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The DakotaLink Advisory Council meets on a quarterly basis.

December 11, 2023

DakotaLink Advisory Council

Meeting Agenda

December 11ᵗʰ, 2023, 2 PM Central
Quarterly meeting of the DakotaLink Advisory Council
Zoom Meeting
When: December 11ᵗʰ, 2023
2:00 pm to approximately 3:30 pm Central Time
Where: Zoom Meeting or Telephone

Meeting called to order – Richard Moeller – Chair

Roll Call – Richard

Additions/Corrections to Draft Agenda – Richard

Approval of the Agenda – Richard

Additions/Corrections to Draft Sep 25ᵗʰ, 2023, meeting notes – Richard

Approval of September 25th, 2023, meeting notes – Richard

Current Council Officers: Richard Moeller – Chair/ Kendra Gottsleben – Vice Chair/ Eric Weiss – Member at Large

Site Focus – Brookings office with James Honomichl (CSUN)

2023 Annual Progress Report – Page Hudson

ACP: Affordable Connectivity Program – Page Hudson
– www.getinternet.gov – Richard testimonial

DakotaLink Outreach Efforts – Brett Burden/Page Hudson                                                                                                                                                             Midco – Video “DakotaLink Short”, Midco Marketing Campaign (.ppt)

DakotaLink Low-Interest Loan Program – Page Hudson

Set next meeting date: March 2024

Motion to adjourn


December 11th, 2023

Draft Meeting Notes

DakotaLink Advisory Council
Quarterly Zoom Meeting
Draft Meeting Notes
December 11, 2023

Members Present: Richard Moeller, Kendra Gottsleben, Eric Weiss, Keith Bundy, Matt Cain, Lyle Cook, Kayla Kane, Mollie Keating, Bill McEntaffer, Gloria Pluimer, Amy Scepaniak, Beth Schiltz
Members Absent: Gaye Mattke, Sarah Rush, Mary Sjerven
Staff Present: Brett Burden, James Honomichl, Page Hudson, Andrea Steele
Guest Present: Jessica Sehnert

Meeting Start
Richard’s mic was not working so Kendra called the meeting to order at 1:03 pm MT, 2:03 pm CST.

There were no corrections to the draft agenda. Eric motioned to approve the agenda. Gloria seconded.

Meeting Notes
There were no corrections to the September 25th meeting notes. Gloria motioned to approve the meeting notes. Bill seconded.

Site Focus
James Honomichl, a rehabilitation technician who works out of the Brookings DakotaLink Office, discussed his experience at the CSUN conference. CSUN stands for California State University Northridge. It is held in Anaheim, California annually. CSUN primarily focuses on blind and low vision accommodations. There were several booths focused on creating websites that are accessible to all people. He talked about several topics such as a morphic toolbar, an interesting cane, GoodMaps app, QD laser, and Seeing AI.

Richard’s mic began working. He called the next topic to order.

2023 Annual Progress Report
Page discussed the 2023 annual report page by page. It was approved at the state level and will be moved on to the federal government now for approval. It will be posted on the DakotaLink website as soon as it is federally approved.

ACP: Affordable Connectivity Program
There was some discussion about this program. This program was discussed at the last meeting and is a government program that helps provide people with affordable internet services. Richard shared his testimonial on signing up. He said his experience with using the website was smooth. He started saving money each month right away on his internet services. You may go to this website www.getinternet.gov to see if you qualify.

DakotaLink Outreach Efforts
DakotaLink is still advertising through social media, KELO, and Midcontinent.

Brett shared information on how the TIE office created a short sixty second video for DakotaLink. This video is viewable on DakotaLink’s website. A longer video is being generated and will be viewable soon.

Brett also shared an internet viewing of the Midcontinent ads to the council members.

DakotaLink Low-Interest Loan Program
DakotaLink is advertising and telling people about the loan program. There have been no applications completed since the last meeting. DakotaLink can be more flexible than most banks. The interest rate is usually five percent but there is flexibility with that. The loan program can be used to purchase vehicles, vehicle modifications, and various equipment. Please spread the word if you know of anyone. There is a link to the application on DakotaLink’s website.

Next Meeting
The next virtual meeting is set for Tuesday March 12, 2024, at 1:00 pm MT, 2:00 pm CST.

Page is arranging to have an in-person meeting in June 2024. Stay tuned for more information.

Meeting End
Amy motioned to adjourn the meeting. Kendra seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 2:01 pm MT, 3:01 pm CST.

Notes taken by Andrea Steele