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Minne-Selfie SPOTS IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA O ne of the most popular phrases being heard in tour- ist towns throughout the country these days is, “Take a selfie!” and there are several notable places to do it in Central Minnesota. There’s a giant walleye in Garrison, a huge sea serpent statue in Crosby, larger than life statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox in Brainerd and a water tower shaped like a fishing bobber in Pequot Lakes. Address: 2nd Ave. S, Crosby, MN To get there: South side of town in Lakeshore Franklin Park, one block east of Hwy 210/3rd Ave. SW and three blocks south of Hwy 6/W. Main St. LARGER THAN LIFE STATUES OF PAUL BUNYAN AND BABE THE OX – Brainerd GIANT WALLEYE – Garrison HUGE SEA SERPENT – Crosby Where else will you find a sign that says, “Keep off the walleye” but in Garrison, Minn., home to what the city boasts is the “Walleye Capital of the World.” The giant fish sits atop a base with the words, “Welcome to Garrison” on it. The main thing this giant fish has going for it is the view of Lake Mille Lacs right behind it. Usually when you think of sea serpents you imagine them in the middle of a lake, but the giant sea serpent on display in Crosby, Minn., is on dry land. The former Crosby Chamber of Commerce, currently known as the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce, purchased the 20-foot high, 2,500-pound sculpture in 1977. Address: Central Street, Garrison, MN Why did the city choose a sea serpent to represent itself? Some say it’s because the waters near Crosby are inhabited by one of the mythical creatures. The more likely explanation, however, is that the shape of the lake near Crosby led to its inspiration. The lake is named Serpent Lake. To get there: Garrison Concourse Wayside Park. Southeast edge of town, on the lake, on the east side of US Hwy 169 at its intersection with Central St. 8 destinationupnorth.com Legend has it that Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were created by Paul Bunyan’s footprints filling with water as he explored the state. Since then, it has become a rite of passage for Minnesotans and visitors alike to snap their photo with the iconic lumberjack.