Why ‘genocide’?: Graffiti on Bemidji landmark sparks debate

Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- “Genocide.”

That’s what was spray painted last week on a statue of Babe the Blue Ox, a pillar of Minnesota and American folklore that...

The iconic statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in downtown Bemidji. A recent act of vandalism has sparked an online debate of the statues. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)
Babe the Blue Ox was recently vandalized with graffiti. The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department quickly covered over the lettering. They then repainted later to match Blue's coloring. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer)

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