“For years we’ve been relying on incomplete data to make big decisions on broadband infrastructure in Minnesota,” said Nathan Zacharias, Project Manager for the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative. “Most broadband maps stop at the census block, township, or county level. The Minnesota Speed Test Initiative will give us house-by-house data that just isn’t available anywhere else. We’re very excited to get this project in the field.”
The speed test can be taken with any device that has an internet or cellular connection and takes less than one minute to complete. No personal information will be collected. Testing data will be statistically valid and provide a map of what service levels are for any given area in the state. This information will be an important tool for communities that are planning a broadband expansion project through the FCC, USDA, or MN Borderto-Border Broadband Grant Program.
COVID-19 has shown us how important access to broadband is for every Minnesotan now that we’re being asked to work, learn, or receive care from home. Broadband is no different than any other basic utility that people need. It is an essential part of our daily lives.
Click on any of the titles below to access virtual programming. There is something for every age!
Please fill out a short survey online if you watched any of the programs listed above. They were made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. Your input is crucial to our completion of required final reports. Thanks!!
Our Science Tellers program was made possible with funding from the Friends of the Chatfield Public Library.
If you have been to any of Doug Ohman’s programs (we have hosted him at least 3 times and have all of his books) you will remember what an incredible photographer, historian, and storyteller he is. His programs are always wildly popular and incredibly enjoyable. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this kayak adventure down the Mississippi River right from the comfort of your own armchair! You can access all 3 parts of his virtual journey below.
Part 1: Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls. Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey. Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.
Part 2: Continue Kayaking with Doug through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul. This 130 mile stretch of the river is sure to entertain and educate as he travels through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis. You will experience going through three river locks and Doug shares more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.
Part 3: Doug paddles from the river city of St. Paul all the way down to the Iowa border, completing his trip down the entire Mississippi River within Minnesota. This final stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes you into some of the most picturesque scenery on the trip so far. You will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha. When Doug finally reaches the Iowa border, he will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.
This virtual program is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. We would be very grateful for your opinions of this program. Please leave a comment or send an email to email@example.com. Your comments will be extremely helpful as we fill out a required final report detailing the success of this program. Thank you!
All of the virtual programs we have posted so far will be available at least until August 31, 2020.
Please fill out the survey below before July 27th. Because this is a Legacy funded program, we need to submit a final report. And we need your comments in order to fill out this report! Thank you!