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NFL RedZoneFree Preview of NFL RedZone for all PBTV subscribers through September 11

Paul Bunyan Communications is providing all PBTV subscribers a free preview of the NFL RedZone now through week 1 of the NFL regular season September 11.

This includes the following dates/times:

NFL Preseason

  • Thursday, August 11 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18 7-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 1 6-10 p.m.

Regular Season

  • Sunday, September 11 Noon-6:30 p.m.


NFL RedZone is available on PBTV channel 77 or in HD on channel 577.

NFL RedZone whips around every NFL game during the regular season on Sunday afternoons, delivering all the touchdowns and exciting moments LIVE. When a team goes inside the 20 on their way to the end zone, you will see the crucial plays as they happen. NFL RedZone, puts viewers first and goal.

After the free preview, PBTV subscribers can continue to receive NFL RedZone by subscribing to both the PBTV Sports and PBTV Extra package.

Bemidji State University Beavers11th Annual BSU Community Appreciation Day is Thursday, September 1

Bemidji State University will hold its 11th Annual Community Appreciation Day Thursday, Sept 1. 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 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 and the Bemidji Pioneer are the main sponsors 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.

Following Community Appreciation Day, the BSU Football teams kicks off its season by taking on Upper Iowa at 6 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.
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.

Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat FestivalCooperative Offices will be closed Saturday, September 3 and Monday, September 5 for Labor Day Holiday

Paul Bunyan Communications offices will be closed Saturday, September 3 and Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day Holiday.

As always, 24 hour emergency repair will be available to customers.

Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat FestivalDisney Junior Added in High Definition

Paul Bunyan Communications has added Disney Junior in high definition to PBTV HD service.

Disney Junior HD is on channel 714 and is available to all PBTV HD subscribers who also subscribe to PBTV Extra*. Disney Junior has content featuring characters classic and new from the Disney world, and this February the network celebrated five years as the top TV brand for preschoolers.

PBTV Extra is a package of over 40 additional cable networks covering a wide variety of genres including sports, news, music, and entertainment that can be added to PBTV main service for only $9.99 per month.

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.