Senator Smith checks out broadband in Madelia (Watonwan County)

The Madelia Times Messenger reports on a recent visit from Senator Tina Smith…

Brent Christensen from Christensen Communications Company and Karla Angus, Madelia Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, were Smith’s hosts for the afternoon and brought the senator through Madelia’s downtown. They filled her in on the town’s history, talked about the many thriving businesses in Madelia’s downtown – as well as throughout the community – and explained what is being done here to expand broadband high-speed internet access and to bring people and businesses to town.

Smith met with Krystal Hernandez and toured her two businesses: F!esta Market and La Plaza F!esta. The group stopped by Hope & Faith Floral & Gifts, and Smith spoke with owner Ryan Visher about his downtown store as well as his online business. Smith toured Christensen Communications Company and learned about the efforts to get broadband to everyone, not just in Madelia, but all the surrounding communities and to those who live in the outlying areas. Then, Smith spent some time at the Madelia Theater, learning about the fascinating history of the theater. Smith loved that people here have an historic theater where they can watch a first rate movie at a more-than-affordable price. The tour ended at the Chamber of Commerce office, where the group sat down and talked about the day, Smith’s mission and Madelia.

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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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