Another strong and successful year for DRN

Thursday, October 17th was Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative’s 69th Annual Meeting held at the Ellendale Public School.  The festivities started at 4:30 pm the supper and musical talent provided and followed with the annual meeting at 6:00 pm.  It’s a great night where we thank our members and update them on the status of the cooperative.  For anyone that came, I’d like to thank you for your…

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DRN ReadiTech Named One of the Best Places to Work

DRN ReadiTech was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in the northern plains by Prairie Business.

Earlier this year, employees nominated the organizations by submitting anonymous employee-satisfaction surveys, and Prairie Business used the survey results in selecting the 50 Best.

The survey sought input on each employer’s benefits, workplace culture, and employee morale, among ot…

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What is new with Wi-Fi 6?

As everyone knows, technology is always changing. Whether you’re at your home or in the office, there are more network connected devices every year. With the change in how many devices connect to your network, a new Wi-Fi standard is slowly rolling out. IEEE 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 is already available on few network devices and connected devices. It was created by the Institute of Electrical and Ele…

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Apples to Apples

sparked a lot of talk about the new products and software that will be available very soon. iPhone 11, 11Pro, Pro Max, iPad, and a new Apple watch. Plus, new software and apps like Apple TV and Apple Arcade. This all sounds great, but let’s be real. Is there really a difference between what you have already, and the new things Apple just put out? The answer to that question…

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"My Computer is so slow"

“My computer is so slow.” This has to be the biggest complaint about computers or handheld devices like smart phones. Some devices can last years before they can no longer keep up with the pace. Other devices sprint to the finish line and only last a couple weeks or months before they’re barely crawling. Workload for every device varies so much it makes it hard to pinpoint an exact cause of the p…

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Avoid being a Ransomware victim

Ransomware is a type of attack done on a computer to “lock” files and folders making them un-viewable to anyone who does not have the correct key to unlock them.  Attackers use ransomware as a way to make money by offering to unlock user files for a fee.  Sometimes the fee is payed, and the files are unlocked, but at least as often the files are not unlocked, even after the payment is made.  Ther…

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Does your back to school shopping list include a faster Internet speed?

Does your back to school shopping list include a faster Internet speed?

Back to school time means shopping for supplies such as markers, pencils, notebooks and a backpack. But have you taken this time to consider if you need to shop for a new Internet speed? Now is a great time to evaluate your Internet usage and needs as your students go back to school.

How do I know I need a faster Inter…

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STEM: Preparing youth for the workplace

What will jobs and the workforce look like in 20 years?  Many say we probably haven’t heard of the job titles that will be in demand in 2030 let alone 2040. The World Economic Forum predicts that 35% of the skills required for jobs today will change by 2030. And that 65% of children born today will pursue careers that don’t exist today. 

If you read articles about future careers you will find a…

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BAND equips Northern Lights Dairy for next-generation farming

Anytime you unwrap a stick of Land O’Lakes butter, you’re likely looking at a product made with Northern Lights Dairy milk. Northern Lights Dairy is a Grade-A dairy farm facility located just south of Mandan, owned and operated by the Holle family. Andrew Holle is a 4th generation dairy producer, and he lives there with his wife, Jennifer, their four kids, and over 725 milk cows. 


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Do we still need a land line telephone?

I remember when we all used to jump and run for the telephone when it rang. It was so exciting; having the mystery of wondering who was going to be on the other end of the line? Who was this mystery caller phoning in our house? Now when the landline rings no one moves from their chair while the phone continues to ring until the voice mail picks up. Or we casually walk over to check the caller id,…

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Broadband & Baseball

How Giants Snacks became the snack of choice for every American baseball league

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“Hello, I’m a manager for the New York Yankees. We’d like to get some of your sunflower seeds for our dugout.”

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Why managed wi-fi?

Wi-Fi is an essential tool relative to entertainment, work productivity, and daily life activities in general. Wi-Fi issues result in more than 80% of DRN trouble calls from our members as well.

Research shows that more than 50% of broadband households experience problems with their Wi-Fi. The way we use Wi-Fi is evolving rapidly. With more users, more devices, and more bandwidth-intensive ap…

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BAND: Building a North Dakota that Works Smarter AND Harder

Hilary Mehrer grew up like most North Dakotans– in a small town. She always knew when to come home. As soon as that evening whistle echoed through the town, she had better be walking through their door or she knew there would be trouble. And, if she wasn’t there, her parents always seemed to know where she was before she ever got home.

“That’s just the way it is in small towns– everyone knows e…

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Windows 10 Secrets

Hi everyone!  Tim Steinwand with DRN ReadiTech here!

, Microsoft support will be ending early next year on Windows 7, so now would be a good time to update those machines to Windows 10. I am going to let you in on a few secrets that you can use to help your experience in working with Windows 10 that you may not have known about.  These are just a few of th…

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What’s all the buzz about Windows 7?

After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing the end.  Windows 7 is a personal computer operating system produced by Microsoft.  It was released to manufacturing in 2009 and on Jan. 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates, bug fixes or technical support for Windows 7.

All good things come to an end and every Windows product has a life-cycle. The life-cycle begins whe…

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