Minnesota’s junior U.S. Sen. Tina Smith has filed a formal request for including approximately $26 million in next year’s federal budget to support multiple initiatives to benefit North Country communities.
Ely, Greenwood Township, and Orr would be the regional beneficiaries if Smith’s proposals make their way out of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration and into the overall FY2022 budget that goes into effect Oct. 1. Her requests include:
(I have pulled out the broadband projects only)
$5.5 million for Greenwood Township for fiber optic broadband access for Lake Vermilion areas of the township and surrounding areas.• $6.9 million for Bois Forte Tribal Government to provide fiber optic broadband access to the majority of Greenwood Township and its surrounding areas.