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Itasca County FairVisit Paul Bunyan Communications Booth at the Itasca County Fair August 16-20

Stop by our booth at the Itasca County Fair in Grand Rapids and learn more about our Smart Home services, check out PBTV HD, DVR, PBTV Everywhere, and On Demand, our all-fiber optic fast Internet service powered by the GigaZone, and get a free pair of sunglasses while supplies last.

We're Paul Bunyan Communications and we're right here in Itasca County!

Itasca County FairThe Annual Blackduck Backwoods Bash sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications is August 18-20

The Blackduck Chamber of Commerce invites you the annual Blackduck Backwoods Bash August 18-20.

  • Friday, August 18 is the Choice Therapy Bash Kickoff with free food, music, and fun at Choice Therapy in Blackduck.
  • Saturday features a Bash Poker Dash, Pancake Feed, Grand Parade at Noon, Kid's and family activities from 1-5 p.m. including bounce houses, water wars, a mechanical bull, and much more….Saturday night is Judy and Shannasey's Talent and Variety Show, a Teen Glow Dance, and Party at the Pond.
  • Sunday is the Drakes Golf Scramble at the Blackduck Golf Course.

Paul Bunyan Communications is proud to support the Blackduck Chamber and this annual community festival.

Art in the ParkPaul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance Present: Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront Every Wednesday Now through August 30

Paul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance present Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront every Wednesday through August 30! Admission is free and the concerts are from 6-8 PM featuring a new band each week.

Join us lakeside for music with food vendors and beer garden on site.

GigaZone Gaming ChampionshipPaul Bunyan Communications presents the 2nd Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship September 29-30

Friday, September 29: Doors Open at 4 p.m. League of Legend matches expected to start at 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 30: Doors open at 9:30 a.m. League of Legends and Overwatch matches expected to start 11 a.m. Madden 18 Tournament expected to start at 2 p.m.

Admission is FREE. Enter to win great door prizes.

Watch northern Minnesota's best League of Legends teams compete for $4,500 in cash and prizes in the 2nd Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship. Compete yourself for free with open gaming or in tournament.

  • Free tournaments with preregistration opening Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. (each has a limit of 32 teams)
  • Overwatch 3 vs. 3
  • Madden 18

Free tournaments with registration on-site the day of the tournament:

  • Super Smash Bros
  • Mario Kart
  • Street Fighter 5
  • Magic the Gathering

Plus Cosplay contest and open game on retro arcade games and consoles throughout the event.

Bemidji State University12th Annual BSU Community Appreciation Day is Thursday, August 31st

Bemidji State University will hold its 12th Annual Community Appreciation Day Thursday, August 31. The free event is Bemidji State's "thank you" to the residents, business owners and friends in Beaver Nation for all they do to support the university.

The free, public event will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the lawn near the Lower Hobson Memorial Union. Free shuttle bus service from the parking lots at Bangsberg Hall and the John Glas Fieldhouse will begin at 4:15 p.m. Guests parking in the Bangsberg parking lot are encouraged to use the lakefront trail to reach the event.

Paul Bunyan Communications is a major sponsor of the event, which will include "A Taste of BSU," featuring free food samples from local restaurants and organizations along with a performance by the BSU Jazz Band.

There will also be "Meet the Beavers" stations where kids can meet student-athletes from BSU's intercollegiate varsity sports. The players will be leading a number of interactive games and Bucky the Beaver will be available for pictures.

In addition, dozens of booths from various campus departments and activities and local businesses and organizations, along with a variety of games and activities for children will be available throughout the evening.

Paul Bunyan Communications has been awarded a national TeleChoice Award by the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association during their Annual 2017 PR & Marketing ConferencePaul Bunyan Communications Named 2017 Complete Marketing Campaign Award Winner

Paul Bunyan Communications has been awarded a national TeleChoice Award by the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association during their Annual 2017 PR & Marketing Conference. The annual awards program honors excellence in public relations and marketing.

Paul Bunyan Communications was given the TeleChoice Award for their complete marketing campaign of the GigaZone Gaming Championship, the first stadium style eSporting event in the region held last November at the Sanford Center. Entries were judged on innovative strategies, design, writing, creativity and other elements specific to each category.

"We are honored to receive this national award for marketing. The GigaZone Gaming Championship was a first of its kind event we brought to the region last year aimed at gaming enthusiasts of all kinds. We spent a lot of time on the creative aspects of the campaign to ensure the message would resonate with the gaming community but also would appeal to the general public. It was a very successful event and one that will continue in the years to come. The 2017 GigaZone Gaming Championship is set for September 29-30 and will be even bigger and better than our first event last year!" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

"Congratulations to Paul Bunyan Communications on their 2017 TeleChoice Award" said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. "Creating their eSport event, the GigaZone Gaming Championship, and bringing it to customers in rural northern Minnesota is unique in the industry. It shows their commitment to their community and their willingness to be industry innovators and leaders, whether that's creating one of the largest rural all-fiber optic gigabit broadband network, or creating this wonderful gaming event. The marketing of the event was unique, creative and essential to its success. The award is well deserved and hard earned."

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsPaul Bunyan Communications Will Not Sell Customer Web Browsing History

Recently new federal legislation was passed that allows Internet Service Providers to sell their customers' web browsing history. Paul Bunyan Communications wants to reassure its members that no matter what the law allows they do not collect and sell member's web browsing history.

"Our members' privacy is of the utmost importance to our member-owned and governed cooperative. We have never sold member web browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future regardless of what the rules and regulations may allow," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

"As you might imagine we are getting calls from concerned customers and members of our cooperative as the news of this new legislation spreads. We feel it is extremely important to reassure our customers that our cooperative will not sell their web browsing history. It's your cooperative and your data, period. Any provider who sells their customers' web browsing history without their consent is putting profits ahead of the trust of its customers and we believe that flies in the face of common decency, customer privacy, and certainly our cooperative values and principles," added Johnson.