Showing posts from February, 2017

Senator Klobuchar Addresses Need for Better Broadband in Rural Manufacturing

The worlds of politics and manufacturing collided last week, when Senator Amy Klobuchar visited chainmaille company Weave Got Maille in Ada Minnesota. The visit, part of Klobuchar’s 10-County-Rural Economy Tour, focused on discussing the need for better broadband, access to health care, and support for rural companies.

“Broadband is definitely a huge need,” said Weave Got Maille founder Edie Ramstad. “We have international retail and wholesale orders being made on our website every day. As a rapidly growing company, we need better broadband to support our work.”

Klobuchar said she is pushing for change by working with the agriculture and commerce committees as two sources of funding. The upcoming reauthorization of The Farm Bill, for instance, is intended to help push broadband access in rural areas.

She also led 48 other Senators to join in a letter stating that broadband must be included in all new infrastructure packages.“We need to get her [Ramstad] the kind of internet she deser…

Flexible Learning

By: Ryan Bergeron October 12, 2016 issue of The Tribune (Greenbush, Minn.)

Some lay back in a banana-shaped chair, others sit on square-shaped pillows, mats, or milk totes topped with cushions, in a corner with their backs against a pillow and their bottoms atop pink or blue tires topped by cushions, or in a large green bean bag chair called “Big Joe”. Some stand at desks heightened by black bed lifts. All the students are quiet, reading or working on different subjects without sitting at their chair and desk. This describes a scene in Greenbush-Middle River teacher Robin Waage’s fifth grade classroom in Greenbush.
Thanks to a Greenbush Area Community grant, Waage purchased furniture for a “Flexible Seating” environment, similar, she said, to Starbucks-style seating, but without the coffee.  She pursued this idea to allow students to not only move, but also choose a learning environment that fits their leaning style.
“I was excited about movement for kids because I’m not a traditional…
The Thief River Falls Area Community Fund (TRFACF) recently received $10,000 from Chris and Darla Twomey. “Thief River has always been a very important community for us and we are happy to be part of the birth of this new community fund,” said Chris Twomey.

The TRFACF has replaced the United Way, and will be providing grants to community organizations. The purpose of the fund is to support charitable, education and public purpose projects that will enhance or improve the quality of life for residents in the Thief River Falls area.

Please consider making a secure gift online or donations can also be mailed to: TRFACF, PO Box 43, Thief River Falls, MN 56701.

For a limited time, there is a dollar-for-dollar match in place. Your contribution will double and make a difference to the community of Thief River Falls.