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Paul Bunyan Land burglary causes extensive damage

Driving into work Monday morning, Lois Moon, co-owner of Paul Bunyan Land said her brother arrived to work first and found the destroyed entryway.

Destroyed entryway at Paul Bunyan Land.
The destroyed entryway at Paul Bunyan Land on Monday, June 27, 2022, after someone broke into the entryway and ripped the ATM out of the wall.
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NOKAY LAKE TOWNSHIP — The iconic Paul Bunyan Land was the scene of a crime early Monday morning when someone broke into the entryway and ripped the ATM out of the wall.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the burglary, reported at 7:35 a.m. Monday, June 27, in Nokay Lake Township.

Driving into work Monday morning, Lois Moon, co-owner of Paul Bunyan Land said her brother, Alan Rademacher, also a co-owner, arrived to work first and found the destruction.

“They had broken our front door, broke the glass in the entryway and we have it on video,” Moon said. “We've seen where they had hooked up a chain around it and tried to get it out the front door, which they were not able to do. So then they pulled it with the pickup that the chain was hooked to and they actually moved the front wall out. So it did cause some extensive damage.”

Moon said despite a little detour for the guests, Paul Bunyan Land will remain open and did open to their customers Monday morning.

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“It's just devastating to come into your business (and find this),” Moon said. “You just feel really violated when something like this happens. … We just worked real hard and for something like this to happen, it’s devastating.”

The break-in took place about 4 a.m. and damaged the business' double swinging door, almost twisting it out of the frame and breaking out the glass on one of the doors.

“When they removed the ATM from the building, it was actually caught in the doorway, and that's when it pulled the front wall out,” said Moon.

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The sheriff’s office said they are following up on a few leads including the surveillance footage. Though it shows the crime it does not offer a clear view of the suspect or the vehicle, officials said.

Anyone with information on the burglary at Paul Bunyan Land is asked to call the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 218-829-4749.

TIM SPEIER, staff writer, can be reached on Twitter @timmy2thyme , call 218-855-5859 or email tim.speier@brainerddispatch.com .

Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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