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About BemidjiBemidji, from the Chippewa word meaning “lake with river flowing through,” began as a trading post and later flourished as a logging boomtown. The region's Native American cultural heritage gains expression through powwows that are open to the public. The surrounding lakes and forests abound with wildlife as well as opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation.

Bemidji is the mythical home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, and you'll see many Paul and Babe souvenirs in local shops. The Paul Bunyan State Trail is a popular bicycling, skating and snowmobiling route offering approximately 112 miles of paved trails. The Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave., presents a summer program of plays June through August; for schedule and ticket information phone (218) 751-7270.

Visitor Centers Visit Bemidji 809 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. Bemidji, MN 56601. Phone:(218)759-0164 or (877)250-5959

Things to Do Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

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