The new Willie Walleye statue in Baudette, Minn., has been in place more than a month, and a dedication event is set for Thursday, Aug. 23, the Northern Light newspaper reported on its Facebook page.

Constructed by a Wisconsin company, the new fiberglass model of Willie Walleye replaces a 60-year-old concrete version of the 40-foot, 2½-ton icon that was showing severe wear and tear. The new statue, which will hold up better to the elements, was set into place July 9 and has been popular among both locals and visitors, said Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism.

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The statue is the centerpiece of Willie Walleye Park, situated along state Highway 11 in Baudette.

"For days after they put it up, there were people nonstop-carloads of people," Henry said. "It's up, it's rocking."