation from the Waseca Federal Correctional Institution for 73 computers, two 17-inch monitors and a scanner, valued conservatively at $22,000. (

Equipment and software has been purchased for Windom’s “Video Production and Community Server” project. This summer the Mass Media teacher will be learning more about the system with an eye towards using it this fall. (

Home and Community Options (a Blandin Light Speed funded project) has had great success implementing eFile, a system that is being installed and enthusiastically adapted across the organization this year. (  

(Many stories are gathered from local online newspaper. Unfortunately each newspaper has a different policy in regards to archive news and therefore we cannot guarantee access to all articles cited.)

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