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Old Chief Faces New Foes In Bemidji

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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.

St. Patty Effect: The Unfortunate Mr. Bendo

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The tailpipe-hoisting icon of Buck’s Muffler Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, fell to a minivan on St. Patrick’s Day.

Heads We Win: Thin Skull On Public View

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

James Roberts was a miner. He died on Christmas night, 1901 — whacked on the head by the butt end of a Colt .45 revolver. The killer was caught, but his attorney argued that Roberts’ death was accidental, because Roberts had an abnormally thin skull.

Roadside News: The Ides Of March

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Ricky Ranger, Crucified! | Tanks, But No Tanks | Pedal Car Carhenge | Public Protected by Pasties

A Knitting Tribute

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Handmade scarves began appearing around the necks of Rapid City, South Dakota’s downtown display of life-size bronze presidential statues. This cowl play was perpetrated by a mother/daughter duo of renegade knitters who elected to strike the “City of Presidents” with a form of cheerful transitory graffiti known as “yarn bombing.”

Waffle House Museum: Satisfy The Hunger

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Waffle House Museum, built inside the chain’s first 1955 restaurant outside of Atlanta, Georgia in Decatur, opened in 2008. The museum has been both a temptation and a frustration for Waffle House fans, because its doors have usually been locked.

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