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Olivia’s Corn Monument was erected in 1973 to recognize the community’s growing seed corn industry and agricultural heritage. Work is needed on the concrete base and the roof of the building on which the cob of corn is mounted. Tribune file photo

Olivia goes ‘green’ to save its famous icon

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OLIVIA — What Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are to Bemidji, or the World’s Largest Ball of Twine is to Darwin, the Corn Monument is to Olivia, and possibly much more.


“I think too it’s a symbol of our agricultural heritage here in the area,’’ said Susie Lothert, economic development director in Olivia.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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