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Chief Bemidji sculpture removed from trail; new, bronze statue coming in the fall

BEMIDJI -- The wooden sculpture of Chief Bemidji along the Library Park trail was removed on Wednesday afternoon to make way for the new bronze statue that will be installed later this year. The wooden sculpture -- more than 60-years-old and carved by Eric Boe -- will have a new home in the Beltrami County History Center.

The new Chief Bemidji statue will be installed in Library Park in late September or October. The life-sized, bronze sculpture is being done by Washington-based artist Gareth Curtiss.

“The installation was tentatively scheduled to be on Sept. 5 with a dedication on Sept. 6,” Sandy Kaul, co-chair of the Chief Bemidji Committee, said. However the installation dates have been delayed because of high bids for the platform that required a rebid. The committee is currently waiting for the contractor's schedule in order to reschedule both the installation and dedication.