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Sytek Communications – Morrison/Todd/Stearns County FTTP Project – GRANT $1,048,668
This last mile project will bring service to 130 locations in Southwest Morrison, Southeastern Todd and Northeastern Stearns counties. Through a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Sytek Communications will extend fiber-optic lines to some of the most rural parts of Minnesota at service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. As a result of this project, families will have the tools they need to earn a living, educate their children and access needed medical care.
Total eligible project cost is $2,330,373 Local match is $1,281,705

West Central Telephone Association (WCTA) – Rural Staples Phase 2 – GRANT $465,050
This last mile project will serve 56 unserved locations in extremely rural areas of Wadena and Cass counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Sourcewell and Region 5, WCTA will bring service levels of 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding Minnesota’s 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Building a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network provides advanced, high-speed broadband services to households, businesses and farms in the project area, improving their access to e-learning, telehealth, the latest precision agriculture tools, and other applications that allow businesses to operate remotely and stimulate the local economy.
Total eligible project cost is $1,033,445 Local match is $568,395

Help us grow stronger regional food and agricultural systems in MN!
 
The Minnesota Grown program and Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have launched two surveys to learn about wholesale marketing in our state. The information gathered will help determine how the state can best support regional wholesale market development, connections, and promotions.
Producer Survey: This survey is intended for Minnesota commercial agricultural producers who currently sell into wholesale markets or are interested in doing so. Wholesale markets include restaurants, retail stores (grocery, co-op, etc.), schools, institutions, distributors, food hubs, wholesalers, and processors/manufacturers/food makers.

Buyer Survey: This survey is intended for Minnesota retailers and wholesale buyers, including grocery co-ops, grocery stores, distributors, food hubs, wholesalers, restaurants, and institutional food service operators.
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