Enbridge Awards Waubun-Ogema-White Earth & Mahnomen School District $366K in Internet Activity Grants

Enbridge Awards Waubun-Ogema-White Earth & Mahnomen School District $366K in Internet Activity Grants

August 23, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Waubun, MN — Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District and Mahnomen School District were the proud recipients this week of grants totaling $366,000 from Enbridge, the company in charge of the Line 3 pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota, to help provide internet access for all students and families in the district. Leo Golden, Vice President of the Enbridge Line 3 construction project, says this donation is about building community relations and further investing in the infrastructure in the communities they serve.

Lisa Weber, Superintendent of the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District, says their next step after receiving the grant is to work with the area communication providers to figure out the best way to get internet access into the hands of all their families.

When the pandemic began last spring, it became quite evident of the need to have broadband for a fair an equitable education, according to Superintendent Weber.

Mahnomen Superintendent Jeff Bisek hopes that this grant will be a catalyst for more community partnerships in the future.

Families in the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth and Mahnomen School District will be mailed out information soon with more information on how they can apply to have access to broadband.

Listen to full interview discussing the Enbridge Broadband Access Grant below: