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Carol Olson has an impressive collection of Paul Bunyan memorabilia, including books, records, postcards, stamps and medallions. She shared her collection recently as Bemidji prepares to celebrate Paul Bunyan's 75th birthday next year. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Paul Bunyan to turn 75 in 2012; birthday will be celebrated all year

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A group of teenagers descended upon the Paul and Babe statues Friday for a group photo, taking time afterward to sign the guestbook and check out memorabilia inside the Tourism Information Center.

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The 13 teens were Spanish students headed to the Concordia Language Villages from Minot (N.D.) High School.

"We come every year to the language camps," said their teacher, Carisa Dobrinski, who is from Duluth. "I'm from Minnesota, so I have to stop and see Paul and take a picture."

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