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‘Starlink,’ SpaceX’s internet service, is growing in Minnesota. What that could mean for the future of rural broadband.

Starlink’s technology has the potential to connect parts of rural Minnesota where high-speed internet is expensive to build and hard to come by, but the service has also stirred up plenty of debate — and frustration — among public officials.  By Walker Orenstein | Staff Writer MINNPOST When Kati Stage moved from the Twin Cities to Embarrass in …

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MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Day, Mid-Minnesota Development CommissionPhone: (320) 235-8504Email: eric.day@mmrdc.org MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics September 29, 2021: The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) is a regional development organization, serving Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties. As part of MMDC’s effort to strengthen …

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MMDC Offers New “Community Enhancement Funding Opportunity

Aims to Improve Quality of Life and Opportunity for Prosperity Throughout Region October 13, 2021: As part of Mid-Minnesota Development Commission’s (MMDC) effort to support local communities and ensure high quality of life throughout the region, the organization is launching a new funding opportunity – the Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Fund. 501(c)3 nonprofits, school districts, and …

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Downtown Willmar bus stop now a starting point for journeys long and short

Written By: Tom Cherveny | 7:00 pm, Sep. 28, 2021 West Central Tribune The recent move by Jefferson Lines to the Central Community Transit bus shelter near Selvig International Park contributes to its role as a mobility hub. It’s also the site for a WillmarBike hub and trail head for walking and biking routes. WILLMAR — A journey of …

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Nathan Reuss Joins the MMDC’s Economic Development, Team

Will Help Communities, Businesses, and Organizations Increase Resilience and Prosperity September 2021:  The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) recently hired Nathan Reuss for the role of Economic Developer. Reuss will join MMDC’s Michelle Marotzke on MMDC’s Economic Development Team in Mid-September. Together, Marotzke and Reuss will assist stakeholders throughout the Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville County …

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COVID pandemic complicates already challenging child-care expansion efforts in rural Minnesota

By Gregg Aamot | Contributing Writer MINNPOST Aug. 19, 2021 The difficulty of creating more child-care “slots” — in homes, revamped buildings, or new facilities — remains acute. In 2017, I visited New York Mills to write about the challenges that small rural communities have faced in creating more child care options – a problem that has only been made …

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MMDC Announces Community Input Sessions

The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission is urging all residents of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties to participate in the development of our region’s new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. This plan will be used as a “road map” to guide economic development work for the next five years. It will also ensure continued access to federal …

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