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Someone spray-painted 'genocide' on Babe the Blue Ox statue in Bemidji

The statue has stood tall next to Paul Bunyan since 1937.

The iconic Babe the Blue Ox statue in Bemidji was the subject of vandalism earlier this week when someone spray-painted "genocide" on it. 

Bemidji Parks and Recreation Director Marcia Larson says the vandal struck during the overnight hours of Jan. 1-2, and they've since been able to paint over the damage to help restore the statue closer to what it normally looks like. 

According to the Bemidji Pioneer, security cameras are constantly rolling on the landmarks but the footage is deleted every few hours, so by the time anyone found out about the damage the video was already erased. 

Bemidji claims to be the birthplace of lumberjack Paul Bunyan, whose statue stands tall next to Babe the Blue Ox on the shore of Lake Bemidji. 

Paul and Babe were unveiled to the public on Jan. 14, 1937 and have since been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and are still considered one of the most photographed roadside attractions in the United States, according to Visit Bemidji

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