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Controversial statue returned in exhibit

'Gaea' returning to downtown Bemidji after decision reversed

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BEMIDJI, Minn. - Artist Deborah Davis hid her face with a fan created from a copy of the Bill of Rights as the Bemidji City Council made it official: "Gaea" will return to downtown Bemidji.

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The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to reverse last week's decision by City Manager John Chattin to remove "Gaea" from its spot at the intersection of Fourth Street Northwest and Beltrami Avenue due to concerns about what was depicted on the abdomen of the beaver.

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