Minnesota agency receives national award

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM CDT

Mountain Iron, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A northeastern Minnesota agency has received a national honor.

The Northeast Service Cooperative has received the Brian L. Talbott Award for its contribution to education.

The agency won the award for its Northeast Minnesota Middle Mile Fiber Project, which provides high–speed broadband through a 915–mile fiber optic network throughout northeastern Minnesota.

Virginia school officials say the project has allowed them to better implement their iPad program.

"The Middle Mile project allows us to implement our one–to–one project through sixth through twelfth [grades] and allows us to do that at an effective cost rate," said Virginia Superintendent, Deron Stender.

"It's a regional project that impacts not only schools, which is really the focus of this award, but it allows for a lot of collaboration across communities," said NESC Executive Director, Paul Brinkman.

The Northeast Service Cooperative was selected out of 553 agencies nationwide.