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Paul Bunyan Communications Acquires TJ StudioPaul Bunyan Communications Acquires TJ Studio

Paul Bunyan Communications has reached an agreement with Lueken's Village Foods to purchase TJ Studio.

"Paul Bunyan Communications and TJ Studio are both established local companies with a strong commitment to community and a focus on customer service," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO. "This acquisition will combine the talented crew at TJ Studio with the team of skilled designers, programmers, and technicians at Paul Bunyan Communications. Together, we'll be uniquely positioned to offer the region exceptional creative and technical services including website development and design, business IT services, and computer repair."

Trish Ritchie, TJ Studio General Manager said "This new opportunity will provide increased support and expertise for our clients. Paul Bunyan Communications will continue to provide the innovative technology solutions and outstanding local service that many have come to rely on us for. Thank you for your loyalty to TJ Studio over the last 16 years!"

"We have always had great respect for the work of TJ Studio, their staff, their founder Trish Ritchie, as well as their owners, Lueken's," added Johnson. "Like Paul Bunyan Communications, they have all been committed to providing high quality services to the region for a long time. It is a natural acquisition for us in terms of business philosophy, core values, creativity, technology, and geography."

TJ Studio will continue to operate out of their current location on 809 Paul Bunyan Drive SE for a short time until the relocation of their staff and operation to Paul Bunyan Communications' headquarters at 1831 Anne Street NW in Bemidji is complete.

MGM HDMGM HD Added to PBTV HD Service

Paul Bunyan Communications has added the new movie network MGM HD to PBTV HD service!

MGM HD is on channel 649 and is available to all PBTV HD subscribers. MGM HD is a 24/7 movie network featuring blockbusters, iconic titles, contemporary hits, classics and hidden gems. MGM HD handpicks films from the legendary MGM library to create genre collections, actor retrospectives, and original short form programs drawing from the vast studio archive. All of MGM HD's films are shown in true 1080i high-definition with limited commercial interruption. MGM HD programming includes themed movie marathons, annual stunts and actor retrospectives.

DaystarDaystar Network Added to Paul Bunyan Television Service

Paul Bunyan Communications is pleased to announce that Daystar Television Network has been added to Paul Bunyan Television (PBTV) service.

Daystar Standard Definition (SD) can be found on PBTV channel 397, while Daystar High Definition (HD) can be found on PBTV channel 897.

Owned by Word of God Fellowship, Daystar is an award winning, faith based network dedicated to spreading the Gospel. Daystar, which was started in December of 1997 by Marcus Lamb, has been a staple network in the faith broadcasting community. One of the highest rated broadcasts from the channel is Joni Lamb's daily talk show "Joni Table Talks". Daystar also offers a variety of Gospel music broadcasts such as "Check the Sound" and "Gospel Music Showcase", which both offer a variety of musical performances.

"We are thrilled to add Daystar to the Paul Bunyan Television Service. We strive to offer a diversity of television networks for our subscribers and now offer 8 faith based networks 24 hours a day, seven days a week" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

Mississippi Music at the Bemidji WaterfrontPaul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance Present: Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront Every Wednesday July 6-August 31

Paul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance present Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront every Wednesday from July 6 through August 31st! Admission is free and the concerts are from 6-8 PM featuring a new band each week.

Join us lakeside for music, food, and fun!

Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival11th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is August 3-6

The 11th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is August 3-6 and the schedule if full of fun for the entire family. Wednesday features the Sanford Health Taco Fundraiser, Thursday is the 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament for Beltrami County Relay for Life, Friday is the opening ceremonies, parade of teams, and 4th annual 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.

Minnesota DEEDPaul Bunyan Communications awarded State of Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Grant for portions of Central Itasca County

Cooperative will bring Broadband network to over 1,250 locations

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsPaul Bunyan Communications has been awarded a Border to Border Broadband Grant from the state of Minnesota to expand its fiber optic services to portions of central Itasca County in partnership with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) and Itasca County.

As a result, the cooperative will begin expansion construction next spring that will pass over 1,250 locations in portions of Balsam Township, Lawrence Township, Nashwauk Township, and the city of Taconite. Final expansion plans that will determine the locations to be passed are expected by early spring.

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB)"This is very exciting news for so many people who are currently without access to broadband in central Itasca County and it is a truly collaborative effort that makes it possible. Our cooperative has a long history of expanding our network to underserved areas but it has become increasingly challenging to go it alone without grant support. The support offered by both IRRRB and Itasca County has been phenomenal.Additionally, the Itasca Economic Development Corporation wasinstrumental in building community support and providing guidancethrough the grant application process. The irony is these areas will not only get Broadband access, they'll go from no real access to becoming a part of one of the largest rural Gigabit networks in the country. Many will go from satellite and dial up to speeds of up to a Gigabit per second," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

Itasca Economic Development CorporationPaul Bunyan Communications expects to finalize the expansion plans by early spring and will contact all locations along the expansion route shortly thereafter. Construction will start in the early summer and will be completed by June 30, 2017. While the general area of the expansion is determined, the specific locations that it will pass will depend upon the final network design. Those in the region interested on keeping up to date on the project can look for updates on the Paul Bunyan website or join the Paul Bunyan Communications Central Itasca Fiber Project Group on Facebook.

"I am really excited about this project and the positive impact it will have on people's lives. Students will have access to educational resources, employees will be able to work from home, seniors will be able to stay in their homes longer with telemedicine, and a rural medical clinic will finally get the connectivity it has needed for years." added Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications Information Technology and Development Manager.

"In addition to the local partnerships we've formed that makes this a reality, no project would have gotten off the ground if it wasn't for the hard work of our elected officials who championed the Border to Border Broadband Grant Program. I want to thank all of them and also the Office of Broadband Development that oversees the program. This is going to make a world of difference in so many ways to a lot of people in central Itasca County!" said Johnson.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan CommunicationAll of the cooperative's services will become available once the network is operational including GigaZone service options like unprecedented Broadband Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit, PBTV Fusion and low cost unlimited local and long distance GigaZone voice service. There is no membership fee to join Paul Bunyan Communications, membership is included by subscribing to either local phone service or GigaZone Internet service.