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Minnesota businesses, nonprofit groups raise funds for distance learning tools


Alex Kormann – Star Tribune

Tawnya Heino tried to connect to the internet for a Zoom call with her son's teacher at the end of their driveway in Chisholm, Minn.

A group of Minnesota businesses and nonprofit organizations is raising money to ensure that all Minnesota students have the equipment and internet access for distance learning, should schools need to go online again in the next school year.

The Partnership for a Connected MN, a group led by members from Best Buy, Comcast, the Blandin Foundation, St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership, has raised $1.6 million so far. The effort was announced Tuesday by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan, whose offices are working with the private members of the partnership.


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