Northern Minnesota 4-H Robotics Program
Paul Bunyan Telephone recently made a contribution to the 4-H Robotics program in northern Minnesota. 4-H programs in Beltrami, Koochiching, and Itasca County offer Lego Robotics after school programs and competition. Pictured from left to right is Jan Derdowski, Extension Educator for Grand Rapids Region; Derek Rolle, PBT Marketing Representative; Ann Marie, 4-H Program Coordinator Beltrami County; Robbie Radaich, 4-H Program Coordinator Itasca County and Melody Poggio, 4-H Program Coordinator for Koochiching County
Northwoods Interfaith Caregivers
Missy Thomas, NICE Volunteer Coordinator receives a donation check from PBT Director Bruce Campbell. Northwoods Interfaith is a non-profit agency that has been providing volunteer services in our community, and surrounding neighborhoods, for almost ten years. NICE is committed to helping seniors and special needs individuals stay in their homes, and to better the lives of families and children.
Itasca County Family YMCA
The mission of the Itasca County Family YMCA is to strengthen ourselves, our families, and our communities by promoting growth in spirit, mind and body. Each year they conduct a Y Partners Strong Kids campaign to help with the cost of our scholarship program. Pictured (left to right): Derek Rolle, PBT Grand Rapids Marketing Representative; Joni Namyst, Itasca County Family YMCA Development Director; and Brian Bissonette, PBT Marketing Supervisor.
American Red Cross
PBT Board Member Jim Sutton (left) presents George Stowe, Executive Director of the Northstar Chapter of the American Red Cross, with a donation check. The money will be used to aid families in a nine county area with disaster relief and other operational expenses.
Lakeport Area First Responders
District 5 Director Bruce Blanchard (left) hands Bob Saxton (right), EMT of the Lakeport Area First Responders, a donation check from the cooperative. This money will be used for equipment purchases and will help in the transition from analog radio to digital signal radios.
Solway Fire Department
Solway Fire Chief Seth Tramm (left) receives a PBT donation check from District 7 Director Bruce Campbell. Money received from local area donations and a FEMA grant will be used to purchase an infra-red camera and other necessary equipment for the Solway Fire Department.
Honor the Guard
District 8 Director Jim Sutton presents Marty Busby and Diane Whipps a donation check to Support the Troops and Honor the Guard. The organization is working to commission a bronze statue of a Guardsman modeled after Bemidji’s own Sgt. Jeff Roberts of A Company, 2nd Battalion 136th Infantry (CAB) at the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial located adjacent to the Beltrami County History Museum.
Blackduck Chamber of Commerce
Members from the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce received donations from Paul Bunyan Telephone. From left to right: Chamber Secretary Paula Bauman, Chamber Treasurer Miriam Osborne, Liz Meade from Blackduck Telephone and Brian Bissonette from PBT. The donations went towards the Welcome to Blackduck sign and bringing the Minnesota Measurers to the Chamber’s Trade Show.
North Country Health Services Foundation
Paul Bunyan Telephone recently made a donation to the North Country Health Services Foundation’s current project, Excellence in Healthcare. The donation provides for flat screen televisions in Same-Day Surgery at North Country Regional Hospital as well as Internet kiosks throughout the hospital and at Neilson Place on the WoodsEdge campus. Pictured in the photo are (l-r): Penny Echternach, NCHS Foundation Executive Director; and Brian Bissonette, PBT Marketing Supervisor.
Bemidji Area Race Relations Council
Paul Bunyan Telephone presented the Bemidji Area Race Relations Council with a donation during their monthly meeting at Bemidji City Hall. Pictured from left to right are John Gonzalez, John Kovach, Barb Meuers, and PBT Board Member Jim Sutton. The BARRC promotes mutual respect and understanding of cultural differences in our community.
Bemidji Senior Center
Paul Bunyan Telephone Board Member Randy Frisk presents Bemidji Senior Center Director Diane Engel with a donation check that will be used to cover general expenses. The Bemidji Senior Center works hard to meet the needs of seniors for fellowship, learning, information and recreation and to work cooperatively with other agencies in serving the needs of older adults.
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: Brian Bissonette, PBT Marketing Supervisor; Scott Stein, GRACE House Development Director; and Derek Rolle, PBT Marketing Representative.
Restore House of Bemidji
Restore House of Bemidji is a recent recipient of a donation from PBT. Restore House helps individuals with the transition process from lives of incarceration and addiction to healthy, productive lifestyles.. Pictured from left to right is resident A.J. Simon, House Manager Dave Wambheim, PBT Board Member Jim Sutton, Director Tim Pomp, and resident Andy Woods.
Northome First Responders
Linda Dreher, Chairperson of the Northome First Responders is pictured receiving a donation check from District 1 Director Gary Eklund. The donation will go toward the purchase of new medical equipment.
The Bemidji Vocalmotive Show Choir is celebrating its 14th year! District 9 Director Tim Hins (standing, center) presents Choir Director Chris Fettig (left) and Asst. Director Kevin Chase (right) with a donation check from PBT.
District 8 Director Jim Sutton (right) presents Matt Hanson of the Evergreen House in Bemidji a donation check. The funds will be used to help create and operate a Drop-In Center for young adults to go to work on their education and employment goals, as well as provide them a place to go for counseling and aid.