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Bemidji’s iconic Paul Bunyan statue suffers broken arm

BEMIDJI, MN -- An iconic Minnesota landmark is injured and will need some reconstructive surgery.

The massive Paul Bunyan statue in Bemidji has a broken right arm.

According to the city's mayor, the concrete he is made of gave way, causing it to separate.

It only remains attached by rebar.

A conservation group will be onsite next week to assess and make repairs.

In the meantime, barriers are set up around Paul to keep people a safe distance away.

Statues of Paul and Babe the Big Blue Ox have called Bemidji home since 1937, and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

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