There are now fifty four miles in the collection of county roads that make up the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. In 1998, when the Byway was officially designated, there were forty eight miles. At one time, early in the formation of the group, it was said that there were fifty one miles in the route.

As numbers came and went, the name of this highest level of membership commitment changed too. At one point it was called the Group of 48, later the Group of 51, and finally now, the Group of 54.

The name has always been representative of the number of miles in the designated byway route. This group will be complete when the number of members equals the number of byway miles.

The commitment required to be included in the Group of 54 is a five year allocation of a minimum of $200.00 per year. The five year commitments automatically renew at the investor's original level, unless otherwise requested.

As with all donations and membership investments, the funds serve two main purposes; they cover the organizational operating expenses and they provide part or all of required local match funding for various project grants.

Within this Group of 54 there is a very important subset. This special segment of twenty investors is known as the Charter Members. These are the businesses, individuals and organizations that early on, believed in the value and advantages of an officially designated Byway and were willing to commit significant funds to the effort. The strong support of these twenty members during the formative stages of the PBSBA, put the new organization on strong footing and set the stage for the successful completion of the many projects that have been outlined in this newsletter and in local newspapers and regional publications over the past five years.

The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association is deeply grateful to these original Charter Members of the Group of 54.

AmericInn Lodge and Suites
Bait Box Marina
Bay View Lodge
Black Pine Beach Resort
Boyd Lodge
Breezy Point Resort
Crosslake Communications
Engen, Don and Deanna
Hunt, Paul and Lynn
Lakeside, Lawn and Landscape
Lakes State Bank, Pequot Lakes
Moonlight Bay Family Restaurant
Pierron, John
Segerstrom, Jean
Silver Creek Traders
Sunset Knoll Resort
TDS Telecom
Towering Pines Resort
WellsFargo Bank
Whitefish Golf Club

A plaque honoring these twenty Charter Members will be designed this year and posted in a public place along the Byway route. One plaque location under consideration is the Gateway Gazebo at the intersection of CSAH #16 and Highway 371 near the AmericInn parking area.
The Group of 54 is currently slightly over half filled. There's still room for you.

Just print this Membership Form and mail it in with your membership or donation.

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Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Published By: 
inkslinger, Volume 4 Issue 3- Winter 2004