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Atomic Training signs agreement with Best Buy’s Geek Squad

Atomic Training, the consumer division of Atomic Learning of Little Falls, is now working with Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

Both entities have carved out a business footprint based on helping people get the most out of their technology.

Atomic Training is an on-demand software trainer. The division goal is to give users greater confidence and success when using technology and it provides support tutorials as it works with businesses, organizations and individuals.

Earlier this week, Atomic Training reported the agreement “will provide millions of Geek Squad Tech Support members exclusive access to a new online library of more than 60,000 tech training tutorials.

“Available through the Geek Squad website, the new video tutorial library will be released with the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 on Oct. 26, giving Geek Squad tech support members tips on the new operating system along with a rich selection of other popular software and technology topics.”

George Sherman, senior vice president of Best Buy Services said, “Atomic Training’s proven format of short, online tutorials extends the benefits of this program to anytime, anywhere tech training so members can learn more about the technology that’s most important to them.”

Geek Squad Tech Support serves more than two million members on software and operating system issues at Best Buy stores, online, or via the phone 24 hours a day. The company works with a variety of computer on a subscription basis. The service is not limited to Best Buy purchases. Members may have purchased their computers anywhere.

Atomic Learning launched its Atomic Training division in 2010 to reach the consumer market.

“Geek Squad’s respected technology service and Geek Squad Tech Support membership are the perfect platforms for this partnership,” said Dan Meyer, CEO of Atomic Learning in a news release. “Providing its members with the desired technology training and support will ensure that more people are able to better understand and use the technology that is a growing part of their daily lives.”

Verizon Wireless announced customers in Brainerd and Baxter will be among those to get 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Verizon Wireless reported that change promises speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G service, meaning “customers who visit or live in the popular lake areas of central and northern Minnesota will be able to surf the Web, steam music and video” among other activities on tablets or smartphones at faster speeds. The company said new coverage in the Brainerd lakes area will include: Baxter and west to the Gull Lake area and Pillager; north to the Long Lake area including Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pine River; northeast to Aitkin, including Crosby and Deerwood, and south to the Crow Wing Lake area.

The expanded St. Cloud coverage will extend north to Little Falls to include Royalton and St. Stephens. Verizon Wireless reported the new coverage will provide Highway 10 travelers with contiguous coverage from Little Falls to Minneapolis. Highway 23 will expand northeast from Foley to Mora, and Highway 25 coverage will extend south from Foley to Becker.

In Alexandria, includes Highway 71 from Long Prairie to Wadena. In addition to Fergus Falls, coverage will extend north on Highway 59 to the Detroit Lakes area, including Frazee and Perham.

Verizon Wireless also expanded service to Alexandria, Fergus Falls and communities around St. Cloud. Willmar and Marshall will be added by year’s end, the company reported.

The 4G service is being introduced Thursday. Verizon Wireless said the new service means it will be able to provide continuous coverage on Interstate 94 from Fargo, N.D. across Minnesota to Hudson, Wis.

“In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink,” Verizon reported.

Lakes Latte in Pequot Lakes is looking for a new location, owner Justin Bolz-Andolshek said. The building just off Highway 371 where the coffee spot was is currently being gutted for a new use but Bolz-Andolshek said he wasn’t sure what may be moving inside.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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