The 2018 Cooperative Celebration saw one of the nicest days of the event’s history, drawing over 5,700 to our Bemidji headquarters on May 23 and making the night another resounding success!
The 62nd 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 2017 fiscal year and the re-election of board director Glenda Martin, District 6 and election of new director Mark Matteson, District 4. Both candidates were unopposed at their respective Caucus held in April.
The 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 The Rugrats from Nickelodeon and Wes Walz, former Minnesota Wild Captain and current Fox Sports North Wild Analyst. The Wrecking Crew from Grand Rapids provided the musical entertainment.
Special 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, Minnesota State Patrol, Bemidji Police Department, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater’s Science Center, Bob’s Econo Pump, Bemidji Area Tennis Association, Boy Scouts, Concordia Language Villages, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji, Sanford Health Accessories, and Raphael’s Bakery for all their help.