Updated: 06/13/2014 5:11 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 4:59 PM WDIO.com
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Paul Bunyan was a huge part of Nik Nerburn's childhood. His first school was Paul Bunyan Elementary in Bemidji. As a teen, he hung out at the Paul Bunyan mall.
And now, after a decade away from Bemidji, Nerburn has returned to his hometown to finish a documentary on the ax-wielding figure in plaid.
Nerburn tells Minnesota Public Radio News that to him, Paul Bunyan represents racism, capitalism and patriarchy. He says he started his project in hopes of getting Paul Bunyan statues torn down.
But now his view has softened. In a rough cut of the documentary, he suggests there's a difference between history and heritage, and Paul Bunyan is simply heritage.
He says people love Paul. And now, his goal is to simply "complicate" the figure.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Authorities Investigating Possible Homicide on the Fond Du Lac Reservation
Authorities are investigating the death of a 31-year-old woman in Stoney Brook Township on the Fond Du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Monday that they believe the death was an act of violence. One suspect has been taken into custody and authorities are asking for the public's help locating a woman who may have more information.
Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Suffocation Death of 13-month-old Daughter
A 30-year-old Duluth man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the suffocation death of his 13-month old daughter. The St. Louis County Attorney's office announced Christopher Dennis Peterson's plea in State District Court on Monday.
No Criminal Charges for Superior Officer in Controversial Arrest
Superior Police Chief Charles F. LaGesse announced Monday morning the Bayfield County District Attorney has issued his decision about the actions of Officer George Gothner during the arrest of Natasha Lancour.
Proctor Police Searching for Suspect in Armed Robbery
The Proctor Police Department is asking for the public's help in their search for the suspect from an armed robbery Sunday night. They say the suspect robbed the Proctor Milk House at gunpoint at about 10:15 p.m.
Human Remains Near Pine City Likely Part of Historic Burial Site
Human remains uncovered at a construction site near Pine City last week are most likely connected to a historic burial site. The results of the investigation into the remains were released on Monday.