Kandiyohi County applying for more state broadband funding

The Kandiyohi County Board will be considering a request for American Rescue Plan Act funds and a letter of support to go towards a broadband project in several townships.

The Kandiyohi County Board will be learning about an additional broadband expansion project in the county at Tuesday's meeting.

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County push to extend high-speed broadband across the county continues. At Tuesday's meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board , the Kandiyohi County Broadband Committee will be requesting additional American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help fund a two-part, three-township project.

The project would expand high-speed broadband through Harrision, Lake Elizabeth and East Lake Lillian townships. The ARPA request is for $399,725. The committee is also asking for a letter of support from the county board to go with the project's state Border to Border grant application. The county hopes to be awarded 75% of the project total, or $1.49 million.

Also on the agenda for the county board to consider is the KandiWorks asset distribution recommendation; a resolution approving the county-wide bridge replacement program; an amendment to the West Central Sanitation waste delivery agreement; allowing staff to move forward with the sale of the recycling center; and a letter of support for a accessibility project at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.

There will also be a wrap-up discussion regarding the retirement of County Administrator Larry Kleindl.

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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