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Hidden in Beltrami Island State Forest just off the Stony Corners Trail southwest of Baudette, Minn., this Minnesota-shaped forest stand designed more than 25 years ago was only visible to pilots before the advent of Google Earth. Now, it captures someone's eyes every couple of years or so, as it did last week, when a story about the stand appeared in the Twin Cities publication, City Pages. This overhead image of the stand, as seen from 200 feet, was taken from Google Earth.

BRAD DOKKEN: A ‘pine-sized’ Minnesota

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Time was, Dana Carlson says, when only Marvin Windows pilots and a few people with small airplanes knew about the distinctively shaped stand of red pine hidden in Beltrami Island State Forest south of Williams, Minn., just off Stony Corners Trail.

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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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