Winona, MN – The fence surrounding the Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) facility is now part of an ongoing community art project with a communication theme.

062816-mural-dedicationThe project features painted murals depicting “The History of Communication” hung on the fence along Main Street in Winona, leading to Levee Park. The first of the mural panels were hung and dedicated during a ceremony June 29.

The project had been in the works for many years, originating with a conversation between then HBC CEO Gary Evans and the River Arts Alliance.

So far five panels have been completed with each showing the evolution of how people communicated. The panels were painted by local community members during an event last spring. A second series of mural panels will be created at an upcoming community art day.

For the project, HBC erected a new fence from which to hang the artwork, and purchased the aluminum framing for the mural panels. A river-themed sculpture accompanies the murals. The sculpture elements were hand-crafted from canoe and kayak scraps donated by Wenonah Canoe. Fastenal donated the hardware that holds the artwork to the fence, and the mural frames were fabricated by Winona Welding.

About us: Headquartered in Winona, MN, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) delivers cutting edge telecommunications services to communities in southeastern Minnesota. Founded in 1997, HBC builds and operates hybrid fiber and Fiber-To-The-Home networks as well as providing wireless broadband in rural areas. The company offers a video service selection of more than 300 channels (including approximately 100 in High-Definition), digital music, Pay-Per-View, and extensive local programming produced by HBC Studios. The company has over 110 employees supporting, retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and Wizards Technical Support divisions in over 17 communities. 

For additional information, please contact David Dicke at or at (507) 474-5884.