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The late Francis Johnson's famous giant ball, now the centerpiece of the town. It's the "Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man."
Many towns in the Great Lakes region have Paul Bunyan statues. But only Akeley's Bunyan has dropped to one knee to let visitors perch in his mighty palm.
The World's Largest Crow sits atop what is probably The World's Largest Branch. Push a button inside his gazebo, and the crow cries, "AAWWRRR! AWWWWR! Welcome to Crow Country!"
Blue Earth, Minnesota
Over 55 feet tall, the Giant marks the mid-point of I-90 (America's longest highway) and "the valley" that his multi-national corporation calls home.
A 36-foot-tall brass and copper statue of an 1880s iron miner, standing on top of a 50-foot-tall pile of rusted steel and slag. Big!
A 14-foot-long leaping fiberglass fish -- with a saddle on its back and a ladder to get to it. A fun photo-op.
St. Urho is honored by a bizarre statue recreating his mythical battle with giant grasshoppers.
Silver Bay, Minnesota
Rocky is one of our favorite metalloid mascots, a cheery byproduct of the taconite mining industry.
Edwin Julius Krueger used to run the general store in this tiny town, and he never threw away anything. Including his dead cat.
A 28-foot-tall Viking warrior towers over this town of proud Nordic transplants.
These blocky statues, built in the late 1930s, are the oldest roadside Bunyan and Babe.
The transplanted home of the deceased, root beer brewin' belle of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.
Weighs over five tons and is 110 feet long. Displayed as if it's about to slap the world's largest hockey puck, which weighs 700 pounds.
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
A large, ground-hugging otter statue is a strange source of civic pride in Fergus Falls.
Devoted to the Greyhound Bus Line, in the city of its birth. Sit in an old, real bus and pretend you're being driven to Duluth or St. Paul. Good times.
Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
Pelican Pete watches over a dam spillway and prime fish-gobbling spot.
This is the strangest giant bird statue that you'll see in your lifetime. Though maybe not.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
A giant canoe-paddler statue recalls a time when French explorers navigated the wilderness waterways. Without pants.
20 feet tall, it has for decades hooted down the claims of several newer, not-quite-as-large rivals.
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- Akeley: Paul Bunyan Statue and Birthplace
- Alexandria: Runestone Museum
- Alexandria: Big Ole - Big Viking Statue
- Arco: H.P. Pederson Rock Garden [tips]
- Backus: Colonel Cobber, Giant Corn Man
- Barnum: Big Louis: 25-Foot-Tall Voyageur [tips]
- Battle Lake: Chief Wenonga Statue [tips]
- Belgrade: World's Largest Crow
- Bemidji: Boxy Bunyan and Babe Statues
- Bemidji: Nanabozho, Bunyan's Muffler Man Foe [tips]
- Bena: Big Fish Supper Club [tips]
- Bigfork: See Birch Bark Canoes Made [tips]
- Blackduck: World's Largest Black Duck Statue
- Blue Earth: Jolly Green Giant
- Brainerd: Giant Sitting, Talking Paul Bunyan
- Brainerd: Paul Bunyan and Babe Statue [tips]
- Chandler: Collapsed "In God We Trust" Water Tank Tornado Memorial [tips]
- Chisholm: Huge Iron Man Statue
- Crane Lake: Big Voyageur Statue [tips]
- Crosby: Serpent Lake Serpent Statue [tips]
- Darwin: World's Largest Twine Ball
- Detroit Lakes: Old Three Legs, Stuffed Killer Wolf [tips]
- Ely: Cabin of the Root Beer Lady
- Eveleth: World's Largest Free-Standing Hockey Stick
- Faribault: Tin Man Family [tips]
- Fergus Falls: Otto the Big Otter
- Fergus Falls: Continental Divide Marker [tips]
- Fountain: Two-Headed Calf, Padlock of Viking Leif Ericson
- Franconia: Franconia Sculpture Park [tips]
- Frazee: World's Largest Turkey
- Garrison: Giant Walleye in Walleye Capital of the World
- Grand Marais: Giant Fish Crashing Through Building [tips]
- Hackensack: Paul Bunyan's Girlfriend Lucette [tips]
- Hampton: Vikings, Beach Dude, Gorilla, [tips]
- Harmony: Niagara Cave
- Hibbing: Greyhound Bus Museum
- Hibbing: Pose Inside a Giant Bucket [tips]
- Hinckley: Great Hinckley Fire Museum and Mass Grave
- International Falls: Big Smokey Bear
- International Falls: Big Statue of Bronko Nagurski [tips]
- Isle: Mean Muskie and Walleye [tips]
- Kabetogama: Leapin' Walleye Fish Photo Op
- Kasota: Drive a Tank [tips]
- Lakeville: Hot Sam's Shark and Guitar [tips]
- Long Prairie: Iwo Jima in Steel and Other Tributes [tips]
- Mankato: Last Happy Chef [tips]
- Menahga: St. Urho, Grasshopper Chaser
- Milan: Liberty Bell, Viking, and Mural [tips]
- Millerville: Our Lady of the Hills - Big Virgin Mary [tips]
- Mora: Dala Horse
- Nevis: World's Largest Tiger Muskie
- New Ulm: Hermann the German
- Nodine: Culvert Man [tips]
- North St. Paul: World's Largest Stucco Snowman [tips]
- Owatonna: Warrior King Jesus on a White Stallion [tips]
- Park Rapids: Mississippi River Starts Here [tips]
- Pelican Rapids: World's Largest Pelican
- Princeton: A-Z Happy Chef [tips]
- Rainier: Voyageur Statue [tips]
- Rothsay: World's Largest "Booming" Prairie Chicken
- Royalton: Treasure City - Souvenir Store [tips]
- Sanborn: Sod House Bed and Breakfast [tips]
- Shakopee: Sever's Corn Maze
- Silver Bay: Rocky Taconite
- Soudan: Deepest Place You Can Go In America
- Spring Grove: Troll, Viking, and Bear [tips]
- St. Paul: Wabasha Street Caves Tour
- Two Harbors: Pierre the Pantsless Voyageur
- Vergas: World's Largest Loon
- Vining: Nyberg Park: Strange Sculptures [tips]
- Virginia: Mine View in the Sky
- Warren: Police Car Attacked by UFO [tips]
- Willmar: Golden Chief Kandiyohi Statue [tips]
- Wykoff: Ed's Museum