Bemidji's Paul Bunyan & Babe named top Minn. roadside attraction

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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are being honored once again, this time by WCCO-TV.

The Crookston Times says WCCO has named the statues in Bemidji as the Best Roadside Attraction in Minnesota.

The paper says the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce was notified of the honor Wednesday, and WCCO reporter Matt Brickman presented the chamber with its award Friday.

Station photographers taped footage of the ceremony, which will air next Thursday night during the 10 p.m. newscast and Saturday at 8 a.m.

According to the chamber, Eastman Kodak once called the Paul & Babe statues -- which stand near the shores of Lake Bemidji -- the second most photographed icon in the nation.

Time magazine in 2010 also named Paul & Babe in Bemidji on its Top 50 list of American Roadside Attractions.

The 18-ft.-tall, 2.5-ton Paul Bunyan statue was erected in 1937 and Babe joined him in 1939.

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