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Iconic Wabeno logroller statue felled in accident

6:29 PM, Jan. 3, 2013  |  Comments
Larry the Logroller was felled when part of a tree being cut down landed on the statue about noon Thursday.
Larry the Logroller was felled when part of a tree being cut down landed on the statue about noon Thursday.
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The long-time mascot of Wabeno's logging history was knocked down in an accident Thursday.

Larry the Logroller was felled as a crew was removing some of the trees in the town center, which is also home to the local logging museum and steam logging machine.

The 15-foot fiberglass statute was extensively damaged when limb or branch fell from one of the trees being cut down, said town chairman Edward Piontek.

"We're going to have to get him fixed," he said. "He's a big part of town."

It was the second major symbol of Wabeno damaged in the last year. Last summer, a heavy winds in a thunderstorm destroyed the community bandshell just to Larry's right.

The town plans to rebuild the bandshell this summer.

The cost to repair Larry the Logroller is expected to be covered by tree company's insurance, Piontek said.

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