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Hockey Day Minnesota is coming to Bemidji January 17-19! Early Bird Ticket Discount Through Dec. 31

The Minnesota Wild, Fox Sports North, and Wells Fargo are bringing Hockey Day Minnesota to Bemidji January 17-19 with local title sponsor Sanford Health and sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications!  It's three days celebrating the state of hockey, outdoors, Bemidji style.

Tickets are on sale now at the Sanford Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster.  You will save $5 per ticket for Thursday and/or Saturday if purchased on/before December 31.

Thursday, January 17  Sanford Health Family Night  (all kids 17 & under get in FREE)

6 p.m.  Gates Open

7 p.m.  Bemidji High School Girls vs Woodbury

9-Midnight   Johnny Holm Band

Friday, January 18

5:30 p.m.  Gates Open

5:30-6:30 p.m.   Pre-game Musical Entertainment with Orlando & Rhonda

7 p.m.  Bemidji State University Men vs Michigan Tech

9-Midnight  Musical Entertainment: Midbro's

Saturday, January 19   Hockey Day Minnesota

8:30 a.m.  Gates Open

9:30 a.m.  Andover vs Minnetonka High School Boys

1:00 p.m.  Bemidji State University Women vs Minnesota State Mankato

2:30-4:30  Musical Entertainment:  The Acoust Hicks

4:30 p.m.  Bemidji High School Boys vs Greenway

Fireworks after the game

6:30-8:30 p.m.  Musical Entertainment: Corey Medina & Brothers

8:30-Midnight   Musical Entertainment: Redline

For more information visit or follow @BemidjiHockey on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Posted: 1 week ago.

Get in to win up to a $500 credit on your PBC account with the 4th Annual Pick It Bowl Challenge!

Get in to win with the 4th Annual Paul Bunyan Communications Pick-it Bowl Challenge, a free online contest for participants to pick the winners for the 2018-19 College Bowl games 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.

To sign up for the Pick It Bowl Challenge go to

The first official College Bowl game this year is December 15 so be sure to register and make your picks by December 15 for the best chance at winning!

The Pick-it Bowl 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 Bowl Challenge website for complete contest rules.

Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Offices Close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 & Dec. 31, Closed all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

Below are our office closures for the holidays. As always, emergency after hours repair will remain available at 1-800-475-8309.

Monday, December 24

Offices will close early at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25

Offices will be closed in observation of Christmas holiday

Monday, December 31

Offices will close early at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, January 1

Offices will be closed in observation of New Year’s holiday

Happy Holidays from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!

Posted: 4 weeks ago.

Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22

The Paul Bunyan Communications offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving. Our regular office hours resume, Friday, November 23.

As always, emergency after hours repair will remain available at 1-800-475-8309.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!

Posted: 1 month ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Annual Holiday Open House is Friday, December 7 from 10 am-2 pm

The annual Paul Bunyan Communications Holiday Open House is Friday, December 7 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.   Stop in to either of our offices in Bemidji or Grand Rapids!

*Free Hot Apple Cider and Cookies

*Pick up our 2018 collector ornament

*Pick up a 2019 desktop or sticky calendar

*Pick up a mini-Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory

All while supplies last.  Come celebrate the holiday season with your local cooperative.  We're Right Here!

Posted: 1 month ago.

Park Rapids Volleyball Team Advances to Class AA State Tournament; First time in Program History

Congratulations to the Park Rapids High School Volleyball team on advancing to the Class AA State Volleyball Tournament! The Panthers take on Marshall High School in the Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and you can watch it online for free at

Good luck Panthers!  We are proud to serve the Park Rapids area.

See the Lakeland PBS story on the team here:

Posted: 1 month ago.

Bemidji High School Football Advances to State Tournament Semifinals

Congratulations to the Bemidji High School football team on advancing the State Tournament Semifinals!

The Lumberjacks will play St. Thomas Academy in the Class 5A state semifinal game this Saturday at 7 p.m. at US Bank Stadium. The game can be seen online at or heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network, 104.5 FM which is also on PBTV channel 977, PBTV Fusion channel 1077 or online at

Good Luck Lumberjacks from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!

Posted: 1 month ago.

Northern Minnesota's Certified Apple Service Center Now Offers Same Day Display Replacement on iPhone 6s and newer devices!

Paul Bunyan Communications is northern Minnesota’s certified Apple Service Center and we now offer same day display replacements on iPhone 6s and newer devices!

We can help with hardware or software problems, spill damage, screen replacement, viruses, upgrades, and accessories.

We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:30 and are located on the first floor of the cooperative headquarters in Bemidji.

For service on your Apple product, Apple accessories, or PC repair, come to Paul Bunyan Communications, northern Minnesota’s certified Apple Service Center.  It’s Right Here.

Posted: 2 months ago.

Bemidji High School Boys Soccer in State Championship Game Friday at 12:30 pm

Congratulations to the Bemidji Boys Soccer team on advancing to the Minnesota High School State Soccer Tournament Championship Game!

The Lumberjacks will play Blake School on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The game can be seen online at   It can also be found heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network, 104.5 FM which is also on PBTV channel 977, PBTV Fusion channel 1077 or online at

Good luck Lumberjacks from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!


Posted: 2 months ago.

ISSA Team from Bemidji wins 2018 GigaZone Gaming Championship

The 3rd annual GigaZone Gaming Championship was held Saturday, October 20 at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center. The event featured free gaming on various console and arcade games, numerous tournaments, virtual reality, door prizes, and more.

This one of a kind regional gaming event showcases Paul Bunyan Communications’ IT and web development team which custom built and integrated much of the online technology and leverages the speed of the GigaZone one of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the country. The entire event was run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.

ISSA Team from Bemidji won the 2018 GigaZone Gaming Championship and $1,500 defeating the Iron Range Legends who won $900 for second place.  The Shinob Squad took third place and $450.  Northern Minnesota’s best Overwatch teams competed on the eSports stadium style stage in the GigaZone Championship Arena.

In addition to the Overwatch 3v3 Community Tournament, there was several other open tournaments include Magic the Gathering Booster Drafts, Fortnite, Rocket League, Mario Kart 8, Madden 19, Super Smash Bros. (4), Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tron, Bust A Move, Galaga, and Asteroids.  Admission was free and there were a lot of door prizes given away throughout the day and the Grand Prize winners were Michael Railsback of Bemidji winning the XBox One X and Jesse Waldo of Detroit Lakes winning the PS4 Pro.

"There is a large gaming community in our area and GigaZone Gaming Championship not only showcases some of the region’s best gamers but it gives everyone a chance to get in on the action!  It was awesome to see so many people from right here and all over come together!” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

“Our cooperative continues to expand one of the largest rural fiber gigabit networks in the country and that brings many advantages to our members.  The GigaZone provides extreme speed and low latency which are critical for the best online gaming experience and the GigaZone Gaming Championship showcases just that,” added Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Digital Services Supervisor.

“There is no other gaming event like it anywhere I’ve seen. It’s unique to our area and we are very proud of our team for making it happen. We’re already looking forward to next year.” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

This Paul Bunyan Communications event includes the talents of many local partners including NLFX, Accidently Cool Games, Northern Amusement, the Sanford Center as well support from regional and national partners.

2018 GigaZone Gaming Champtionship Official Results

For more information on the GigaZone Gaming Championship visit

Posted: 2 months ago.