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A corkscrew of Bunyanesque proportions is the handiwork of Peter Meyers. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
A corkscrew of Bunyanesque proportions is the handiwork of Peter Meyers. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
Bunyan corkscrew discovered
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Do you have a 10-foot bottle of "Big Ass Cab" lying around waiting for just the right occasion?

(Yes, that is an actual name of an oak-flavored cabernet sauvignon wine.)

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Fear not.

The Park Rapids muni has just the corkscrew for you.

Paul Bunyan left his.

Park Rapids resident Peter Meyers discovered the artifact recently digging for mushrooms on Ron and Pauline Hillukka's Hubbard County property.

Turns out a Hillukka ancestor, Toivo, was a logger who tipped an occasional glass with Paul after a hard day.

Allegedly, Paul sometimes hid his wine stash in the deeper spots of Big Mantrap Lake, according to Meyers. To this day, an occasional muskie dredges up a preserved bottle.

Toivo took the secret of the wine cellar with him to the grave, but you can still see the remnants of old corks up in the lake's Steamboat Bay if you take Jasper Drive to the north end of the lake.

Meyers has implored the winemaker to make a special edition just to commemorate the finding of the Bunyan corkscrew.

It will be called "Big Axe Cab."

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