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Bemidji State University10th Annual BSU Community Appreciation Day is Thursday, September 3

Bemidji State University will hold its 10th Annual Community Appreciation Day Thursday, Sept 3. 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 begin at 4:30 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 and the Bemidji Pioneer are the main sponsors of the event, which will feature the "A Taste of BSU," featuring free food samples from local restaurants and organizations, including Bemidji Area Alumni Association, ARAMARK, Big River Scoop, Lueken's Village Foods, the Cabin Coffee House & Cafe, Fozzie's Smokin' BBQ, Harmony Natural Foods Co-op, Jimmy Johns, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting/Subway and RP Broadcasting.

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.

Attendees will enjoy a free concert from the BSU Jazz Band and free admission to the BSU Soccer game at 7 p.m. in 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.

KKCQ 96.7 FMKKCQ 96.7 FM Added to Paul Bunyan Television Music & Radio Channels

Paul Bunyan Communications is pleased to announce that Fosston's KKCQ 96.7 FM has been added to Paul Bunyan Television (PBTV) service.

KKCQ 96.7 FM can be found on PBTV channel 967 or PBTV Fusion channel 1067.

Owned by R&J Broadcasting Inc., KKCQ serves the area with local news, sports, weather and farm information as well as professional and college sports to include, Minnesota Viking football, Minnesota Twins Baseball, Minnesota Wild hockey, Minnesota Timberwolves basketball, NDSU Bison football, NFL & NCAA sports from Westwood One and more! KKCQ also broadcasts high school sports for area high schools including Red Lake and Blackduck.

"We are excited to add KKCQ to Paul Bunyan Television service. They cover a lot of Red Lake and Blackduck news and sports. Our customers can now just tune in through their TV sets whenever they like!" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

Red Lake Nation programming is aired weekly on Thursday mornings after the 9:30 a.m. news. During the academic school year this programming is often produced by the Red Lake High School Radio Club and features Red Lake School News, Community Information, and Red Lake project updates.

"We're thrilled that Paul Bunyan Communications was able to add KKCQ to PBTV service! It can be hard to pick up the signal on some parts of the reservation so this will really be beneficial to our community and sports fans," added Cherilyn Spears, Project Coordinator for Red Lake Economic Development and Planning.

"KKCQ Radio and R & J Broadcasting, Inc. are pleased to partner with Paul Bunyan Communications to provide increased service, local news, and sports broadcasts to the communities of Red Lake, Blackduck, and the surrounding areas. We look forward to continuing to provide these areas with more local news and sports broadcasts." said Jim Birkemeyer, President R & J Broadcasting, Inc.

Paul Bunyan Television is the only provider in the region offering local radio stations as part of the television service lineup and there are now over 20 radio stations and Radio Talking Book services for the visually impaired offered.

Beltrami County FairCooperative Offices will be closed Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7 for Labor Day Holiday

Paul Bunyan Communications offices will be closed Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day Holiday.

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

Steve Saunders, CEO and Founder of Light Reading (left) and Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications Information and Technology Development Manager (right)Paul Bunyan Communications Wins 2015 Leading Lights National Award

GigaZone Named Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service

Paul Bunyan Communications has been named the winner of the Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service for its GigaZone project in the Light Reading 2015 Leading Lights awards program. The national award recognizes the communications provider that has launched the most innovative Gigabit Broadband service during the past year. The other finalists for the award were large national or regional corporations including AT&T, C Spire, and TDS Telecom.

The cooperative announced the gigabit project last fall and it will be one of the largest gigabit networks in rural America when the project is done. Already over 7,800 locations in northern Minnesota are in the GigaZone and an estimated 20,000+ will be reached by the end of this year. The project is expected to take a few years but is progressing ahead of schedule. Once completed it will include the cooperative's entire service territory of over 5,000 square miles.

"We are honored to receive this award for our GigaZone project. It is one of the first gigabit network initiatives that will encompass a large rural area and I think that is significant. Many of the gigabit network projects taking place are in small portions of densely populated metropolitan areas. Too often, the more challenging rural America gets overlooked. That's not the case here in northern Minnesota and we are thrilled that Light Reading acknowledged our efforts." said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager

The Leading Lights program, the telecom industry's most prestigious awards program, focuses on next-generation communications technologies, applications, services, and strategies. The Leading Lights winners were announced at an awards dinner at Chicago's Field Museum on Monday, June 8 to coincide with the Big Telecom Event.

"The volume and quality of the entries we received across our 24 categories shows how seriously the industry takes these awards, which are now in their 11th year," stated Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre. "The winners are an exceptional group of companies that have every right to be proud of their achievements and progress during the past year." added Le Maistre.

Judging was conducted by Light Reading's editors and the analyst team from Heavy Reading.

Fox Sports GoFox Sports Go added to PBTV Everywhere

Fox Sports Go is now a part of PBTV Everywhere!

FOX Sports GO provides live video for the biggest events and the best shows for sports fanatics everywhere. Stream live sports content from FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Fox Sports North, and FOX College Sports. Catch NFL, MLB, NBA, college football and basketball, NASCAR, UFC and much more.*

FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com, iOS, Android and Windows tablets & phones, Amazon Fire TV & phone and Kindle Fire tablet.

PBTV customers can watch programs on their computer, smart phone, gaming systems, or tablet with PBTV Everywhere. It's free and all you need is Internet access.

PBTV customers have access to view PBTV Everywhere content from the networks they receive as part of their regular PBTV service.

*Content listed is subject to rights, some content may not be available. Must subscribe to PBTV service to have access to PBTV Everywhere. Additional subscriptions may be required to view all content listed. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan CommunicationGigaZone Activated for Thousands More Locations in Bemidji

20,000+ expected to be within GigaZone after construction and upgrades in 2015

The GigaZone is quickly becoming one of the largest Gigabit networks in the United States. While only activated just 3 months ago, Paul Bunyan Communications has announced another 2,800 locations in the Bemidji area have recently been upgraded and are now in the GigaZone.

"When we announced this initiative back in September we made a commitment to bring the GigaZone to our entire service area which we know will take a few years. That said, I did not anticipate we would be able to reach so many locations so quickly. What a testament to our entire team. It's exciting, particularly for those who are included this year, but we will continue to do as much as we can to bring the GigaZone to all our members and communities we serve as fast as we can." said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan Communication"I'm not aware of another Gigabit project that has been activated to so many in such a short period of time. It's a benefit of having the region's only all fiber optic network, a project that started in 2004 and is nearly completed. This provides the capacity to roll out the GigaZone much more quickly and efficiently that most other providers. It also will allow us to meet the increasing demands of broadband innovations" said Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications IT & Development Manager.

The GigaZone is currently available to over 7,300 locations including all of the cooperative's service area of rural Park Rapids, the Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids, and areas of Bemidji. GigaZone upgrades are expected during the remainder of the year for over 12,000 additional locations in Bemidji, Cass Lake, Park Rapids, and Grand Rapids.

Paul Bunyan Communications recently mailed out information to the new locations in the Bemidji area that are now in the GigaZone and the cooperative has an online map available showing the active areas of the GigaZone as well as those areas that will be constructed/upgraded during the remainder of 2015.

"We have already seen the demand for GigaZone services from the region with lots of people wondering when it will reach their location. The online map of the active areas and plans for this year is a great resource for those interested in checking on their specific location." added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

GigaZone service options include unprecedented Broadband Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit. Members who subscribe to GigaZone Broadband can also add PBTV Fusion and/or low cost unlimited local and long distance GigaZone voice service. All current service options also remain available to cooperative members within the GigaZone.

Most current wireless routers cannot support blazing GigaZone Internet speeds. To help, the cooperative is offering GigaZone Integrated Wi-Fi that uses the latest in advanced Wi-Fi technologies to maximize the in-home wireless experience. This service is free to all new GigaZone customers for the first six months, with a minimal charge thereafter.