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in the Community - 2011

Our cooperative has a long history of giving back to the communities we serve through contributions of both time and money.  From donating over $30,000 annually to educational scholarship for local students to sponsoring major events such as the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, we remain committed to improving the lives of those we serve and the communities we call home.  Check the news & events section to see our most recent activity.

Below are some of our donations, scholarships and supported community events from 2011.
 

Donations - 2011

Steve Jurvelin of the Deer River Fire Department (left) recieves a donation from PBC District 4 Director, Jim Tarbell (right).
Deer River Fire Department
Steve Jurvelin of the Deer River Fire Department (left) recieves a donation from PBC District 4 Director, Jim Tarbell (right).

Pictured left to right are Matt Grose, Superintendent of District 317, Jim Tarbell, PBC District 4 Director, and Sarah Bellefy, Deer River School Board Member.
Deer River High School
Paul Bunyan Communications donated to Deer River High School to support their new interactive TV system. Pictured left to right are Matt Grose, Superintendent of District 317, Jim Tarbell, PBC District 4 Director, and Sarah Bellefy, Deer River School Board Member.

 

Betsy McBride (right) and Joni Namyst (left) of the Grand Rapids YMCA recieve a donation check from Paul Bunyan Communications Account Representative John Weber.
Grand Rapids YMCA
Betsy McBride (right) and Joni Namyst (left) of the Grand Rapids YMCA receive a donation check from Paul Bunyan Communications Account Representative John Weber.

The Bemidji Vocalmotive Show Choir is celebrating its 16th year. Director Chris Fettig (left) accepts a donation check from PBC District 9 Director, Tim Hins (right).
Bemidji Vocalmotive
The Bemidji Vocalmotive Show Choir is celebrating its 16th year. Director Chris Fettig (left) accepts a donation check from PBC District 9 Director, Tim Hins (right).

Scholarships & Youth - 2011

Ashley Girtz of Northome accepts the Paul Bunyan Communications ICC Scholarship from Account Representative, John Weber.
ICC Scholarship
Ashley Girtz of Northome accepts the Paul Bunyan Communications ICC Scholarship from Account Representative, John Weber.

Brian Oakes of receives the Paul Bunyan Communications Oak Hills Christian College Scholarship from Account Representative, Chuck Hildebrandt.
Oak Hills Christian College
Brian Oakes of receives the Paul Bunyan Communications Oak Hills Christian College Scholarship from Account Representative, Chuck Hildebrandt.

 

Nora Simon JordanNTC Scholorship
Nora Simon Jordan received the Paul Bunyan Communications scholorship for Northwest Technical College.

 

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University

Ida Brooks

Ida Brooks

Jesse Eck

Jesse Eck

Kaleb Hanson

Kaleb Hanson

Trevor Andrews

Trevor Andrews

       

Bemidji

Bemidji

Bigfork

Bigfork

Danielle Luby

Danielle Luby

Sam Revering

Sam Revering

Phelan Porter

Phelan Porter

Shawna Carlson

Shawna Carlson

Blackduck

Blackduck

Blackduck

Blackduck

Brandon Beck

Brandon Beck

Deb Mayers

Deb Mayers

Evan Nelson

Evan Nelson

Katie Olafson

Katie Olafson

Deer River

Deer River

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Donner Humenberger

Donner Humenberger

Travis Kane

Travis Kane

Johannah Cohorst

Johannah Cohorst

Ryan Zubke

Ryan Zubke

International Falls

Kelliher

Kelliher

Red Lake

Brett Lucek

Brett Lucek

Deb Mayers

Deb Mayers

Evan Nelson

Evan Nelson

Dacotah Cloud

Dacotah Cloud

Red Lake

Walker-
Hackensack-
Akeley

Walker-
Hackensack-
Akeley

 

Scott Lussier

Scott Lussier

Emily Bloomquist

Emily Bloomquist

Jacob Peterson

Jacob Peterson

 
 

Events - 2011

Annual Meeting & Cooperative Celebration Held May 25th

2011 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingA crowd of over 7,000 attended the Paul Bunyan Communications Annual Cooperative Celebration on Wednesday, May 25 at the Paul Bunyan Communications Headquarters in Bemidji, making the event another great success!

The 55th Annual Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative was held prior to the Open House at 3:30 p.m. The meeting included reports for the 2010 fiscal year and re-election of board directors Kathy Peterson, District 3 and Jim Sutton, District 8.

2011 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingThe Cooperative Celebration was open to the public and featured a free walleye dinner prepared by the Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry Crew and Lueken’s Village Foods, door prizes, kids’ activities like face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos, storytelling, animals and entertainment from the Headwaters Science Center, United States Tennis Association’s Quickstart Tennis, Concordia Language Villages, and special guests including Dora the Explorer and Cat in the Hat. The Irish cover band GROCK from Grand Rapids provided the musical entertainment.

2011 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingSpecial thanks to the over 130 employees of Paul Bunyan Communications who made the event possible and run as smooth as possible! We would also like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department, Lueken’s Village Foods, The Party Store, Lakeland Public Television, Minnesota State Patrol, Bemidji Police Department, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater’s Science Center, Port-Able John, Bemidji Citizen’s Patrol, USTA North/Bemidji Tennis Association, Boy Scouts, Concordia Language Villages, North Air Care Helicopter, and Raphael’s Bakery for all their help.

2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace Draws Big Crowd at Paul Bunyan Communications in Grand Rapids

NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand RapidsNASCAR’s Kenny Wallace drew a big crowd at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand Rapids on July 28!

Those who stopped by had the opportunity to get their picture taken with the longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, pick up a free gift from Paul Bunyan Communications, and enjoy a free slice of pizza and a pop from Rafferty’s Pizza. KOZY/KMFY was also broadcasting live from the event.

Then a packed house watched Kenny in action at the Tom Clusiau Grand Rapids Speedway that night as part of NASCAR Night at the track.

NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand RapidsNASCAR’s Kenny Wallace at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand Rapids

NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand RapidsNASCAR’s Kenny Wallace at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand Rapids

NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Grand Rapids2011 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

Over 300 kids turn out in Grand Rapids to see Super Why and Wonder Red courtesy of Paul Bunyan Communications

PBS's Super Why and Wonder RedOver 300 kids turned out at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 6th to see PBS's Super Why and Wonder Red. Many brought cameras to have their picture taken and all the kids who attended received a free Paul Bunyan Communications water bottle while all the adults received a Paul Bunyan Communications stadium blanket. It was a memorable time for all and Paul Bunyan Communications was proud to be a part of the 30th Annual Tall Timber Days Celebration!

PBS's Super Why and Wonder Red

Thousands turn out for the 6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat FestivalA record number of teams participated in the 6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival August 4-6 and thousands of spectators lined the waterfront to watch the action! Congratulations to the River City Dragons, the first team from Canada to claim the Gold Division title and also to the Paul Bunyan Communications Smooth Operators who finished 48th out of a record field of 75 teams.

Paul Bunyan Communications and PBTV are proud to be sponsors of this event from its inception and we look forward to next year's Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival August 2-4, 2012.

6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival6th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

Cookie Monster at the Blackduck Backwoods BashPBS's Cookie Monster at Blackduck Backwoods Bash

Paul Bunyan Communications brought PBS's Cookie Monster to the Blackduck Backwoods Bash at the Blackduck Wayside Rest. Hundreds of kids showed up to have their picture taken with Cookie Monster plus get a water bottle from Paul Bunyan Communications.

Paul Bunyan Communications is proud to support such a wonderful and fun community event!