Paul Bunyan Playing Cards - Series Three

Paul Bunyan and his most colorful logging camp characters have found their way onto the third deck of playing cards now being produced by the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA). Paul, Lucette, Babe, Johnny Inkslinger and nine others are depicted at Byway area events and Byway locations, such as the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade, Pequot's Bean Hole Days, the Old Grade Area in Timothy Township and Ideal Township's Annual Beef Feed, to name a few.

The compelling comic look of the Bunyan cast of characters was created by talented Pequot Lakes high school student, Brady Palmer. He worked over the summer with Byway Association representatives Carol Ottoson and Lynn Scharenbroich, creating characters with burly spunk and belly-laugh appeal.

To fund this project, the PBSBA secured lead sponsorship from Grand Casino Mille Lacs and support sponsorship from the Whitefish Area Tourism Association. The logos of both, as well as the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway logo, appear on the backs of this third deck of cards. Grand Casino Mille Lacs was the exclusive sponsor for the previous two decks.

The PBSBA has worked with area high school art students on each of the playing cards projects over the past five years. The first deck, a pen and ink depiction of Sites of Historic and Cultural Significance Along the Byway, was done by former Pequot Lakes student, David Schwen. The second deck, photographs of people and places along the byway, with the theme, Truth and Lore, was done by former Pine River student, Tracy Peterson.

Paul Bunyan Characters playing cards will be available for purchase at several area businesses, including some resorts, as well as the local Chambers of Commerce in mid-December; just in time for Christmas giving! The previous two decks are available now. Decks retail for $5.95/each. Available at these locations:

The Bait Box, Crosslake
the Corps. of Engineers building, Engineer's Park, Crosslake
Chamber of Commerce, Pequot Lakes
Chamber of Commerce, Pine River Black Pine Beach Resort, Pequot Lakes Or call, the Pequot Lakes Chamber, 218-568-8911, for more info.

Pre-orders for the Paul Bunyan Characters deck can be taken by calling PBSBA chair, Lynn Scharenbroich, at 218-543-4714

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Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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Pequot Lakes Echo