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Paul Bunyan Broadcasting wins twice in United Way cake decorating contest

Twelve creative celebrity teams competed in the United Way's second annual Piece of Cake Decorating Contest and Auction on Wednesday morning at Marketplace Foods. Shown above, Cindi Gross, left, Kari Knudson and Shannon Westhoff of the Sanford's "Sweet" Surgeons create a cake matching the game "Operation." Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer1 / 2
From left are Marketplace Food and Drug Store Director Arlene Billberg, United Way Executive Director Tanya Hasbargen and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting/Radio Flyer team members Colette Zietz and Bruce Zietz with their winning cake package. Team member Kelly Stone is not pictured.2 / 2

BEMIDJI - Paul Bunyan Broadcasting's Radio Flyers won both awards as the United Way of Bemidji Area held its second annual "Piece of Cake!" Celebrity Cake Decorating Contest and Live Cake Auction Wednesday at Marketplace Food and Drug, which sponsored the event.

The contest and auction raised $2,422.36 for the United Way's Backpack Buddies program.

Twelve local teams each had 45 minutes to design a one-of-a-kind cake. The only rule was that each team had to use the one-fourth sheet cake provided as part of its creation. After the competition, Tammy Tisland of Aasness Auctioneers auctioned off the cake packages.

Paul Bunyan Broadcasting won the People's Choice Award by raising $246.75 in audience votes for its Easter-themed cake creation, which was adorned with small colored eggs throughout. The cake also featured the Minnesota Twins, including a chocolate bunny in Twins attire perched in right field. Overall, the People's choice Contest brought in $662.36.

The Radio Flyers also earned the highest cake bid award. The prizes they donated and placed on their cake were valued at more than $400, and the cake brought in the highest bid at $435. The 12 cake packages auctioned off raised $1,800 for United Way's Backpack Buddies program.

Prizes on the cake were four Minnesota Twins tickets for a July 1 game against the Kansas City Royals; four tickets to both Nickelodeon Universe and four tickets to Moose Mountain, which are located at the Mall of America; four tickets for both admission to the Minnesota Science Museum and Omnitheater and to the Real Pirates Exhibition; and two Applebee's gift certificates for $25 each.

The businesses and organizations that competing were Karvakko Engineering (The Karvakko Kupkakes), the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce (Mad About Plaid), Knife River Materials (Knife River Cake Pavers), Paul Bunyan Broadcasting (Radio Flyers), RP Broadcasting (Mix 103.7), JCPenney & Insure Forward (Square Deal Forward), RiverWood Bank (Coins for a Cause), North Country Business Products (Sweet Solutions!), Sanford Health (Sanford Sweet Surgeons), First National Bank (First Dough Bakers), Lakeland Public Television (Cakeland Public Television) and Community Resource Connections and Northwoods Coalition for Family Safety & Habitat for Humanity (Naturally Nonprofit).

To view pictures of the teams and their cakes, visit or visit the United Way's Facebook page.

The Backpack Buddies program was developed to help ensure that children living in poverty in the Bemidji School District have access to nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. The program serves more than 200 students in Bemidji elementary schools.