Locals and tourists alike can help support Paul and Babe’s repairs

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation says the Bemidji Area Parks and Trails Fund is available to support the Paul and Babe statues, as well as Bemidji parks, trails and amenities.

“The city has received an outpouring of support and get-well messages for Paul since the damage to his arm,” said Marcia Larson, Bemidji Parks and Recreation Director.

“We recognize how important Paul and Babe are to the community and we want to provide an opportunity to contribute to the repair and the continued care and conservation of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.”

Repairs are currently underway by Jensen Conservation, a specialist from Nebraska.

Paul and Babe are purported to be the second-most photographed roadside attraction in the nation, but this metric is difficult to qualify.

Donors have long-supported the Bemidji Area Parks and Trails Fund, according to a release, but the advisory committee is reminding locals and tourists alike that they can also support the fund.

Visit www.nwmf.org and click on ways to give, funds by county, and the link to give securely online will reside under Beltrami County.

Donations can also be mailed to NMF – Bemidji Area Parks Fund, 201 3rd St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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