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Annual Meeting Held May 25

The 66th Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Communications was held on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sanford Center Lakeside Rooms.

The meeting included reports for the 2021 fiscal year and the re-election of board director Tim Hins, District 8 (1,284 votes) to challenger Karl Mork (793 votes)

Posted: 3 days ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Annual Meeting is Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m.

The 2022 Annual Business Meeting for Paul Bunyan Communications will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 in the Lakeside Rooms of the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The Annual Business Meeting is only open to members of Paul Bunyan Communications cooperative.

The meeting will include reports relating to 2021 and any other business deemed necessary. In addition, voting results will be announced for the Director position in District 9. Light refreshments will be served.

The official ballot for the 2022 election of directors of Paul Bunyan Communications was mailed to all members postmarked no later than May 11. All votes must be received prior to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24 to be counted.

If you have any questions regarding the cooperative’s Annual Meeting, please contact us toll free at 1-888-586-3100

Posted: 1 month ago.

Major Road Construction on Highway 71 by Bemidji Headquarters Underway

MnDOT plans to resurface a portion of Highway 71 and make intersection improvements at eight locations between Highway 197 and Winter Sumac Road. Construction is now underway.

You can learn more about the project here and stay up to date on the project throughout the construction by signing up for email updates on the project website.

The highway is in need of long-term improvements to address intersection safety and aging infrastructure. The additional intersections included in the project are:

  • Anne Street
  • Net way
  • Fern Street
  • Blueberry Lane
  • Balsam Road
  • Lakewood Drive
  • Glidden Road
  • Winter Sumac Road
Posted: 1 month ago.

Grand Rapids Senior Dylan Haynes Wins Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship

Dylan Haynes of Grand Rapids has been selected to receive the Bud Morrow Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation!

The Bud Morrow Scholarship is one of six $2,000 scholarships being awarded by the MTA Foundation this year. Dylan will be attending the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She is the daughter of Dave and Carol Copp.

“Throughout my education, I have chosen a more rigorous path to prepare myself for post-secondary education.  My primary goal is to become a veterinarian.  I’m elated for the opportunity to work with animals and cannot wait for what is to come” said Dylan in her scholarship application.

In awarding the scholarship to Dylan, Gary said, “We’re excited to have this chance to make an investment in Dylan’s college education.  Rural communities need educated and talented young people like Dylan to be our leaders of the future.  It makes us all proud at Paul Bunyan Communications when one of the statewide winners is selected from our area.

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade organization based in St. Paul representing over 44 telephone companies and cooperatives in the state.

Posted: 1 month ago.

2022 Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It March Mania Winners

Paul Bunyan Communications is excited to announce the winners of the 6th Pick-it March Mania Challenge.  440 participants entered the free online contest to pick the winners of the college basketball tournament games for a chance to win a credit on a Paul Bunyan Communications account.

The top 10 finishers all won a credit on their Paul Bunyan Communications account.

1st Place-          Ashley Hirt, Bemidji                         $500 credit

2nd Place-        Rory Sisco, Grand Rapids                $250 credit

3rd Place-         Susan Tesch, Bemidji                       $100 credit

4th Place-         Michelle Bercier, Blackduck            $50 credit

5th Place-         Linda Myers, Tenstrike                     $50 credit

6th Place-         Todd Larson, Bemidji                       $50 credit

7th Place-         Rachelle Peterson                              $50 credit

8th Place-         Zach Thoma, Bemidji                        $50 credit

9th Place-         Dave Hiscock, Turtle River               $50 credit

10th Place-       Tom Gustafson, Grand Rapids        $50 credit

Random Prize Drawing:    Barb Jaggard, Cass Lake   (323rd place)   $100 Credit

Posted: 2 months ago.

AccuWeather Network Added to Paul Bunyan Television

The AccuWeather Network has been added to Paul Bunyan Television service and is now available to all PBTV main subscribers on channel 298 or PBTV HD channel 798.

 AccuWeather Network provides 24/7 “All Weather, All the Time” programming with documented Superior Accuracy™ from the most trusted global brand in weather forecasting. Every day millions of people rely on the breaking weather coverage provided by the AccuWeather Network to help plan their lives, protect their families and businesses, and get more from their day. The AccuWeather Network delivers coverage on a local, regional, and national scale as well as compelling and dynamic weather news content, including hyper-local forecasts, advanced severe weather warnings and weather preparedness tips and tools. Backed by an expert team of meteorologists and broadcasters, AccuWeather is the leader in global weather forecasting and the “go to” authoritative source for weather events anywhere in the world.

Posted: 2 months ago.

Amelia Scherling of Bemidji Wins PBC Youth Tour Essay Contest

Amelia Scherling of Bemidji has been selected as the winner of the cooperative’s 2022 Youth Tour Essay Contest.  Amelia is in 11th grade and will attend the 2022 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 1-5, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.

The trip features a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecom, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions affect the industry.  The tour allows youth to meet with members of Congress who represent rural constituents.  They also participate in educational sessions about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Students visit some of the nation’s most historic sites, including Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museums, and a beautiful night tour of our Washington D.C.

“The FRS Youth Tour is a unique opportunity for a local student from our area to visit Washington D.C. to gain a better perspective on how regulatory decisions impact our cooperative and rural areas.  Amelia will also get the chance to see a lot of historic sites in our nation’s capital!” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

The Foundation for Rural Service is dedicated to informing and to improving the quality of life throughout rural America.  Each year, it organizes the Youth Tour, designed to educate rural youth about the telecommunications industry and the federal political process.  The FRS is a subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which Paul Bunyan Communications is a member.

This is the 25th year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school student to the Youth Tour.

Posted: 2 months ago.

District 9 Caucus is Tuesday, March 29

The District 9 Caucus will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Turtle River Township Town Hall.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The caucus is only open to members of District 9.

The purpose of the in-person Caucus is to select two pre-qualified candidates to seek election/re-election to be the district’s representative on the Paul Bunyan Communications Board of Directors to serve a five-year term through 2027.

The current director for District 9 is Board Treasurer Tim Hins and he has applied for re-election.  Karl Mork has also applied for the position.

Based on the results of the Caucus Election, the names of two candidates are listed on the ballot to be voted on by the general membership of the Cooperative.  Votes are tallied at the Annual Meeting, scheduled for May 25, 2022.  The candidate from each respective district with the greatest number of votes from the general membership is elected/re-elected as the Director for such district.


Posted: 3 months ago.

Register Now for the FREE Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It March Mania Challenge! Games start March 17

Register now for the Paul Bunyan Communications Pick-it March Mania Challenge, a free online contest for participants to pick the winners for the 2022 college basketball tournament for a chance to win a credit on a Paul Bunyan Communications account.

The top 10 finishers will win a credit on their Paul Bunyan Communications account. First place winner will receive a $500 credit, second place is a $250 credit.  There is also a random bonus prize of $100 credit from among all who register.

Participants can register for the contest at   Register anytime but remember to come back to make your picks after the tournament teams are determined on Sunday, March 13.

The first official game of the Pick It March Mania Challenge is Thursday, March 17 so be sure to make your picks before the first game!

The Pick-it March Mania Challenge is a fun and free way to interact with others in northern Minnesota and enjoy a little friendly competition.  Must be 18 years of age or older. Limit one entry per person. Prizes not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions may apply. See Pick It March Mania Challenge website for complete contest rules.

Posted: 3 months ago.