Broadband Conversations across Minnesota Mid-November

To help move Minnesota forward to reach its broadband goal, Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing is hosting a series of conversations on broadband in Minnesota. The public is invited to help set this legislative agenda by joining in on the broadband discussion at one of several scheduled meetings with Senator Schmit. The public is also urged to contact their own legislators to attend the local meetings and become more informed on this important rural Minnesota issue.

Schmit will address local leadership perspective and give background on local broadband initiatives. He will also address how broadband and the lack thereof is affecting health care providers, educators, local government and business. Here are dates and details (as I have them) for upcoming meetings…

Updated schedule posted 11/8 5 pm:

  • Bemidji – November 11
    • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Northwest MN Foundation
    • 201 3rd Street NW
  • Grand Rapids – November 12
    • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Itasca County Courthouse
  • Staples – November 13
    • 8:00 – 10:00 am
    • National Joint Powers Association
    • 202 12th St. NE
  •  Mora – November 13
    • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Life Enrichment Center
    • 160 Valhalla Circle
  •  Willmar – November 14
    • 8:30 – 10:30 am
    • MinnWest Technology Campus, Commons Meeting Room
    • 1707 Technology Drive NE
  •  Winthrop – November 14
    • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Berdan Center, UFC Cooperative
    • 705 East 4th Street
  • Austin – November 15
    • 10:00 am – noon
    • Hormel Institute
    • 801 16th Avenue NE

I will try to provide more details as I get them. I wanted people to be able to save the date if nothing else. I am planning on attending the session in Bemidji and will post notes as soon as I can. BUT I think the value will be from folks attending the sessions and speaking up so I encourage you to attend a session in your area if you can.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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