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Bemidji's Paul Bunyan wears his Minnesota Finlandia vest in preparation for the weekend's races. Hopes are for cooler weather to produce additional snow cover for the ski marathon. The Paul Bunyan figures are popular icons around the country, but Bemidji's is the original. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Paul Bunyan: Bemidji's icon has company

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Bemidji's statue of Paul Bunyan erected for the January 1937 Winter Carnival was, since 1988, the only Paul on the National Register of Historic Places. But the Portland, Ore., Paul joined Bemidji's statue on the National Register Jan. 28.

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