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Horrible Bear

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Pennington, Minnesota

Standing next to a gas station and grocery store north of Pennington, there is an open-air shed sheltering a weather-worn wooden black bear, standing on the stump from which it was carved by a chainsaw. "Che-Muk-Wa," reads an accompanying sign, Ojibwe for "big bear," although this bear isn't particularly big. The grocery store has employed a professionally-drawn bear in its logo since 2019, but it isn't this bear.

Chainsaw bears are common, so the fact that someone went to the trouble to build a shelter for this ungainly example, a shelter that probably took a lot more time and effort to build than it took to carve the bear itself, struck us as puzzling -- but welcome on a long, straight drive through a forest with no other roadside landmarks.

Horrible Bear

3070 Scenic Hwy NE, Pennington, MN
A half-mile north of Pennington, on the east side of MN-39/Scenic Hwy NE, in a little open-air shed next to the store and gas station.
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