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Kimberly Brown of Roberts takes advantage of the Hazel Mackin Community Library’s Wi-Fi and quiet atmosphere to get some work done on her laptop Monday afternoon. Brown said she works from libraries at least two days a week, not only for the Wi-Fi, but for the quick access to printers and copiers. Area library directors said more and more people are coming to the library to not only check out materials, but use the Internet. (Photo by Sarah Young)

Faster internet is better

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, about 350 Wisconsin libraries -- including the public libraries in Hammond, Roberts and Somerset -- will have faster Internet connections by November thanks to a $4.2 million library fiber upgrade.

According to a press release from the DPI, State Superintendent Tony Evers said “more than 60 percent of our public libraries report inadequate Internet connection speeds to serve library patrons.”

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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