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Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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From Out Here. On the Digital DivideBy Jack M. Geller, Ph.D.Monday, August 6 2001

The Digital Divide that metaphorical gap between the digital "haves" and "have-nots" has been a hot topic in policy circles for the past 24 months. Contemporary research suggests that there is still a sizable digital divide between lower-income and higher-income, white and non-white, as well as disabled and non-disabled Americans. However, data collected both here in Minnesota and nationally suggest that the digital divide between urban and rural residents is actually quite small and may even be non-existent. Earlier this year the Center for Rural Policy and Development commissioned a statewide poll of 1,200 rural Minnesota households to measure their computer and Internet use. The results were then compared to national and statewide estimates as reported by the National Telecommunications Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

According to the national NTIA report, an estimated 57 percent of all Minnesota households have a home computer, compared to 51 percent nationally, and 43 percent of Minnesota households have Internet access (41.5% nationally). Eighty percent of all Internet users nationally use e-mail regularly. In comparison, our survey found that 60 percent of rural Minnesota households own a computer; 47 percent have Internet access; and 94 percent of those Internet users use e-mail regularly.

Comparing the NTIA data to our Centers data is always tricky, since adoption rates for computers and the Internet seem to change so rapidly. However, the data should ease the minds of those who are concerned that rural Minnesotans are becoming technophobes in the digital revolution. Rather, such findings clearly tell us that rural Minnesotans are adopting digital technology at rates equal to or above the national average.Such numbers do not mean that rural Minnesota is out of the digital woods, however. While rural residents may be going online at or near the same rates as their urban counterparts, the way they connect to the Internet can be very different. Im referring specifically to the absence of access to high-speed, or broadband, services throughout much of rural Minnesota. In an April 2001 draft report the Minnesota Department of Administration reported that while in Minnesotas metro areas 60 percent of households have access to high-speed DSL and 75 percent have access to high-speed cable modems (i. .....
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Planning Commission

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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Commission unsympathetic to odor complaintsBy Mike McGrathMonday, August 6, 2001

The Fillmore County Planning Commission held its July meeting on the heels of an emotionally charged Board of Adjustment meeting on July 26. And similar to ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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There is no parking problemBy John TorgrimsonMonday, August 13, 2001

The Lanesboro City Council sports one of the coolest government meeting rooms in all of Fillmore County. By cool, I am referring to the ambient temperature in the room a ..... 
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Board approves feedlots, amends odor conditions

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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Monday, August 13, 2001

The two hog feedlot permits that generated considerable discussion at the July meeting of the Planning Commission were presented to the County Board for approval last Tuesday.

The board approved both the Eric Sc ..... 
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Tattoos: the wonderful world of body art

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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By Bonnie PrinsenMonday, August 10, 2001

My introduction to tattoos came early, but left a lasting impression. When I was about four years old, I noticed a design in green ink on my Uncle Bobs upper arm. He informed ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Aug 10th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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