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AT&T launches 5G in area

FAIRMONT — AT&T’s* 5G network – the fastest

Nationwide 5G Network – is now live for consumers

and businesses in southwestern Minnesota. With this

deployment, consumers and businesses in Fairmont,

Worthington, Pipestone and Springfield with a 5G-capable

device and qualifying plan will now have access to

AT&T’s 5G service delivered using low-band spectrum.

“At a time when technology is proving to be even

more essential for communication, AT&T customers can

rest assured that our company is continuing to invest in

our network and new technologies to make connection

easier,” said Paul Weirtz, state president of AT&T Minnesota.

“We consistently work to provide better coverage

for Minnesota’s communities. And we’re investing

in our wireless network in southwestern Minnesota and

across the state to accomplish that.”

AT&T 5G offers nationwide connectivity on its lowband

sub-6 spectrum, which provides broadband coverage

that will ultimately offer a better wireless experience

with greater capacity and faster response times for businesses

and consumers.

Transit help in Kossuth County

ALGONA, Iowa — My Community Ride, a new

transportation assistance program developed to coordinate

transportation to assist individuals who are at or

below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, living

independently within the Region II transit area and who

are in need of transportation for medical appointments

or to assist individuals in combating social influencers of

health is now available in Kossuth County, Iowa.

There are some requirements for this service besides

the poverty level index, such as proof of income.

To find out more, contact North Iowa Community

Action Organization (NICAO) Family Resource Center

at 1-800-873-1899 or (641) 423-7766, email nicaooutreach@

nicao-online.org or text (641) 530-5428.

Their business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday-

Friday, but are closed holidays.

South Dakota sets COVID records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hospitalizations from

COVID-19 in South Dakota broke records for the third

straight day on Tuesday as health officials reported 395

people in the state’s hospitals.

The state has seen the nation’s second-highest number

of new cases per capita over the last two weeks,

according to Johns Hopkins researchers. There were

1,226 new cases per 100,000 people, meaning that one

in roughly every 82 people has tested positive in the last

two weeks.

The Department of Health reported 989 new cases,

bringing the active case count to 11,188.

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