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Paul Bunyanland Cultural-Historical Society comes to downtown Aitkin Saturday

AITKIN - The Paul Bunyanland Cultural-Historical Society will be hosting its second annual summer meeting Saturday in downtown Aitkin.

Doug Taylor and his 1860s Concord Stagecoach, horses and entertaining troupe will arrive at 9:30 a.m. at Aitkin's historic Butler Building to kick off the free day with a chance for guests of all ages to take photographs with the troupe and stagecoach, and to enjoy stagecoach rides around town.

At noon, the Butler Building's Opera House will host a "High Noon" lunch and program. The afternoon will feature Edina artist Bob Perrizo who will be highlighting his historical knowledge and highlights from the area.

Presenters for the day will also include Ron Manger, a retired school teacher from Mounds View, whom will be presenting his topic, "Researching the History of the Fifty Lakes: Finding the Stories of the People and the Incidents that Occurred During the Search;" Pamela Brunfelt, a college professor from Ely, whom will be presenting on the history of Minnesota's Iron Range;" and author David MacArthur, whom will briefly introduce his recently released book, "The Day the Watertower Froze," about life on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation.

During the special day, the Aitkin railroad and art museums will be open for the public's pleasure.

The Paul Bunyanland Cultural-Historical Society, co-founded by Jack Mehaffey and Lee Hollingsworth, was started with the intention of providing folks with the opportunity to join together and share fellowship and cultural-historical events and stories that affect everyone's lives today. As stated by founder Mahaffey, "Paul Bunyanland is truly a treasure loved by all of us, many whose roots can be traced in the region for up to four generations or more. We truly do have a rare and beautiful bond to the area and each other. That, along with a welcoming hand to newcomers, accounts for a wonderful place to live and work."

The original Paul Bunyan Trail was dedicated on June 1, 1996. The trail runs through various towns, including Bemidji south to Royalton, and Grand Rapids, Aitkin and Mille Lacs west to Wadena. Crowds are expected from all of "Bunyanland." The counties in this area are Beltrami, Itasca, Hubbard, Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Case, Itasca, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs and, of course, Aitkin.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact 612-554-5737 or email, by Wednesday.