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There is demand for improved broadband Internet service in rural counties, including those with a high percentage of elderly residents, Pam Lehmann of Lac Qui Parle County Economic Development Authority said Monday. Lehmann took part in a discussion on broadband Internet service led by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, pictured at left. Photo by Scott Wente, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Internet upgrade vital for rural Minnesota, which lags behind

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Some rural Minnesota school children cannot use certain learning tools, while their classmates can.

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Small businesses have difficulty competing because they cannot send files electronically.

Tourists take a pass on resorts that cannot offer a high-speed link to the working world.

Medical clinics see ways to improve care, but cannot provide the services to patients.

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