Paul Bunyan Communications donates $100K to food shelves

Paul Bunyan Communications has cancelled the 2020 Cooperative Celebration, originally scheduled for May 20, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While it is unfortunate to cancel our community celebration, like so many others we recognize the importance of putting the health and safety of our friends, neighbors, cooperative members, and employees first,” said Gary Johnson, CEO and General Manager of the telecommunications company.

“At the same time, we see unprecedented demands right now on the critically important work of area food shelves. To do our part to help, we’re making a special contribution of $100,000 to our area food shelves”

The donations will go to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, as well as other food shelves within the cooperative area such as in Red Lake, Grand Rapids, Deer River, Cass Lake, Park Rapids, Laporte, Northome, Walker, International Falls, Nashwauk and Bigfork.

“We’re very proud of the Cooperative Celebration and grateful to everyone that helps us put on or attends the event. It started as our 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2002 so this would have been the 19th annual event. We look forward to when we can get together again,” added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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