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We have to work together and make this happen


Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Rep. Greg Davids (R) invited area residents to a listening session on broadband. Fifty or more residents, provider representatives, and area officials gathered at the Spring Valley Community Center on December 18 for the two hour discussion. Davids introduced Rep. Ron Kresha (R) who represents north central Minnesota and is assistant majority leader in the state House.

Kresha who started out as a teacher in the early 1990s said at that time in a small town he had a tough time getting resources for his classes.

Kresha acknowledged that technology is continually changing. We need to find out how to connect the most households efficiently. He explained there are two ways to drive costs down:

• With a government subsidy and

• By bringing in more providers for better cost and better access.

Broadband connectivity does not necessarily mean fiber. He insisted we have to think outside the box. The younger generations want mobile connections.

Private sector providers come into high density populations where it is most profitable. Kresha believes the private sector and state and federal governments have to come together to bring service to rural areas. He asked that they work to find solutions and not make it political.

In 2015, combined funding from state and federal of $96 million was to be invested to expand broadband into unserved and underserved areas.

A representative from Frontier Communications explained that the federal program, Connect America Funding (CAF), aims to make broadband universal to everyone at an affordable price. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established a National Broadband Plan with planning beginning in 2009.

Minnesota is to receive a total of nearly $514 million over the next six years in Phase II CAF funding for broadband expansion. Fillmore County is estimated to receive about $924,070 of CAF II funding.

Question and answers

Numerous questions followed. Peggy Hanson, Lanesboro, commented that Kresha seemed to want more competition. She continued that there are many underserved areas and asked if we will need subsidies in Fillmore and Houston Counties. Kresha said state subsidies should go to the hardest to reach areas. He added that the state’s Border to Border Broadband program should be used for hardest to reach areas and also it should be opened up to more pro .....
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Spring Valley picks garbage hauler, enforces junk rule

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 6 p.m. Members in attendance were Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City administrator Deb Zimmer. Tony Archer was absent. Thoma ..... 
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Wykoff wastewater plant deadline set

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on December 14 for a regular meeting, with all members present. No visitors had signed up to address the council, so after approval of the consent agenda items, the council heard committee reports. John Rezarch gave an ..... 
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Rushford Village approves $50,000 levy increase

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a special meeting public hearing December 9, that ended in the city having statutory authority to continue forward with a potential $1.2 million street improvement project, the City of Rushford Village hosted an additional Truth in Taxatio ..... 
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Chatfield certifies final levy for 2016

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council met for their last meeting of 2015 on December 14. City clerk Joel Young presented a look back at 2015 and a look forward to 2016 during the Truth in Taxation public hearing. Chatfield had several capital acquisitions in ..... 
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County reviews proposed 2016 budget

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Government

County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman reviewed proposed changes to the 2016 budget at the board’s December 15 meeting. The preliminary budget and levy was certified in September. There have been lengthy discussions about specifics in the budget, esp ..... 
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Rushford waits on levy certification; sees changes to EDA Micro-Loans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford is proposing a 6.7% increase in the levy. This equates to $790,000. The city levy has remained unchanged, at $740,000 since 2011. This is broken down to a 7.7% increase in debt service and a reduction of 1.01% in operating expenses. The cit ..... 
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Whalan council resolves recent zoning questions

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The December, 2016 meeting of the Whalan City Council was called to order at 5 p.m. on December 14 with the full Whalan Council present: Mayor Rory Berekvam, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Jim Gustavson, and David Rahn. The council unanimously ap ..... 
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Peterson increases levy 5%; preps budget for increases

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held its monthly council meeting Wednesday, December 9. At the meeting, the council approved setting the final levy for 2016 at a 5% increase, or $3,821. The hike is intended to increase the general fund with any excess currentl ..... 
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