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RENDERING COURTESY KARVAKKO ENGINEERING The new Chief Bemidji statue, expected to be ready for installation in the spring, is planned to be the feature of a new platform overlooking Lake Bemidji.

Bemidji City Council approves new Chief Bemidji statue plans

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BEMIDJI -- Supporters say a new Chief Bemidji statue should be positioned in a way that depicts him overlooking Lake Bemidji.

After a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Bemidji City Council, they've gotten their wish.

The council approved a $40,000 platform to be constructed as a focal point along the trail that runs through Library and Paul Bunyan parks, creating an overlook above Lake Bemidji.

"This proposed location looks perfect," said Councilor Jim Thompson.

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