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Paul Bunyan Telephone Deer River office to close

The Deer River office of Paul Bunyan Telephone will be closed permanently Nov. 13.

The cooperative has accepted an offer from the Deer River Cooperative Credit Union to purchase the Deer River office building.

"While it's never easy to make such a significant change in how we have operated for decades, our board and management team felt it was in the best interest of our entire membership to accept their offer and sell the building," said Paul Freude, PBT's CEO and general manager.

Paul Bunyan Telephone's Grand Rapids office will continue to serve cooperative members; the current Deer River office staff will be transferred to the Grand Rapids office after Nov. 13. Cooperative members in the Deer River telephone exchange were recently notified of the situation by letter.

"We believe we are selling the business to another solid local cooperative who needs the space to grow and prosper, and that the transaction will be positive for both our memberships in the long term. We expect the transaction to be completed late this year as all of the necessary approvals are received," added Freude.

Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative has providedcommunication services to northern Minnesota since 1952. The service area currently spans more than 4,500 square miles through most of Beltrami County and portions of Itasca, Hubbard and Koochiching counties.

Wandering Sage Press has announced that Roy C. Booth's award-winning short story, "The Loyal Sailor and the Titan," an excerpt from his upcoming contracted fantasy novel, "Privateer: The Maiden Voyage," will be published in an anthology in 2010.

The short story, a recent runner-up in the 6th annual Brainerd Writers' Alliance Writing Contest, takes place in the Abyss Walker fantasy universe created by Shane Moore.

Booth owns and operate Roy's Comics and Games of Downtown Bemidji.

Roy C. and Cynthia Booth were guests at this year's Arcana 39 convention last weekend at Bandana Square in St. Paul, where they participated on such diverse panels as "Dragons in Fact, Folklore, Fiction, and Film," "Monsters in Comics," "Edgar Allan Poe: A Bicentennial Tribute," and others.

Roy Booth also presented a short play, "Professor Jonkin's Cannibal Plant."

The Booths own and operate Roy's Comics and Games of Downtown Bemidji.

Pat Kleinschmidt of Bemidji, designer for Celebrating Home, attended the company's Rally 2009 conference Aug. 13-15 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

The rally was designed to re-energize designers with a spirit of enthusiasm to make their businesses successful.

The event kicked off with a "Team Spirit" day, which was fitting, as the theme of the conference was "It's a Team Thing!" Designed to help attendees gain confidence and share ideas through creativity, several workshops took place at the event. Workshop topics included learning the tools of the trade with the "Extreme Makeover - Designer Edition" workshop and product-related discussions such as the "A-Door-Able Product Ideas" workshop.

New programs were announced for designers, including "Debt-Free Living" with founder Steve Carlile and "Flexible Lifestyle and Spiritual Living" with devotionals from founder Penny Carlile. More than 1,000 designers were recognized for top sales, sponsoring and leadership. And 1,000 bonus points were given that designers can use toward incentive trips. Designers also got a sneak peek of new products.

Established early this year, Celebrating Home, the nation's largest direct selling home décor company, markets entertaining and decorating products and provides training, compensation and marketing support in the direct selling industry.

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