Paul Bunyan: Big year for a big legend
BEMIDJI - It was only fitting that Bemidji Mayor Dave Larson used Paul Bunyan's giant pencil to sign a proclamation making 2012 "The Year of the Legend" in honor of the famed Bemidji statue's 75th birthday.
Larson, who also read a brief history of the statue and some tall tales about Paul Bunyan, made the proclamation at a kick-off event Friday afternoon at the Tourist Information Center, where colorful Paul Bunyan-sized birthday cards from school classrooms were hard to miss.
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