Better broadband extends county support to veterans closer to home in Sherburne County

According to the Citizen Tribune

Veterans who can’t travel to the Government Center in Elk River have an alternative place to meet with a county representative for veterans services.

There is a satellite veterans service office in the  Sherburne History Center in Becker.

“It’s centrally located, and we wanted to be able to try to reach all the veterans  who live throughout the county,” says Sherburne County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) Bruce Price. “Becker was about the furthest west where we had some type of county resource that was decent for this purpose.”

The satellite office is made possible with better broadband, which allows representative to get remote access to everything they could access from the County seat office…

The satellite office at the History Center was set up by former CVSO Gene Graff. But there were issues with access to information because of  poor internet service. It was only available in one room. And it was slow.

That changed last year when  the county received $75,000 in grants from the Blandin Foundation for broadband-related projects. Some of that money was used by the county IT department to upgrade the internet at the History Center. Now it is fully connected with 10 megabits of speed and wifi.

Now, the veterans service office can continue to serve county veterans at the Becker location.

“Now that we have the connectivity, I take my laptop and printer and I have access to anything I have access to at the Government Center office,” says Price.

 

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About Ann Treacy

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

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