Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions—Homeowner Version: Grrrr....Black Bear in Columbus

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Specialists Minnesota License#90858

bearDaily trips from Ham Lake to Forest Lake are a part of my routine. If I have to travel to the south part of town my options are limited due to the wetlands in the Carlos Avery Nature Preserve which stretches from Anoka to Chisago County.  

My favorite short cut through Columbus, Minnesota is well traveled. County Road 19 or Potomac can shave several minutes off a commute to Forest Lake Senior High by avoiding the stoplights on Broadway. My daily travels take me down this 55 mph road but I often slow down when I pass this wonderful piece of chainsaw art...the black bear and tree.

The first time I saw it, I marveled at the detail in the bear contrasted to the tree he is entwined with. The tree is as smooth as a piece of driftwood. Both figures seem to be carved out of the same tree...but yet they don't. '

At either rate, it is another wonderful example of a uniquely Minnesota roadside distraction!

Other Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions:

Don't be distracted when making important real estate decisions! If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional Realtor, give me a call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2008 Teri Eckholm  http://www.terieckholm.com/
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Teri Eckholm. REALTOR with RE/MAX Specialists, is a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Minneapolis St Paul metro all of her life. She specializes in lakeshore homes, acreage properties and first time home buyers but assists anyone making a move in the north and east Twin Cities metro.

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give Teri , a call or visit her website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report She specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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Rainer
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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
I like that, "roadside DISTRACTIONS." When you come across one of those unexpectedly, there can be a real danger of accident.
April 25, 2008 05:03 PM #3
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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TERI, I have enjoyed your unique Minnesota artwork and this one is too cute!!  We must not be as creative here in Texas.
April 25, 2008 08:12 PM #4
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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Looks like lots of artful attractions in your area.  At first, I thought that bear was real.  Nice post.
April 25, 2008 09:03 PM #5
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Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
Teri, It's been awhile since we have seen the artful side of Minnesota Thank you for this one, it's beautiful.
April 25, 2008 09:30 PM #6
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Thesa Chambers
Alpine Real Estate - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
what a beautiful carving - we have some great chainsaw wood workers here in Central Oregon - it always amazes me the detail they can capture
April 25, 2008 11:54 PM #7
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Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI
I couldn't tear my eyes away from that photo Teri!   Goodness, someone is extremely talented and creative.  Thanks for taking a picture of it for all of us that can't simply drive there to view it.
April 26, 2008 06:41 AM #8
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Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate
Teri - You do such a great job of featuring your area's many highlights.  I also admire the way you tie it in so well with your call to action for buyers or sellers.  Very clever.  Did you get much snow this morning?  What a way to spoil spring.
April 26, 2008 10:17 AM #9
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Teri Eckholm
REMAX Specialists - White Bear Lake, MN
Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul
Rosario--It does temporarily distract a driver. Luckily they are few and far between...more like landmarks...and fun to watch for.
April 26, 2008 02:24 PM #10
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Teri Eckholm
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Marchel--I am certain that there is creativity in Texas...Maybe not as many dead oaks and elms. :)
April 26, 2008 02:27 PM #11
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Teri Eckholm
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Joan--I run across them from time to time as I drive around the area showing houses etc. They are fun to find and there are many unique ones.
April 26, 2008 02:28 PM #12
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Teri Eckholm
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Mana--They are hard to see when snowcovered but I have one or two more coming up when I have time to get out and take the shots. Glad you enjoy them! :)
April 26, 2008 02:30 PM #13
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Teri Eckholm
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Thesa--This one I am still trying to figure out how in the heck they did it! It is beautiful in person too!
April 26, 2008 02:32 PM #14
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Teri Eckholm
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Kris--If you are ever out this way, I would be happy to give you the tour of our artful distractions! :) In the meantime, you can enjoy online.
April 26, 2008 02:36 PM #15
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Teri Eckholm
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Lynn--Thank you...Twice! This is a fun series for my blog to show some of the unique things I find running around Anoka County and the north metro. Today was not a great day for photos...not too much snow but enough is enough. Time for spring!
April 26, 2008 02:38 PM #16
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Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
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Yikes!! Bears - wow!! We have deer hear in NC! I think bears would be scary!  The artsy kind are ok w/me!!
April 26, 2008 04:19 PM #17
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Tracy Santrock
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Snow!!! You still have snow up there?  Snow and bears....wow!!
April 26, 2008 04:19 PM #18
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Gary Woltal
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Teri, that is a unique wood carving in your area for sure. Did you say it was done by a chainsaw? From a distance it looks very life like.
April 26, 2008 04:25 PM #19
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Teri Eckholm
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Tracy--My neighbor had a bear on their deck a few years back. I have seen a couple of wild cats and foxes but also rare. Lots of deer around here too. They will come out of the nature preserves in the spring when looking for food. It is not common but they have been seen further into the city too. Most of the bear we see are carved like this one....And the snow was an unwelcome surprise for us as well. It is a much colder than normal spring! No one is too excited to see snow when May is around the corner!

Gary--I am certain this is a chainsaw bear...It is carved. I marvel at it everytime I pass it by!

April 26, 2008 07:24 PM #20
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Laura Cerrano
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Teri, I can't believe I almost missed an Artful Distraction, I absolutely love your series and all the fantastic art!  SO glad I caught it, they are all incredible.
April 26, 2008 07:48 PM #21
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Howdy Teri

That is a very will done chainsaw art, that is for sure. I also want to thank you for stopping by to visit and commenting on my post.

Have a good one Dale

May 04, 2008 01:57 PM #22
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