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News From Representative Kresha 1-13-2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re doing well and are embracing winter. We’re in for a bright, relatively warm weekend starting tomorrow. It’ll be a good chance to head outside and enjoy some pond hockey or make it to the local sledding hill.

Broadband Grants

As you probably know, I’ve long been a proponent of expanding broadband access in Greater Minnesota. Thanks to a GOP-led initiative in 2016, $35 million in broadband grants was awarded to 42 projects around the state. The legislature approved a total of $45 million in broadband grants last biennium, and when you add in federal funds, we’ll see north of $100 million in rural Minnesota broadband investment in 2017.

I was also pleased to see a $500,000 investment for rural schools districts to install wireless hotspots on buses for students with long commutes to and from school. The origin of the initiative comes from a Republican-led proposal from the 2016 legislative session. Our goal with this initiative was to give students a chance to stay connected and have access to their homework while on their lengthy bus commutes. It’s a big step in helping these young learners keep pace technologically with the metro area. I anticipate further support from the Governor’s office to improve educational broadband access going forward.

Say Yes to the Prom Dress

I’m still a few years away from prom dress shopping with my daughters, but if you know someone looking to buy or sell a prom dress, please check out the Long Prairie “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event. You can drop off dresses at LPGE High School from 5-8pm tonight, and can shop from 9am until noon tomorrow. I know when the time comes for me to buy a prom dress for my daughters, I’ll appreciate local opportunities like this.

Please Contact Me

As always, please contact me with your questions, concerns, and comments. Reach me at or by phone at 651-296-4247. Follow me on Twitter @RonKresha for more updates, as well.

Have a great weekend,