A foundation is recognizing Cloquet as an area of rural Minnesota that could use some help boosting its access to broadband internet.
The Blandin Foundation offers $75,000 matching grants to help advance technology goals for communities that apply to be a part of the program, and Cloquet is one of the newest cities to receive funding from it.
Now, Cloquet is asking residents to fill out a survey so city leaders can better understand what the internet needs are in the area, so they can help more residents connect to broadband services.
Leaders say that these past two years have shown how reliant society is on internet access to be able to work or learn from home.
“We forget sometimes that there are people in our communities who don’t have that same access,” Dr. Michael Cary, the ISD 94 superintendent, said. “And it becomes extremely critical in situations where we have to deliver education or learning through that medium.”
Dr. Cary added that 25% of Cloquet students don’t have access to reliable high speed internet.
The survey runs until January 31st, and you’ll be entered to win an iPad if you take it.