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RELEASE: Rep. Haley congratulates Nuvera Communications on Broadband Grant

Monday, February 1, 2021


Grants totaling $873,022 will extend highspeed internet to rural Goodhue County 

ST. PAUL – On Thursday, January 28, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced 39 broadband grants statewide through the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program that included two grants to Nuvera Communications that serve Goodhue and Wabasha counties. 

"Securing these grants is a huge win for our community and I am so glad constituents will have access to stable highspeed internet," said Rep. Barb Haley, R-Red Wing, who has been a strong advocate for these unserved areas in Hay Creek and Welch. Rep. Haley wrote multiple letters of support for these projects - most recently in July. "Access to broadband supports our workforce and strengthens our community. Now, more than ever before, the importance of having access to high speed internet is vital for students, workers, farmers, and growing businesses. This is great news for our community."

The projects will serve approximately 265 previously unserved and underserved locations– homes and businesses– with highspeed broadband internet.

The Goodhue Welch FTTP grant will serve the area south of Welch and receive a $340,790 grant. The Goodhue West FTTP grant will serve locations in Goodhue, Zumbrota, Minneola, and Belle Creek townships as well as Chester Township in Wabasha County and receive a $532,232 grant.

DEED awarded over $20.6 million in total broadband grants through the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. That money is matched by almost $34 million in local funds.