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Park Rapids, Minnesota: Large Neglected Loon (Gone)

On dry land, but it looks as if it was once designed as a decoy for giant loons. Built in 2005 as a parade float. July 2023: reported gone.

Park Rapids Welcome Center

Park Rapids Welcome Center. South edge of town, on the east side of US-71/Park Ave. S., midway between Crocus Hill St. and 8th St. E. Turn into the parking lot; the loon is at the back, next to to truck parking area.
July 2023: reported gone.

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Large Neglected Loon

Not there anymore!

[Heather, 07/03/2023]

Loon and chick.

Loon with Chick

A mother loon with a chick on her back, probably originally for a community event. There are windows for someone inside the loon to see out, and there is a tow bar attached. An inscription on the back reads "P[ark]R[apids] Chamber/Shilson '05."

[Bev Watkins, 06/29/2019]

The loon was built as a parade float in 2005. For years it was parked in a prominent spot beneath fluttering flags, but in 2015 it vanished. The Chamber of Commerce told us it was gone. Evidently it was only gone a few hundred feet, to a less-visible location.


Loon Statue

There is a large loon statue, complete with baby loon on its back, at the visitor's center on the edge of town.

[Holly Diestler, 04/30/2008]

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