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Hager Telecom acquired by BEVCOMM of Blue Earth, Minn.

HGAER CITY - As of Jan. 1, Hager Telecom customers will see their bills coming from a different company. The telephone and Internet provider was acquired by Blue Earth, Minn., based BEVCOMM at the beginning of the year.

Hager Telecom manager Rick Keane said that customers won't see any changes to their current services as a result of the acquisition.

"The thing that the customers will see is the name under which we operate will change," Keane said.

However, he said, customers may get the option of expanded services in the coming months as a result of the acquisition.

In addition, customers who have email addresses will eventually be transitioned to email addresses. But BEVCOMM marketing coordinator Amy Schonborn said that transition won't happen for at least a couple months, and customers will continue to receive email as normal throughout the transition.

"Customers will still receive email at," Schonborn said. "There will be future changes that they will be contacted about."

If a customer doesn't want a address, they will be able to make a request to keep their current address, Schonborn added.

"They will be able to keep the if they desire," she said.

BEVCOMM has already been managing Hager Telecom since 2005, when Hager Telecom's parent company, Hector Communications, was sold to BEVCOMM, Keane said. Hector Communications was recently dissolved, leaving BEVCOMM to take over ownership of Hager Telecom.

In the same transaction, BEVCOMM acquired the Granada Telephone Co., Indianhead Telephone Co. and Pine Island Telephone Co.

"We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve these new communities," said BEVCOMM CEO Bill Eckles in a statement. "BEVCOMM has a 120-year history of bringing technology to small rural communities. We consider it to be our responsibility to make sure the communities we serve are never left behind."

None of Hager Telecom's five employees will be affected by the change, and the office in Hager City will remain open.

"The employees and (service) pricing stay the same," Keane said.

Hager Telecom customers were notified of the acquisition by a letter that was sent out separately from their bills, Keane said. A notice on the company's website stated that customers will be redirected from to starting Jan. 7.