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Statue snatched from family's bench

The sculpture in front of Stephen and Heike McDonald's Superior home must've gotten tired of waiting. The man-sized concrete mariner was resting on a bench in the McDonalds' front yard, in the 1500 block of Broadway Street, when the couple went t...

The sculpture in front of Stephen and Heike McDonald's Superior home must've gotten tired of waiting.

The man-sized concrete mariner was resting on a bench in the McDonalds' front yard, in the 1500 block of Broadway Street, when the couple went to bed about 11 p.m. Thursday. Someone had stolen the "old man of the sea-type guy" during the night, Stephen said. Just how the thief, or thieves, secreted the statue away hasn't been determined. It weighs at least 200 pounds.

"Me and another guy lifted him on the bench and it was about all we could do," Stephen said Tuesday.

Stephen said he thinks the sculpture might have been taken as a sort of graduation prank or maybe was lifted by sticky-fingered bar patrons looking for a late-night laugh.

"We're hoping it'll be found, but we have our doubts," he said.

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The couple is offering a modest reward if the sculpture is returned. They've filed reports with Duluth and Superior police.

Heike spent about 50 hours sculpting the statue in their garage over the winter.

She's not sure if she'll make a new statue.

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