The NW-LINKS Consortium was created in 1998 in response to Telecommunications Access Grant legislation passed by the Minnesota Legislature.
NW-LINKS schools and public libraries cover over 24,000 square miles in northwest Minnesota. The boundaries of NW-LINKS extend as far south as Browns Valley and as far north as Warroad. The region also extends as far as Brainerd to the east, with the western boundary along the North and South Dakota state lines.
Given the vast distance between school districts, public libraries, and post-secondary institutions in the NW-LINKS region, collaborating to deliver high performing, cost effective broadband telecommunications access is critical to delivering educational opportunities and information resources to citizens in our communities.
NW-LINKS is a consortium of 70 public school districts and four regional public library systems located in northwest Minnesota.