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Press Release -- February 9th, 2012
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HickoryTech Announces My Life My Internet Video Contest Winner

Winning videos will be broadcast on HickoryTech Digital TV network,

HickoryTech social media websites and hickorytech.com
Mankato, Minn. – Feb. 9, 2012 – HickoryTech (NASDAQ:HTCO, news, filings) announces today this first winner of its “My Life My Internet” video contest, which challenged students and teachers to submit a short video on how they use broadband services.  Austin Garcia, a junior at Mankato West High School won a hand-held video as well as five video cameras for his school, a total prize value of $510.

Students and teachers across the HickoryTech service area were encouraged to enter the contest submit a video highlighting how they connect, learn, recharge, study and socialize at school and at home using the Internet. Garcia’s winning video, which creatively communicated how he uses the Internet, was selected from numerous video submissions by students and teachers across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

“As a local broadband leader, HickoryTech supports technology integration in the classroom and wants to provide an incentive for students and educators to adopt new technologies that will enhance student learning,” said Jennifer Spaude, director of Investor Relations and Marketing.  “It’s clear from these video submissions; students at all ages are using the power of broadband to explore new ways of learning.”

As a leading regional broadband provider, HickoryTech initiated this contest to encourage broadband adoption and help students and educators to share their stories about why the Internet in important in their lives.

HickoryTech will announce additional contest winners each week through early March.  A selection of video submissions, including Garcia’s winning video is posted on the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hickorytech.

HickoryTech’s My Life My Internet Video Contest will accept video entries again in September.  Visit www.hickorytech.com/MyLifeMyInternet for contest details.

About HickoryTech   
HickoryTech Corporation is a leading communications provider serving business and residential customers in the upper Midwest.  With headquarters in Mankato, Minn., HickoryTech has 460 employees and a five-state fiber network spanning more than 3,250 route miles across Minnesota and into Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  HickoryTech’s Enventis subsidiary provides business IP voice, data and video solutions, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosted services and communication systems.  HickoryTech delivers broadband Internet, Digital TV, voice and data services to businesses and consumers in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa. The Company trades on the NASDAQ, symbol: HTCO.  For more information, visit www.hickorytech.com.

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