Le Sueur County selected for Blandin Community Broadband Program

The group of people making up the Le Sueur County steering committee for the Blandin Community Broadband Program includes, (from left) Denise Reeser, South Central College; Sue Rynda, Director of Le Sueur County Human Services; Barbara Droher Kline, Thrivent Financial; Carl Menk, Tri-City United Director of Technology; Layne Wilbright, Tri-City United Director of Community Education; Brian Phillips, Superintendent of Cleveland Schools; and Le Sueur County Commissioner John King, District 3. (Submitted photo)

Blandin Foundation announced Wednesday, March 11, it selected Le Sueur County for an intensive, twoyear partnership to advance local broadband initiatives.

Le Sueur County joins Chisago Lakes, Otter Tail County, Red Lake Nation, and White Earth Nation in their successful bids to become Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC).

“Le Sueur County has been partnering with the Blandin Foundation since the Region Nine Broadband Summit in early 2018,” said Barbara Droher Kline, BBC steering committee member. “The expertise and support through this partnership has brought us huge success with a State of Minnesota Border to Border grant. We are working hard to get more communities connected and being a Blandin Broadband Community will help us get there.”

Communities were selected based on demonstrated commitment to work together across sectors to set and meet information technology goals and bridge digital divides.

Blandin Foundation staff and consultants will work with the five communities to provide planning, technical and financial support as diverse, local leadership teams design and drive digital technology initiatives that position their communities and every resident for greater success.

“High-speed Internet access – and the skills to use it – is fundamental to vibrant rural communities,” said Bernadine Joselyn, director of public policy and engagement at Blandin Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with Le Sueur County to imagine new possibilities that come with enhanced Internet access and use.”

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