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Paul and Babe step aside for college hockey

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BEMIDJI -- Just 1.6 miles down the road from the Bemidji Regional Event Center stand giant statues of folklore legends Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, tourist attractions here since 1937.

Paul Bunyan towers 18 feet tall and Babe is 10 feet by 23 feet, yet they were dwarfed Friday night by a hockey puck, a small circle of vulcanized rubber an inch high, 3 inches across, weighing about 6 ounces.

Puck-mania, folks, has grabbed the spotlight of a mesmerized city.

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