Video footage released of Paul’s “injury”

The Bemidji Police Department released camera footage from the night the Paul Bunyan statue got a broken arm.

In the video, it appears four people were in the park, with two of them climbing separate arms.

The pair continued to hang and climb on the statue before the right arm gave way, and the group slowly walked away heading south.

Anyone with information on the incident can report it anonymously through Crimestoppers MN to possibly qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

Jensen Conservation is scheduled to arrive this week to assess and fix the damage to Paul and other conservation work on the historic statues.


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 events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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