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in the Community - 2012

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 2012.
 

Donations - 2012

Pictured left to right: Left to Right: Ami Bolster - Program Director, Sherry Shadley - Executive Director, John Weber PBC Account Executive, Kay Klingman - Board Member
GRACE House
Paul Bunyan Communications recently made a donation to GRACE House of Grand Rapids. Pictured left to right: Left to Right: Ami Bolster - Program Director, Sherry Shadley - Executive Director, John Weber PBC Account Executive, Kay Klingman - Board Member

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Executive Director Wendy Roy receives a donation from PBC Account Executive John Weber.
Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation
Executive Director Wendy Roy receives a donation from PBC Account Executive John Weber. The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is a trust - a collection of endowment funds that are contributed by individuals, corporations and community service organizations to benefit the geographical area of Grand Rapids.

Pictured left to right: Betsy McBride, Itasca YMCA Director; John Weber, Paul Bunyan Communications Account Executive; kids from the YMCA club.
Itasca County YMCA
Paul Bunyan Communications made a donation to the Itasca County YMCA. The Itasca County YMCA provides a welcoming place for the entire community and offers a variety of programs, including childcare, sports, swimming lessons, senior programs, family activities, health and wellness classes, and more. Pictured left to right: Betsy McBride, Itasca YMCA Director; John Weber, Paul Bunyan Communications Account Executive; kids from the YMCA club.

Beltrami 4H Robotics youth accept a donation from Paul Bunyan Communication at the Headwaters Science Center. Pictured are Will Daniels (coach), Joe Koibel, Ryan Speck, James Owens (coach), ZacharyFouquerel-Skoe, Skylar Ekdahl, Evan Daniels, Alex Janzon, Louise Fouquerel-Skoe, Joe Roberts, Bob Lindberg (Paul Bunyan Communications marketing rep), Ann Marie Ward (4H Program Coordinator).
Beltrami 4H Robotics
Beltrami 4H Robotics youth accept a donation from Paul Bunyan Communication at the Headwaters Science Center. Pictured are Will Daniels (coach), Joe Koibel, Ryan Speck, James Owens (coach), ZacharyFouquerel-Skoe, Skylar Ekdahl, Evan Daniels, Alex Janzon, Louise Fouquerel-Skoe, Joe Roberts, Bob Lindberg (Paul Bunyan Communications marketing rep), Ann Marie Ward (4H Program Coordinator).

 

Pictured L to R: Mark Huot, Solway Fire Chief Seth Tramm, Matt Proulx, PBC Director Bruce Campbell, Zach Peterson, Dan Evje, Brent Sorensen, Lief Tronnes
Solway Fire Department
A donation was recently made to the Solway Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of a 2003 International tanker truck with a 2,000 gallon tank. Pictured L to R: Mark Huot, Solway Fire Chief Seth Tramm, Matt Proulx, PBC Director Bruce Campbell, Zach Peterson, Dan Evje, Brent Sorensen, Lief Tronnes

Left to right: PBC Director Bruce Campbell, Food Shelf President Bill Beyer, Food Shelf Treasurer Edith Hoyum, and PBC Director Randy Frisk.
Bemidji Community Food Shelf
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf provides emergency food to families or individuals who have short-term, emergency food needs. Service is provided to residents of Beltrami County all other all other means have been exhausted to obtain food. In 2011, the food shelf served 27,467 people. For information on on how you can help, please call 218.444.6580. Left to right: PBC Director Bruce Campbell, Food Shelf President Bill Beyer, Food Shelf Treasurer Edith Hoyum, and PBC Director Randy Frisk.

Pictured in front of the current statue are (left to right):  Project volunteers Mary Auger, Mitch Blessing, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor Brian Bissonette, project volunteers Carolyn Jacobs, and Sandy Kaul.
Chief Bemidji Statue Project
Paul Bunyan Communications recently made a donation to the Chief Bemidji Statue Project. This public art project which supports the vision of creating a new, high quality bronze statue of Shaynowishkung, a statue that will depict him in a realistic, dignified and respectful manner and that will honor him and the Anishinaabe people of our region. The statue will be located in the redeveloped Library Park area. Pictured in front of the current statue are (left to right): Project volunteers Mary Auger, Mitch Blessing, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor Brian Bissonette, project volunteers Carolyn Jacobs, and Sandy Kaul.

Scholarships & Youth - 2012

Elisa MullerMTA Scholorship
Elisa Muller of Bemidji received a $2,000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation.

Pictured: Shannon Spaulding and Brian Bissonette
Oak Hills Christian College
Shannon Spaulding is presented with the Paul Bunyan Communications Oak Hills Christian College Scholarship from PBC Marketing Supervisor, Brian Bissonette.

 

2012 Youth Tour Winner, Kyle Sagedahl2012 Youth Tour Winner
Paul Bunyan Telephone selected Kyle Sagedahl as the winner of the cooperative’s 2012 Youth Tour Essay Contest. He will attend the 2012 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. from June 2-6.

 

Events - 2012

2012 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting & Cooperative Celebration Held Wednesday, May 23

A crowd of over 5,500 attended the Paul Bunyan Communications Annual Cooperative Celebration despite the rain on Wednesday, making the event another great success!

The 56th 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 2011 fiscal year and re-election of board directors Tim Hins, District 9 (2512 votes) and Bruce Campbell, District 7 who received 2296 votes to challenger Tom Lundberg's 1558 votes.

2012 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 SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick. The band Not Necessarily Bluegrass from Grand Rapids provided the musical entertainment.

2012 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, Bob's Econo Pump, Bemidji Citizen's Patrol, Bemidji Area Tennis Association, Boy Scouts, Concordia Language Villages, and Raphael's Bakery for all their help.

We look forward to the 2013 Cooperative Celebration!

2012 Wild Road TourMinnesota Wild Road Tour Stopped in Grand Rapids & Bemidji on June 26

The Minnesota Wild Road Tour made stops in both Grand Rapids and Bemidji on Tuesday, June 26.

The Grand Rapids stop included Wild players Nate Prosser and Jason Zucker, along with Wild radio broadcasters Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid.

The Bemidji stop included Wild players Justin Falk, Chad Rau, Wild Alum Wes Walz, TV Play by Play announcer Anthony LaPanta, and studio host Kevin Falness.

PBTV is proud to be a sponsor of the event and help bring the Wild Road Tour to our communities.

2012 Wild Road Tour - Grand Rapids2012 Wild Road Tour - Grand Rapids

2012 Wild Road Tour - Bemidji2012 Wild Road Tour - Bemidji

Bert & ErnieHundreds visit Sesame Street's Bert & Ernie at the Deer River Wild Rice Festival July 7!

Over 500 visitors stopped by to meet Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie at the 64th annual Deer River Wild Rice Festival on Saturday, July 7! Many snapped pictures with the famous duo and picked up a Paul Bunyan Communications 60th Anniversary Beach Towel while supplies lasted. Thanks to the Deer River Lion's Club for another great year!

Bert & ErnieBert & Ernie

Bert & ErnieBert & Ernie

Great turn out in Grand Rapids to see Curious George courtesy of Paul Bunyan Communications

It was a great turn out at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 4th to see PBS's Curious George. Many brought cameras to have their picture taken and who attended received a free Paul Bunyan Communications beach towel while supplies lasted. It was a memorable time for all and Paul Bunyan Communications was proud to be a part of the 31st Annual Tall Timber Days Celebration!

Curious GeorgeCurious George

Curious GeorgeCurious George

Curious GeorgeCurious George