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Since the moose sculpture in downtown Park Rapids was vandalized over Easter weekend people have come forward to offer money and support. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Community coming forward with support for moose

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Community coming forward with support for moose
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Community members have come together to offer money and support after the moose sculpture downtown was vandalized Easter weekend.

Moose Creek owner Tom Paulson said he is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the vandal or vandals.

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"I've had people coming in offering condolences," he said. "We've had a ton of public reaction."

The antlers and legs were broken off the moose and it appeared someone was trying to pull it out of the ground to move it, Paulson said.

This week, a man came into the store that he'd never met before and said he had brought his kids to see the moose for years and was upset. He offered money to add to the reward, Paulson said.

The downtown business community has really come together as well, he said.

"They're up in arms," he said.

Paulson spoke with the artist who created the moose and he's not sure it can be fixed.

"There's been some talk of replacement but we're not sure at this point," he said.

Paulson said he is also considering placing video cameras in the area.

If anyone has information on the vandalism, call the police department at 732-3124.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561
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