Success Stories

Schools in South Dakota play a vital role in educating and preparing future generations for postsecondary education and

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Photo of Marilyn Wagner standing in front of her newly repaired home of 50 years.

When the devastating Christmas flood of 1964 swept away her house and destroyed many others across the Pacific Northwest, Marilyn Wagner purchased a new home at a higher elevation on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon.

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Rural Mississippi

With the exception of major population areas where patients have nearby access to hospitals and clinics, almost all Mississippi residents who live outside of cities and large towns live in counties that are otherwise rural, and lacking any nearby hospitals or clinics.

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JoAnne Davis looks at the carbon monoxide detector that saved her life.

Earlier this year, JoAnne Davis of Windsor, Vermont was startled by the shriek of her carbon monoxide detector. The local fire department responded, and discovered an easily fixed water heater ventilation issue had caused carbon monoxide to build up in the home.

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Softcom's BIP Project

Softcom Internet Communications, Inc. (Softcom) is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) based in Galt, California serving rural portions of North-Central California.

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Paul Bunyan Communications Staff

Paul Bunyan Communications, based in Bemidji, Minnesota, has taken advantage of the RUS Telecommunications Broadband loan program to build-out a high speed broadband network covering their entire service area.

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Molalla Telephone

Many rural communities lack the necessary infrastructure to provide broadband services, creating myriad challenges for local residents, businesses, schools, and other essential community services.

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 In rural North Dakota, high speed Internet isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.  Just ask Tracey Koester. Tracey used to commute to Bismarck, ND for work. It was a 56-mile journey one-way, and she did it 5 days-a- week, for 17 years.

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Quest Montessori School

Providing necessary and quality education in rural communities is important to create ladders of opportunity for the future generations.

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USDA funds for green house lighting

 Ace Begonias, Inc. located in Woodbridge, CT., was founded in 1976 using a rented 3000 sq. ft. antique facility. In 1980, with assistance from USDA’s Farmer's Home Administration, they purchased nearly two dozen acres in Bethany and Woodbridge and added a 17,000 sq. ft.

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