Minneapolis Star Tribune reports…
The Winona County Board of Commissioners is set to vote Monday on approval of a 300-foot-tall telecommunications tower near Lewiston.
The tower, to be built by Powder River Development Services of Rochester, will enhance communications in rural areas of the county, supporters said.
Communication capacity for first responders, distance learners and home-based workers will be improved, they said, noting that there has been a long-term effort by state leaders to enhance broadband accessibility in rural Minnesota.
The county’s Planning Commission approved the proposal last month, attaching a number of conditions. Included were requirements for filtering devices to reduce interference with other signals; correcting any interference issues at the tower owner’s expense; and dismantling and removal of the tower at the owner’s expense if it ever stands vacant for more than a year.