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Press Release -- June 20th, 2012
Source: Enventis
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HickoryTech Announces 2012 Phone Book Cover Contest Winner

North Mankato Resident Snaps Winning Submission
MANKATO, Minn., June 20, 2012— HickoryTech (NASDAQ:HTCO, news, filings) today announced the winner of the HickoryTech Regional Phone Book Cover Contest.  The photograph taken by North Mankato, Minn. resident Loren Pietsch will appear on the cover of the HickoryTech 2012-13 Regional Phone Book.  The photograph features an up close view of Minnesota’s state flower, the showy lady’s slipper.

 More than 120 photographs were submitted for HickoryTech’s Regional Phone Book Cover Contest, which is open to amateur and professional photographers.  Pietsch will receive a $250 cash prize and a framed cover print.  Other top-ranked photo submissions will be featured on the hickorytech411.com website, a premium online resource for local directory listings.

HickoryTech’s Phone Book is distributed to more than 30 communities in southern Minnesota with a distribution of more than 100,000 copies.  In addition to the full-size Phone Book, a smaller companion book featuring white and yellow pages will be distributed to residents and businesses.  The HickoryTech Regional Phone Books are available to customers at no charge with delivery scheduled for July.

As a reminder, residents with community curbside recycling may recycle their phone directories with their regular curbside pick-up. Minnesota law requires all phone directories to be recycled.  Each year, HickoryTech recycles more than 70 tons of phone directories.  HickoryTech partners with the Mankato Downtown Kiwanis, who collect and transport directories to be recycled into insulation.

HickoryTech offers Phone Book recycling bins at its main office, located at 221 East Hickory St., Mankato, Minn. and at Hy-Vee store parking lots located in Mankato.

Photo Opportunity:  A framed HickoryTech 2012-13 Regional Phone Book will be presented along with a $250 award check to contest winner Loren Pietsch on Monday, June 25 at 1 p.m. at HickoryTech’s office, located at 221 East Hickory St., Mankato, Minnesota.

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 500 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.  Enventis 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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