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Paul Bunyan gets a makeover

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Artist Josh Porter of Avalon Studios sands down parts of the Paul Bunyan statue Monday, Sept. 23, at the Brainerd Welcome Center on Highway 371. The statue, originally built by Porter, was showing signs of wear and fading so the statue is getting some new primer, paint and clear coat to keep Paul looking his best for visitors. Dutch and Irma Cragun originally bought the statue for the center are funding its refurbishing. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Growing up in the Brainerd lakes area I realized that I never wanted to leave, so it is a true blessing that I was able to find a job at the Dispatch doing something I love. As a visual journalist, I work in the mediums of photography and videography to bring our readers everything from sports, hard news, weather and local events to slice of life documentation of our coverage area.
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