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Lindbergh statue recovered

Charles Lindbergh is back home. The 4-foot cast bronze statue of the pilot as a boy, reported missing to Red Wing Police Thursday, was returned to the city Monday night.

Police Chief Tim Sletten said that a man notified city officials Sunday, saying he knew where the statue was and that he was willing to bring it back.

Arrangements were made and the statue was returned around 8 p.m. Monday.

Sletten said he did not know how the statue - weighing in at 1,500 to 2,000 pounds including its cement base - was transported, but that it appears to have no damage.

A criminal investigation into its disappearance is ongoing.

"I am thrilled that we have it back," Public Works Director Rick Moskwa said.

The statue is currently in a city building, Moskwa said, but it will be returned to its original place in Bay Point Park later this year after spring floods go down.

The statue, titled "The Boy," was moved from Bay Point Park to a building on Levee Road during flooding last October. That building was demolished in February, and there had been no record of the statue's whereabouts since the demolition, Moskwa said.

After checking all city buildings for the statue, Moskwa said, Public Works reported it missing to police last week.

The statue was given to the city of Red Wing in 1992 by an anonymous donor. It was valued at around $15,000 at that time.

Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo, non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927, grew up in Little Falls, Minn. He flew over Red Wing over his famous Atlantic flight and dropped a proclamation in Red Wing.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.