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in the Community - 2015

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, recognition and supported community events from this year. You can also view our activities from past years in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 In the Community sections.

Donations - 2015

Bemidji Vocalmotive Show Choir director Chris Fettig (center) and co-captain Tony Turner accept a donation from Paul Bunyan Communications CFO, Dave Shultz (left).
Bemidji Vocalmotive
Bemidji Vocalmotive Show Choir director Chris Fettig (center) and co-captain Tony Turner accept a donation from Paul Bunyan Communications CFO, Dave Shultz (left). Vocalmotive is celebrating its 20th year!


Scholarships & Youth - 2015

2015 Youth Tour Winner, Heather Vikre2015 Youth Tour Winner
Heather Vikre of Walker Hackensack Akeley High School is the 2015 Paul Bunyan Communications Youth Tour Essay Contest winner. She will attend the 2015 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. May 30-June 3.


Events - 2015

2015 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting & Cooperative Celebration

The 2015 Cooperative Celebration saw one of the nicest days of the event's history, drawing thousands to our Bemidji headquarters on May 20 and making the night another resounding success!

The 59th Annual Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative was held prior to the Open House at 3:30 p.m. The meeting included reports for the 2014 fiscal year and the proposed bylaw amendments were also approved with 1771 in favor, 82 against.

2015 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 Lueken's Village Foods, 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, Concordia Language Villages, and special guests Millie, Bot, and Geo from Nickelodeon's Team Umizoomi. Sam Miltich and Friends from Grand Rapids provided the musical entertainment.

2015 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingSpecial thanks to the over 130 employees of Paul Bunyan Communications who made the event possible and run as smooth as possible! We would also like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department, Lueken's Village Foods, The Party Store, Minnesota State Patrol, Bemidji Police Department, Beltrami County Sheriff's Department, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater's Science Center, Port-Able John, Bemidji Citizen's Patrol, Bemidji Area Tennis Association, Boy Scouts, Concordia Language Villages, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji, and Raphael's Bakery for all their help.

We look forward to the 2016 Cooperative Celebration!