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  April 2021  


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We have the following community meetings coming up regarding fiber optic construction in Carroll and Mills Counties.  These will be informational meetings where folks within these build areas will be able to ask questions as well. Staff will also be on hand from 12-6pm for customers to sign up for services or receive information.
  • Arcadia Legion Hall – Staff on hand from 12-6pm; Meeting at 6:30pm (Each person who attends will get a $5.00 gift card to The Shop.)
  • Mineola Community Center – Staff on hand from 12-6pm; Meeting at 6:30pm
  • Silver City Community Center – Staff on hand from 12-6pm; Meeting at 6:30pm
JUST FOR YOU
On April 22nd, The World Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day - Download Images to View Earth Day started as a U.S. observance in 1970 as a way to create awareness of ecological problems. In 2009, the United Nations gave their approval and support to this observance. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by billions of people in over 190 countries and its goal has expanded to include promoting efforts dedicated to the protection of the environment and our natural resources.

If you'd like to take part in Earth Day on April 22nd, here are some ideas:
  • Organize a group of volunteers to help clean up and restore a "green space."
  • Try to go the whole day without creating any garbage.
  • Recycle your electronic waste (old computers and other devices) in an appropriate facility.
For more information, visit www.earthday.org.
MUST-SEE VIDEOS
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Sweet Girl, Surprising Twist
This "cup of cheer" video is sure to bring a smile to your face. We won't say anything more so as not to spoil the fun.
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Annual Orange Tree Shake
Like a shimmying dancer, watch an orange tree shake its stuff in Valencia, Spain, thanks to a harvesting machine.
NEWS AND VIEWS
Employee Spotlight – Jackie McFarland

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  • Jackie, what is your role at WIN?
    Customer service and Sales consultant

  • How long have you been with WIN?
    I have been with WIN for a little over a year and a half now.

  • What is your favorite part of your job so far?
    I really enjoy the people I work with — customers and coworkers. This company cares for their employees well-being just as much as they care about the customers. Great environment.

  • Tell us a bit about your family. Pets?
    I have 4 children ages 17, 16, 14, and 7 years old. I have an 80lb dog that just turned a year.

  • Where did you grow up?
    Grew up in Iowa till I was 7 years old. Spent ages 7-14 in Alabama. Been back in Iowa since 14 and still not used to the cold.

  • What types of things do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?
    Most of my spare time is spent with the kids or with friends. I enjoy trips out of town to try new restaurants. Always up for new recommendations on where to eat. And live music is always a yes!

  • Any additional info you'd like to share?
    We love firepits and going to the pool in the summer. We take road trips to Boone Ledges to walk the trail and try to camp when we can. Road trips to DSM for nightfall on the river are always fun. Hope we get to go this year!
Fiber Optics News Update

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We have recently added an additional fiber build area to our Mills County projects.  The Glenwood South project will pass roughly 250 homes.   

Glenwood CARES – Construction has been underway throughout the winter months in this area.  Crews continue to work hard to get the remainder of this project complete.  We have begun installing services to some homes in this project and will continue to complete installations in homes as services are available and fiber drops are constructed to each home. 

Glenwood South – Construction in this area is scheduled to begin this summer with installs in late 2021, depending on weather.

Mineola | Silver City| High School SE – Construction in these areas is scheduled to begin this summer with installs in late 2021 or Spring of 2022, depending on weather.

Loess Hills – Construction is scheduled to begin in this area in late 2021 or early 2022 depending on weather and material availability. 
WIN CEO Named ICA Board President

Jeff Rolland - Download Images to View Western Iowa Networks (WIN) CEO Jeff Roiland was just recently elected Board President of the Iowa Communications Alliance (ICA) for the upcoming year. As one of his first duties as President, Roiland spoke to ICA members as part of ICA's Annual Meeting & Expo, which was held virtually in 2021.

He began by highlighting the way the ICA has continued to be a voice for Iowa's communications companies amid a global pandemic and following a natural disaster of the Derecho. "The current pandemic and Derecho have definitely elevated the need for Future Proof Networks and in areas that are truly lacking good broadband, those community leaders are reaching out and looking for solutions." Added Roiland. "ICA Member companies represent tens of thousands of miles of fiber optics across the state and that number continues to climb every day as these companies continue to look for ways to bring more fiber networks online to serve Iowans who are relying on broadband now more than ever."

Roiland said "This past board rallied together with great leadership and moved forward to put forth goals to enhance the mission of the ICA." Roiland then went on to highlight those goals which include the creation of a business development segment of the ICA, expand legislative involvement and advocacy through increasing regional and personal connections and to continue ICA's rich tradition of education for ICA Members.

During his speech, Roiland also spoke about the many volunteers who help to plan and carry out the many events the ICA hosts throughout the year for its members. He also thanked the ICA staff for all their hard work. Joining Roiland as officers on this year's board are Marcie Boerner from Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone as Vice President, Tim Fencl from Danville Telecom as 2nd Vice President and Levi Bappe of Huxley Communications as Immediate Past Board President.

ICA CEO Dave Duncan states "ICA, its Board, and the members congratulate Jeff for his election as ICA Board President. Jeff has proven his leadership capabilities throughout his service on the ICA Board and we look forward to working closely with him on his vision to expand ICA's business development initiative."
Carroll Retail Operations Building Update

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Our new Retail Operations building in Carroll is coming along nicely!  Crews continue to finish the inside of the building and are now hard at work finishing off the outside. This new building will allow us to consolidate 2 Carroll locations into one and create many efficiencies as well. This building is located on the west side of Carroll next to Walmart. More information will be coming as we get closer to completion.
SITES OF THE MONTH
A Fun Place to Learn  
A Fun Place to Learn
This isn't your grandma's encyclopedia! Check out the fascinating videos, trending quizzes, and cool word games.
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Yay! Time to Play Ball!  
Yay! Time to Play Ball!
Major League Baseball returns on April 1st, so step up to the plate to see schedules, attendance guidelines, and more. Learn more...
Low-Cost Patio Upgrades  
Low-Cost Patio Upgrades
Home improvement pro Bob Vila offers tips for making an outdoor living space look like a million with just a few dollars. Learn more...
CUSTOMER ALERT
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COOKING DEMO
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Grilled Cheese, 15 Ways
April is Grilled Cheese Month, and this video's mouthwatering recipes feature unique twists on the classic sandwich.
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Unforgettable Chopped Salad
Chop, chop! Start making this flavorful salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, pecorino cheese, and balsamic glaze.
POPULAR APPS
LinkedIn  
LinkedIn
Here's the faster and better way to access LinkedIn and search for jobs, keep up with news from your network, and stay in touch.
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Paperama  
Paperama
Folding paper is the ultimate Zen experience, as you'll discover with this unique and relaxing adventure to the origami world.
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Cairn  
Cairn
This app will help you get home safely from outdoor adventures. It offers safety tracking and alerts, cell coverage, and navigation.
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CRAFTY IDEAS
Crafty Demo 1 - Download Graphics to View  
Button Up Your Craft Skills
It's super easy to take colorful spare buttons and turn them into earrings, bowls, bookmarks, and candle holders.
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Tree-mendous Twig Monogram
You'll love the rustic beauty of this wall décor, and Mother Nature supplies most of what you need in your backyard.
FAQ/TUTORIAL
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