Like St. Paul with its Snoopy statues, Bemidji has its beavers. As part of a promotion, it encouraged local artists to paint on beaver statues, that were then distributed around town.
Except for one, which has now been removed. Artist Deborah Davis said she was celebrating womanhood when she came up with her interpretation, which organizers say was pornographic.
You can judge for yourself here.
On Sunday several people protested in Bemidji. And, of course, a Facebook page has been created to free the “pornographic” Bemidji beaver — or “goddess,” depending on your view. It provides some fascinating reading.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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