County Board

(Willmar MN-) Kandiyohi County has about 8.4 million dollars to spend from the federal American Rescue Plan to help deal with the effects of COVID-19. County Commissioner Rollie Nissen says they haven't spent any of those dollars yet, and at this point, it looks like the bulk of that money will go toward expanding broadband internet service to underserved areas of the county...

....County Commissioner Steve Gardner says countywide broadband coverage is very important, especially with students having to learn from home due to the pandemic....

...Gardner also would like to see some of those dollars spent on providing more child care in the county...

...The first report to the federal government on American Rescue Plan spending was due at the end of August. The county has until 2023 to spend the money it's been given.