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in the Community - 2010

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 2010.
 

Donations - 2010

From left to right: PBC employees Micha Smich, Dawn Drotts, Mary Jane Knapp and Michael Negron present a donation check to Kris Ferraro and Donna Vennie of the UW of Grand Rapids.
United Way of Grand Rapids
From left to right: PBC employees Micha Smich, Dawn Drotts, Mary Jane Knapp and Michael Negron present a donation check to Kris Ferraro and Donna Vennie of the UW of Grand Rapids.

Pictured Left to Right: Scott Stein, GRACE House Development Director; and Derek Rolle, PBT Marketing Representative.
GRACE House
Paul Bunyan Telephone presented it's annual donation to GRACE House in April. GRACE House is the first and only homeless shelter in Itasca County for individuals and families. To date, GRACE House has provided more than 7,400 beds to the 490 guests served. GRACE House is currently raising funds to purchase a permanent facility. Pictured Left to Right: Scott Stein, GRACE House Development Director; and Derek Rolle, PBT Marketing Representative.

Director Kevin Chase (left) accepts a donation check from PBT District 9 Director, Tim Hins (right).
Bemidji Vocalmotive
The Bemidji Vocalmotive Show Choir is celebrating its 15th year. Director Kevin Chase (left) accepts a donation check from PBT District 9 Director, Tim Hins (right).

 

UW of Bemidji's Executive Director, Ashli Bowen (right) accepts a donation check from Paul Bunyan Communication's Don Dale (left).
United Way of Bemidji
UW of Bemidji's Executive Director, Ashli Bowen (right) accepts a donation check from Paul Bunyan Communication's Don Dale (left).

Pictured from left to right: Director Mary Greer, Don Dale of Paul Bunyan Communications, resident Kyle Dupree, and Board Member Shelley Berry.
Restore House of Bemidji
Restore House helps individuals with the transition process from lives of incarceration and addiction to healthy, productive lifestyles. Pictured from left to right: Director Mary Greer, Don Dale of Paul Bunyan Communications, resident Kyle Dupree, and Board Member Shelley Berry.

District 5 Director Randy Frisk (left) presents a donation to Dwight Powell (right), President of the Lakeport Area First Responders.
Lakeport First Responders
District 5 Director Randy Frisk (left) presents a donation to Dwight Powell (right), President of the Lakeport Area First Responders. The money will help with equipment and radio purchases.

More 2010 donations will be added as they are given out.

Scholarships & Youth - 2010

2010 Youth Tour Winner, Ida Brooks2010 Youth Tour Winner
Paul Bunyan Telephone selected Ida Brooks as the winner of the cooperative’s 2010 Youth Tour Essay Contest. She will attend the 2009 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. from June 5-9.

 

 

2010 Paul Bunyan Telephone Scholarship Winners

Bemidji

Bemidji

Bigfork

Bigfork

Jordan Dahl

Jordan Dahl

Stiina Stoker

Stiina Stoker

Ashley Wendt

Ashley Wendt

Owen Sen

Owen Sen

Blackduck

Blackduck

Cass Lake / Bena

Cass Lake / Bena

Todd Kallroos

Todd Kallroos

Tami Nendick

Tami Nendick

Brittany Treichel

Brittany Treichel

Char Herron

Char Herron

Cass Lake / Bena

Cass Lake / Bena

Deer River

Deer River

Danielle Jourdain

Danielle Jourdain

Martin Wind

Martin Wind

Cody Gustafson

Cody Gustafson

Aspen Marleau

Aspen Marleau

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

International Falls

Kelliher

Grady Anderson

Grady Anderson

Raena Haatvedt

Raena Haatvedt

 

Britni Hendrickson

(no photo provided)

Melvin Whitefeather

Melvin Whitefeather

Kelliher

Kelliher

Kelliher

Kelliher

Brittany Hand

Brittany Hand

Ann Poxleitner

Ann Poxleitner

Danielle Poxleitner

Danielle Poxleitner

Leah Gruber

Leah Gruber

Kelliher

Laporte

Laporte

Red Lake

Dylan Bolhuis

Dylan Bolhuis

 

Kristi Corson

(no photo provided)

 

Emma Erickson

(no photo provided)

Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark

Red Lake

Walker

Walker

 

Larissa Oakgrove

Larissa Oakgrove

 

Ashley Pemberton

(no photo provided)

 

Brandon Zimmer

(no photo provided)

 

Events - 2010

2010 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting & Cooperative Celebration Held May 26th

A record crowd of over 7,500 attended the Paul Bunyan Telephone Annual Cooperative Celebration on Wednesday, May 26 at the Paul Bunyan Telephone Headquarters in Bemidji, making the event another great success!

The 54th Annual Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative was held prior to the Open House at 3:30 p.m. The meeting included reports for the 2009 fiscal year.

2010 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingThe Cooperative Celebration was open to the public and featured a free walleye dinner prepared by the Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry Crew and Green Mill, door prizes, kids activities like face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos, storytelling, animals and entertainment from the Headwaters Science Center, United States Tennis Association’s Quickstart Tennis, and special guests from PBS including Sid the Science Kid and Buddy from Dinosaur Train. The Bemidji High School’s Vocalmotive provided the musical entertainment.

2010 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingSpecial thanks to the over 135 employees of Paul Bunyan Telephone who made the event possible and run as smooth as possible! We would also like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department, Green Mill & Hampton Inn, The Party Store, Lakeland Public Television, Minnesota State Patrol, Vocalmotive, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater’s Science Center, Bob’s Econo Pump, Bemidji Police Department, Bemidji Citizen’s Patrol, USTA, Boy Scouts, and Raphael’s Bakery for all their help.

2010 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2010 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2010 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2010 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2010 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2010 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2010 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ With PBTV GUEST, Elmo

The weather was ideal and over 500 kids along with many parents came to meet PBS’s Elmo at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ on May 14th thanks to Paul Bunyan Telephone. Along with the chance to meet Elmo, there was music, an area guides casting contest, food vendors, and more. The annual Grand Rapids Fishing Opener BBQ is presented by the Area Business Committee (ABC) of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Telephone.

2010 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with Elmo2010 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with Elmo

2010 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with Elmo2010 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Community Fishing Opener BBQ with Elmo

Nearly 500 kids turn out in Grand Rapids to see Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer courtesy of Paul Bunyan Telephone

Nearly 500 kids turned out at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 7th to see Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. Many brought cameras to have their picture taken and everyone who attended received a free Paul Bunyan Telephone popcorn container. It’s was a memorable time for all and Paul Bunyan Telephone was proud to be a part of the 29th Annual Tall Timber Days Celebration!

Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer at 2010 Tall Timber DaysNickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer at 2010 Tall Timber Days

Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer at 2010 Tall Timber DaysNickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer at 2010 Tall Timber Days

Dragon Boat FestivalThousands turn out for the 5th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

A record number of teams participated in the 5th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival August 5-7th and thousands of spectators lined the waterfront to watch the action! Congratulations to the Hydra Heads, the first team to claim the Gold Division title for the second time and also to our Paul Bunyan Telephone teams. The PBTV Digital Dragons finished 17th overall and the PBT Smooth Operators finished 31st out of a record field of 67 teams.

5th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival5th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

5th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival5th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival

Walkaround Cookie Monster a Big Hit in Deer River!

Over 350 kids turned out at the Deer River Wild Rice Festival for the chance to meet PBS’s Walkaround Cookie Monster and pick up a gift from Paul Bunyan Telephone. It was the 62nd year the Deer River Lion’s Club has put on the event and it is the world’s largest Wild Rice Festival. Thanks to all who stopped by!

Walkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice FestivalWalkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice Festival

Walkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice FestivalWalkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice Festival

Walkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice Festival Walkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice Festival Walkaround Cookie Monster at the 2010 Deer River Wild Rice Festival

More Great Events in 2010

Twins pitcher, Jesse Crain (left) and DH/Outfielder, Jason Kubel (right) answer questions at the Twins Caravan Laporte appearance.
2010 Twins Caravan in Laporte
Twins pitcher, Jesse Crain (left) and DH/Outfielder, Jason Kubel (right) answer questions at the Twins Caravan Laporte appearance.

 

TC Bear poses with a two happy kids at the Grand Rapids Twins Caravan.
2010 Twins Caravan in Grand Rapids
TC Bear poses with a two happy kids at the Grand Rapids Twins Caravan.