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This beaver statue painted by Deborah Davis has been pulled from the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. Some have complained to city about the statue's painting design. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Painted beaver statue removed in Bemidji, supporters start campaign to bring it back

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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The city manager's decision to remove one of nine beaver statues placed throughout Bemidji because of complaints it looked pornographic sparked a holiday weekend fight with the artist who created it.

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Bemidji city manager John Chattin said he decided Thursday to remove the statue after receiving about 20 complaints.

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