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Big Ole to leave Alexandria?

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Alexandria's famous Big Ole Viking statue will sneak out of town this weekend to go to Bemidji where he'll attend the 75th birthday of his buddy, Paul Bunyan.

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Just kidding.

Conservation Minnesota distributed a tongue-in-cheek "news release" Tuesday that contained the Big Ole scoop as a way to promote Bemidji's Legacy Destination Weekend, June 15-17.

Here's the full release:

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