Bemidji mayor: Paul Bunyan, Babe and MNsure

  • Article by: RITA ALBRECHT
  • Updated: August 23, 2013 - 12:31 PM

We like to do things big in Bemidji, and apparently that includes overreacting to the antics of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox as unveiled in the new MNsure marketing campaign this week.

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dawnbakerAug. 22, 13 7:54 PM

thank you Ms. Mayor for your classy editorial! getting more Minnesotans insured and cared for health-wise is a noble cause for Paul and Babe - and you - to get behind.

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luzhishenAug. 22, 13 8:28 PM

That's my mayor!

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chuckdancerAug. 22, 1311:09 PM

Good politician. When the parade is headed in the opposite direction, change course, join the parade and make sure everyone knows you always felt that way.

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jrparkinAug. 23, 13 9:02 AM

It's too bad the focus is on Paul and Babe rather than the $9,000,000 the state is wasting on advertising MNSure. This money should be spent on health care ! John Parkin M.D. Bemidji

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corruptAug. 23, 13 9:13 AM

Honestly, it's too bad that a symbol of Minnesota's heritage has been hijacked for such a controversial program. My some, it's a stain on their image.

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schristeAug. 23, 13 9:25 AM

Bemidji is not the only ones with Paul Bunyon statutes, the belong to Minnesotans not just those that live in Bemidji. As for them being hijacked, that is ridiculous, they are one of the symbols of this great State.

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ginny6Aug. 23, 1311:38 AM

Glad the mayor finally came around. It's a great ad campaign, Paul, Babe, and anyone associated with them should be proud!

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imperatorgAug. 23, 1311:47 AM

Bemidji may not be the only place in Minnesota with statues of Paul and Babe, but all the statues are different and the ads clearly use the Bemidji version. That is not in dispute. So why would anyone be surprised they might have a more personal reaction to the ads?

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gutshotAug. 23, 1311:53 AM

Now, that sounds way more like the Bemidji i know (knew).

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sailing64Aug. 23, 13 1:27 PM

My guess is the major got her hands slap and reacted in kind. These ads are plain stupid and make us look foolish. If that is the kind of humor that we have to get peoples attention, we have lost a sense of what is right in our society. Is it offensive? No it just makes you scratch your head and ask yourself what is wrong with the direction we are heading.

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