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Garden Valley Technologies is an innovative, member-owned cooperative, providing the highest quality, cost-effective services to our members. We’re a 115-year-old organization owned by the friends and neighbors we serve across northwest Minnesota.
Garden Valley Education Foundation (GVEF) promotes a technology grant program by offering funds to school districts located within our service area. These grants are to be used to aid in the purchase of technology-related services or products.
FRS Community Grant Program
The 2022 Community Grant program sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) and Garden Valley Technologies is open.
To submit a Grant Request for your organization, fill out the Application Guide and email your completed application to GVT at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at one of our locations in Bagley, Erskine or Thief River Falls.
Deadline to apply is August 1, 2022
The Minnesota Telecom Alliance, of which Garden Valley Technologies is a member, has established a Foundation and awards seven scholarships to be awarded to 2022 Minnesota graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship with be a one-time amount of $2,000. For additional information, please visit www.MNTA.org
Foundation for Rural Services (FRS), along with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and its members, strongly promotes the continuing education of rural youth. As your local telecommunications service provider, we are happy to offer this national scholarship program to the students in school districts located within GVT’s service area. For additional information, please visit the FRS website at www.frs.org.
Each year, Garden Valley Technologies considers sponsoring up to two youth delegates to attend the NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. High school juniors, under the age of 18, and residing within GVT’s exchanges, are encouraged to write an essay-style letter of application explaining why they’re interested in attending and why they should be chosen to represent Garden Valley Technologies at the youth tour. Watch for additional information in our December “Voice of the Valley” newsletter.
GVT offers free public Wi-Fi at 11 area locations in the cities of Bagley, Clearbrook, Erskine, Fertile, Fosston, Goodridge, Grygla, Mentor, Oklee, Red Lake Falls, and Winger to any member who needs them.
GVT believes in helping the communities we serve, and providing free public Wi-Fi is just one more way to keep friends and neighbors connected. A Garden Valley Technologies banner will be displayed at each location where free Wi-Fi is available. When logging in, the user will see a splash page promoting GVT, along with terms and conditions of use.
While attending a public event at one of these locations, enjoy GVT’s free public Wi-Fi service!
Donations, given in the form of cash or merchandise, are one of our ways of giving back to area communities. The cooperative’s donation policy allows for an annual amount, based on the number of access lines in an exchange, that’s designated to be used on a first-come, first-served basis to non-political, non-religious organizations located within GVT’s service area. GVT also helps sponsor many community events put on by various organizations throughout our service area. Some of these events include holiday parties, health fairs, benefits, youth associations, and local fairs and parades.
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The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) announced it has awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to 40 students from rural communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. Two of those students are from the Garden Valley Technologies service area. The FRS Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to students from across rural America for their […]
The Minnesota Telecom Alliance announced that they received 103 scholarship applications from across the state and one winning student is from Fertile. Olivia Forgit was selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation, according to Tim Brinkman, Garden Valley Technologies. Ms. Forgit will be graduating from […]
Voice of the Valley Newsletter
GVT is a cooperative, owned by its members. As a cooperative, a percentage of the margins are allocated to each member of the cooperative who bought services from Garden Valley Telephone Company during the year they were earned.
Each member’s annual credit allocation is accumulated and totaled over the period of time that the member continues to receive service.
Garden Valley Technologies members have now received payments for their capital credits in the cooperative totaling more than $23-million over the last 15 years. These payments are not dividends for tax purposes because they are a return of contributed capital.
One of the benefits of being a Garden Valley Technologies member is patronage checks or Capital Credit checks. Unfortunately, checks are sometimes unclaimed. A list of of members who have unclaimed patronage checks are generally posted in GVT’s December Voice of the Valley newsletter, and you can also click the link below to view a list of unclaimed checks.
The Cooperative’s present policy provides that authorized representatives of the estates of deceased GVT patrons may apply for the retirement and payment of capital credits. For more information, please call our office at 1-800-448-8260.
GVT Board of Directors
FRONT ROW: President Arlene Novak, Vice President James Ferden, Secretary Allen Paulson, Treasurer Lee Hoaas
BACK ROW: Directors Jim DeVries, Larry Djernes, Casey Holland, Byron Ness, Ron Kiesow
|3||Arlene Novak, St. Hilaire – President||Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire, Plummer|
|4||James Ferden, McIntosh – Vice President||McIntosh, Oklee, Winger|
|7||Allen Paulson, Shevlin – Secretary||Bagley, Minerva, Shevlin|
|2||Lee Hoaas, Erskine – Treasurer||Brooks, Erskine, Mentor|
|9||Ron Kiesow, Goodridge – Director||Gatzke, Goodridge, Grygla, Gully|
|6||Larry Djernes, Clearbrook – Director||Clearbrook, Gonvick, Leonard|
|2||Lee Hoaas, Erskine – Director||Brooks, Erskine, Mentor|
|5||Casey Holland, Fosston – Director||Fosston, Lengby|
|1||Byron Ness, Fertile – Director||Beltrami, Fertile, Maple Bay|
|8||Jim DeVries, Bejou – Director||CLEC & National Members, including Thief River Falls & Bejou|
Board Election Process
Have you ever wondered how Directors are elected to our nine-member Board of Directors?
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