Bemidji, Minnesota: Chief Bemidji Statue

Chief Bemidji, namesake of the city, was built of wood and concrete by a retired lumberjack. For 62 years he kept a watchful eye on Bemidji, but the ungrateful town dragged him away in July 2014.

Beltrami County History Center

130 Minnesota Ave. SW, Bemidji, MN
Dragged off the street in July 2014 and banished to the Beltrami County History Center. From Hwy 197/Bemidji Ave. turn west onto 2nd St. NW. Drive two blocks. Turn left onto Minnesota Ave. The History Center is at the end of the street, in the old train station.
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Bemidji, Minnesota - Old Chief Faces New Foes In Bemidji
Chief Bemidji Statue: For a hundred years a statue of Chief Bemidji has stood in his namesake city of Bemidji, Minnesota. The current Chief has looked out over Lake Bemidjigamaug since 1952, replacing an earlier model that had fallen apart. [03/22/2010] Complete Story...

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Chief Bemidji

Shaynowishkung, or Chief Bemidji, was an Indian chief of the Ojibwe Indians. The original statue stood in Library Park until it became weathered. It was replaced in 1952 and coated with fiberglass to protect it from the elements.

[Anne Hantz, 06/28/2014]

For years certain officials in Bemidji have been trying to dump this Chief Bemidji and replace it with a new, slick version. It was supposed to happen this summer, but the project may have been delayed again....

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