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Blue Earth's Giant gets some print
September 30, 2012 - Chuck Hunt
The "From the Editor's Notebook in the printed Faribault County Register and on this website tells about a story in the Wall Street Journal concerning the Green Giant statue in Blue Earth. That story also tells about Bucky Legried's huge hat collection - and an idea to have both on display for tourists passing through town to see and be amazed by. The WSJ story, is, of course, not the first time the big green guy in Blue Earth has gained some notoriety in print and electronic media over the years. Plus we shudder to even think about many photos have been taken by people of their families and friends standing in the shadow of the Giant. Or at his feet. Recently he appeared in two publications - for two very different reasons. First, a columnist in the Twin Cities Star Tribune wrote about a new advertising campaign featuring the Green Giant urging kids to eat their veggies. Humorist James Lilecks says it won't work, unless the giant gets threatening. But, later he calls the Green Giant the best of the Minnesota original giant people, like Paul Bunyan. However, he also refers to the Giant statue in Blue Earth, but only to hint that it keeps people from going to Iowa. Lilecks uses a lot of exaggeration to make a humorous point at times. Once, he poked fun at the town I once lived in - Tyler. The Danish heritage community celebrates Aebleskiver Days as their summer celebration. Lilecks once referred to them as "Evil-skivers." Something to do with the Danish treats causing people to gain weight. I responded with a column defending the aebleskiver, which caused him to respond yet again, claiming he meant no offense. Yeah, right. You can read his whole column for yourself by going to the Star Tribune website and searching for his column entitled "Jolly Green Giant is best as an intimidator. The other mention of the Giant came from John Fischer in Medford, Oregon. Seems John and his family, which includes Todd and Amber Fischer, did the photo thing in front of the Green Giant while visiting here. But, they also held a copy of the "Applegater" newspaper from Applegate, Oregon. They sent it in to the paper and the paper printed it. You can see the photo for yourself if you follow this link to the "Gator:" http://www.applegater.org/pdf/2012/v05n03/v05n03p24.pdf My guess is this is not the first time the Giant has appeared in a newspaper because one of the paper's readers sent it in - just like this John Fischer did. Let's face it. The big green guy gets around. He is well known around the globe, and his statue in Blue Earth is pretty famous as well. And that was the idea, wasn't it?
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