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Broadband expansion AcenTek partners with Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota telecoms to benefit business network solutions


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

HOUSTON, MN – AcenTek has forged a partnership with five other southern Minnesota telephone companies, an Iowa provider and Sioux Falls, SD based SDN Communications to create better and more affordable network connectivity and internet services for regional businesses.

The interconnected network will stretch from the US Highway 212 corridor to northern Iowa. The territory will include Twin Cities suburbs and other major markets such as Mankato and Rochester.

“This partnership makes AcenTek part of something bigger which will pay dividends in network solutions and efficiencies for business customers,” says AcenTek CEO Todd Roesler.

The Minnesota and Iowa companies invited SDN to interconnect and manage the partnership because of its experience doing the same for its owners, the independent telephone companies of South Dakota.

SDN’s network already serves all of South Dakota for business-to-business broadband services with 30,000 miles of fiber optics. That network reaches into seven surrounding states, including metropolitan areas, such as Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, Fargo, Denver and Cheyenne.

The partners (and headquarters) include:

1. AcenTek(Houston, Minn.)

2. BEVCOMM (Blue Earth, Minn.)

3. Communications 1 Network (Kanawha, Iowa)

4. Jaguar Communications (Le Sueur, Minn.)

5. KMTelecom (Kasson, Minn.)

6. NU-Telecom (New Ulm, Minn.)

7. SDN Communications (Sioux Falls, SD)

8. Woodstock Telephone (Ruthton, Minn.)

SDN Communications CEO Mark Shlanta says: “The companies are all independent telephone companies, like our owner/members. They have seen how our South Dakota members and business customers have benefitted, and they want to follow that successful model in their service areas,” Shlanta says.

The agreement will require some fiber construction to interconnect all the companies with SDN. Construction will start in mid-October. Once complete, that connectivity will be sold by SDN and will benefit businesses with multiple office locations.

“Banks are a good example,” Roesler says. “They have a home office and branch locations in many communities and need to share electronic data among all locations. When they can do that on one provider’s network, such as SDN, it not only becomes more affordable but easier to m .....
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Lanesboro to present free movie for kids and “Winter Windows” for small business Saturday

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

In an effort to encourage holiday shopping close to home, the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with American Express Small Business Saturday, are presenting several events on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. A free movie for kids, “Mup ..... 
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Spring Valley manufactures week

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

Left to right: Jim Stuzyk, Kim Brown, both from the Spring Valley EDA, Jason and Brad Gravenhoff and Tony Larimer from SATA receiving a Governor’s certificate from Jenn Hauser of DEED, and from the EDA, Jeff Verhenkamp and Dave Phillips. Photo ..... 
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Al Gathje joins Merchants Bank as a business banker

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Al Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans. “We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” ..... 
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Al Gathje joins Merchants Bank as a business banker

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Al Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans. “We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” ..... 
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Al Gathje joins Merchants Bank as a business banker

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Al Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans. “We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” ..... 
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Area residents meet new business owners in Harmony

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Things change. People change. Businesses change hands. That is just what has happened in the town of Harmony, Minn., as the former Torgerson’s Paint & Floor Covering, Inc. has recently been renamed: Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings & Stone, Inc. ..... 
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Grant applications now being accepted

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU) and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) are looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply for grant assistance ..... 
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