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Vandalized moose returns to downtown Park Rapids

Touch of Eden employees Scott Klicker and Drew Maninga lug Big Larry onto his concrete mound at Moose Creek. Touch of Eden owner Shannon Henrickson is bringing up the rear - literally. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

After a year of convalescing and rigorous rehabilitation, "Big Larry" returned to Moose Creek Village Tuesday morning.

Big Larry is the name of the sculptured moose on Main Avenue that was vandalized one year ago downtown.

The crime has never been solved. The moose's antlers and legs were crushed by vandals wielding weapons of mass destruction.

Larry actually stopped traffic as workers from Touch of Eden Landscaping carefully lugged him into place near a man-made pond.

He'll need a more few cosmetic touches before he's ready for prime time. But new antlers, a new paint job and new fiberglass legs enhance his moose-like qualities.

"Isn't he majestic!" marveled Moose Creek co-owner Tom Paulson.

Larry stands higher than before, on a cement pedestal overlooking his pond. Eventually his waterfall will be hooked up and water will flow from his moss-covered jaws - as soon as the moss is strung into place.

And while Larry overlooks his pond, a vigilant eye will be kept on him via a hidden security camera.

Shhh. Don't tell anyone. It's a secret.

Read more about Larry and how he got his name in Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise, and about the moose doctor who healed Larry's wounds.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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