Rural Broadband Breaks Ground Today 28 Jun 17

A huge event today in Rural Thief River Falls, as Garden Valley breaks ground on a 4.2 million dollar project, designed to bring broadband to more than 300 unserved homes and businesses in seven townships.

Spokeswoman Julie Dahle says the underground fiber-optic project will allow Garden Valley to extend telephone, high speed internet and digital video service to Cloverleaf, Kratka, North, Rocksbury, Silverton, Smiley and Wyandotte Townships.

Access was petitioned by residents and businesses, made possible with the help of a 2 million dollar grant from the Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Program.

Fiber optic access will be a huge step forward for rural users; that includes people working from home, along with students accessing on-line educational resources; allowing Garden Valley to align rural homes with services long enjoyed in more urban areas.

Today’s VIP Gold Shovel Event will be held from 4 to 6pm; three miles east of Thief River Falls on Highway #1, including comments from Representative Debra Keil and State Senator Mark Johnson.