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Paul Bunyan Days

By Linda Tancs

According to legend, Paul Bunyan was a giant lumberjack with uncommon strength who could clear forests with his bare hands and shake trees with his thunderous voice.  Statues of this mythical hero abound throughout the United States, including Akeley, Minnesota.  The town became a mecca for lumberjacks when a sawmill was built in 1902, so it should come as no surprise that the Bunyan legend looms large there.  For 65 years they’ve been celebrating Paul Bunyan Days at various locations in Akeley.  This year’s celebration takes place from 28 to 30 June.  Among the activities are a fish fry, woodcarving,  lumberjack mall art show, Paul Bunyan look-alike contest, and a grand parade.


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