County offers free use of computer room in Milaca

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Mille Lacs County has set up a computer center with high-speed Internet access in the lower level of the county’s historic courthouse in Milaca for the county’s residents to use for free.
The center opened in early March with assistance from a Blandin grant. The computer center hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will be closed during holidays. The center has 15 workstations, each with a computer loaded with 2007 Microsoft Office Standard (Word and Excel). Printing and copying are available for a nominal fee.
Security software is installed on each computer that will wipe the computer memory clean after each user is done.
Mille Lacs County Tech Director Michael Virnig said the county has three laptop computers that residents can check out to use in a separate office off the main computer room. The 15 computers are used.
The grant money is being used to pay for additional hours for a tech staff person to monitor and manage the computer center. The separate office area where the laptops can be used will be set up to give a resident a chance to view a county town hall meeting in another city without having to go there. It will be a two-way setup so that the user can speak to or ask questions of people at the town hall meeting, according to Virnig.
A county tech staff person will be available to assist with basic computer use in the computer center but may not always be able to provide support or information for specific software.
People could use the computer center for a number of tasks including preparing a resume or filling out job applications, completing online courses and taking online tests, emailing family and friends, shopping and paying bills.
The computer center does have a number of rules, including not allowing the placing or viewing of unlawful information or images on the system.
A form of identification is required and children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No open food and beverage containers are allowed in the center.
People seeking access to the computer center after 4:30 p.m. must use the entrance to the adjacent Justice Center.