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Mother Nature likely culprit in bison's new damage

Powerful wind gusts early Saturday afternoon are believed to be responsible for "Sunny" falling from its perch on the southwest corner of Main Avenue and Broadway.

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FILE – “Sunny” the bison on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

FARGO-Powerful wind gusts early Saturday afternoon are believed to be responsible for "Sunny" falling from its perch on the southwest corner of Main Avenue and Broadway.

The damage for the colorful bison sculpture comes almost five months after it was found tipped over and heavily damaged on Dec. 13 outside of Wimmer's Diamonds, Sunny's owner.

Sunny was put back on the corner on March 31, but now it's inside the jewelry store, having sustained minor damage Saturday.

Barb Larson, an employee at Wimmer's Diamonds, said employees heard the fall Saturday and several people helped carry Sunny in from the street.

"I don't think it's particularly extensive and I think he will be back out soon and I expect he will be bolted to the the ground in a much more stable way," said Dayna Del Val, executive director of the The Arts Partnership.

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The sculpture should be back on the corner later this week, said Brad Wimmer, owner of Wimmer's Diamonds.

Police were unable to determine who or what caused the damage to the statue in December. The Arts Partnership and Wimmer's Diamonds raised about $5,000 for those repairs.

"I kind of couldn't believe it," Del Val said. "It's just sort of unusual to me that for almost 10 years he's been there completely unharmed and now in a matter of a few months he's had two tip-overs."

The sculpture was part of the 2006 "Herd About the Prairie" campaign to increase public art by scattering 43 individually decorated bison throughout the community.

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