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in the Community - 2008

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 2008.
 

Donations - 2008

Bemidji Skate Park Donation: (from left to right) Chris Hudson, Drew Stevens, Brian Bissonette (PBT Marketing Supervisor), Nate Dorr, Haydn Dorr.
Bemidji Skate Park
The effort to create the Bemidji Skate Park continues and the group recently received a $500 contribution from Paul Bunyan Telephone. Picture: (from left to right) Chris Hudson, Drew Stevens, Brian Bissonette (PBT Marketing Supervisor), Nate Dorr, Haydn Dorr

Leland Coe, (right) Chairman of the Freedom Defenders Memorial Board receives a donation check from Bemidji Board Member Jim Sutton.
Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial
Leland Coe, (right) Chairman of the Freedom Defenders Memorial Board receives a donation check from Bemidji Board Member Jim Sutton. The Memorial was started in 2001 as a goal of many area Veterans and has grown to include a life sized statue of Charles Lindberg, the last surviving flag raiser at the battle for Iwo Jima. The statue is flanked by the US flag and flags from each branch of the military. The final phase will include stone pillars which will depict the figures of military men and women from all services and a K9 war dog. This monument is located at the Beltrami History Center in Bemidji.

Itasca County YMCA 2008
Itasca County YMCA
Paul Bunyan Telephone renews it's membership as a member of the President's Club of the Itasca County YMCA. Pictured left to right: Director of Development, Joni Namyst, Executive Director Betsy McBride accepting check from PBT Account Executive Derek Rolle.

Senior Center VP, Pat Kroeplin (left), receives the donation from PBT Marketing Rep, Lorie Sathre (right).
Bemidji Senior Center
Paul Bunyan Telephone recently made a donation to the Bemidji Senior Center to help them better serve the region’s senior population. The Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for older adults to develop and sustain their potential as individuals and citizens of our community. Senior Center VP, Pat Kroeplin (left), receives the donation from PBT Account Executive, Lorie Sathre (right).

 

Jeanne Edevold Larson (right) accepts a donation from PBT board member, Bruce Campbell (left).
Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center
Jeanne Edevold Larson (right) accepts a donation from PBT board member, Bruce Campbell (left), that will go towards two televisions in the family/child-friendly waiting area in their new community access dental clinic.

Brian Johnson (left) of the Ponemah Fire Dept. accepts a donation check from Director Vernon Clark at the Ponemah Fire Station.
Ponemah Fire Department
Brian Johnson (left) of the Ponemah Fire Dept. accepts a donation check from Director Vernon Clark at the Ponemah Fire Station. The Department has grown considerably over the years and six new firemen were in need of equipment such as extraction gloves, jackets, boots, work shirts and hats. Thank you to Ponemah Fire & Rescue for all your years of service to the community.

PBT Board Member Bruce Blanchard (left) presents Robert Saxton (right), President of the Lakeport First Responders, with a donation check.
Lakeport First Responders
PBT Board Member Bruce Blanchard (left) presents Robert Saxton (right), President of the Lakeport First Responders, with a donation check used toward the purchase of new digital radios.

Kelliher Fire & Rescue
Kelliher Fire & Rescue
Ross Rennemo (left), Deputy Chief Kelliher Fire & Rescue, accepts $2,500 donation from Gary Eklund (right), Paul Bunyan Telephone District 1 Board of Director.

Grand Rapids Chamber Bemidji Vocalmotive Choir
Bemidji Vocalmotive Choir
Members of the Bemidji Vocalmotive Choir show their appreciation for a recent PBT donation. Vocalmotive is an award winning, broad-based music and theater program that performs at competitions across the U.S. under Director Chris Fettig and Assistant Director Kevin Chase.

Scholarships & Youth - 2008

2008 ICC Scholarship Winner
2008 ICC Scholarship Winner
Nathan Davies (right) receives the Paul Bunyan Telephone 2008 ICC Scholarship from PBT Account Executive, Derek Rolle (left).

2008 NTC Scholarship Winner
2008 NTC Scholarship Winner
Paulette Ward (left) is Paul Bunyan Telephone's 2008 NTC Scholarship winner. PBT Marketing Supervisor, Brian Bissonette, pictured right.

Jennifer Linder2008 Youth Tour Winner
Jennifer Lindner of Mizpah was the 2008 Youth Tour Essay Contest winner. Jennifer represented Paul Bunyan Telephone at the 2008 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

 

Amanda Weeks receives the Oak Hills scholarship from Brian Bissonette.
2008 Oak Hills Scholarship
Amanda Weeks (right) is the winner of Paul Bunyan Telephone's Oak Hills Christian College scholarship. Presenting the scholarship is PBT Marketing Supervisor, Brian Bissonette (left).

PBT Northern Safety & Security Bike Winner
PBT Northern Safety & Security Bike Winner
Aden Erickson with Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Telephone Marketing Supervisor and his new Spiderman bike. Aden was the Paul Bunyan Telephone winner of the Northern Safety and Security Security Man Coloring Contest.

Events - 2008

2008 Cooperative Celebration & Annual MeetingPaul Bunyan Telephone's Annual Meeting and Cooperative Celebration Another Huge Success

Over 6,500 attended the Paul Bunyan Telephone Annual Cooperative Celebration on Wednesday, May 29th. The Celebration was held at the Paul Bunyan Telephone Headquarters in Bemidji and was open to the public. The event featured a free walleye dinner prepared by the Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry Crew and Lueken's Village Foods, door prizes and entertainment.

Children meeting BarneyApproximately 1700 children were entertained with kids activities like face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos, storytelling, animals and entertainment from the Headwaters Science Center, Quick Start Tennis from USTA, and special guests from PBS including Cassie from "Dragon Tales" and Barney from "Barney and Friends". 

Freedom Call provided musical entertainment and the Ponemah Dance Troupe provided dance and drumming entertainment.

Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry CrewSpecial thanks to all of the of Paul Bunyan Telephone employeeswho made the event possible!  We would also like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department, Lueken’s Village Foods, The Party Store, Lakeland Public Television, Minnesota State Patrol, Freedom Call, Ponemah Dance Troupe, Bemidji Civil Air Patrol, Bemidji Area Citizen's Patrol, USTA Quickstart Tennis, Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater’s Science Center, Bob’s Econo Pump, Bemidji Police Department, Beltrami Soil and Conservation, Cub Scout Troop #32 and Raphael’s Bakery for all their help.

2008 Cooperative Celebration & Annual Meeting2008 Cooperative Celebration & Annual Meeting

Children meeting Cassie from Dragon TalesUSTA Quickstart Tennis

Freedom Call2008 Cooperative Celebration & Annual Meeting

3rd Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat FestivalLarge Crowd Takes in the 3rd Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival presented by Paul Bunyan Telephone

Paul Bunyan Telephone was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 3rd Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival held July 31-Aug 2! 64 teams competed in the races and thousands took in the three day festival. Congratulations to the PBT Smooth Operators on their 10th place finish and to the PBTV Digital Dragons who made it to the Silver Division Championship. For race results, pictures, and more from this year's event be sure to visit www.bemidjidragonboat.com. Mark your calendars, the 4th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, presented by Paul Bunyan Telephone, will be July 30-August 1, 2009!

PBT Smooth Operators - 10th Place OverallPBTV Digital Dragons - 4th Place in the Silver Division Championship

Dragon Boat Festival RacingDragon Boat Festival Time Card
 

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with the Berenstain BearsGrand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with Special Guests, The Berenstain Bears

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ on May 9th was a huge succes. There was music, food vendors, and lots of kids activities including a casting contest & moonwalk by Rapids Rental and Supply and the appearance of the Berenstain Bears with over 450 free goodie bags given away courtesy of Paul Bunyan Television. The annual Grand Rapids Fishing Opener BBQ was presented by the Area Business Committee (ABC) of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and was sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Telephone.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with the Berenstain BearsThe Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with the Berenstain Bears

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with the Berenstain BearsThe Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with the Berenstain Bears
 

Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat at the Deer River Wild Rice FestivalCurious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat at the Deer River Wild Rice Festival!

Paul Bunyan Television brought Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat to the 60th Annual Deer River Lion’s Club Wild Rice Festival on Saturday, July 12. Over 250 kids got to meet and have their picture taken the loveable PBS characters and took part in the many various activities going on at the world’s largest wild rice festival. Some of the weekend’s events included fireworks, the Colgate Country Showdown, concerts and kids events.

Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat at the Deer River Wild Rice FestivalDeer River Wild Rice Festival
 

Nick Game Lab in Grand RapidsNick Game Lab Visits Grand Rapids

Paul Bunyan Telephone brought Nick Game Lab to Grand Rapids on Saturday, July 19th in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Crazy Days. The interactive stage show featured a variety of high energy games and physical challenges with several local kids and adults on stage getting into the action. Despite the overcast skies and light rain, Over 1,700 attended the two forty-five minute Nick Game Lab shows that took place in the Old Kremer’s Parking Lot across from the Central Square Mall. Tickets were free courtesy of Paul Bunyan Telephone.

In addition to Nick Game Lab, over a dozen non-profit agencies from Itasca County had booths outside the seating area open with games, food, and fun for the entire family!

Thank you to all who made the shows possible, with special thanks to the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Itasca County Historical Society. Paul Bunyan Telephone is proud to be Right Here and we look forward to another exciting Crazy Days in 2009!

 

Nick Game Lab in Grand RapidsNick Game Lab in Grand Rapids
 
Nick Game Lab in Grand RapidsNick Game Lab in Grand Rapids
 

More Great Events in 2008

Yogi and Boo-Boo Bear get their photo taken with children at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids
Yogi and Boo-Boo in Grand Rapids
Over 200 people enjoyed the appearance of Yogi and Boo-Boo Bear at the 27th Annual Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids.

Pictured left to right: PBTV Advertising Sales Rep, Don Dale; Minnesota Wild Goaltending Coach, Bob Mason; PBT Marketing Director, Brian Bissonette; Minnesota Wild Assistant Coach, Mike Ramsey.
2008 Wild Road Tour - Bemidji
Pictured left to right: PBTV Advertising Sales Rep, Don Dale; Minnesota Wild Goaltending Coach, Bob Mason; PBT Marketing Director, Brian Bissonette; Minnesota Wild Assistant Coach, Mike Ramsey.

Minnesota Wild Left Wing, Aaron Voros (right) interviewed by Kev Jackson of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting (left).
2008 Wild Road Tour - Bemidji
Minnesota Wild Left Wing, Aaron Voros (right) interviewed by Kev Jackson of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting (left).

 

PBTV Advertising Sales Rep, Don Dale;  Twins radio broadcaster and two-time World Series Champion as the left fielder for the Twins, Dan Gladden; 
 PBT Account Executive, Derek Rolle.
2008 Twins Caravan in Grand Rapids
Pictured left to right: PBTV Advertising Sales Rep, Don Dale; Twins radio broadcaster and two-time World Series Champion as the left fielder for the Twins, Dan Gladden; PBT Account Executive, Derek Rolle.

PBT Senior Account Executive, Kari Gregg;  Twins radio broadcaster, World Series Champion and World Series MVP as a starting pitcher for the Twins, Jack Morris; 
 PBT Account Executive, Jen Johnson.
2008 Twins Caravan - Bemidji
Pictured left to right: PBT Senior Account Executive, Kari Gregg; Twins radio broadcaster, World Series Champion and World Series MVP as a starting pitcher for the Twins, Jack Morris; PBT Account Executive, Jen Johnson.

Beltrami Historical Society Lefse Cook-off
Beltrami Historical Society Lefse Cook-off
The annual Beltrami Historical Society Lefse Cook-off was held on Tuesday, December 2nd in Bemidji. Pictured left to right: Maggie Montgomery, Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann, Brian Bissonette, Peggy Crandall. PBT Marketing Supervisor, Brian Bissonette, served as one of the judges for the contest.