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This beaver statue at the corner of Third Street and Minnesota Avenue was cloaked Sunday in protest the the city of Bemidji removing a statue last week after receiving complaints that it may be pornographic. Supporters of the statue, "Gaea," by Deborah Davis, are to appear at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Pioneer Photo by Brad Swenson

Special meeting called to discuss banned beaver statue

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Gary "Ziggy" Zerott, the owner of Cool Threads and one of three sponsors of the controversial "Gaea" beaver sculpture, wants the piece returned to public view.

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"Thank God we don't have Michelangelo's 'David' here," he said. "I wish (the city) would just put it back up."

"David," a 17-foot-tall marble sculpture, depicts a nude image of the Biblical hero.

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