Fiber Optics- Connecting You now and Beyond

Generally, the definition of fiber optics is: the use of thin flexible fibers of glass that transmit light signals for telecommunications use. My definition is: the source in which rural North Dakotans are connected to the world.

Hello, my name is Kent Schimke I am DRNs Operations Manager. I have been employed at DRN for 17 years, I started my employment at DRN as an Outside Plant Technician wh…


What I do for a living

Hello! My name is Andrew Meyer.  I’ve been part of the DRN ReadiTech team for the last six years.  In my time at DRN I’ve had the opportunity to help start our ReadiTech Managed Service offerings to provide our customers.  People often ask me what I do for a living.  I tell them I’m a Network Analyst at DRN/ReadiTech  and we offer managed services.   At this point they either nod and smile with a…


Back to School

Here we are the first week in September.  The kids have been back in school for a week or two and family has settled into routine—homework, meetings, sporting events, packing lunches, etc.   Trying to juggle all events of life can be challenging.  However, we have many technological devices that can help us with scheduling, food preparation, homework and more.

Hi!  My name is Janell Hauck, DRN’…


What can I afford to lose?

Hi, my name is Scott Young, I have been with DRN and the ReadiTech team for 17 years.  In my time here, I have had a great opportunity to work in numerous departments.  From being a Plant technician to now an IT Analyst.  Along the way, I have seen the ups and downs of businesses and residential customers alike.  Data loss is something that can affect anyone but no one wants to endure. 

Data is…


Let's Go Digital!

Hello!  I’m Tim Steinwand, the Customer Experience Specialist here at DRN.  I have been assigned the lead on DRN’s Digital TV Conversion project, and I can truly say this a very exciting time for me and for DRN.  We are eager to have all our customers enjoy the quality and convenience of all Digital TV from DRN. 

I’d just like to give you a bit of information on why this conversion is occurring…


What can a drone do for me?

Hello, my name is Danielle Whitaker, I’ve been with the ReadiTech team for about 6 months now. Recently I was given the opportunity to get our team a drone. I know what you’re thinking what would a technology company do with a drone. Well in the past few years drones have made great strides in their production.

Here at DRN we are still trying to figure a concrete use for our drone but as of now…


Is Your Network Protected?

Hello, my name is Mary Lou Sundby.  Fifteen years ago, I was hired as the Business Account/Marketing Specialist.  With a new position to the company and a new vision, my first fourteen years involved onsite visits to each and every business customer in our service territory offering advanced technologies with local customer service.  That would include traveling to the 19 exchanges in seven North…


Virtual can't describe it, you have to experience it.

Tech Chat with Josh,

Hello again.  My name is Josh Peldo and I am an IT Analyst at DRN Readitech. I have been here for 11 years and from the day I started technology has been fun for me.  I have blogged about it in the past so feel free to check it out, .  This time the topic is How Businesses Will use Virtual Reality in the next 5 years.  

If you have not seen a virtual reality headset…


Greetings From Kari

Greetings!  My name is Kari Nishek.  I have been blessed to work for DRN, an innovative technology leader, for the past 19 years.  Over the past 19 years, I have had the opportunity to work and manage several different areas of the business.   From working as an Accountant to managing the Business Office to managing our IT team to starting ReadiTech to Project Management…it’s been an exciting jou…


Let's Talk Facebook

Hello!  My name is Pamela Henningsen.  I am the multi-media specialist at DRN with the marketing team.  As part of the marketing team we are the creative side of our sales campaigns and organize most functions that DRN hosts.  In addition to that I create commercials (spots) for DRN to be played on our TV lineup and produce spots for customers’ that advertise on our TV too.  I also manage all of …


A message from the CEO/GM

Hello.  My name is Bob Johnson.  I graduated from Devils Lake High School and North Dakota State University.  I am fortunate to be the CEO/GM for DRN.  I report to the Board of Directors and work for the members of Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative.  In January of 2018 I will have completed 40 years in the telecommunications industry.  My journey has taken me to 9 different locations in Minnesot…