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Windom gets $12.7M from feds for rural broadband


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The southern Minnesota town of Windom and eight nearby communities are the state's first big winners in the competition for $7.2 billion in federal stimulus funds for broadband Internet service.

The Star Tribune says Windom will get $12.7 million in loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The money will extend Windom's existing city-owned voice, video and broadband Internet network to nearby Jackson, Lakefield, Round Lake, Bingham Lake, Brewster, Wilder, Heron Lake and Okabena.

So far, only three Minnesota-based rural broadband projects have received stimulus funds: the Windom project, a $2.9 University of Minnesota grant for computer centers in poverty areas, and a $4 million loan and grant for Halstad Telephone Co. to build a network in rural North Dakota.

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