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Punk documentarian Nic Nerburn visits Bemidji Saturday as part of his nearly complete Paul Bunyan film. Credit: John Enger/MPR News

A punk documentarian's complex tie to Paul Bunyan

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Bemidji, Minn. -- It's been a long time since Nik Nerburn last rode his bike up Paul Bunyan Drive, past the hefty concrete Paul and Babe statues to hang out with teenage friends at the Paul Bunyan Mall.


But Paul never left his mind.

Nerburn's first school was Paul Bunyan Elementary in Bemidji. His first assignment there was to draw a picture of Paul Bunyan.

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