Kittson County Broadband Profile 2021: Yellow Rating: Ranking out 42 of 87

Rank: 42
Code: Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Kittson County: incremental increases continue

Kittson County has seen small increases in access over the last three years. But they will benefit from a few MN State Grants awarded in 2021:

  • Wikstrom Telephone Co. Inc. – Wiktel NW MN Broadband 2020 – GRANT $490,997 The last mile project will serve 153 unserved locations in sparsely populated areas in Kittson, Marshal and Polk counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Benton is $7,930,170; broadband is one possible use.

There is the potential for an influx of funding for broadband. It could be an opportunity for Kittson to get to ubiquitous broadband. For now they stay at code yellow – and without the grant from Wikstrom they might have gone to red.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 80.13 80.11 74.99 71.38 3.46
25/3 (2022 goal) 80.2 80.11 74.99 71.38 65.62

Computer Access:

County Households with computer …with desktop or laptop …with ONLY  smartphone …with a tablet et al
State of MN 93.6% 80.6% 7.7% 63.8%
Kittson 84.1 71.9 6.1 43.1

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband – GRANT $1,307,785
  • 2014 – Wikstrom Telephone, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau Broadband Extension – Award $425,000
  • 2019 Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project – GRANT $1,151,526


  • Find more articles on broadband in Kittson. (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 42 (down 7)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 1.52


I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:

  • Red (yikes)
  • Yellow (warning)
  • Green (good shape)
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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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