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Published July 13, 2010, 11:37 AM

Buffalo Statue Gets Name

Dakota Thunder is the winner of a naming contest for the 26-foot-tall, 60-ton bison statue at Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - What officials in Jamestown bill as the world's largest buffalo statue now has a name.

The Buffalo City Tourism Foundation on Tuesday said that Dakota Thunder was the winner of a naming contest for the 26-foot-tall, 60-ton bison statue that has stood near Interstate 94 for half a century.

Michael Shirek of Devils Lake won the $1,000 prize for entering the winning name.

An official naming ceremony is set for July 24.

Runners up in the naming contest were Dakotah Spirit, Benny, Sir James and Beauford.

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