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Bemidji's historic Paul Bunyan statue suffers separated arm

There's a plan to get the lumberjack's broken arm fixed.

Bemidji's iconic statue of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan has suffered a separated arm. 

Mayor Jorge Prince posted the news on Facebook Monday, saying the concrete in Paul's right arm gave way but remains attached thanks to the rebar in the statue. 

Jensen Conservation has been contacted and will be one site "by next week" to investigate, assess and fix the damage, as well as do some additional conservation work that was already planned for Paul and his buddy, Babe the Blue Ox. 

Until Paul can be fixed, the statue's arm has been secured and barriers have been set up to keep anyone who visits safe. 

Paul and Babe stand tall on the shores of Lake Bemidji outside the Bemidji Tourist Information Center at 300 Bemidji Ave.

Paul, who stands 18 feet tall, and Babe were built in 1937, with construction taking 737 hours. They were unveiled as part of a promotion for the winter carnival to recognize the area's logging history, Visit Bemidji says

The statues are on the National Register of Historic Places, and, according to Visit Bemidji, Eastman Kodak recognized Paul and Babe as the second-most photographed icon in the nation. 

To this day, thousands of visitors come to see and take selfies with Paul and his blue ox. 

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