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Bill Batchelder ties a yellow ribbon around the Bemidji Woolen Mills metal statue of Rudolph, or as he is also known, Busby, which was stolen in March and returned this week thanks to Mike Zothman and his two-year-old son, Tanner, who found the sculpture in the Nary area. (Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer)

The Buck is Back: Stolen stag sculpture returned to downtown business

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BEMIDJI -- The stag statue that stood at the westerly edge of Bemidji’s downtown district for the past fiveyears has returned.


This spring, the statue nicknamed “Busby the Buck” was stolen from the site where he was bolted to a pedestal. He was properly reinstated at the corner of Third Street Northwest and Irvine Avenue outside Bemidji Woolen Mills on Monday.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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