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Join Paul Bunyan Communications at the Beltrami County Fair August 11-August 15

The Beltrami County Fair, sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications is August 11-15.  Stop by our booth and check out PBTV services, our all-fiber optic fast Internet service powered by the GigaZone, and get a free gift from Paul Bunyan Communications while supplies last!

For more information on the Fair, visit

We’re Paul Bunyan Communications and we’re proud to be right here in Beltrami County!

Posted: 12 months ago.

15th Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is August 4-7

The 15th Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is August 4-7 and the schedule if full of fun for the entire family.  Wednesday features the Sanford Health Taco Fest for the United Way, Thursday is the 10th Cornhole Tournament for Beltrami County Relay for Life, Friday is the opening ceremonies, parade of teams, and 8th Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup Races, and Saturday features a 5k Walk/Run, Race Day Breakfast, and the Dragon Boat races all day.  There is no admission fee and food vendors will be on-site Thursday through Saturday.

For more information and the complete schedule of events visit   You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted: 12 months ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Offices Closed Monday, July 5

The offices of Paul Bunyan Communications will be closed Monday, July 5 in observation of the Independence Day holiday.  Emergency 24 hour repair will be available and can be reached at 1-800-475-8309.

Happy Independence Day from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!

Posted: 1 year ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Returns Capital Credit Early; Over $3.5 Million Distributed to Members

To help its members on the road back from the pandemic, Paul Bunyan Communications has distributed a Capital Credit return early to its membership again this year.  Over $3.5 million has been returned to members of Paul Bunyan Communications, the cooperative announced today.

Paul Bunyan Communications is a not for profit company that strives to provide the highest quality service at the most affordable rates.  As a cooperative, membership in Paul Bunyan Communications includes the opportunity to share in the financial success of the company. When profits are earned they are allocated to the members based on their proportional share of the allocable revenues.  These allocations may then be returned to the individual members through capital credit retirements.

For current members with a distribution amount less than $100, a credit has been applied to your June bill. Checks have been mailed out for distributions of $100 or more.

“It’s been a very challenging year for everyone and it has been amazing to see our region come together in the face of all the challenges of the pandemic.  Our cooperative has continued working hard behind the scenes to get those without Internet connected and support our communities.  We wanted to help our membership again this year by returning their share of our success now rather than in the fall as we normally do” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

“For over 65 years we have been providing the latest in technology at cost.  There is no membership fee to join Paul Bunyan Communications and there are no annual membership dues. All you need to do is subscribe to either one line of local phone or Broadband Internet service and you become a member. You get the latest in technology backed up by our talented team of over 130 local employees that all live and work here” added Dave Schultz, Paul Bunyan Communications Chief Financial Officer.

“In a highly competitive industry with national competitors our cooperative has been successful because we put our region and our members first.  We don’t have to worry about customers all over the place like in Sioux Falls, Fargo, Minneapolis, or anywhere else. Our investments go here, back into our network, our services, and our communities.” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

If you were a member of the cooperative in 2003 and/or 2020 and accrued more than $10 in total capital credit allocations, but do not receive the credit on your account or a check by June 24, please contact Paul Bunyan Communications at (218) 444-1234 or (218) 999-1234.


Posted: 1 year ago.

2021 Election Election Results; 2 Virtual PBC Events Held May 26

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Paul Bunyan Communications Cooperative Annual Meeting actions were conducted by mail only.  An election was held to consider recommended changes to update the Cooperative By-Laws. The proposed bylaw amendments were approved with 1160 in favor, 70 against.  In conjunction, for the first time, the cooperative held two special on-line events for members.

“Wizdom with Woz” was an exclusive event for the cooperative’s business members and featured a lengthy conversation with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager, Gary Johnson about technology, education, communications and the future.

“What an honor for our cooperative to have the pioneer of personal computer technology join us and share his thoughts and experiences with our business members.  He has had a profound impact worldwide and for him to take the time to be with us and acknowledge the work our cooperative is doing to keep our region connected is very humbling,” added Johnson.  Mr. Wozniak’s conversation with Mr. Johnson included humorous technology-related anecdotes from his youth as well as a discussion about the early days of Apple.  Mr. Wozniak discussed the evolution of communication technologies from his childhood ham radio days to Paul Bunyan Communications’ fiber broadband network.

“The Challenge of Change with Joe Theismann” was the second virtual event held and it was open to all Paul Bunyan Communications Internet customers.

“Given the year we’ve all just went through, The Challenge of Change presentation was very fitting. Those who saw it live, including myself, can’t forget seeing Joe’s leg get broken by Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football.  It’s an iconic image from that generation and while that was the moment Joe’s football career ended, he used his talent and high energy to handle the unforeseen change.  Having him share how he approached such a quick, dramatic change in his life was inspiring” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

Posted: 1 year ago.

“The Challenge of Change” with Joe Theismann, a free virtual event for Paul Bunyan Communications Internet Customers Wednesday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m.

All Paul Bunyan Communications Internet customers are invited to a free Virtual Event, The Challenge of Change with Joe Theismann Wednesday, May 26 starting at 2:30 p.m. online at

You MUST use your Paul Bunyan Communications Internet connection to view.

Drawing from personal experience, Joe Theismann knows how to deal with the Challenge of Change.  On November 18, 1985, he was on top of his game -a two-time NFL Pro Bowl player and the most productive quarterback in the history of the Washington football team.  Later that evening, he found himself in a hospital bed with a compound fracture to his leg, shattering both his career and his boyhood dream.  At age thirty-five, he was faced with starting over his personal life and professional career.  In this stirring presentation, you’ll learn how to tackle change by keeping a positive mental outlook and committing to a vision that guides you to the top.

We’ll also provide an update on the cooperative and you can enter to win door prizes too.  This virtual event is open to all Paul Bunyan Communications Internet customers and you MUST use your Paul Bunyan Communications Internet service to watch.

Posted: 1 year ago.

PBTV Customer Sarah Reiners of Bemidji Wins Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 Sweepstakes Prize Pack from ViacomCBS

We are excited to announce that Sarah Reiners of Bemidji has won a Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 Sweepstakes Prize Pack from ViacomCBS. Sarah is a member of Paul Bunyan Communications, and we are an affiliate of ViacomCBS, that participated in the sweepstakes.

As a sweepstakes prize pack winner, Sarah will receive the following:

  • Official Nickelodeon Slime
  • Kid’s Choice Awards chocolate Blimp smash cake
  • Karaoke party light-up boombox Sing-station
  • (2) Adult wireless Bluetooth headphones
  • (2) Kids wireless Bluetooth headphones
  • (4) Insulated Hydroflask stainless steel water bottles
  • (2) Sets of Hydroflask caps
  • (2) Sets of Hydroflask handles & bottoms
  • (4) Color-changing KCA cups
  • (4) Nickelodeon/KCA crazy straws
  • Various glow-in-the-dark accessories
  • Various Nickelodeon/KCA customization stickers

“This is so cool!  I try to enter all the contests that Paul Bunyan Communications puts on and saw the information on their Facebook page.  I clicked on it, filled out the form, and wouldn’t you know I won!  My kids are super excited,” said Reiners.

“As a television service provider, we have the opportunity to participate in and promote some national sweepstakes through ViacomCBS. Nickelodeon is one of those networks and if you have kids, odds are you have had Nickelodeon on at some point.  We’re excited for Sarah and her family on winning all that cool stuff.” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

Pictured are Sarah and her husband Daniel, sons Dylan, Evan, Kade, and daughters Abigale and Sophie.

Congratulations Sarah!

Posted: 1 year ago.

Annual Meeting Exclusively by Mail Ballot May 26

Due to the continued COVID-19 Pandemic, the business of the members to be conducted at the Annual Meeting will occur exclusively by mail ballot.  All votes, to be counted, must be in the form of the Official Ballot provided by the cooperative.  A properly completed ballot must be received by the cooperative no later than 3 p.m. local Bemidji, Minnesota time on May 26, 2021.

The notification of Annual Meeting, Ballot, Bylaw Changes being voted upon and self-addressed stamped Secretary Envelope are to be mailed out to all members no later than May 12, 2021.

Each membership may only return one Official Ballot.

If you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting exclusively by mail ballot, please contact us by phone, e-mail, or online chat.

Posted: 1 year ago.