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A happy group of artists pose in front of a newly installed sculpture during the 2012 Bemidji Sculpture Walk awards ceremony. Albert Belleveau, installation chair, is standing next to People's Choice Winner, Shanna Mae Olson a May BSU Fine Arts graduate. Mitch Blessing, chair of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk is standing next to Critic's Choice winner, Steve Sundahl, a BSU fine arts professor. Missing from the photo is runner-up for Critic's Choice Michael Vallarano from Minneapolis. PATT RALL | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Sculpture Walk winners announced

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BEMIDJI -- The winners for this year's Bemidji Sculpture Walk contest were announced Saturday.

Weathered by Shanna Mae Olson received the $1,000 People's Choice Award and "H2O Water Dancers" by Steve Sundahl won the $500 Critic's Choice Award. First Runner up and $250 prize winner was Minneapolis sculptor Michael Vallarano for his Magnolias form the Mezazoic.

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The sculptures were among the 19 up for the three awards in 2012. The public was able to cast votes for the People's Choice Award through 5 p.m. Friday.

The newly instralled artwork is now on display in downtown Bemidji.

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